TU/Rock barely escape Prienai

TU/Rock did what they were supposed to do – hold their own on the road and advance to the Quarterfinals. The Estonians were already in a great position to succeed, but the 73-67 (13-20; 27-14; 12-20; 21-13) victory against Prienai set everything to its places.

 

Tartu had won the first leg of the series by 32 points, so winning wasn’t a do-or-die goal for them.

This was truly a game of runs, as the margin totals kept swinging up and down. Prienai jumped on the right track right at tipoff with a 15-0 start to the game. Finally awakened by the cold shower, TU/Rock trimmed the lead down to 7 before the quarter ended.

Although the good first period might have ignited a spark of hope for the Lithuanians, all the positivity was wiped out with Rock’s dominant second quarter. The Estonians not only erased their deficit, but finally managed to build a slight lead of their own.

The third quarter belonged to the home side though and they were back on the run for the lead. The Lithuanians managed to get some stops and jumped in front by two points before the final frame.

Prienai weren’t able to hold their own during clutch time and TU/Rock celebrated another victory.

Arnas Labuckas had a nice game for Prienai, as he tallied 22 points. Martynas Linkevicius joined him in the double-digit range with 17 points. Paulius Ivanauskas was the only other player to stand out, as he contributed 9 assists and 4 points.

TU/Rock’s scoring was very wide-spread, as Augustas Peciukevicius led the team in scoring with just 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists to the total. Joosep Toome chipped in with 11 points, while Gert Dorbek added 9. Three more players had 7 points in their accounts.