2020-21Regular SeasonRound 4
October 21, 2020 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 CIDO ARENA

Lietkabelis hangs on for first victory

Lietkabelis Panevezys put its 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16 hopes in play by knocking off Telenet Giants Antwerp 80-73 for its first win of the season on Wednesday. Gytis Masiulis collected 26 points and 10 rebounds as Lietkabelis improved to 1-3 in Group C. Paulius Valinskas added 17 points and 5 rebounds and Troy Barnies scored 11 points in the win. Antwerp fell to 0-4 despite Speedy Smith's 15 points and 8 assists. Ibrahima Fall-Faye picked up 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while the other three starters also scored in double figures: Vincent Kesteloot 12 points, Stephaun Branch 11 and David Dudzinski 10 points.

Kesteloot scored first and Antwerp was 0-6 before Lietkabelis finally put up its first points after 2 quiet minutes. Masiulis and Valinskas hit three-pointers to even the game 8-8, but Fall-Faye dunked home 2 of 3 straight Lietkabelis turnovers for a 10-14 Antwerp lead. The hosts did manage to pull back ahead but Antwerp was up 19-20 after 10 minutes. Three-pointers by Kyle Vinales and Valinskas had Lietkabelis ahead 25-22 only to see Smith drain back-to-back triples to put the guests back in front 25-30. Antwerp went the final 4:37 minutes of the first half without a basket as Margiris Normantas and Barnies drained three-pointers in a 15-3 run to put Lietkabelis up 42-35. After the break, inside buckets from Masiulis and Marin Maric increased the Lietkabelis advantage to 46-35. Antwerp failed to score until Smith's three-pointer after 2 minutes of the third quarter. Despite a triple and three-point play from Dudzinski, Lietkabelis kept Antwerp at an arm's length until Smith downed a triple on the third-quarter buzzer to make it 60-58. Vrenz Bleijenbergh opened the final frame for Antwerp with back-to-back three-pointers and it was 60-66 after Jalen Jenkins' put-back. Valinskas and Masiulis answered with back-to-back triples of their own to even the game and Maric made it 68-66. The lead switched hands three more time, the last two on triples from Masiulis and Smith as Antwerp went up 71-73. Maric and Masiulis combined for 5 free throws to put the hosts back ahead 76-73. At the other end, Antwerp failed to score on 4 straight possessions, including 2 missed free throws by Branch with 13 seconds left and the team down by 3 points. Masiulis added 2 foul shots with 10 seconds to secure the victory.

Settled down

In a crucial game, Lietkabelis showed its nerves early on with 8 turnovers in the first 10 minutes. But the Lithuanian side settled down after that and only committed 4 turnovers the rest of the game.

Pivotal performer

Gytis Masiulis had a career night with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and an index rating of 38 -- all EuroCup highs for the 22-year-old center.

Telling numbers

Lietkabelis knocked down 11 of 24 three-pointers (45.8%) compared to 8 of 23 (34.8%) for Antwerp, while also hitting 19 of 24 free throws to 5 of 9 for the visitors. Antwerp was unable to capitalize on a 26-10 advantage in second-chance points.

Next games

Lietkabeli will look to make it two in a row as it travels to play MoraBanc Andorra on October 27. Antwerp will be shooting to end its losing streak in a Round 5 matchup at home against Virtus Segafredo Bologna on the same night.

Gytis Masiulis - Lietkabelis Panevezys (photo Lietkabelis - Karolio Kavolelio) - EC20
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Referees: KOROMILAS, ELIAS; CORTES, CARLOS; ISGUDER, SINAN
Attendance: 664 (Tentative)
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Lietkabelis Panevezys
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 VINALES, KYLE 28:15 9 2/10 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 5   2     1 2 6
2 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS 18:14 6 1/2 1/4 1/2   3 3 3   2     1 2 6
7 MARIC, MARIN 23:14 8 3/8   2/3 3 3 6     1 1 1 4 3 6
9 VAICIUNAS, TADAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 23:55 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 4 1 1   1 3 3 5
11 POSKA, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MALDUNAS, GABRIELIUS 16:46   0/1     2   2 3 2       4   2
13 VENSKUS, ERIKAS 5:54 1   0/1 1/2 1   1           1 3 2
15 BARNIES, TROY 16:05 11   3/3 2/2                 1 1 11
21 MASIULIS, GYTIS 34:06 26 5/9 3/5 7/8 3 7 10 2 1 1 2 1 1 7 38
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS 29:12 17 3/7 3/5 2/3 1 4 5 1 1 5   2 2 3 11
94 GINTVAINIS, JOKUBAS 4:19   0/1 0/1           1       1 1 -1
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 80 14/39 11/24 19/24 13 24 37 18 6 13 3 5 19 25 89
        35.9% 45.8% 79.2%
Head coach: CANAK, NENAD
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Telenet Giants Antwerp
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRANCH, STEPHAUN 27:59 11 5/10 0/2 1/4 3 6 9 1 5 2     2 2 14
2 JENKINS, JALEN 12:43 5 2/5   1/2 2 4 6 1   2     4 2 4
9 VAN DEN EYNDE, NIELS 2:00   0/1                     1   -2
11 DE RIDDER, THIJS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 BLEIJENBERGH, VRENZ 23:11 6 0/2 2/4     2 2 2     2   1 1 8
13 DE RIDDER, NIELS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 ROGIERS, ROBY 5:56           1 1     1     1 1  
22 KESTELOOT, VINCENT 30:33 12 6/9 0/2   1 2 3   1 1   1 3 1 7
23 DUDZINSKI, DAVID 28:03 10 2/4 1/4 3/3 3 2 5 1 1 1   1 4 3 9
28 FAYE, IBRAHIMA 33:18 14 7/13 0/1   4 5 9   1 4 3 1 4 4 15
32 DONKOR, DENNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 SMITH, KENNETH 36:17 15 0/3 5/10     3 3 8 1 2     5 5 17
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 73 22/47 8/23 5/9 14 26 40 13 9 14 5 3 25 19 73
        46.8% 34.8% 55.6%
Head coach: BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE

Head Coaches

CANAK, NENAD
Lietkabelis Panevezys
"We started with too many turnovers and in the third quarter we started well, but Antwerp is a good team. They made some very big shots and we didn’t box out well. The crucial moment was when Valinskas and Masiulis made 2 threes and we got back into the game. Gytis Masiulis is a Lithuanian national team player, so he’s a good player, there’s no doubt."
BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE
Telenet Giants Antwerp
"It's a big disappointment for us. Lietkabelis and us were in the same spot. We needed that game also to have a chance to go to the next round. It was a really important game for both of us. We relaxed a little bit too much in the first half. We had too many turnovers, not enough fighting spirit. We gave them too many easy baskets. We also know they are a good shooting team. In the first half they made something like 7 three-pointers and only 4 in the second half – unfortunately the two big ones late. We fought really hard but you can see the difference in the free throws. That hurts. I told my guys to keep attacking the basket. We fought really well but we have to be ready to play 40 minutes in games like this."