Lietuvos Rytas survive double overtime drama against Siauliai; Juventus surprise Lietkabelis in Utena
Lietuvos Rytas needed two overtimes to overcome a heroic challenge from Siauliai in arguably the most exciting game of the season in the Betsafe LKL, inscribing a 103-98 win on Sunday in Vilnius.
The home side seemed well on their way to a convincing win after going up 47-32 after the first two quarters, but an inspired fourth-quarter fightback brought things level at the end of regulation.
If anything, Siauliai looked like the more likely winners in the two extra periods, but the Travis Peterson-led pre-game favorites from the capital managed to tip the scales their way after 50 minutes of basketball.
Peterson finished the game with a 18-point and 14-rebound double-double, with Jimmy Baron and Rokas Giedraitis scoring 21 points and 15 points, respectively for Lietuvos Rytas.
Meanwhile, Omar Prewitt had a career night for Siauliai with 29 points and 5 assists on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, while fellow American forward Akeem Wright chipped in with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
Third-placed Lietuvos Rytas improved to an 11-4 mark in the Betsafe LKL standings, while Siauliai, with an inverse 4-11 record, share the bottom of the table with Nevezis and Vytautas.
In the other game of the day, Juventus, 5-10, pulled off a 91-71 upset against Lietkabelis at home in Utena to prolong the Panevezys club's recent poor stretch of form with their fourth consecutive loss which has seen them spiral down to fourth place after dropping to 10-5.
The hosts took command early and established a double-digit lead in the first half, setting themselves up for easy cruising after the halftime break.
Laron Dendy registered new personal season highs with 21 points and 9 rebounds, Anthony Ireland added 17 points, while Arvydas Siksnius and Mindaugas Kupsas collected 8 points each.
For Lietkabelis, Adas Juskevicius had a team-high 16 points, while the trio of Ksistof Lavrinovic, Gintaras Leonavicius and Donatas Tarolis were next in line with 8 points apiece.