Lietkabelis vs Lokomotiv Kuban. EuroCup. Preview

In the next round of the EuroCup regular season Loko will play in Panevezys against Lietkabelis. Interesting facts and comments in the preview

Loko and Lietkabelis lost in the last round of the Eurocup and are determined to return to the path of victories. The red-green lost to one of the favorites of the tournament Virtus Bologna away 79:85, while Lietkabelis also lost to Monaco on the road with a difference of twenty-five points – 57:82.

Over the weekend Loko was unable to play against Kalev, due to a positive test of one of the Kalev’s players, so rival was unable to leave Estonia for the game and was get technical loss 0:20. Lietkabelis warmed up in the game against Pieno Zhvaigzdes – easy win for Lietkabelis 82:63.

Due to the cancellation of the game against Kalev the players and the coaching staff of Loko had more time to analyzed the rival, as well as to introduce Kevin Hervey into the team schemes, whose debut is expected in Panevezys!

The main power of Lietkabelis is goes from the few key players. Kyle Vinales is averaging 15.8 points in the Lithuanian champ and 14.5 points in the EuroCup. Pauilius Valinskas is very good in the championship (14.8 points per game on average, 52% of three-point shots), but in EuroCup so far he have only 5 points per game. Maric together with Maldunas rule in the paint, Masiulis and Lipkevicius are good on both sides.

Evgeny Pashutin, head coach PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

Lietkabelis is a dangerous team with strong players. Vinales is good in scoring and produces a lot of assists for his teammates. Lipkevicius, Valinskas and Masiulis are dangerous on the perimeter. Our opponent plays aggressively in defense. We need to stop their fastbreaks, control their shooters, force them to attack with resistance and play solid on rebounds. On offense we have to move the ball quickly and play team basketball. We need to endure all 40 minutes and fight only for victory!

Reggie Lynch, center PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

I have heard a lot about the strength of the Lithuanian teams, I know good coaches and players from Lithuania. Lietkabelis is no exception. This team plays fast basketball and has many good players, including Kyle Vinales, who played at Kalev last season. In Kalev I started my professional career two years ago, I watched their games last year and saw his power. It will be a tough game, but we prepared well and worked to improve our play in defense. Ready to play and to win the game in Panevezys!

Where to watch

Lietkabelis and Loko will play on October 14 in Panevezys at the Cido Arena.

You can watch the game live on the Match!Arena channel and on The broadcast starts at 18:55.

Old connections

Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Vytenis Lipkevicius played together at Zalgiris from 2011 to 2013. The photo above was taken after Zalgiris won the Lithuanian Cup in 2012!

Mantas Kalnietis and Vytenis Lipkevicius played in Zalgiris in the 2015/16 season. Paulius Valinskas then played for the second team of Zalgiris.

Information about the rival

Founded: 1964
Arena: Cido Arena
Capacity: 5950
Colors: burgundy, white, pale gold
Head coach: Nenad Canak

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