Betsafe LKL slowly unfolds – two unbeaten, shocked champions and sorrow in Siauliai
Betsafe LKL is back with more action in rounds 2 and 3. It was a week to remember for teams remaining undefeated but not so sweet for the bottom teams and last years champions.
Rytas Vilnius started off this years campaign perfectly. A win from lastweek, midweek victory in Prienai and a monsterous performance against Pieno Zvaigzdes this weekend granted Rytas the best record in the league so far – 3 wins and 0 losses.
Unexpectedly it is not Zalgiris Kaunas that is pursuing Rytas. It is Nevezis–Optibet Kedainiai that remain undefeated teams with Rytas in Betsafe LKL. Kedainiai team captured another surprise victory. This time they beat Lietkabelis Panevezys at home with a tremendous solo effort from Vaidas Kariniauskas.
Meanwhile center of attention was the powerhouse of Lithuanian basketball – Kaunas. Zalgiris started of the midweek battles with an another easy victory against Dzukija Alytus. Match against Lietkabelis Panevezys was another story.
Lietkabelis after a loss in Kedainiai rehabilitated fast and earned a victory against Zalgiris Kaunas on away court 72:61. Both teams start off their european campaigns next week. It will be interesting to see how this game affect both squads.
A week of misery was for Siauliai who remain the only team in Betsafe LKL that has not won a single game. Siauliai were really close to a win in their game midweek game against Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys but a tremendous gamewinner from Jahenns Manigat captured Pasvalys a very important win 81:80.
Dzukija Alytus piled on Siauliai misery and were obviously the stronger team in Siauliai – 102:71.
A little bit of luck for CBet Prienai would have helped in their match away against Juventus Utena. Overtime thriller ended in a relief for Utena (89:84).
Neptunas Klaipeda did not compete in Betsafe LKL this week because of their Champions League qualification games in Bulgaria.
Betsafe LKL will be back for more action next week. Neptunas will catch up with the other teams with a game against Nevezis–Optibet on their home court.
Next weekend we will see a rematch of last years bronze medal series – Lietkabelis will host Neptunas Klaipeda.