November 27, 2014
Regular Season Round 7 - November 26, 2014 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - LIETUVOS RYTAS ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
5-1 Regular Season 3-3
5-1 Overall 3-3

Referees

Crew Chief
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Referee
BAUMANIS, INGUS, Latvia
Umpire
RODSAND, TORKILD, Norway

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.0 Points 80.2
30.3 Rebounds 32.2
7.3 O. Rebounds 11.0
23.0 D. Rebounds 21.2
19.7 Assists 18.0
9.8 Steals 6.7
2.0 Blocks 1.8
16.2 Turnovers 12.5
60.6 % 2PT 49.8 %
38.8 % 3PT 42.1 %
79.1 % FT 64.2 %
95.5 Index 80.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.8 / Orelik Points 13.8 / Mohammed
5.0 / Orelik Rebounds 5.5 / Mohammed
1.7 / Kavaliauskas OR 2.2 / Mohammed
4.3 / Orelik DR 3.3 / Mohammed
4.8 / Juskevicius Assists 9.7 / Brown
2.5 / Lukauskis Steals 1.3 / Mohammed
0.5 / Leslie Blocks 0.5 / Cooper
3.2 / Juskevicius Turnovers 2.7 / Lee
73.8 % / Kavaliauskas 2PT 59.6 % / Lee
53.8 % / Baron 3PT 64.7 % / Labovic
100.0 % / Moser FT 100.0 % / Labovic
19.7 / Orelik Index 17.0 / Brown

THE TAKE

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (3-3) and Round 6 MVP Romeo Travis welcome Hapoel Jerusalem (1-5) hoping for a season sweep. Oktyabr won a thriller in Jerusalem 78-79 in Round 2, and another win over the same opponent would go a long way towards claiming a place in the Last 32, while the visitors have lost three games in a row, and have lost both of their road games this season. Banvit Bandirma (5-1) hosts Partizan NIS Belgrade (1-5), and will qualify for the next stage with a victory. Banvit will hope to repeat its Round 2 performance when it dominated the Serbian champ on the road in a 61-77 win. Also qualifying with victory would be Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (5-1), which hosts CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (3-3). Rytas has won four in a row, and its lone loss of the season was a 103-83 blowout on the road against Asesoft, which, on the other hand, has lost its last two games.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

SESKUS, VIRGINIJUS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"We didn’t forget the painful loss at Ploesti so we’ll do our best to win at home. That game definitely will give more motivation for us. We must be concentrated from the very first minutes till the final buzzer. Ploesti has many good sharpshooters so the defense will be very important. And we must try to limit Dee Brown who is one of the best point guards in the Eurocup."
ARNAUTOVIC, VLADIMIR
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
"We lost two games in a row and we cannot afford too many mistakes in this group. We have forgot the victory from Ploiesti, because in Vilnius we will have a completely different approach from the home team. We must be calm, play the basketball that defines us and just so we have a chance to make beautiful things."

Players

LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"Our home court will be our advantage at this game. We are analyzing our opponents very thoroughly to avoid mistakes we made in the first game against Ploesti."
BURLACU, CATALIN
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
"We meet a team with great European experience, coming from a country with great tradition in basketball, a serious band with valuable players, developing a modern game. However, in group's economy, we need to win, because the points at stake are very important to us. I have great confidence in my teammates and the coaching staff and I believe that we can achieve great things this year both domestically and in Europe. I am glad I have returned to the courts after the injury that kept me on the bar for a month and am happy that I can help the team in matches to come."
Lietuvos Rytas returns to the Last 32 by beating CSU Assoft

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius used a 79-72 win over CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, its fifth in a row, to advance to the Last 32 from Group E. The 2009 Eurocup champs share first place in the group with Banvit at 6-1, while Asesoft Ploiesti suffered its third consecutive defeat and dropped to 3-4 and fourth place. An 11-2 run at the midway point of the third quarter gave the first comfortable cushion, 56-42, to Rytas, which took the lead for good and never looked back, keeping Ploiesti at safe distance till the final buzzer. Antanas Kavaliauskas contributed with 21 points on 9-of-11 two-point shooting in victory, Travis Leslie drained 12 points, Adas Juskevicius bagged 11 with 4 assists and Billy Baron chipped in 10. Marius Runkauskas was the main scorer for the visiting team with 20 points, Dragan Labovic scored 15 and Alhaji Mohammed 11.

