Vytautas defeat Barsy, improve to 9-0

PRIENAI – Virginijus Seskus had only eight players at his disposal, but Vytautas still overpowered Barsy, taking a 80-73 victory at home in Prienai on Thursday in a Group B clash.

The Lithuanian side remains the only undefeated team in the competition after improving to a squeaky clean 9-0 record, while Barsy dropped to 3-5.



Vytautas got in the driver’s seat early on after a 22-14 start of the game and although their lead never reached double figures in the first half, they were very much in control.

Leading 41-33 at the halftime break, the hosts allowed Barsy to get a couple of baskets to open the third period, but then went on an 11-0 run to increase the gap to 52-37.

With five minutes remaining, the same 15-point margin separated the sides, but a 13-3 spurt by the Kazakhs had cut it to five points with a minute left. However, Vytautas held on with Paulius Ivanauskas ending sealing the win with a jumper on the other end.

Vytautas Sulskis had a huge double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts, Vilmantas Dilys also added 24 points, while December MVP Laimonas Kisielius finished the game with 10 points and six boards.

For Barsy, Michael Burwell scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Ryan Cook and Mikhail Yevstigneev added 18 and 16 points respectively in the loss.