2013-14Regular SeasonRound 1
October 17, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 SIEMENS ARENA

Seibutis stars in OT as Lietuvos Rytas sinks Panathinaikos

Renaldas Seibutis sank a jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to an 84-83 win over Panathinaikos Athens in a Thursday night thriller in Group D. It was 45 minutes of drama in Siemens Arena, as neither team held more than a 6-point advantage throughout the game. Panathinaikos survived in regulation thanks to Dimitris Diamantidis, who sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer 18.8 seconds before the end of fourth quarter, but Seibutis was the hero at the end, hitting almost two identical jump shots from 5 meters in the final 90 seconds of the extra session. Seibutis finished with game-high 19 points, Darius Songaila had 13 points plus 8 rebounds, and Omar Cook scored 10 points, while dishing out 11 assists. Also in double figures for Rytas, Juan Palacios with 12, and Steponas Babrauskas with 10. For Panathinaikos, Jonas Maciulis collected 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Ramel Curry and Mike Batiste scored 12 apiece. James Gist and Loukas Mavrokefalidis each had 10 points.

First quarter: Hot shooting keeps teams even

Gist knocked down the first shot of the season for Panathinaikos, and Cook opened Rytas's account with a triple. Gist also hit from downtown for the Greens, but the hosts opened the game in great shooting rhythm, going in front 13-7 after Martynas Gecevicius and Cook each scored from behind the arc, and Songaila added a baseline jumper. Gist scored inside and Loukas Mavrokefalidis from mid-range, but Stevan Jelovac made basket-plus-foul for 17-11. However, Roko Ukic ignited a 0-8 run, contributing both on defense and offense, scoring a fast break layup and assisting for a Mavrokefalidis jumper, before Curry nailed a jumper of his own for 17-19. After a timeout, Milenko Tepic and Jelovac made jumpers for the hosts, while Mavrokefalidis had a put-back and Batiste hit a baseline shot at the other end, as the teams remained tied 25-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Rytas catches up with Seibutis triples

Palacios and Gecevicius scored baskets inside to start the second quarter, but Batiste made a reverse layup and Diamantidis got a friendly roll on a long jumper to keep it square, 29-29. After Songaila’s slam dunk, Nikos Pappas and Curry hit jump shots, and Pappas added a triple to make it 33-36. Songaila answered from top of the key, but Batiste hit two shots for the Greens, extending the margin to 36-42. However, Seibutis hit back-to-back three-pointers to send the teams into the halftime break tied at 42-42.

Third quarter: The see-saw battle continues

Steponas Babrauskas started the third quarter with a layup, but Curry nailed a triple, and Maciulis made a put-back for 44-47. Maciulis added a driving layup, but with both teams picking it up on the defensive end, Songaila had to hit a pair of jumpers to get the hosts going. Then Seibutis nailed a triple for a 53-49 lead. Maciulis was the go-to guy for the Greens, making a runner, before Tepic increased the hosts’ tally with a long two. Ukic again ignited Panathinaikos with a slashing move to the rim and an offensive rebound after which Antonis Fotsis hit a triple of the glass, 57-58. Maciulis scored another basket from close range to keep Panathinaikos ahead, but Cook sank a shot just before the buzzer to make it 59-60 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Diamantidis sends the game into overtime

Neither team scored in the opening two minutes of the quarter, before Curry and Babrauskas traded three-pointers to keep the margin unchanged. Baskets were few and far between, as a dunk from Lasme made it 62-65. Palacios sparked Rytas, driving for a lay-in, followed by a basket-plus-foul for a 67-65 edge midway through the fourth quarter. Maciulis answered right back with a triple from the right corner, before Seibtuis and Mavrokefalidis traded top-of-the-key jumpers to keep the see-saw battle going. When Seibutis hit from long range, Rytas went in front 72-70, and stayed in front keeping the visitors without a basket for more than three minutes. Palacios and Seibutis each split free throws, extending it to 74-70 at the start of the final minute, but there was Diamantidis. After just missing 3 of 4 free throws, and missing his first 6 three-point attempts in the game, Diamantidis sank one from downtown with 18.8 seconds to go. Cook and Songaila tried to win it for Rytas, but missed tough shots on the last possession in regulation, and the game went into overtime.

