The hosts buried 8 threes in the first 10 minutes to establish a lead they never relinquished.
Lietkabelis shoots its way past Bourg, 100-96
7bet-Lietkabelis Panevezys used a first-quarter blitz to take control for good and held off a late Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse charge to prevail 100-96 on Tuesday night at Kalnapilio Arena in the first game of Round 6 in the BKT EuroCup. With the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nausėda, looking on, Lietkabelis put a three-game losing streak to bed in improving to 2-4 on the season.
Deividas Sirvydis starred with 27 points, including 11-of-11 free-throw shooting, plus 5 assists to lead the winners and Gediminas Orelik added 18 points of which 8 came in the final 4 minutes. Paulius Valinskas and Nikola Popovic each contributed 15 points and Martynas Varnas had 12.
Teenage sensation Zaccharie Risacher scored 18 for Bourg, which dropped to 4-2 in Group B. Bryce Brown netted 16 points, EJ Rowland paired 15 points with 5 assists, Isiaha Mike tallied 13 points and 4 steals and Godwin Omenaka scored 12 in defeat.
Three-point barrage fuels home team's start
Risacher sank the game's first three-pointer to put Bourg up 2-5, but Orelik scored twice in a 7-0 run to give the hosts the lead. Orelink and Vytenis Lipkevicius each struck from deep and Sirvydis did so twice as Lietkabelis raced to a 21-8 lead. Omenaka and Jeremy Morgan revived the visitors only to see Valinskas and Varnas both join the three-point party. Five different players combined to shoot 8 for 8 from behind the arc as Lietkabelis took a 30-14 lead after 10 minutes.
Maksim Salash and Rowland stood out as Bourg scored the first 6 points of the second quarter before Lietkabelis coach Nenad Canak called a timeout. Nevertheless, after a steal, a Kevin Kokila layup and a three by Brown, it was 30-25. Liutauras Lelevicius ended a 4-minute scoreless drought for Lietkabelis, but Bourg got within 37-35 on a dunk by Kokila. The hosts regrouped and after a Sirvydis shot on the halftime buzzer, the score was 47-39.
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Magic Moment: Popovic with the nice dunk!
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Magic Moment: Omenaka explodes to the rim!
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Magic Moment: Morgan’s block on Dadiet!
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Magic Moment: Sirvydis beats the buzzer!
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Magic Moment: Kokila rejects Tyrone Wallace!
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Magic Moment: Risacher skies for a block!
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Magic Moment: Rowland's behind-the-back dish!
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Magic Moment: Rowland sets up Kokila for a slam
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Magic Moment: Isiah Mike with a spin move and dunk!
Magic Moment: Omenaka with the majestic slam!
Magic Moment: Kokila dunks!
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Magic Moment: Hadzibegovic's put-back slam!
Magic Moment: Sirvydis goes all the way!
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Magic Moment: Omenaka takes no prisoners!
Magic Moment: Kokila swats it away!
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Magic Moment: Varnas and Popovic combines for a perfect play!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Kokila block finishes great sequence!
A pull-up three by Valinskas opened the scoring in the second half. Popovic scored twice to keep Lietkabelis rolling. Although Brown stepped up for Bourg, he did not have much help and Sirvydis made it 59-49 midway through the third quarter. Sirvydis remained hot as the teams traded shots. Bourg's press started to cause some trouble for the hosts, who led 72-61 through three quarters.
Risacher fuels late Bourg rally
A three by Morgan and a layup by Risacher gave Bourg hope, but Lietkabelis seemed to have an answer for each basket. Just when it appeared that the hosts were going to pull away, Bourg scored three straight baskets, the last a Risacher layup after a steal by Mike, to get within 78-74 with 5 minutes remaining. After a timeout, Mike committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Sirvydis and Popovic dunked to give Lietkabelis some breathing room. A triple by Risacher with 2:30 to play made it 87-83 and Rowland's behind-the-back pass to Mike got Bourg within 2 points entering the final minute. Free throws by Orelik and Sirvydis in the final minute helped Lietkabelis put the game on ice.