LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are on fire as they lead Vytautas into Wednesday's encounter with Sakiu Vytis in Lithuania, the third of five games in the Big Baller Brand Challenge.
Vytautas and the Ball brothers drubbed Lietuvos Rytas Tuesday, 130-93, with LiAngelo and LaMelo teaming up for almost half of their side's production and helping most forget about a ho-hum debut.
Now the Ball brothers face a taller task—living up to the hype after a performance seen around the globe.
LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball vs. Vytis
When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. ET
Where: Prienai Arena
Live Stream: Ballislife Weekly Basketball Showcase
The Big Baller Brand Challenge initially received a bigger global reaction than most might have expected. Vytautas pulled out of Baltic Basketball League so the team could partake in the five-game affair. The goal of LaVar Ball was getting his sons more experience in international play.
Despite going scoreless in their Lithuanian domestic league debut, LiAngelo scored 19 and LaMelo 10 in a 90-80 win over Zalgiris in the first of the five games. The professional game saw them receive little playing time, with Vytautas coach Virginijus Seskus telling ESPN's Jeff Goodman the two weren't going to receive a ton of playing time there against an uptick in competition.
Back in the tournament friendlies, it's the second game where the Ball brothers really captured the mindshare of basketball fans and haven't let go.
There, LaMelo ripped off 31 points and nine assists, while LiAngelo came up right behind him with 29 points and four assists in the 130-93 victory.
As Sports Illustrated captured, the two didn't have any problems running up and down the court and enforcing their will:
LaMelo even ripped off a buzzer-beater for good measure:
Granted, it wasn't all perfect—LaMelo goofed on an alley-oop attempt to himself at one point. But bravado and flashy ways, successful or otherwise, is a defining trait of the Big Baller Brand so far.
The action certainly gave Vytis something to think about:
Granted, unlike the scoreless Lithuanian league debut, the Ball brothers are doing this damage to secondary units. That doesn't make it any less fun for viewers either way, though, as Vytis will also trot out its second-string players Wednesday.
These are offensive-minded contests, where the world-famous duo work on their skills before truly getting tested in the Lithuanian league. Vytis is the next test for LaMelo, a former 2019 4-star prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings before LaVar pulled him from Chino Hills. LiAngelo left UCLA to work alongside him, and the third game in the series should provide fireworks.
Playing at a fast pace clearly embraced by the entirety of Vytautas, the Ball family is now international and looking to put on another show. Wednesday is the third of the five games before a slight break for a Sunday league game, then it's on to Game 4 on January 23.