TU/Rock tremendous in Kedainiai, advance to Semis

KEDAINIAI – TU/Rock came to Lithuania with a two-point deficit, but will leave with their heads held high, as they were impressive in the return leg against Nevezis, winning by 14, 92-78. They will now move on to the Semi-Finals, where they face either Liepaja/Triobet or Pieno Zvaigzdes.


Tartu managed to get their heads in front in the first quarter, mostly due to the succesful play of Dominykas Milka, who led the team with 11 points in just the opening quarter. Before the first period ended, University of Tartu had already wiped away the slim, two-point, deficit they were facing at the start of the game, as they jumped ahead by four points, 22-18.

The visitors had managed to bring the lead up to 8 points, but a couple of three pointers and a technical foul for Tartu‘s Head Coach Gert Kullemae quickly wiped away the deficit. Nevertheless, after an 11-0 run, the lead took a big swing in Tartu‘s direction. By halftime, Nevezis were already facing an 11-point deficit and really needed to talk things over.

Dominykas Milka and Vaidotas Volkus were doing most of the heavy lifting for their respective clubs in the first half. Milka tallied an impressive 20 points before the break, while Volkus was good for 15 for Nevezis.

University of Tartu came out of the halftime break hot and quickly advanced their margin to 16 points, as Nevezis seemed incapable of stopping their opponents.

It was quite obvious the Lithuanians would need a miracle to come out of this game alive, as they faced a huge deficit. Nevertheless, Nevezis slowly chipped at the lead and after Vaidotas Volkus' three, it was just a 6-point combined deficit with three minutes on the clock. Tartu responded with several buckets of their own and finished strong.