2008-09Last 16Round 6
March 10, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 LA CASILLA
Marko Banic - iurbentia Bilbaoiurbentia Bilbao Basket took the make-or-break showdown to win Last 16 Group L by beating Lietuvos Rytas 67-59 at home on Tuesday. Both teams finished Group L tied at 4-2, but Bilbao was first due to its tie-break advantage, as it had previously registered a 73-71 road loss against L. Rytas in Vilnius, Lithuania. As such, Bilbao was first and will face Zadar in the do-or-die Eurocup quarterfinals in Turin, Italy early next month. Meanwhile, L. Rytas will have Group J champion Benetton Basket Tamoil in the quarterfinals. Marko Banic paced the winners with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Janis Blums added 12 points on 4-for-5 three-pointers - all in the second half - for Bilbao. Marijonas Petravicius led L. Rytas with 13 points. Donatas Zavackas added 12, Arturas Jomantas had 11 while Chuck Eidson got 10 for the guests, that trailed 33-31 at halftime. An outstanding Banic and Quincy Lewis helped Bilbao to boost its margin to 44-35 but Eidson and Jomantas allowed L. Rytas to regain the lead 46-47, late in the third quarter. Boums buried 3 bombs from downtown in a 13-0 run that broke the game open, 59-47, as L. Rytas did not managed to return to the game in the last 6 minutes.

Javi Salgado got Bilbao going with a running jumper, as L. Rytas went scoreless in the opening 3 minutes. Bilbao excelled with outstanding man-to-man defense, as Salva Guardia managed to stop Petravicius in the early going. Zavackas, however, sank a mid-range jumper that Eidson followed with a three-point play for a 2-5 L. Rytas edge. Banic scored around the basket and soon added free throws to tie it at 6-6. Zavackas kept pacing L. Rytas with foul shots while Petravicius added a layup in transition to put the guests back ahead, 6-10. Drago Pasalic dunked it while Banic followed a jumper with a layup-plus-foul to restore a 13-11 Bilbao edge. Salgado and Petravicius traded free throws while a layup by Ronnie Seibutis and a three-pointer by Jomantas fixed the score at 17-15 after 10 minutes. Jomantas struck again from downtown early in the second quarter while Banic and Eidson traded layups for a 19-20 score. Damir Markota scored in transition but Mindaugas Lukauskis banked in an off-balance triple to restore a 22-23 L. Rytas edge. Bilbao called timeout and improved its defense but kept missing open shots. Luke Recker buried a stop-and-pop jumper and soon added a fast break layup to provide another lead change, 26-23. Zavackas answered from downtown but L. Rytas kept struggling to find open shots. Banic took over with a three-point play but Petravicius quickly answered with a reverse layup. Seibutis nailed a corner triple - the hosts' first in this game after 10 attempts - but Steponas Babrauskas copied him for a 31-31 tie. Free throws by an unstoppable Banic gave Bilbao a 33-31 edge at halftime.

Bilbao stayed focused in defense after the break while a jumper by Lewis gave the hosts a 35-31 edge. L. Rytas could not get Eidson involved now while Banic followed a layup with a wild put-back dunk to make the guests call timeout at 39-31. Just as in the beginning of the game, L. Rytas has been scoreless for more than 3 minutes while Eidson dunked it. Paco Vazquez buried his trademark corner triple but Eidson fed Petravicius for an easy layup. Lewis shined with a mid-range jumper but Eidson answered from downtown for a 44-38 L. Rytas deficit. Jomantas followed free throws with a layup to get L. Rytas back in the game, 44-42. Salgado and Zavackas traded layups while a three-pointer by Justas Sinica completed the guests' comeback, 46-47. Free throws by Banic and a running triple by Janis Blums made Bilbao regain the lead, 51-47, after 30 minutes. Blums insisted from downtown early in the fourth quarter, as L. Rytas could not find the way to the basket right when it mattered. Meanwhile, a layup by Banic made it a nine-point game, 56-47, with under 7 minutes to go. Banic had a big block on Petravicius that allowed Blums to bury a triple that broke the game open, 59-47. Zavackas tried to change things with a three-point play that Seibutis erased with a triple. Time was running out for L. Rytas, as Bilbao had opted to run the game clock down with long possessions. Petravicius scored down low but yet another three-pointer by Boums sealed the outcome, 65-52, with 3 minutes to go. Everything was said and done already, as both teams will do their best to meet again in the Eurocup final next April.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Referees: SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA), LEFWERTH, OSCAR (SWE)
Attendance: 5000
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iurbentia Bilbao
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 HAMPL, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GUARDIA, SALVA 15:46   0/2 0/1     4 4 2 2 1     4 2 2
9 RECKER, LUKE 16:42 5 2/3 0/3 1/2 1 1 2 1     1   1 1 4
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 18:34 9 3/5 1/4         1 1 1     3 1 3
11 SAVOVIC, PREDRAG 3:58     0/1     1 1   1           1
13 BANIC, MARKO 35:50 24 8/12 0/1 8/8 7 7 14     2 1 1 3 7 35
14 SALGADO, JAVI 25:45 6 2/4 0/5 2/2   1 1 4 3 2     1 3 7
19 VAZQUEZ, PACO 21:39 3 0/2 1/3   1   1     1   1 2 2 -2
20 LEWIS, QUINCY 18:03 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 1   1     3    
24 PASALIC, DRAGO 14:03 2 1/2     2 4 6 1 1 4     2   3
25 MARKOTA, DAMIR 13:04 2 1/1     1 4 5     1     1   5
45 BLUMS, JANIS 16:36 12 0/1 4/5     2 2 2 1 2     3 2 12
Team           1 4 5   1           6
Totals 200:00 67 19/35 6/25 11/12 13 30 43 12 10 15 2 2 23 18 76
        54.3% 24% 91.7%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 23:52 3 0/1 1/6     2 2   2 1     4   -4
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 17:54 3 0/1 1/5 0/1 1 2 3   2 2   1 1 2  
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 34:51 10 3/6 1/5 1/1   1 1 3 4 6 1   2 4 8
14 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 22:00 12 3/3 1/7 3/3   5 5   1 1 1   1 2 13
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 32:52 13 4/5   5/9 3 4 7 1 2 3   1 3 9 20
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 30:54 11 1/3 2/3 3/4 1 3 4 2 2       2 5 18
22 SINICA, JUSTAS 21:37 5   1/5 2/2 1   1   1       3 1 1
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 7:07     0/1     1 1 2             2
41 BRAZDAUSKIS, LUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 DAINYS, EVALDAS 8:53 2 1/1               1     2   -1
Team           1 5 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 59 12/20 7/32 14/20 7 23 30 8 14 15 2 2 18 23 62
        60% 21.9% 70%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
iurbentia Bilbao
"I am very satisfied with my team’s hard work in our first appearance in a European club competition. I cannot give my team anything but the highest grade possible. We won our Last 16 group, won our six home games and I think that is very important. I have already seen two Zadar games. Our chances are fifty-fifty. They improved a lot with the new coach. We will go to Turin with the intention of playing in three games."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We paid a high price because of the accumulated fatigue from our last games and the physical problems of some players that were not able to play tonight. That did not allow us to play at our usual level in the second half of the game. It was very emotional for me because of the ovation I was awarded from the Bilbao fans before the game. It means that they remember the games I played in this arena with Zalgiris, Real Madrid and my national team. I hope that both teams can meet again in Turin."
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