After Lietuvos Rytas decided to pull out of the Lithuanian Cup, the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) was left with a head-scratcher of who should replace the side from Vilnius in the semifinal of the tournament.
Last year’s runners-up in the competition decided not to participate in the Lithuanian Cup, claiming that the Federation broke an agreement with Lietuvos Rytas TV regarding the broadcast rights of the tournament’s Final Four.
“There was a theoretical possibility that Lietuvos Rytas could change their mind, because LKF gave a reasoned response to their complaints about the broadcasting rights. As we have already stated, there was no existing agreement,” said the Federation’s spokesman Dalius Matvejevas.
With no change of heart by Lietuvos Rytas, the Federation came to a decision to award the team’s spot to one of the two losing sides from the quarterfinal stage, which is still being played out. The one game playoff will take place in a neutral court.
The participants of the Lithuanian Cup Final Four should become clearer in the coming days, as Siauliai will try to overcome a 8-point disadvantage against Kedainiai Triobet on Tuesday, while Pieno Zvaigzdes will seek to defend a slender 2-point lead over Rudupis coming into the second stage.
The winner of the game between Siauliai and Kedainiai Triobet will face Zalgiris in the semifinal of the Lithuanian Cup and the stronger team of the second quarterfinal will match-up against the winner of the additional playoff game.