Highlights (And Lowlights) From LaMelo Ball And LiAngelo Ball’s First Game As Pros

Bryan Brandom
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Having played their first game with Prienu Vytautas, LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball are now, like their older brother, officially professional basketball players.

But sorry LaVar, no one’s drawing up their contracts to join Lonzo Ball on the Los Angeles Lakers quite yet.

The pair combined for 29 points in a 90-80 victory on Tuesday, but not without showing how far they have to go if they really want to reach the NBA.

LiAngelo dropped 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but he shot a rough 8-of-19 to get there. One of the 19-year-old’s 11 misses came on a wide-open fast break.

The numbers look even worse when you understand the level of competition the Balls were going against. Playing in the Big Baller Brand Challenge, Vytautas was squaring off against BC Zalgiris’ second team, featuring the program’s best players under 18. If he wants a basketball future beyond Prienai, LiAngelo is going to have to do a lot better against a team whose oldest players are still two years younger than him.

Though he didn’t score as much, 16-year-old LaMelo was far more impressive, yielding actual, genuine highlights.

Like this one.

And this one.

And this one.

And this one.

One more from the LaMelo Ball highlight reel.

The younger brother also racked up his share of bricks.

LaMelo finished with 10 points and nine assists, but he also turned the ball over six times.

The real winner, however: their dad, LaVar Ball.