Uniclub Casino Juventus dominate in the fourth quarter to post a statement win
Uniclub Casino Juventus hit the gas pedal in the last 10 minutes to destroy the 2023 ENBL bronze medalist Polski Cukier Start Lublin, 103-73, on Wednesday, October 4, at the Globus arena in Lublin, Poland.
Players of the game
Ryan Taylor led all scorers with 19 points.
A former Northwestern (2018-2019) shooting guard connected 8-of-11 field goal attempts, including a perfect 2-of-2 from the three point line.
Ajdin Penava followed with 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.
Bosnian power forward went 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Šarūnas Beniušis, Mantas Valinskas and Billy Ivey scored 12 points each for the visiting team.
Lublin center Barret Benson (Southern Illinois 2020) replied with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Jabril Durham (Arkansas 2016) had 13 points.
Uniclub Casino Juventus took the lead midway the first quarter but it did not exceeded 13 points until the fourth quarter, 76-63.
Lublin`s offense collapsed in the final 10 minutes, as the hosts scored just 10 points in the last frame.
Five Juventus players scored in double figures.
Oliver Kostič`s men penetrated Lublin`s defenses and registered 75% shooting accuracy inside the three point line (27-of-36).
Their perimeter shooting was impressive as well – 55% or 10-of-18.
Juventus bench outscored Start, 47-21.
Uniclub Casino Juventus posted a 30 points win in the debut game and improved to 1-0.
Oliver Kostič`s team has a 2-1 record in the LKL.
Lithuanian teams registered two wins on Wednesday against the opponents from Poland and Great Britain.
Standings, as of October 4, 2023
Uniclub Casino Juventus 1-0 (+30)
Polski Cukier Start Lublin 0-1 (-30)
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