Zalgiris takes close win against Naglis 0

Having put quite a lot of effort in strengthening the team in the off-season, Zalgiris are still searching for the team’s game, as the start of the Lithuanian League (LKL) was marked with a rather difficult 75-68 (12-19, 24-15, 21-18, 18-16) victory on the road against Naglis in Klaipeda on Tuesday.

The duo of Robertas Javtokas and Sonny Weems were the key figures in Zalgiris’ victory with 15 points each. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored nine points and grabbed eight boards, while Mantas Kalnietis and Tadas Klimavicius chipped in with eight points each.

“It wasn’t that difficult of a game. It was a good match. We finished it strongly and took the victory. I wouldn’t like to comment further on the game,” said Ilias Zouros, the Greek coach of Zalgiris.

Mindaugas Reminas, a 25-year-old guard, scored a game-high 23 points for Naglis, Bilal Benn had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, while the Paulius Kleiza, Nikita Barinov and Tomas Rinkevicius all collected eight points each for the Palanga side.