Nevėžis remain the only team in the league that is still winless. They were very close to winning last time out in Prienai but the hosts still ripped a dramatic 79-77 win out in the end in spite Nevėžis had had the initiative in their hands for the first three and a half quarters. Lietkabelis were carried off the road as well in the previous round in Kaunas 69-96 but they had to go in front of invincible Zalgiris, so the result is not so surprising. Nevėžis will have the home-court advantage in this game but a first LKL regular-season win will be hard to achieve this time too because Lietkabelis have all the aces in the sleeve.
Nevėžis could never expect a solid season start. For a while, it looked like they were going to lose their LKL license and thus they were not signing players in the summer. When they still got a license and paid all the debts, they were allowed to play LKL basketball again. They started buying players in a hurry but at the time they were still signing players, their rivals were already training together and preparing for the season. Among the arrivals, Nevėžis have some interesting future talents like the Kalaitzakis brothers, Okouo, or Digbeu, which is injured for now. Beliauskas is a wonderful young shooter too, but Nevėžis have very little experience when you take them as a group of individuals and they started training and playing together for the first time only a month ago. Their best basketball is yet to come in later season months.
Lietkabelis began their season early, as they wanted to gain into shape quickly before the FIBA Champions League qualification tie against Cypriot Keravnos. Lietkabelis playing good basketball now, especially defensively. Offensively, they are a bit short of natural scorers but that will hurt them in other games when they play more serious rivals in the local league and the Champions League. Playing Nevėžis they will not find trouble trying to score, and defensively they can take care of Nevėžis’ leaders, which have a tendency to try to solve matters individually.
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