Vytautas race back to win it in Parnu

PARNU - It came close to another upset, as last year's champions Vytautas nearly fell in Parnu. It was only an excellent final quarter that saved Vytautas, as they ended up winning 88-75.


Parnu were off to the races from the get-go, as they jumped ahead early on. However, Vytautas didn't allow the to get too far ahead and before the quarter ended, had just a two-point deficit.

The visitors' defense seemed lax and Parnu got off to a good start once again - with a great five-minute stretch, they managed to up their lead to double digits and enjoyed a 47-39 lead a few minutes late during halftime.

The Estonians retained a three-possession lead nearly throughout the whole third quarter and looked good before the final period. However, that is when Vytautas finally got going.

Vytautas started the quarter off with a 12-2 run and quickly put themselves ahead. The dominance in the fourth quarter didn't stop there - for a seven-minute period the Lithuanians were scoring at will and the only points they allowed came from the free-throw line. That was the key to closing out the game with a 13-point advantage.

Eigirdas Zukauskas had a career game with 29 points and 8 rebounds to his account, leading the way with five long-range bombs. He was helped by Denys Lukashov, who had 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Gediminas Maceina proved to be Mr. Efficient, scoring 9 points on 4-of-4 shooting, while also adding 4 rebounds and assists each, all in the matter of 13 minutes.

The hosts' hopes were powered by 22 points from Siim Markus Post and Mikhel Kirves, who had 16. Karl Martin Kask added 13 points to the tally.