An impressive performance by the 18-year-old starlet Tauras Jogela was not enough for the youth team of Zalgiris to defeat the newly reborn Statyba Vilnius, as the side from Kaunas lost the visitors from the Lithuanian capital 76-80 (26-22, 18-18, 6-20, 26-20) in the National League (NKL) on Friday.
Jogela, who has doubled his numbers comparing to last year and is averaging 15.9 points and 7.9 points per game, was close to finishing the match with a triple-double, having displayed a great all-around performance of 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals.
The Latvian playmaker Kaspars Vecvagars collected 13 points, Renaldas Simanavicius added 12, while Rolandas Jakstas ended up scoring 11 for Zalgiris.
The 20-year-old Statyba guard Tadas Rinkunas nailed four-of-eight three-pointers for a total of 18 points as well as adding four assists and five steals. Remigijus Sugintas scored 16 and grabbed nine boards, Aurimas Stakenas chipped in with 14, while Ovidijus Varanauskas had 10 points and eight assists.