The national basketball league final (7bet-NKL) was like a real gladiator fight. Both teams fought until the last seconds, and “Gargždai” won a dramatic victory, the title of champion and a ticket to LKL.
Student Paulius Juodis in the final in Palanga 77:73 (15:17, 25:19, 18:18, 19:19) broke the Marijampolė basketball player “Sūduva-Mantinga” and won the NKL championship for the first time in the club’s history.
The final MVP elected you Mindaugas Stašyswhose throw at the end of the match led to victory.
M. Stašys scored 13 points (5/10 double, 0/3 trit., 3/4 penalty) in the decisive match, 2 rebounds and 1 loss, 6 assists, 5 fouls and 10 utility points.
The team started better in Marijampolė, which started 12: 2 and won a double-digit advantage in the middle of the first half. However, the answer was soon given to the Gargždai, who made an impressive score of 38:20 and moved away by 8 points after Mantas Ruikis’s long shot (40:32).
David Romanchenko was the brightest in the section, scoring 10 points in the second half alone.
However, before the break, the Marijampolė team managed to melt the deficit slightly and after a free kick by Sigismund Shimonis, it dropped to 4 points (36:40).
2.5 minutes before the end of the third quarter, the result was equal – 50:50, but then Gargždai kept the section 8: 3 and after free throw Simas Galdikas at the end of the quarter he gained a 5 point advantage (58) . : 53).
The fourth quarter was reminiscent of a real gladiator fight: the teams exchanged accurate shots, and 2 minutes after settler Simo Galdikas, Gargždai burst (72:71). In the next attack, Šarūnas Beniušis tracked down the attack, and a minute later Mindaugas Stašys increased the lead to 3 points (74:71).
Soon Marijampol lost, and M. Stašis threw Gargždis by 5 points (76:71).
In the next attack, Sūduva-Mantinga failed to score, but S. Galdikas lost the penalty, and Žygimantas Šimonis reduced the lead to 3 points with two free throws (73:76).
But that was all: M. Stašys sent a penalty (77:73), on the other side of the field Aurimas Urbonas lost both and Gargždis triumphed.
South Africa: Aurimas Urbonas 18 (7th c.), Žygimantas Šimonis 16, Šarūnas Beniušis 12, Ignas Labutis 11 (6th c.), Lukas Aukštikalnis 7.
Gargzdai: Dovydas Romančenka 17 (5th room), Marius Runkauskas 16, Mindaugas Stašys 13 (6th rev.), Mantas Ruikis and Simas Galdikas (8th section) – 8 each.
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