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

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The Take

Fresh off a brilliant performance at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius opens its Euroleague season at home against continental giant Panathinaikos Athens. The teams have a 2-2 head-to-head record, splitting home and road wins. It will be a special game for guard Milenko Tepic and center Andreas Glyniadakis, who played for Panathinaikos in the past. Tepic will share the point guard duties with Omar Cook, whose pass-first skills and leadership make him an essential player for head coach Dirk Bauermann. Cook and Tepic will have the tough mission to guard Dimitris Diamantidis, who will see extended playing time while Roko Ukic is sidelined. Panathinaikos must be ready to stop Rytas's best scorers, Martynas Gecevicius and Renaldas Seibutis. Panathinaikos has plenty of options at the wings but Jonas Maciulis and Mike Bramos will see most of the playing time against the hosts' shooting stars. The Greens have a size advantage in the paint with James Gist, Mike Batiste, Antonis Fotsis and Stephane Lasme, among others. The hosts need a good game from Glyniadakis and Juan Palacios under the baskets. Expect a great crowd at Siemens Arena, as Euroleague action returns to basketball-crazy Vilnius.
Monday, October 14, 2013

Game Notes

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius

Martynas Gecevicius led Lietuvos Rytas in scoring during the Euroleague qualifying rounds with 21.3 points per game. He made 14 of 23 three-pointers (60.9%).  

Milenko Tepic played for Panathinaikos for two seasons between 2009 and 2011. He won the Euroleague with the club in the second of those seasons. He was a teammate there of current Greens Dimitris Diamantidis, Mike Batiste and Antonis Fotsis.

Omar Cook has recorded at least 1 steal in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Cook needs 3 more assists to become the 12th player in Euroleague history with 500 assists.   

Panathinaikos Athens

Ramel Curry, Nikos Pappas, Vladimir Jankovic, Shang Ping and Giorgos Diamantakos are all set to make their Turkish Airlines Euroleague debuts.

Shang Ping is set to become the first Chinese player to play a Euroleague game.

Dimitris Diamantidis is just 4 games away from hitting the 200 games played mark. He would be the 13th player to accomplish that feat.

Stephane Lasme is 3 blocked shots behind D’Or Fischer for 10th place on the competition’s list of blocks leaders. Lasme enters the season tied for 11th place with Budivelnik big man Darjus Lavrinovic at 109 career rejections.

Antonis Fotsis has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and nine of his last 10 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"We won three games in the Euroleague qualification tournament, also the last VTB league game. Now we are playing with confidence because we haven't lost a game for some time. If it is good time to play well against Panathinaikos it is in the early stage of the Euroleague season. Now they, like everybody, are trying to find themselves."
Panathinaikos Athens
"The Euroleague begins and what we need is these upcoming strong games, in order to find our rhythm. We have to become a team and to get over all these problems we had and have with some injuries and misfortunes, like the last one with Mike Bramos. Practicing every day, playing each game, will help us to get exactly where we want to be. We are still at the beginning and we still have a lot of work to do."


Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"I have beentraining with Lietuvos rytas for less than a week, but the team shows good form and won the Euroleague qualifying rounds. All teams in Euroleague are very strong and every match, especially when you are playing at home, is very important."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It's very exciting that a new Euroleague season starts Thursday for us! All the teams have great quality players this season and high aspirations. Thursday's game will be very difficult. Lietuvos Rytas is a tough team and they have great fans, they also won the Qualifying Round Tournament by beating some very good teams. This game will be a test for us to see if we can focus for 40 minutes and fight for every possession, and I believe we are capable of this."

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
Attendance: 8450 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos Athens251718149
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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%
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 Coaches

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."
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."


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."
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