LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Held Scoreless in Lithuanian League Debut

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2018

US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018.
Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras Malukas        (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball were held scoreless in their Lithuanian league debut Saturday, as Prienu Vytautas fell 95-86 to BC Lietkabelis.

According to Sportando, the Ball brothers combined to miss all seven of their shot attempts in almost 15 minutes of play:

The drop in production was sharp for LiAngelo and LaMelo in comparison to their debuts, which came against the Zalgiris reserve team as part of the Big Baller Brand Challenge on Tuesday.

They combined for 29 points in that game, but Lietkabelis represented a significant step up in competition, as it played in last season's finals in Lithuania's top professional league, the LKL.

As Vytautas looked to keep pace with one of the LKL's premier teams, head coach Virginijus Seskus opted to primarily use his more experienced players rather than Gelo and Melo.

Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas noted Seskus had a teaching moment with LaMelo during the first half:

With Vytautas trailing by 13 points at the break, the Ball brothers didn't play much in the second half as the team attempted to stage a comeback.

Perhaps the most notable moment involving a member of the Ball family came at halftime, when LaVar Ball was invited onto the court.

The Big Baller Brand founder and patriarch of the Ball family took a couple of near-half-court shots but missed on both attempts, as seen in the following video:

Misfiring was par for the course for the Balls on Saturday as well as Vytautas as a whole.

Lietkabelis shot a scorching 57.9 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the free-throw line, while Vytautas made just 43.7 percent of its attempts from the field and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

After LaVar criticized Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton for Walton's handling of Lonzo Ball, Fred J. Robledo of the Southern California Newspaper Group quipped that Seskus may soon feel LaVar's wrath too:

Saturday's loss dropped Vytautas to 4-15, and it is last in the LKL. Lietkabelis improved to 13-6 and is in fourth place.

LiAngelo and LaMelo will have a chance to get on track against some lesser competition Monday when they face the Lietuvos Rytas reserves in a Big Baller Brand Challenge game.

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