Siauliai hold back Barsy's late surge

Photo: Gintaras ŠIUPARYS ("Lietuvos rytas")

SIAULIAI ­– Despite mounting a miraculous comeback, Barsy fell short of victory in the second leg of the eighth-finals, losing 91-78 against Siauliai on Tuesday evening.


Having strolled past the Kazakhs in the first leg, Siauliai will now face the winner of the Ventspils - Lietkabelis pair in the quarterfinals.

Although Barsy kept breathing down Siauliai’s back for the most part of the first quarter, the home side managed to gather a tangible lead in just over a minute, as a 10-0 run and a buzzer-beating three-pointer allowed them to take control of their first double-digit lead.

While the margin sailed around the 10 point mark in the second quarter, Siauliai sparked another 10-0 run at the beginning of the third that seemed to have put the game to bed.

Despite being down by 20 at the start of the final quarter, Barsy showed some guts and with a number of back to back buckets, trimmed the lead to just 6 with two minutes on the clock. However, Siauliai finished the game on a high note, running off with a 7-0 stretch to grab their quarterfinals ticket.

Travis Leslie was the key player for Siauliai, as he put up 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Darius Pakamanis chipped in with 14 points, while Derek Needham and Julius Jucikas had 13 apiece.

Leading the way for Barsy was Gytis Sirutavicius and Bryan Harrison, who had 19 and 17 points respectively. Fredrick Zambalist added 13, while Mikhail Yevstigneev ended the game with 12.