LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball played their first pro games in Lithuania today.
The brothers carried Vytautas to a win over Zalgiris, and it was an impressive display from both.
LiAngelo finished with 21 points and LaMelo finished with ten points, despite struggling shooting the ball.
Game 1 of the @BigBallerBrand Challenge is in the books.
Vytautas 90 – Žalgiris 80
LiAngelo Ball: 21 PTS & 5 REBS
LaMelo Ball: 10 PTS
Full highlights coming soon! pic.twitter.com/L0S350o9pj
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 9, 2018
LaMelo doesn’t always show it, but his court vision and passing ability are extremely impressive. Only part of this game where he’s struggled is misfiring badly on two DEEP 3s.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 9, 2018
When LaMelo Ball makes a nice pass, everybody just fall down in faint. Some local guy Maceina makes the full court pass which ends with a dunk and we hear only some claps in the arena. LaMelo had some really nice moments but his shot selection and DEF effort is just terrible
— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) January 9, 2018
LaMelo Ball’s first possession as a professional player pic.twitter.com/X7rX3KY1mT
— Troydan (@TroydanGaming) January 9, 2018
First real LaMelo Ball highlight on the court in Lithuania pic.twitter.com/y8fP8ExhaX
— Jonas Miklovas (@jmiklovas) January 9, 2018
I’m honestly surprised that this went so well for the Ball brothers. I didn’t think the first game would go well at all.
There was a great chance in my mind that it’d be a disaster. Luckily for these two, the game went pretty smoothly. Now we’ll have to wait and see if this becomes the norm, of it his was just a one time flash of pretty solid play.