Vytautas barely escape upset in Kedainiai

KEDAINIAI – The league-best record in the Triobet BBL Regular Season does not guarantee automatic success in the Play-Offs, as Vytautas wasted a double-digit lead and almost fell short against Nevezis, winning the first leg of the Eight-Final only 83-78 on the road in Kedainiai on Tuesday evening.


The start of the game seemed to suggest that coach Virginijus Seskus and his team were in store for a relatively easy game. Having built a 27-17 advantage after the first quarter of play, the guests finished the half up by 12 points at 54-52.

Having momentarily increased the lead to 18 points after the interval, Vytautas players let their guard down, allowing Nevezis to mount a big comeback. The hosts trimmed the deficit to 68-61 by the end of the third quarter and continued to chip away in the final period.

An 11-2 run by Kedainiai allowed them to go up 72-70 with seven minutes remaining, but Vytautas quickly regained the upper hand, winning the game with a not-at-all convincing five-point margin.

Laimonas Kisielius was very close to a triple-double with 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Vytautas, while Vytautas Sulskis chipped in with 21 points, five boards and four assists. The players also added four steals each.

Meanwhile, Darius Gvezdauskas dropped 17 points to lead the hosts in scoring, while big man Mindaugas Kupsas finished the game with 16 points. No one else reached double figures for Nevezis.