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Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė (English: King Mindaugas Cup) is an annual national domestic basketball cup competition between Lithuanian professional teams. It is organised by the Lithuanian Basketball League (Lietuvos krepšinio lyga – LKL). The tournament is named in honor of Mindaugas, the first King of Lithuania.

Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė
Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė logo.png
Founded1 December 2015;
3 years ago
First season2016
Country Lithuania
Number of teams8 (2016–2018)
14 (2019–present)
Current championsRytas (2nd title)
Most championshipsRytas
(2 titles)
(2 titles)
2018 Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė



The new tournament was presented to public on 1 December 2015, to replace the LKF Cup and the LKL All-Star Day, with a three-day event, on 19–21 February, 2016, in Siemens Arena, Vilnius.[1] On 18 February 2016, it was announced that Kaunas would hold the second edition of the tournament, in 2017.[2]


The competition features the eight best ranked LKL teams, after the first half of the season, which face each other in single elimination games. Since the 2017 edition, each game of the quarterfinals is played in the arena of one of the teams involved, while the semifinals and the final are played in one only arena, with a Final Four format.

The event also includes the Slam Dunk Contest, on the semi-finals day, and a Three-point Shootout on the finals day; as well as performances by prominent musicians.[3]


Year Champion Score Runner-up City Venue MVP
2016 Lietuvos rytas 67–57 Žalgiris Vilnius Siemens Arena   Antanas Kavaliauskas
2017 Žalgiris 84–63 Lietkabelis Kaunas Žalgiris Arena   Edgaras Ulanovas
2018 Žalgiris 81–62 Lietuvos rytas Klaipėda Švyturys Arena   Edgaras Ulanovas
2019 Rytas 70–67 Žalgiris Vilnius Siemens Arena   Artsiom Parakhouski

Performance by clubEdit

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.

Club Winners Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runners-up
2017, 2018 2016, 2019
Lietuvos rytas/Rytas
2016, 2019 2018


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Vasarį – grandiozinis krepšinio savaitgalis ir naujas karališkas turnyras (3 video, foto)". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Kitais metais Karaliaus Mindaugo taurės turnyras vyks Kaune". Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ "KIDY tour – Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė". Archived from the original on 12 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  4. ^ "„KIDY tour – Karaliaus Mindaugo taurės" turnyre – Jazzu, Vaidas Baumila ir išskirtiniai hiphopo ritmai" (in Lithuanian). LKL. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Karaliaus Mindaugo taurėje Lilas ir Innomine žada įspūdingą reginį: „Scenoje bus apie 100 žmonių"" (in Lithuanian). LKL. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Karaliaus Mindaugo taurėje – naujosios Lietuvos hiphopo žvaigždės" (in Lithuanian). 26 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ Pulkovskis, Edgaras (19 February 2017). "KMT turnyras: renginys vėl buvo puikus, bet organizatoriai savo iškeltos kartelės neperšoko". (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ "„Ant SIL-Karaliaus Mindaugo taures turnyro scenos - Beatrich, Monique ir mero duetas" (in Lithuanian). LKL. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.

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