The third place in the Vladas Garast Cup tournament in Klaipėda was won by the newly formed BC “Wolves” team, which defeated the Estonian champion Pernu “Sadam” in the small final. 97:84 (30:19, 26:20, 26:28, 15:17). The Wolves were led by Adas Juškevičius, who scored 23 points and had 13 assists.
Wolves started the match confidently. Rimos Kurtinaitis’ students scored the first 10 points and, having accumulated a double-digit advantage, kept it until the end of the quarter. At the beginning of the second quarter, the coach of the wolves was not satisfied with the team’s defense and had to ask for a minute break. Although the Estonians hit a long shot after it, reducing the deficit to 7 points (38:31), the Wolves began to increase their advantage again and led by 18 points at the end of the quarter (54:36).
After the break, both teams started to compete in the points race and scored almost 60 points together, while the difference remained practically unchanged. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Tomas Lekūnas and Vaidas Čepukaitis ended the match prematurely due to accumulated fouls one after the other.
Not being able to boast of a long bench at the moment, the Wolves basketball players reduced the tempo of the game.
The spectators gathered in the arena asked for the team’s 100th point, but in the 2 remaining minutes, the wolves could not organize a productive attack. A long shot by Regimantas Miniots in the last seconds of the match also flew by.
Arnas Beručka, who sprained his ankle the night before, Tomas Pačės, who is ill, and Kristupas Žemaitis, Eigirdas Žukauskas and Argentinean Marcos Delia, representing their national teams, did not play in this match.
In the Wolves team, the following players stood out: Adas Juškevičius 23 (13 rebounds), Ahmadas Cavers 19 (8 rebounds), Regimantas Miniotas 16 (8 rebounds), Mindaugas Lukauskis 12, Herkus Kumpys 9, Vaidas Čepukaitis 8 , Tomas Lekūnas 5, Vitalijs Kozys 3, Hugo Invernizzi 2 points.
Last year, Mihkel Kirves, who scored 18 points, and Andre Walker, who scored 17 points, stood out for Sadam.
Wolves will play their next pre-season friendly on September 13. In Panevėžys with “Lietkabel”.