Siauliai's late run demolishes Parnu

SIAULIAI – The first and last seeds of the BBL Playoffs matched up in Siauliai on Tuesday evening and the home fans were surely delighted to see their team crush Parnu 108-71 (24-14; 23-28; 27-20; 34-9) mostly due to an outstanding fourth quarter.

 

Siauliai, just like TU/Rock and Ventspils, started the BBL season from the Playoffs, while Parnu tabbed the final spot with a 3-7 record in Group A.

Siauliai looked like the superior team right from the initial minutes, as they mounted a 14-5 lead halfway through the first quarter. However, the game evened out in the second frame, as the Estonians managed to close in. They were down only by five at halftime.

Siauliai regained control of the double-digit advantage soon after the break with a 14-0 run and were once again in the driving position. While Parnu managed to close in a bit, the final quarter brought a horrendous defeat to them.

The Lithuanians killed any enthusiasm Parnu still had with a 21-2 start to the final quarter. It gave them a 32-point lead and provided some time to rest for the key players. The final minutes were merely a formality, but Siauliai made sure they made the most out of them and pushed the advantage to 37.

Rokas Giedraitis led the victors with 20 points to his name, while Rolandas Alijevas added 15 points and 6 assists. Ryan Olander scored 14, while Vytas Sulskis and Gintaras Leonavicius chipped in with 11 apiece.

Sandis Silavs and Renato Lindmets were the leading scorers for Parnu with 14 points each. Mikhel Kirves added 11 points, while Janis Vahter ended the game with 10. Parnu’s usual leader Ronaldas Rutkauskas did not play today.