Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2018

LaMelo, LiAngelo fail to record a point in 1st Lithuanian league game

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PRIENAI, LITHUANIA - JANUARY 09: LaMelo Ball of Vytautas Prienai prior to the match between Vytautas Prienai and Zalgiris Kauno on January 9, 2018 in Prienai, Lithuania.

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There was nothing big about the respective performances from a pair of Big Baller brothers overseas Saturday.

Making their professional debuts in the LKL, both LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball were held scoreless in limited minutes as Vytautas were handled by Lietkabelis Panevezys in a 95-86 loss.

LaMelo – the youngest American-born player to ever play a pro game at the age of 16 – missed all four of his shot attempts in a touch over five minutes, including three from 3-point range. His first shot came off an inbound pass late in the first quarter, which LaMelo quickly chucked and bricked from well behind the arc.

The 6-foot-2 guard did throw down a dunk, at least, but it ultimately didn’t count, as it came after the buzzer had sounded.

Related – Watch: Highlights from LaMelo, LiAngelo’s debuts in Lithuania

His older brother, LiAngelo, was just as ineffective, going 0-of-3 from the field in nine minutes. The 19-year-old combo forward drilled a 3-pointer from the corner early on, but his foot stepped out of bounds, negating his lone bucket.

With it being an important league game, the Ball brothers were never going to see much run as the youngest and most inexperienced players on Vytautas’ roster.

The next Big Baller Brand challenge game goes down Jan. 15 when Vytautas takes on Vilniaus Lietuvos rytas-2, while the next LKL outing takes place Jan. 21 versus Pieno Zvaigzdes.



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