Despite losing the first game of the Baltic Basketball League (BBL) quarterfinal series to Rudupis in Prienai, Zalgiris bounced back with two convincing victories at home to advance to the league’s Final Four. The last win, which clinched a semifinal spot, came on Wednesday, as Zalgiris blew right past Rudupis 90-73 (26-18, 21-18, 18-13, 25-24) in Kaunas.
The hosts started the game with a 15-0 run, which set the mood for the entire game. Although, Rudupis managed to get back within 22-26, Zalgiris answered with an 11-0 run to get regain a double-digit lead.
Tomas Delininkaitis was the top-scorer for Zalgiris with 18 points, Marko Popovic had 12, while Robertas Javtokas and Mantas Kalnietis chipped in with 11 points each.
Valdas Dabkus and Adas Juskevicius led the visitors from Prienai with 17 and 16 points respectively, while Simas Buterlevicius, on loan from Lietuvos Rytas, added 11 points.