Neptunas hand Zalgiris third consecutive loss
Kazys Maksvytis and Neptunas extended their winning streak against Zalgiris, beating the defending Betsafe LKL champions 81-71 in Klaipeda for their third win in a row against the club from Kaunas.
Having built their lead in the first quarter, the home side controlled the flow of the game and led by as many as 15 points after the intermission. Although the visitors had made it a two-possession game in the fourth quarter, Neptunas managed to weather the storm.
Deividas Gailius paced the winners with 16 points, Tomas Delininkaitis needed just 16 minute of action to collect 14 points, while Simas Galdikas finished just shy of a double-double with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
For Zalgiris, Brandon Davies had a game-high 22 points, as Leo Westermann and Edgaras Ulanovas chipped in with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
Elsewhere, Juventus got a big road victory in Panevezys, inscribing an 89-74 triumph over Lietkabelis behind a team-high 19-point and 7-assist effort by Kenny Gaines and a 14-point contribution from Gytis Radzevcius, who also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Aleksandr Zakharov and Dovis Bickauskis also entered double-digit territory for Juventus with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Ike Iroegbu led Lietkabelis in scoring with 20 points.
In the only other game of the day, bottom-of-the-table Siauliai earned an 85-76 win over Nevezis to catch them with a 4-19 record. However, for the time being, the Kedainiai club holds the tie-breaker and remains in ninth place.
Evaldas Saulys was the top scorer for Siauliai with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Benas Griciunas scored 20 points and grabbed 7 boards, while Cedrick Bowen collected 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Adonte Parker led the game in scoring with 22 points and 5 assists for Nevezis, Zaid Hearts scored 19 points, as Gabrielius Maldunas had 11 points on efficient 5-of-6 shooting.