“Žalgiris”, which hit the first three-point only near the end of the match, took the victory out of Klaipeda

It still didn’t help Žalgiris Artūras Milaknis, Nigelas Hayesas go Patricio Garino.

It is interesting that both teams lacked long throws in this match – “Neptūnas” hit 3 out of 18, “Žalgiris” – 3 out of 17. The team from Žalgiris added them all during the last 4 minutes of the match.

The Klaipėda team started the match more successfully and sped 8-0, and Marius Grigonis scored the first points of “Žalgiris” only after four and a half minutes. The guests did not allow Neptune to gain a double-digit advantage and, thanks to Augustine Rubit and Joffrey Lauvergne, approached 12:14. Finally, after Rokas Jokubaitis’ throw, “Žalgiris” finished the quarter in the lead – 17:16.

In the second quarter, the Kaunas residents did not repeat their mistakes and started it better (23:18), although they could not escape far, because “Neptune” was breathing back – 29:30. Žalgiris finished the half more positively again (38:31), and after the big break they started to control the situation.

The difference became double-digit (58:44), and Lukas Lekavičius and Marekas Blaževičius helped Žalgiris not to lose his advantage. In the end, during the last quarter, “Žalgiris” just didn’t have to waste an advantage, which they did. By the way, only in the last quarter did the long throws of “Žalgiris” reach the goal.

Žalgiris: Thomas Walkup (7/8 dvt.) And Marius Grigonis – 18 each, Rokas Jokubaitis 11 (5th ed.), Augustine Rubitas 10, Marekas Blaževičius and Lukas Lekavičius (3/10 dvit.) – 8 each.

Neptune: Deividas Gailius (6th chamber) and Simas Galdikas – 13 each, Žygimantas Janavičius 11 (6th ed.), Norbertas Giga 10, Matas Jogėla 9.

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