Vytautas defeat Liepaja/Triobet in double OT

LIEPAJA – The battle for the top spot in Group B deserves to be called the game of the season so far in Triobet BBL, as Vytautas came back from behind to claim a 107-102 victory against Liepaja/Triobet in double overtime on the road at the Liepaja Olympic Center in Friday.

 

It was the eighth consecutive win for the Lithuanian side who are still undefeated, while the Liepaja club’s losing streak continued with the third straight defeat.

Liepaja/Triobet made an early statement in the game after opening the first quarter with an impressive 11-0 run. Although only four points separated the sides at the end of the opening period, the visitors from Prienai knew they were in for a tough one.

The same four-point gap, now 37-33, was between the teams in time for the halftime break. In the third quarter, Liepaja/Triobet went on a run to increase its advantage to double figures, finishing the period up 61-51.

Virginijus Seskus tried to inspire his team for a comeback and Sarunas Vasiliauskas delivered for his coach, quickly cutting the lead to four points with two three-pointers to start the final frame.

With the score tied at 75-75 the end of regulation, teams played five more minutes, but couldn’t settle the winner either, with Domantas Seskus draining a game-tying three-pointer with four seconds left.

The second extra period belonged to Vytautas who drained one big shot after another to take the upper hand and converted from the free-throw line to seal the win in the second overtime period.

Gytis Sirutavicius had 26 points and six rebounds for the winners, Vaidas Cepukaitis finished the game with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Laimonas Kisielius and Sarunas Vasiliauskas finished the game with 13 points apiece.

For Liepaja/Triobet, Toms Leimanis had a team-high 22 points and seven assists, Zack Stephan had a monstrous double-double of 18 points and 18 boards, while Kristopher Richard finished with 17 points off the bench.