2018-19Regular SeasonRound 8
November 21, 2018 CET: 19:30
Local time: 19:30 FRAPORT ARENA
Lithuania: TV6
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Balkans: SPORTKLUB7
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV

Records

4-3 Regular Season 3-4
4-3 Overall 3-4

Referees

Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO
Umpire 1
SILVA, SERGIO
Umpire 2
PEERANDI, RAIN

The Take

It's a decisive Group D game in Germany when the Fraport Skyliners (4-3) welcome Rytas (3-4). A win would send the Skyliners into the Top 16 alongside UNICS and Unicaja, already qualified. If Rytas wins, the score will be important for potential tie situations. Last week, the hosts lost to Unicaja despite 22 points by Trae Bell-Haynes. Rytas lost its second in a row against UNICS with 19 points by DJ Seeley.

Earlier this season

In their only previous matchup ever in the EuroCup, the Skyliners won on the road, 61-70. Jason Clark led the way with his 14 points and Bell-Haynes added 11. For Rytas, Seeley had 19. A 1 of 11 from the arc was a big burden for Rytas, and it didn't matter that the hosts won the rebounding battle, 35-29. However, the guests managed to stay at 10 turnovers while Rytas had 16, a key for the home loss.

Marquee Matchup

Erik Murphy and Marynas Echodas will be the protagonists of a big duel in the paint. Murphy is having a great season with the German team, averaging 16.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Echodas is the other side of the spectrum. He is a young player starting to see serious minutes on court and, week by week, he keeps improving. He has scored in double digits in three of his last four games, averaging 8.7 points and 4.3 boards overall.

Keys to victory: Skyliners

The Skyliners are on the brink of qualifying, so this home game is the most important of the season so far. A Top 16 spot would be a big success for the team at this point, but it struggles in rebounds, especially against Rytas (28.7 to 35.1). The Skyliners will have to rely on Murphy, Heslip and Clark to carry most of the offensive weight, but if they manage to control the rebounds, they will be halfway there.

Keys to victory: Rytas

Rytas is in the thick of the race and a win in Frankfurt would increase its Top 16 chances dramatically. Both teams receive less than 80 points per game, and Rytas scores 2 points less per game than the hosts, so it will all come down to the small details. On the road, has lost two of its three games, so this would be a great moment to add the second road win.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 MURPHY, ERIK C 2.08 28
1 CLARANCE, ELIJAH G 1.95 20
2 BELL-HAYNES, TRAE G 1.88 23
3 ZEEB, GARAI G 1.86 21
4 HESLIP, BRADY THOMAS G 1.88 28
5 CLARK, JASON G 1.88 28
7 HUFF, SHAWN F 1.98 34
8 VARGAS, AKEEM G 1.93 28
9 FREUDENBERG, RICHARD F 2.04 20
12 SCHUBERT, KONSTANTIN F 2.00 20
14 KAYSER, AARON C 2.05 19
15 TRTOVAC, ARMIN C 2.10 21
18 WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN, JONAS C 2.07 28
21 KRATZER, LEON C 2.12 21
23 ROBERTSON, QUANTEZ G 1.88 33
33 VOELLER, MARCO C 1.99 29
41 KIEL, NIKLAS F 2.07 21
Rytas Vilnius
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 SIRVYDIS, DEIVIDAS F 2.00 18
2 SUTTON, DOMINIQUE F 1.96 32
3 KRAMER, CHRIS G 1.91 30
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK G 1.86 32
9 PILAUSKAS, AISTIS G 1.88 20
11 SEELEY, DENNIS F 1.93 28
13 NORMANTAS, MARGIRIS G 1.94 22
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS C 2.04 21
18 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS G 1.88 29
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS F 2.03 28
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK C 2.07 17
25 KAIRYS, EVALDAS C 2.07 28
42 KVEDARAVICIUS, LUKAS F 2.07 21
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS F 1.97 26

