2017-18Regular SeasonRound 6
November 15, 2017 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BILBAO ARENA

Rytas rolls to victory in Bilbao

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius avenged its opening night loss with an important win on Wednesday at RETAbet Bilbao Basket, 79-96, in Group C. With the result, Rytas would win all possible ties against the Spanish team, since it lost in Round 1 by 10 points. The win lifted Rytas to an even 3-3, while RETAbet saw its losing streak grow to five games with a 1-5 record after winning the opener over Rytas. RETAbet started the game well and dominated the first quarter, but starting in the second, the visitors regrouped and took absolute control of the game until the end. Chris Kramer led the winners with a career-high 27 points, Rokas Giedraitis added 14 and Loukas Mavrokefalidis had 13 and 7 rebounds. For RETAbet, Mickell Gladness had 15 points and 7 boards and Dejan Todorovic added 14 points.

Both teams stayed close to each other in the first minutes. Gladness scored for the hosts inside, while Mavrokefalidis did it form everywhere for the guests to keep it tight. When Todorovic woke up with 5 straight points it looked like RETAbet was starting to be in control, 15-9. However, Rytas never gave up despite having RETAbet always in the lead, and Giedraitis pulled up for a three to make it 22-16. The hosts were having problems with the turnovers, but high shooting percentages kept them in the lead. Kramer and Mavrokefalidis made it a one-point game again, 24-23, and Jonathan Tabu stopped the bleeding from the arc. A few mistakes by Ricardo Fischer allowed the visitors to finally jump ahead, 32-34, on Robert Carter's basket. The Rytas run escalated to 0-12 forcing a RETAbet timeout. A couple of slams by Gladness allowed the hosts to pull within 39-42 at the break.

Tabu, Mumbru and Kramer dominated the offensive end for their respective teams starting the second half, and Travis Peterson joined the party with two straight slams to make it 51-50. Threes by Giedraitis and Kramer, the latter with foul included, made it 61-67. RETAbet seemed to be out of focus for a moment and Rytas stepped hard on the gas to build a 10-point lead, 61-71, through Martynas Echodas. The visitors, almost unnoticeably, started stretching the lead as Gladness kept fighting in the paint for RETAbet, but Mavrokefalidis and Peterson launched Rytas to 73-89 with three minutes to go to seal the final outcome.

Chris Kramer - Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius  (photo Aitor Arrizabalaga-Bilbao) - EC17
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Referees: KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), JURAS, MARKO (SRB), DIFALLAH, MEHDI (FRA)
Attendance: 3711
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius17427396
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 FISCHER, RICARDO 12:54 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 1   5     2 2 1
9 TABU, JONATHAN 27:06 11 1/2 2/2 3/3       2   2   1 3 2 8
10 MENDIA, BORJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 HAMMINK, SHANE 8:14 5 1/2 1/2             2     2   -1
12 REDIVO, LUCIO 15:28 5 1/2 1/4         1 1 1     3 1  
14 SALGADO, JAVI 0:27                              
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 24:22 13 2/3 2/9 3/3       5 1 1       5 15
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 16:52   0/1 0/3     1 1 2   2     2 1 -4
19 TOMAS, PERE 24:47 11 0/2 2/2 5/6   6 6     2   1   6 17
20 TODOROVIC, DEJAN 29:54 14 3/5 1/4 5/5 2 8 10 3   1     4 5 22
22 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 13:03   0/1       1 1           2   -2
32 GLADNESS, MICKELL 26:53 15 7/9   1/2 4 3 7 2 1 2     2 2 20
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 79 16/28 10/28 17/19 8 21 29 16 3 18 0 2 20 24 79
        57.1% 35.7% 89.5%
Head coach: DURAN, CARLES
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
2 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 KRAMER, CHRIS 32:42 27 6/10 3/4 6/6   2 2 7 3 2     2 8 38
4 CARTER, ROBERT 23:32 12 2/4 2/5 2/2 1 2 3 2         1 2 13
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 23:46 2 1/1 0/1   1 2 3 3 1 2     1   5
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 25:05 13 4/8 1/2 2/2 2 5 7 2 3 1     3 3 19
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS 21:05 10 4/4   2/2 2 3 5   1 1 2   2 3 18
20 BARON, JIMMY 30:19 10 2/6 2/11     4 4 6   1     3   3
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 6:58 2 1/1       2 2   1 1     4    
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 26:42 14 2/4 3/4 1/2 1 1 2   2 2     4 4 12
42 PETERSON, TRAVIS 9:51 6 3/3 0/1         1   1     4   1
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 96 25/41 11/28 13/14 8 22 30 21 11 12 2 0 24 20 110
        61% 39.3% 92.9%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

DURAN, CARLES
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
"I cannot say anything else than we disintegrated in the end. We are an immature team in many things still. A bad moment for us can generate many plays for the opponents. The ones in the team are the ones who have to solve this situation."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"We got what we wanted. We started the game not so well, but we were back in the game with good energy and we won. We still have four games to go, but this win is important for us because we didn't start the season so well."

Players

MUMBRU, ALEX
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
"We are in a tough moment and we would be fools if we didn't say it. We are not playing well and have to change things, on defense and offense. I don't know why, we have three or four minutes in every game in which we switch off and after that, it is difficult to bounce back. We have to use this break to adjust things."
TODOROVIC, DEJAN
RETAbet Bilbao Basket
"I think the key has been on the second quarter because we allowed almost 30 points. We have had an incredible physic fall and also in defense as usual. We have to wake up and continue fighting."
KRAMER, CHRIS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"We didn´t play very well the first quarter, but we came up in the second. We made a very good basketball on the end of the third and the fourth. Personally it has been a big game for me, I want to be successful and help the team."