Balls score 29 points in Lithuanian debut

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BC Prienu Vytautas's LaMelo Ball in action during the Big Baller Brand Challenge friendly tournament match between BC Prienu Vytautas and BC Zalgiris-2 at the BC Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas arena, in Prienai, Lithuania, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball, sons of former basketball player LaVar Ball, have signed a one-year contract and play their first match for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienu Vytautas. (AP Photo/Liusjenas Kulbis)

PRIENAI, LITHUANIA –  LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball combined for 29 points in their first professional basketball game Tuesday to lead Prienai Vytautas to a 90-80 victory over Zalgiris’ second team in Prienai, Lithuania.

LiAngelo had 19 points and three rebounds and his younger brother, LaMelo, had 10 points, nine assists and six turnovers. Their parents, LaVar and Tina Ball, sat courtside.

Vytautas, a low-budget team that withdrew from the Baltic league days after the brothers joined the team, announced it would form the Big Baller Brand Challenge, a series of five games. Vytautas usually plays in both the Lithuanian and Baltic leagues, with the Baltic featuring lower-level competition that also involves teams from Estonia and Latvia.

Zalgiris’ second-division team featured the top under-18 players from the elite program in Lithuania.

Video of  the game on Facebook has been viewed by over 2,500,000 poeple.

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