Leslie dunked for an early 8-4 margin for the hosts. Gerald Lee answered underneath before a 13-3 run, capped by Baron from beyond the arc, gave a double-digit cushion to Rytas at 21-9 late in the first quarter. Runkauskas scored from mid-range for the visitors, and after Labovic posted free throws for Ploiesti, Arturas Valeika made it 28-15 after 10 minutes. Michalis Pelekanos carried Asesoft within 28-22 early in the second, but Juskevicius re-established a double digit margin, 32-22. Runkauskas and Jarvis Hayes fueled the visitors to close within 39-34 at halftime.

Kavaliauskas raised the margin to 42-34 at the start of the second half, but after a three pointer bagged by Labovic made it 45-40, the home team raced away in an 11-2 run to take a comfortable 56-42 advantage. Labovic kept his side fighting, but a dunk made by Valeika and a free throw by Gediminas Orelik gave a 61-49 advantage to Rytas. Baron in the open court made it 67-51 for the hosts. Dee Brown completed a three-point-play to bring the visitors as close as 67-58, but Orelik fueled the hosts to 13 points in front and after Asesfoft got back within 7 points, a huge dunk by Juskevicius sealed the win.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), BAUMANIS, INGUS (LAT), RODSAND, TORKILD (NOR)
Attendance: 2350 (Tentative)
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius28112218
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti15191523
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius28396179
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti15344972
Head coach: SESKUS, VIRGINIJUS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
1 LESLIE, TRAVIS 23:01 12 5/6 0/3 2/4   7 7 1 3 1 1   2 4 19
4 DAMBRAUSKAS, PAULIUS 9:57 2 1/1 0/1                   3   -2
7 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 30:03 11 4/6 1/3     3 3 4 1   1   1 1 16
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 18:25   0/2 0/2     1 1 2 1 1   2 1 1 -3
9 BARON, BILLY 14:56 10 2/3 2/3     2 2 1 2 2     2 1 10
10 SESKUS, EDVINAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 VALEIKA, ARTURAS 11:27 5 2/3   1/2 2 3 5 1   1     5 1 4
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 23:56 8 1/3 2/5   2 2 4 5   4         8
14 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS 32:27 9 3/5 0/2 3/5 1 3 4 3 1       3 4 12
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 28:28 21 9/11   3/5 1 4 5 2   3 4   3 9 31
43 MOSER, MIKE 7:20 1 0/1   1/2 1   1     1     1 1 -1
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 79 27/41 5/19 10/18 7 26 33 19 8 13 6 2 21 22 95
65.9% 26.3% 55.6%
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
Head coach: ARNAUTOVIC, VLADIMIR
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
6 SZIJARTO, LEVENTE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 24:34 8 4/4 0/2   1 4 5 1   2 1   3   8
8 LABOVIC, DRAGAN 22:39 15 2/5 2/3 5/8 3 1 4   1 3   1 3 7 13
10 BURLACU, CATALIN 2:52   0/1                         -1
11 BROWN, DEE 26:50 6 1/2 1/4 1/2 1 2 3 1 1 3     1 5 7
13 MOHAMMED, ALHAJI 25:47 11 5/9 0/1 1/4 3 1 4 3   3   2 3 3 5
14 DOGARU, VLAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LEE, GERALD 20:35 8 3/6   2/2 2 1 3 1 2 1   2 4 2 6
20 COOPER, CHRISTOPHER 5:44   0/2     1 1 2       1 1      
21 FLOWERS, JONTE 30:10 2 1/3 0/4   2 5 7 2 3 1     3 1 5
22 RUNKAUSKAS, MARIUS 27:23 20 3/9 4/8 2/2   3 3 1         1 2 15
24 HAYES, JARVIS 13:26 2 1/2     1 2 3     2     4 1 -1
Team           2 5 7     1     1   5
Totals 200:00 72 20/43 7/22 11/18 16 25 41 9 7 16 2 6 23 21 62
46.5% 31.8% 61.1%
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Head Coaches

SESKUS, VIRGINIJUS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
“With this important victory we clinched the spot in the Last 32 and now we are motivated for another goal – to be first in the group. I think this game was fun to watch for spectators – both teams played fast basketball, players made many shots. Ploesti is a well-balanced team, so I’m proud that my guys performed strong. We started to control the game from the beginning and – with just a few downs – kept the rhythm in our hands until the final buzzer.”
ARNAUTOVIC, VLADIMIR
CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
“Congratulations to Lietuvos Rytas. They were better tonight. We opened the game badly and did it again in the third quarter. We let them score some easy points after pick-and-rolls, missed shots from the paint and made other mistakes. Then it was very hard to run after them and to come back. We managed to cut the difference, but failed to even the game. Anyway I’m not very disappointed by the performance of my team, for example we won offensive rebounds. Our biggest problem was poor two-point shooting – 46% against 66 of Lietuvos Rytas.”
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