On account of finishing first and second following regular season, Lithuanian powerhouses Lietuvos Rytas and Žalgiris have earned automatic entry to the semifinals, with four teams left to jostle it out for the remaining two semifinal spots.
Those four include a third team from Lithuania, Šiauliai; two Latvian teams, VEF Riga and Ventspils; and Rock who will be the sole team representing Estonia.
The preliminary semi-finals, beginning on Mar. 24 will be best of three series with Ventspils set to take on VEF Riga and Šiauliai muscling up
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