2016-17Regular SeasonRound 10
December 14, 2016 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO MARTIN
Pako Cruz - Montakit Fuenlabrada - EC16 (photo Fuenlabrada)

Fuenlabrada beats Rytas to claim Top 16 ticket

Montakit Fuenlabrada led from start to finish en route to an 81-70 win over visiting Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to qualify for the Top 16 on Wednesday night. Fuenlabrada knew it needed a win to clinch a Top 16 spot from Group B, while Rytas learned an hour before tip-off that it qualified thanks to Khimki Moscow Region defeating RETAbet Bilbao Basket. Fuenlabrada jumped to an early lead, and Rytas did not come closer than 4 point the entire night as the hosts cruised to victory. Pako Cruz had 15 points, Ian O’Leary added 11 and Blagota Sekluic 10 in a balanced effort that improved Fuenlabrada to 4-4 and into second place in Group B. Fuenlabrada had the same record as ALBA Berlin, but won the head-to-head tiebreaker. The same is the case with Lietuvos Rytas, whose 3-5 record in fourth place is the same as RETAbet, but Rytas had the advantage in their head-to-head games. In this clash, Corey Fisher had 16 points and 6 assists for Rytas, Arturas Gudaitis collected 12 points and 7 rebounds, and David Logan 11 points and 7 assists.

Fuenlabrada had a strong start to the game behind Ivan Paunic who had 6 points and 4 assists as the hosts opened the game with a 15-9 advantage. Rytas hit 3 early triples, but Fuenlabrada used its energy to open a double-digit margin, and Sekulic made it 25-14 after the first quarter. Fisher, Gudaitis and Drew Gordon kept Rytas in range with close range baskets, before three-pointers from Josh Akognon and Deividas Gailius cut it to 35-31. The hosts forced 10 turnovers in the first two quarters, and Luka Rupnik’s three from way downtown opened a 44-31 cushion. The hosts went into the half up 44-35 and then had a strong opening of the third quarter with 5 points from David Wear to take a 14-point margin. Fisher and Gudaitis got Rytas going, but Cruz and O’Leary made sure Fuenlabrada keep the visitors at bay, 64-50 after three quarters. Nothing changed in the final 10 minutes, as the hosts cruised to victory.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Referees: HALLIKO, AARE (EST), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL), RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP (CRO)
Attendance: 1251
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius14211520
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Montakit Fuenlabrada
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 POPOVIC, MARKO 14:59 6   1/5 3/4   1 1 3   2     3 3 3
4 O LEARY, IAN 21:55 11 4/6 1/2     4 4 1       2 2   9
5 RUPNIK, LUKA 21:09 6   2/3     1 1 4 4 2       1 13
6 HAKANSON, LUDDE 19:19 7 2/5 1/4     4 4 3 1           9
9 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 16:35 10 4/7   2/3 2 4 6 3   3     2 3 13
11 CRUZ, PAKO 20:58 15 7/9 0/2 1/1 1 2 3 1   1     2 1 13
12 WEAR, DAVID 17:37 8 1/3 2/3     2 2 1   1     1 1 7
13 SMITS, ROLANDS 26:04 6 0/5 2/3   3 2 5     2   2 1 3 3
14 REY, XAVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GONZALEZ, CHEMA 10:55   0/2     1 1 2 1   1 1 1 4   -4
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA 12:30 6 2/2   2/4 1 4 5   1 1 2   4 3 10
31 PAUNIC, IVAN 17:59 6 3/4 0/3     2 2 5 2     1 1 1 10
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 81 23/43 9/25 8/12 9 28 37 22 8 13 3 6 20 16 88
        53.5% 36% 66.7%
Head coach: CUSPINERA, JOTA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 FISHER, COREY 25:16 16 6/9 1/4 1/1   1 1 6 2 1 1   1 2 20
1 AKOGNON, JOSH 20:14 8 1/3 2/5     3 3     2   1 3 1 1
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 26:07 12 5/8   2/4 2 5 7 1 2   2 2   7 24
12 LOGAN, DAVID 32:40 11 2/4 2/7 1/1   2 2 7 2 1       3 17
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 12:59 3 0/3 1/5     2 2     3     1   -6
16 LAPETA, ADAM 13:53       0/2 2 2 4 1 1 2 1   3 2 2
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 24:43 6 1/1   4/4 2 3 5 1 1 2 1   2 2 12
27 JUCIKAS, JULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 29:19 8 1/3 2/6     4 4     1 1   3 1 4
32 GORDON, DREW 14:49 6 2/4 0/1 2/2   3 3   2 4     4 1 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 70 18/35 8/28 10/14 6 27 33 16 10 16 6 3 17 19 77
        51.4% 28.6% 71.4%
Head coach: PACESAS, TOMAS

Head Coaches

CUSPINERA, JOTA
Montakit Fuenlabrada
"Happy for the victory. Getting the pass to the EuroCup Top 16 it has been a just prize to the great games that we have played here. Our new group is an extension of the Spanish League, we have games against UCAM Murcia and Herbalife Gran Canaria. We face the situation with happiness, we will keep playing this competition with the intention that it serves to us to grow up and keep adding victories in Spain."
PACESAS, TOMAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"Congrats to Fuenlabrada. We started the game with a wrong rhythm, not focused, and we didn’t be able to do our best basketball to go back on the game."

Players

DIAGNE, MOUSSA
Montakit Fuenlabrada
"This is very big for us. Everyone knows ours was a very difficult group. RETAbet Bilbao Basket is a great team, and in the end was eliminated. This means a lot for us, because many people thought we wouldn't qualify and thanks to the support of our fans, we arrived to the Tp 16."
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