The match started with a rather curious, but very unpleasant incident for the referee from Poland, Pavel Pastusiak. Umana Reyer’s tall man Mitchell Watt elbowed a referee in the face and knocked out several teeth while fighting for a contested ball. Despite the injury, the referee decided to officiate this match and did the job to the end.
On the other hand, “Lietkabelis” was not able to successfully finish the work started. Leading by 10 points (65:55) in the middle of the third quarter, the Panevėžys allowed their opponents to regain intrigue and equalize the result (71:71), then Benas Griciūnas got a block under the basket, and Allerikas Freeman put the guests ahead with a free throw.
Kristian Kullamae, who tried to correct the situation with a three-pointer, did not save the team anymore – 71:74 (14:17, 24:16, 17:19, 16:22).
“Lietkabelis”: Jamelas Morrisas 25 (10/10 penalties), Benas Griciūnas 16, Kristianas Kullamae 11, Vytenis Lipkevičius 7 (1/5 threes), Gabrielius Maldūnas 5 points.
Umana Reyer: Mitchell Watt 19, Allerik Freeman 17, Derek Willis 14, Jayson Granger 7 points.
So far, “Lietkabelis” has lost all three away matches of this season’s European Cup.
“Lietkabelis” will play the next two matches of the European Cup at home – on November 30. will host “Cedevita-Olimpija” from Ljubljana at home, and on December 7 Germani Brescia teams from Brescia.
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