Player Stats

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.4 Points 78.4
28.7 Rebounds 35.1
8.3 O. Rebounds 12.7
20.4 D. Rebounds 22.4
18.1 Assists 15.1
6.7 Steals 7.3
2.7 Blocks 2.3
54.5 % 2PT 50.5 %
39.4 % 3PT 36.0 %
75.8 % FT 74.5 %
80.4 PIR 87.1

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 79.7
32.6 Rebounds 31.0
8.6 O. Rebounds 9.4
24.0 D. Rebounds 21.6
15.7 Assists 16.7
4.7 Steals 5.6
2.7 Blocks 1.7
57.5 % 2PT 55.2 %
33.3 % 3PT 36.6 %
82.3 % FT 80.0 %
92.9 PIR 84.1
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Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt vs. Rytas Vilnius

· In their only other previous meeting, the Skyliners won on the road, 61-70, thanks to 23 points and 9 rebounds by Erik Murphy.

Friday, November 16, 2018
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Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt

Roster
Big man Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann will miss 9 to 11 weeks due to a foot injury.
Jules Akodo, Konstantin Schubert, Aaron Kayser, Armin Trtovac and Niklas Kiel are all set to make their EuroCup debuts.
Streaks
Erik Murphy has hit at least one three in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Jason Clark has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Clark has hit his last 11 free throws in the EuroCup.
Rankings
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Brady Thomas Heslip is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  3.7 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average index rating with  17.0 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  60.8% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  16.5 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  63.7% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  69.2% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  6.0 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.1 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Erik Murphy is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.5 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  61.5% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  60.0% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.5 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Quantez Robertson is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.0 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Quantez Robertson is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  4.5 per game.
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Quantez Robertson is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  437.5% .
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Quantez Robertson is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  2.4 per game.
Records/Milestones
Quantez Robertson of Skyliners recorded 5 steals in EuroCup play this century, against Rytas on October 17, 2018.
Quantez Robertson posted his career high in Steals with 5 for Skyliners against Rytas on October 17, 2018.

Rytas Vilnius

Roster
Chris Kramer did not play last week against Unicaja.
Rok Stipcevic made his debut last week with Rytas this season.
Streaks
Chris Kramer has dished at least 3 assists in his last 26 EuroCup games.
Dominique Sutton has collected at least one steal in his last 5 EuroCup games.
DJ Seeley has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Seeley has hit his last 12 free throws in the EuroCup.
Seeley has collected at least one steal in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Seeley has racked a PIR of at least 11 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Rytas Chris Kramer ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 234.5% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Rytas Chris Kramer ranks 16th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 251 assists total for his career.
Rytas Vilnius Deividas Sirvydis is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  53.3% .
Rytas Vilnius Dennis Seeley is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  1.7 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Dominique Sutton is ranked 13th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws made with  3.5 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Dominique Sutton is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  69.4% .
Rytas Vilnius Dominique Sutton is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average steals with  2.0 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  63.8% .
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.1 per game.
Rytas Vilnius Evaldas Kairys is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  63.8% .
Rytas Vilnius Martynas Echodas is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  61.9% .
Rytas Vilnius Mindaugas Girdziunas is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  50.0% .
Records/Milestones
Eimantas Bendzius posted his career high in Defensive rebounds with 5 for Rytas against Skyliners on October 17, 2018.
Eimantas Bendzius posted his career high in Total rebounds with 7 for Rytas against Skyliners on October 17, 2018.
Evaldas Kairys posted his career high in Defensive rebounds with 6 for Rytas against Skyliners on October 17, 2018.
Evaldas Kairys posted his career high in Total rebounds with 9 for Rytas against Skyliners on October 17, 2018.

Friday, November 16, 2018
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 0
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt Rytas Vilnius
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt
Home record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 0-0
Away record vs. Rytas Vilnius: 1-0
Rytas Vilnius
Home record vs. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt: 0-1
Away record vs. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 17 October 2018 Regular Season Rytas Vilnius 61 - 70 Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt