LITHUANIA — The Ball Brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo along with the the Big Baller Brand made their professional debut as they both combined for 29 points for Lithuanian club Prienai Vytautas on Tuesday.
Vytautas played its first match of the Big Baller Brand Challenge, a series of five “friendly” games to welcome the brothers to the team. Prienai Vytautas beat Zalgiris’ second division team 90-80 in front of a crowd of about 1,500 people, with the boys’ father, LaVar Ball, and his wife, Tina seated in the front row.
“I think I passed, led and played defense well,” LaMelo said. “My shooting was off, but we won. That was the main thing.”
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LiAngelo, 19, started and scored 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting, while younger brother LaMelo, 16, had 10 points and nine assists but turned the ball over six times.
LaMelo finished 4-for-10 from the field.
The team’s next game is Saturday night in a Lithuanian league contest at Lietkabelis.
Photo Credit: Petras Malukas, AFP.