Visiting Blue Ridge Academy, led by Lithuanian Laurynas Mikalauskas, defeated host Roanoke Catholic, which was also led by a Lithuanian, forward Paulius Morkeliunas. Blue Ridge led most of the way and won the ballgame 73-61 behind a game-high 27 points from Mikalauskas.
The 6-7 Mikalauskas, a junior, took some time to heat up but had a huge second half with Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg in the stands watching. After an 11-point and 5 rebound first half, the big fella went to work. He's put on at least 20 pounds since the spring and used them to get his points and 9 boards.
Blue Ridge head coach Bill Ramsey said that West Virginia, Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech have been showing interest. His recruitment is likely to span from the mid-to-high Division I levels. Laurynas plays hard and isn't afraid to drop multiple head fakes on a defender.
Mikalauskas was the dominant player in the game but he had some help in the scoring column. Teammate Stephen Kendall, a sweet shooting sophomore two guard dropped another 20 on the Celtics. The 6-3 Kendall shot 9-for-12 overall and drilled a pair of 3s.
For Roanoke Catholic, Morkeliunas, a combo forward, led the way with 17 points; 14 of them in the second half when he connected on some 3s and had a pair of "and one" drives. "Pashka" is a potential mid-major player and we'd guess this wasn't his best overall game. He fouled out before finishing 6-for-12 from the field to go with 7 rebounds despite the sluggish start that saw him score just 3 points in the first half.
Furman stopped by earlier in the day to see "Pashka" before heading over to the Fork Union Invitational.