Zalgiris reigns at Future Stars 2003

Resurrection of the Future Stars event after the post pandemic period proved to be a very successful enterprise. In keeping with tradition, the tournament attracted top European talent which was confronted with the cream of British talent represented by the U18 English National Team and London United. The Coaching Clinic which runs alongside the international tournament attracted a large number of coaches specialising in the development of young talent who had a unique opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest trends and tactics.

After the round robin phase of the International tournament, Zalgiris Kaunas and Stellaazzura Academy secured theirs places in the final game. The final encounter did not disappoint and kept spectators on the edge of their seats for the entire game.  Both teams have definitely based their tactics on the small game with fastbreaks and outside shooting became a decisive factor. Stellazzuras’s backcourt of Deyan Kolev and Ricards Aizpurs very effectively propelled their offence and by the half time, the game was very effectively poised. In the final period the impressive lineup of Lithuanian guards Ernas Pakamanis, Mantas Juzenas and Dovydas Buika found their touch from behind the 3-point line. Their shooting accuracy allowed Zalgiris to build a double-digit lead which allowed them to sail to the 68-56 victory.

Zalgiris guard Ernas Pakamanis has earned Future Stars 2023 MVP honours.