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Wolves Twinsbet lose Game 2 in Klaipeda, quarter-final series to be decided in Vilnius
Wolves Twinsbet lose Game 2 in Klaipeda, quarter-final series to be decided in Vilnius

Another Lithuanian Basketball League (Betsafe-LKL) quarterfinal match-up will take place after BC Neptūnas defeated Wolves Twinsbet at home 95:76 (30:23, 23:23, 26:10, 16:20). With this win, the Klaipėda club ended a five-game losing streak.

The series is now tied at 1:1, with the deciding Game 3 to be played in the Lithuanian capital on Saturday, May 18.

The match started evenly up until Deividas Gailius' three-pointer gave Klaipėda a 5-point advantage - 12:7. Ažuolas Tubelis added on to the lead (16:9) despite the scoring efforts of Eigirdas Žukauskas for the other side. A pair of three-pointers from Rasheed Sulaimon cut the deficit of Wolves Twinsbet (18:20), but the hosts remained in pole position at the end of the first quarter - 30:23.

Žygimantas Janavičius of BC Neptūnas played just 2 minutes before heading to the locker room after suffering an apparent shoulder injury.

Tim Lambrecht began the second quarter with two three-pointers to extend the gap - 36-23. Wolves forward E.Žukauskas ended his club's scoring drought with another trey, keeping Vilnius within single digits - 34:42. Ą.Tubelis continued to pace Klaipėda’s offense, giving his team a 53:46 lead after two quarters.

The Wolves trimmed the deficit after halftime (50:55), but Joshua Newkirk, Ignas Sargiūnas, Ą.Tubelis, D.Gailius and Mindaugas Girdžiūnas righted the ship for BC Neptūnas with a scoring run to erect a 68:54 advantage. With 3 minutes left in the quarter, Wolves Twinsbet trailed 56:79 - seemingly unable to find a way to stop their opponents. The visitors from Vilnius managed to score only 10 points in the third canto.

In the final quarter, BC Neptūnas built a sizable lead of 86:60 and controlled the game, crushing Wolves Twinsbet in Game 2 and hanging on to this series-tying win.

Wolves Twinsbet: Eigirdas Žukauskas 20, Rasheed Sulaimon 15, Artūrs Žagars 12, Tre'Shawn Thurman 9, Jeffery Taylor 8, Christian Mekowulu 5, Regimantas Miniotas 4, Vitalijus Kozys 2, Vaidas Kariniauskas 1. Kristupas Žemaitis and Arnas Beručka both played but were held scoreless.

BC Neptūnas: Ažuolas Tubelis 17, Ignas Sargiūnas 15, Joshua Newkirk and Tim Lambrecht - 12 each.

(Photo: Matas Baranauskas)

2024.05.15
V. Kariniauskas on Wolves Twinsbet's first QF match:
V. Kariniauskas on Wolves Twinsbet's first QF match: "Thank God we managed to win"

Wolves Twinsbet Vilnius began their Betsafe-LKL playoffs campaign on a strong note, securing a victory in their first quarter-final game against BC Neptūnas Klaipėda with a score of 91:84.

The second match is scheduled for Wednesday (May 15) in the port city of Klaipėda. Another win in this match guarantees Wolves Twinsbet a spot in the semi-finals.

This playoff victory holds historical significance for the Lithuanian capital's team. In their inaugural season, they suffered an unexpected loss to CBet Jonava in the quarterfinals. Last year, the Wolves were unable to advance past the quarterfinals, losing both games of the series and missing out on post-season awards.

The weight of this previous defeat still looms over the team, as acknowledged by Wolves Twinsbet player Vaidas Kariniauskas. He mentioned that some players, who were part of the team last season, vividly recall the disappointment and have eagerly awaited the start of this year's playoffs. This lingering memory might have affected the team's performance in the initial faceoff against BC Neptūnas.

"Typical first playoff game. Even from last year, you could already feel the excitement for this team. Everyone has been waiting for that game and this series probably since then because last year those who were playing here were a bit unlucky. Thank God we managed to win, but I don't think we played well," remarked V. Kariniauskas immediately after the match.

Wolves Twinsbet took an early lead, establishing a 13-point advantage (35:22) in the opening minutes of the second quarter. However, BC Neptūnas staged an impressive comeback with a 17-2 run, seizing the lead for the first time in the game - 39:37.

"We tend to rely on holding a 10-point lead and wait for someone else to finish the game for us. But it doesn't work like that," reflected V. Kariniauskas, pondering the team's slip in performance. "We need to earn those extra 10 points ourselves and maintain our momentum. With a deep roster of 12 players, we must sustain our good play. Today, we stopped playing and they capitalised on it."

When asked about the strategy to secure a ticket to the semi-finals in Klaipėda, the Wolves guard outlined the key points.

"We need to execute the things we usually do well and add a little more energy," said V. Kariniauskas.

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2024.05.14
Wolves Twinsbet secures first quarterfinals win
Wolves Twinsbet secures first quarterfinals win

A key quarterfinals match-up in the Lithuanian Basketball League (Betsafe-LKL) started off dramatically, with Wolves Twinsbet holding off BC Neptūnas of Klaipėda at their Twinsbet Arena home floor to secure a 1-0 series lead, winning 91-84 (31-22, 14-20, 19-21, 27-21). 

