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Twix or Cloud 9: big stakes for Šiauliai and Bristol Flyers

The second ticket to the 2024 ENBL Final Four will be booked on Tuesday, March 19, as Šiauliai host the Bristol Flyers. The visitors need to win by nine points in order to advance.

Series history: Šiauliai posted a 84-76 road win at the SGS College Arena on March 7.

The Lithuanians are 4-0 in the ENBL home games.

The Flyers are 3-1 in the ENBL road games.

Žydrūnas Urbonas has a 5-0 record in the ENBL.

Šiauliai are eyeing their second Final Four after a silver finish in 2022.

Bristol Flyers are eyeing their first Final Four.

Key matchup: LJ Thorpe averages 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists for Šiauliai.

He shoots 61.7% from the two point line and 47.6% from the three point line, as well as 92.3% from the free throw line.

Tevin Olison averages 9.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Bristol.

He shoots 48.5 from the two point line and 27.3% from the three point line, as well as 83.3% from the charity stripe.

National championships: Šiauliai are 6-17 at the Betsafe LKL.

The Lithuanians lost at Neptūnas Klaipeda, 76-85, on March 11.

Šiauliai also suffered a 91-94 home defeat at the hands of Mažeikiai on March 17.

Alex Antetokounmpo, Giannis brother, scored 23 points for the visiting team.

Bristol Flyers are 12-15 at the British Basketball league.

Andreas Kapoulas and his men are five wins above the playoff line – ninth placed Manchester Giants are 7-22.

Trejon Jacob participated at the 2024 BBL All Star weekend Slam Dunk contest.

Tevin Olison and Brad Greene played at the 2024 BBL All Star Game on March 17.

Know your referees

Crew chief: Elvis Binders-Čoders (Latvia) – FIBA referee from 2021, referee at Pafbet Estonia and Latvia league; has worked at the 2022 FIBA U20 European Championship for Men, division B, and the 2022 FIBA U18 European Championship for Women in Crete.

Umpire 1: Gintaras Maciulis (Lithuania) – a Top 10 referee from Lithuania, FIBA referee from 2017, Basketball Champions league referee from 2020; has worked at the EuroBasket 2022 and the EuroBasket Women 2023.

Umpire 2: Simon Unsworth (United Kingdom) – British Basketball league referee from 1999, FIBA referee from 2010.

Observer: Mareks Voļskis (Latvia).

ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream


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