Lietuvos rytas cruise past Neptunas; Nevezis take third consecutive win
Lietuvos rytas celebrated their 27th win of the season and guaranteed at least the second place in the regular season with a 90-72 away victory against third-placed Neptunas.
The Vilnius side remain second with a 27-6 record, while Neptunas dropped to 23-10.
The game of the week featured an incomplete comeback by Neptunas, who faught hard to get back into the game after a horrendous third quarter. They showed character and wiped away 14 points off of an 18-point deficit, but were ultimately shot down by a 10-0 run from the visitors.
Mindaugas Girdziunas led Lietuvos rytas past his former team with 14 points in his tally. Ben Madgen knocked down three three-pointers for a total of 13 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis had a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards. Rokas Giedraitis added another dozen to the scoring column, as Christopher Kramer finished the night with 11 points abd 5 assists.
Edgaras Zelionis led the ranks for Neptunas, as he dropped 15 points and 7 rebounds. Renaldas Seibutis had a tough night shooting, as he scored 13 points on an abysmal 3-of-12 shooting from the field. Jerry Johnson and Tomas Delininkaitis finished the night with 8 points apiece.
Nevezis continued climbing up the tables, as they practically guaranteed a play-off spot after defeating Juventus in a high-scoring affair, 102-89, for their third consecutive victory.
The Kedainiai side matched Juventus' 11 wins and currently reside in the seventh spot in the standings. With three games to go, both Nevezis and Juventus hold an 11-22 record and will most likely divide the last two playoff spots between themselves.
Aleksandr Zakharov had another great game for Nevezis, leading the team in both scoring, and rebounding with 19 points and 9 boards. Justas Tamulis added 17 points, while James Woodard chipped in with 16. Giedrius Saniulis and Lester Medford had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Margiris Normantas finished up with 11.