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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball held scoreless in Lithuanian league pro debut

By in Press Enterprise on January 13, 2018

By Matt Lopez

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball took a big step up in competition Saturday morning in their second basketball game in Lithuania and failed to score a point.

LiAngelo, 19 and LaMelo, 16 played sparingly for Vytautas in the team’s 95-86 road loss to Lietkabelis.

LiAngelo went 0-for-3 from the field in a little more than nine minutes. LaMelo played just over five minutes and was 0-for-4 shooting.

The Ball brothers combined for 29 points Tuesday in their Lithuanian debut in an exhibition Big Baller Brand Showcase game against a junior team comprised of teenagers.

Saturday’s game, however, represented their first official taste of professional basketball against a Lithuanian league squad. Lietkabelis entered the game in fourth place in the Lithuanian league; Vytautas is in last place.

LaMelo did slam home a highlight-reel dunk on a fast break, although it came just after the play clock hit zero to end the quarter.

Lamelo throws down a dunk

— The Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) January 13, 2018

LaVar Ball was caught for a quick word after the game and his solution after Vytautas’ loss was simple.

“They need to play my boys together more,” Lavar said.

Just let LaVar coach the team 😱

— Overtime (@overtime) January 13, 2018

The Ball brothers will play another Big Baller Brand Showcase exhibition game on Monday against the junior team from Lietuvos Rytas.


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