Siauliai delight Pakruojis crowd with win over Tsmoki

PAKRUOJIS - Away from their regular venue, Siauliai started their region tour with a 93-72 win over Tsmoki, making it their sixth win in seven games in the only game of this Thursday evening.


Siauliai started their tour of three BBL games to unite the region quite slowly, not managing to gain any ground against the struggling team of Tsmoki-Minsk for the larger part of the first quarter. However, a high-scoring end to the quarter allowed them to jump ahead by 9 after the opening ten minutes.

The margin quickly rose to double-digits and stayed there until the very end of the game. The home side entered halftime with 19 points separating them from the Belorussians.

Tsmoki's comeback attempts in the third quarter were admirable, as they cut a 22-point deficit to just 13 but that was as close as they got. Siauliai finished the game strong and took the undisputed victory.

December's Player of the Month Laurynas Birutis was the top performer for the Lithuanian side, as he collected 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks on near-perfect shooting. Evaldas Saulys added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to the tally, while Donatas Sabeckis ended up with 12. Nicholas Zeisloft, Sarunas Beniusis and Kristupas Zemaitis all finished the game with 9 points.

Yauheni Beliankou was the only man keeping Tsmoki afloat, as he put up a terrific performance, dropping 28 points and tearing down 7 rebounds. Roman Rubensteyn was second in scoring with 9 points, while Ivan Aladka added 8 to the tally.