Game 2 of the race-to-two-wins faceoff shifts to the port city of Klaipėda on Wednesday, May 15.

Garrison Brooks and Artūrs Žagars led the home team, establishing a good lead early in the game with a score of 14-6. Despite Mindaugas Girdžiūnas's efforts to close the gap for Neptūnas, G. Brooks extended the Wolves' lead to 18-12.

Wolves Twinsbet led 31-22 after the first quarter, and soon the scoring disparity reached double digits at 35-22. Ąžuolas Tubelis then spearheaded the Neptūnas attack to chip away at their disadvantage (33-37), Tim Lambrecht pushed the visitors after and they snatched the lead momentarily. However, Wolves Twinsbet managed to respond and retake the pole position (45-42) just before halftime.

In just two quarters, G. Brooks already had 14 points and logged 6 rebounds with an efficiency rating of 21. He was the only player in double figures for both teams. However, he could not continue due to a back injury after a hard fall to the ground in the second quarter.

Although the hosts tried to increase their lead after the halftime break, it did not last long as Deividas Gailius played a significant role for BC Neptūnas, chipping away at the lead to make it 51-52. Žygimantas Janavičius tied the score at 57-all, but Vaidas Kariniauskas responded with a booming three-pointer. After three quarters, Wolves Twinsbet maintained a slim one-point lead, 64-63.

In the final quarter, both teams fought fiercely to establish dominance. D. Gailius equalized the score at 71-71 with a long-distance bucket, but the Vilnius club managed to string together several good plays to maintain a significant advantage, leading 80-73. Ignas Sargiūnas and D. Gailius then put together their own mini-run to once again claw their way back, bringing the score to 79-80. With 2 minutes remaining, J. Taylor's clutch basket gave Wolves Twinsbet a little more breathing room at 84-79. M. Pacevičius added two more points for BC Neptūnas but had his shot blocked in the final minute, paving the way for R. Sulaimon's and-1 play with a bonus free-throw and Regimantas Miniotas' fastbreak layup, clinching the victory for the home team with a final score of 89-81.

Wolves Twinsbet: Rasheed Sulaimon 17, Eigirdas Žukauskas 16, Garrison Brooks 14, Jeffery Taylor 10 (7 rebounds), Christian Mekowulu 8, Artūrs Žagars 7, Kristupas Žemaitis and Vaidas Kariniauskas 6 each, Regimantas Miniotas 4, Tre'Shawn Thurman 3. Arnas Beručka and Vitalijus Kozys did not log any playing time.

BC Neptūnas: Deividas Gailius 18, Ažuolas Tubelis 15 (10 rebounds), Martynas Pacevičius 12.

(Photo: Elvis Žaldaris)

2024.05.13
The first batch of Wolves Twinsbet season tickets have sold out
The first batch of Wolves Twinsbet season tickets have sold out

Sales for Wolves Twinsbet season tickets for the upcoming season began last Wednesday, May 1st, and basketball fans immediately seized the opportunity. The first 300 season tickets were swiftly sold out at unbeatable prices.

"It's fantastic to see that our season tickets at these affordable prices were sold in such a short time. This demonstrates the enthusiasm of basketball fans in the capital, as we offer not only high-level local and European tournament basketball but also exceptional live-game entertainment in Vilnius's largest arena. We're thrilled with the level our team is currently playing at, especially after our recent impressive victory against Žalgiris. Since then, interest in subscriptions has increased," said Andrius Žiauberis, Director of Wolves Twinsbet.

Basketball fans can choose from three categories to suit their preferences: Silver (€149), Gold (€199), or Premium (€249). These prices will increase as the new season approaches.

Silver and Gold season ticket holders will enjoy a permanent seat of their choice in the Twinsbet Arena for all matches organized by the team in the local Betsafe-LKL championship, European tournaments (if the team participates), and the KMT Cup quarter-finals.

Premium category season ticket holders will have additional exclusive amenities, including dedicated entrance/exit access, a free separate cloakroom, and separate bars, in addition to their permanent seats for home games.

All season ticket holders will save between 40% to 70% off the retail price compared to individual home game ticket prices throughout the season.

Season tickets will be available for purchase via Bilietai.lt, both online and at the company's ticket offices for fans' convenience.

2024.05.07
Rasheed Sulaimon
Rasheed Sulaimon
Guard
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Christian Mekowulu
Christian Mekowulu
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Adas Juškevičius
Adas Juškevičius
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3
Garrison Brooks
Garrison Brooks
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4
Eigirdas Žukauskas
Eigirdas Žukauskas
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Vaidas Kariniauskas
Vaidas Kariniauskas
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Regimantas Miniotas
Regimantas Miniotas
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Kristupas Žemaitis
Kristupas Žemaitis
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13
Tre'Shawn Thurman
Tre'Shawn Thurman
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Vitalijus Kozys
Vitalijus Kozys
Forward
19
Arnas Beručka
Arnas Beručka
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Artūrs Žagars
Artūrs Žagars
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Jeffery Taylor
Jeffery Taylor
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Wolves Twinsbet lose Game 2 in Klaipeda, quarter-final series to be decided in Vilnius

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