Tyler Cavanaugh fuels Zalgiris in late charge for a domestic win

By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]

League-leading Zalgiris took down Siauliai-7bet, 89-86, in Betsafe LKL Regular Season action Friday evening.

Tyler Cavanaugh poured a season-high 26 points behind 5/9 three-pointers. He scored nine points in the 12-2 run earning his side a five-point lead with four minutes left. The team based in Kaunas held on to jump to 15-1 in its domestic league.

Cavanaugh chipped in eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals as well. Edgaras Ulanovas added 21 points, including a dagger from beyond the arc securing a safer distance with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Marshall product Jon Elmore banking in a game-high 32 points powered by 10/18 field goals was not enough to prevent the hosts from falling to 9-6. Rytas follows Zalgiris in second place carrying a 13-1 W-L tally, while Lietkabelis ranks third at 10-5.

Besides Joffrey Lauvergne (shoulder surgery recovery) and Regimantas Miniotas (hand) remaining on the injury list, Arturas Milaknis was sidelined due to stomach issues, Zalgiris announced ahead of Friday’s game.

Coming up for the team coached by Jure Zdovc, a rescheduled King Mindaugas Cup game versus CBet Sunday.

Zalgiris sitting at 3-13 and ranking last in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague standings will then move into a double-game week facing FC Bayern Munich on the road Tuesday and hosting Crvena Zvezda mts Thursday, according to the current schedule of Regular Season Round 20 and 21, respectively. The German side stands at 7-10, while the Serbian side holds a 7-11 record in Europe’s premier club continental competition.

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