Overtime: Seibutis shines with the game on the line

Maciulis opened the extra session making free throws, before Ukic made a driving layup. But Babrauskas took matters in his own hands, sinking a triple and a driving coast-to-coast for a layup and a 79-78 lead. Babrauskas also contributed defensively, stealing a pass from Gist, but the hosts failed to capitalize on it as Songaila made only 1 of 4 free throws on the next two trips down the floor. After a jumper from Seibutis, Rytas entered the final minute up 82-81. Panathinaikos regained the lead with a put-back dunk from Gist, but Seibutis nailed a jumper from 5 meters with 5.5 seconds on the clock to make it 84-83. After a timeout, the Greens had two attempts for victory, but Ukic missed a triple and Fotsis’s tough shot at the buzzer hit the rim, allowing Rytas players and fans to erupt in jubilation.

Darius Songaila - Lietuvos Rytas - EB13
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 8450 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius2517171510
Panathinaikos Athens251718149
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius2542597484
Panathinaikos Athens2542607483
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 19:10 6 3/4 0/3     1 1 1   1     1   2
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 24:08 10 2/2 2/7   1 4 5   2       4 1 9
9 PALACIOS, JUAN 33:37 12 3/4 0/2 6/9 1 4 5 1   2 1   4 7 14
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 28:44 19 3/8 4/4 1/2   1 1   1 1     4 3 13
11 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 7:13   0/1                   1 3   -5
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 25:42 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   2 2 2   2   1   3 10
14 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 LIDEKA, TAUTVYDAS 5:16           1 1           1 1 1
20 COOK, OMAR 37:33 10 1/2 2/8 2/2   1 1 11 1 1     2 2 15
22 BENDZIUS, EIMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 SONGAILA, DARIUS 30:45 13 5/7   3/6 1 7 8 3 1 2     1 4 21
31 JELOVAC, STEVAN 12:52 7 2/2 0/3 3/3   1 1   1         2 8
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 225:00 84 20/32 9/28 17/24 3 24 27 18 6 10 1 2 20 23 89
        62.5% 32.1% 70.8%
Head coach: BAUERMANN, DIRK
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 CURRY, RAMEL 27:26 12 2/7 2/4 2/2 1 5 6         1 4 1 7
8 BATISTE, MIKE 12:35 12 4/7   4/4   1 1     1     1 2 10
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 19:03 3 0/2 1/3     3 3     1     3   -2
10 UKIC, ROKO 22:11 8 3/4 0/4 2/2 1 2 3 4 2 4     1 3 10
11 LASME, STEPHANE 21:36 4 1/1   2/2 1 4 5   1 2     5 3 6
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 10:23 10 4/4   2/2 2   2 2   1 1   3 1 12
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 36:21 6 1/1 1/7 1/4   2 2 7 1         3 10
14 GIST, JAMES 26:09 10 3/5 1/4 1/2 3 2 5   1 1 1   2 1 9
15 PAPPAS, NIKOS 11:24 5 1/1 1/1     1 1     2     1   3
16 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 1:53       0/2                   1 -1
18 MACIULIS, JONAS 35:59 13 4/4 1/4 2/2 2 6 8 2   1     3 5 21
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 225:00 83 23/36 7/27 16/22 11 28 39 15 5 13 2 1 23 20 88
        63.9% 25.9% 72.7%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS

Head Coaches

BAUERMANN, DIRK
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"First of all thanks to our fans. The atmosphere in the gym was unbelievable. The crowd gave us energy that we needed to win the game in overtime. Thanks to our team, I saw the guys competed in a very high level. They believed in themselves even after we missed an opportunity to win the game in regulation. I really think we deserved to win this game because of how hard we were playing. Nobody plays selfish, everybody tries to help the team. We have good chemistry."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"We didn’t play good on defense. There is an explanation for this: a lot of our players are not in a good shape, because they played in Eurobasket or were recovering after injuries. I think through the practices and the games we will find our rhythm defensively."

Players

SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"Emotionally it was a game worth dying for. We kept fighting from the first to the last minute. We had to fight for every point 100 percent. Such a great team as Panathinaikos does not forgive mistakes. We didn’t give up during overtime. The guys concentrated and gave their hearts."