Ventspils victorious in Bronze Final

LIEPAJA – Ventspils came out on top in the battle for third place in the Olybet BBL Cup, as they beat Siauliai 86-76 in the Bronze Final on Sunday afternoon.


Ventspils took initiative early on and after a couple of open three-pointers, were up by double digits – 13-3 However, Siauliai answered with five consecutive baskets to even the score.  The Latvians converted on a free-throw to give them a one point lead before the end of the first quarter.

There weren’t many changes in the second, as Ventspils quickly pushed the lead to seven, soon to suffer a rebuff from the Lithuanian side – Siauliai responded with a 10-0 run to pull ahead. The teams exchanged baskets and entered halftime with a 32-35 score headlining the scoreboard.

Yet another run took place at the start of the second half, as Ventspils finally managed to regain the double-digit lead. This time, however, the Latvian side was able to keep hold of it. The teams were separated by 13 points before the final quarter.

The margin had reached a game-high 17 points before Rokas Giedraitis took matters into his own hands. He scored 9 points in just a minute to keep the game measurably close. A 11-1 run late in the final quarter allowed Siauliai to close in a cut the deficit to just four with a minute remaining. However, poor decisions offensively stopped them from getting any closer. Ventspils converted on their free-throws and celebrated an 87-76 victory.

Troy Barnies was the top scorer for the winning side with 15 points. Zanis Peiners added 13, while Maris Gulbis and Andrejs Grazulis chipped in with 11 each. Artjoms Butjankovs and Martins Meiers ended the game with 10 apiece.

Rokas Giedraitis was the target man for Siauliai, as he scored 17. Tyler Olander and Julius Jucikas both finished the game with 10.

Ventspils Head Coach Roberts Stelmahers was pleased with how the preseason is going and reminded that the team is still a work in progress:

“I am happy with how our team played today and while it’s still just the preparation for the season, it was really a pretty solid performance for us. However, we need to keep our consistency – we can’t have one solid game and then two poor ones.”