Lietuvos RytasThe first official clash of Lithuanian basketball giants in the Baltic Basketball League was more successful for Lietuvos Rytas. They visited Kaunas to face Zalgiris who suffered fourth straight loss in Euroleague on Wednesday. Despite Zalgiris's crisis the game was very close. Neither team managed to pull away by 10 points.

Lietuvos Rytas won a low scoring first quarter 13-10. The teams warmed up and improved their offense. Zalgiris fought hard but they were still behind at the half time 32-36.

The second half brought no changes. The game was still very close. Zalgiris managed to win the third period by 2 points and they were down by two at stat of the fourht quarter.

Visitors tried to make a run right from the start of the final period. Soon they had the biggest lead of the game 60-51. It could have been a breaking point but Mantas Kalnietis hit two three-pointers helping Lithuanian champions to come closer.

Rytas were up by two points with 5 seconds left on the clock. Willie Deane took the ball on his own court side and decided to try to seal the win for Zalgiris. Instead of passing the ball to a player who was closer to the basket, he shot a buzzer-beater from downtown but it bounced off the rim.

A close win for Lietuvos Rytas 70-68 .

68 – Zalgiris: Willie Deane 18, Jonas Maciulis 11, Mantas Kalnietis 8, Paulius Jankunas 7, Ratko Varda 7, Dainius Salenga 6, Zygimantas Janavicis 5, Tadas Klimavicius 5, Loren Woods 1.

70 – Lietuvos Rytas: Branko Milisavljevic 14, Chuck Eidson 13, Milko Bjelica 8, Marijonas Petravicius 8, Matthew Nielsen 6, Donatas Zavackas 6, Marius Prekevicius 5, Martynas Gecevicius 5, Mindaugas Lukauskis 5.

Other results:

Siauliai 68-82 Kalev
Barons 90-68 ASK Riga
Tartu Rock 63-64 Ventspils

  Team W
L
+/-
1. Lietuvos Rytas 6 2 +57
2. Ventspils 4 4 -9
3. Siauliai 4 4 -23
4. Barons 4 3 +44
5. Tartu Rock 4 3 +15
6. Zalgiris 3 4 +10
7. ASK Riga 4 2 -1
8. Kalev 2 4 -7
9. Valmiera 2 4 -33
10. Nevezis 1 4 -53

On a funny note, Darius Maskoliunas is displayed as the head coach of Zalgiris on the official BBL website. Mistake or a future prediction?

Darius Maskoliunas - Zalgiris head coach?
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