Qualifying Round Round 3 - October 02, 2011 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
2-0 Qualifying Round 2-0
2-0 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
JUNGEBRAND, CARL, Finland
Referee
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Umpire
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.5 Points 85.0
39.0 Rebounds 32.5
16.5 O. Rebounds 9.0
22.5 D. Rebounds 23.5
15.0 Assists 16.0
4.5 Steals 9.5
4.5 Blocks 2.0
13.5 Turnovers 12.5
51.2 % 2PT 49.4 %
41.7 % 3PT 54.3 %
79.2 % FT 83.3 %
96.5 Index 97.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.5 / Rice Points 15.0 / Gordon
7.0 / VALANCIUNAS, JONAS Rebounds 7.0 / Shipp
3.0 / ROBERTS, LAWRENCE OR 1.5 / Aldemir
5.0 / VALANCIUNAS, JONAS DR 6.0 / Shipp
6.0 / Rice Assists 6.5 / Acik
1.0 / Newley Steals 3.5 / Gordon
1.5 / Samardziski Blocks 1.0 / Andric
3.0 / JERETIN, GORAN Turnovers 2.0 / Shipp
66.7 % / Samardziski 2PT 75.0 % / Shipp
66.7 % / Seibutis 3PT 75.0 % / Gordon
100.0 % / Katelynas FT 100.0 % / Shipp
20.5 / Rice Index 16.0 / Gordon

THE TAKE

Lietuvos Rytas
Galatasaray
RECORDS
4-6 (Fourth place, Group C)
Euroleague
Regular season 2010-11
3-3 (third place, Group F)
Eurocup
3-3 (Third place, Group E)
Top 16, 2010-11
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PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Nothing less than place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, a seat at the table with the best teams of the continent. Lietuvos Rytas is used to earning its way into the Euroleague, having done so twice before, with Eurocup titles, and then acquitted itself more than well on the big stage. Galatasaray, though a much older, even emblematic club in Turkish sport, is very much the upstart, having not reached the Euroleague regular season in decades.

INJURIES

Both teams are injury-free and ready to face each other at Siemens Arena.

THE TAKE

Galatasaray has won both a defensive battle and a high-scoring game so far, biding its time and slowly but surely taking over in the second half. Since it has not needed to play from far behind yet, Galatasaray will want to be careful not to dig any holes with a home crowd against it, too, although its core of veterans should prevent that. Lietuvos Rytas has gotten more rest and more production from up and down the lineup, which should translate into more energy, especially in the second half, for what will be Galatasaray's third game in three days. Expect L. Rytas to try to blitz Galatasaray at several points. If the visitors can take those hits and stay close, it will be a thriller to the finish.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Carl Jungebrand
Carl Jungebrand
Finland
Boris Ryzhyk
Boris Ryzhyk
Ukraine
Fernando Rocha
Fernando Rocha
Portugal




Lietuvos Rytas
Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Blocks Fouls Rkg
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
Totals 400:00 171 42/82 15/36 42/53 33 45 78 30 9 27 9 4 45 44 193
Average 200:00 85.5 51.2% 41.7% 79.2% 16.5 22.5 39.0 15.0 04.5 13.5 04.5 02.0 22.5 22.0 96.5

Totals 400:00 170 39/79 19/35 35/42 18 47 65 32 19 25 4 7 41 40 194
Average 200:00 85.0 49.4% 54.3% 83.3% 09.0 23.5 32.5 16.0 09.5 12.5 02.0 03.5 20.5 20.0 97.0
Galatasaray
Sunday, October 2, 2011
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Galatasary celebrates in VilniusGalatasaray overcame Lietuvos Rytas 63-71 at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania, to advance to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season for the first time in club history. Galatasaray trailed early, but used a 2-13 run to take a 28-30 halftime lead and continued to add to it throughout the second half. Head coach Oktay Mahmuti’s men will play in Euroleague Group D with Asseco Prokom, FC Barcelona Regal, Montepaschi Siena, Unics Kazan and Union Olimpija. Preston Shumpert paced the Galatasaray attack with 14 points off the bench, Josh Shipp and Luksa Andric added 12 apiece and Jaka Lakovic tallied 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Renaldas Seibutas scored 11 first-quarter points for Rytas, but quieted after that and finished with 15. Goran Jeretin added 12 and Steponas Babrauskas had 10 in defeat. Rytas will compete in the Eurocup this season, a competition it won just two seasons ago.

The game off to a fast start with both teams playing hard. Tyrese Rice used all his athletic ability to hang in the air and twist for the game’s first basket on a layup. Jamon Lucas answered quickly with a jumper for Galatasaray and then Shipp converted a basket-plus-foul as the visiting side got going. Rice relied on his speed to keep Rytas close and then Seibutas stuck a jumper to make it 8-7. The teams proceeded to trade baskets with Seibutas tying the game at 11-11 with a triple and then getting a nifty left-handed drive to fall on the next possession. A Lawrence Roberts steal led to another Seibutas score before Jonas Valanciunas added to the lead with a spin move and two-handed slam. Jeretin capped a 13-2 finish to the opening quarter as Rytas put 21-13 on the scoreboard.

Shumpert netted Galatasaray’s first points of the second quarter, but Babrauskas hot from downtown to stretch the Rytas lead to 9. Rice went down hard after crashing into Ender Arslan and picking up an offensive foul. Galatasaray started to work its way back after that with Furkan Eldemir scoring on the offensive glass and Shipp getting 2 from the line. Shumpert sank a second-chance, wide-open triple to make it 26-24. Jaka Lakovic took the Galatasaray run to 0-9 with a pair of free throws and then Arslan gave the visitors the lead with a scoop in the lane. Jeretin penetrated to end a five-minute Rytas scoring drought, but Lakovic soared through the land for a layup in the final second that left Galatasaray ahead 28-30 at halftime.

To the Rytas fans’ relief, Rice returned for the second half and his pretty pass to Seibutis tied the score at 32-32 three minutes into the third quarter. Big men Darius Songaila on the offensive glass and Luksa Andric from the line kept Galatasaray ahead, but Valanciunas made sure Rytas stayed within striking distance. Shipp went through Valanciunas for a basket-and-foul as the Galatasaray advantage jumped to 38-45. Rice drove to the paint for a pull-up jumper, but the hot hands remained with Galatasaray. Shumpert pushed the lead to double figures with a foul-line jumper and then sank a triple from the corner to give his team a promising 40-52 lead after three quarters.

Andric from the line and Shumpert from mid-range silenced Siemens Arena as the lead hit 16. Babrauskas scored to give Rytas hope and Jeretin tossed in a runner in transition to get to 44-56. However out of a timeout, Andric scored at the basket and Brad Newley was whistled for an offensive foul as the chances shifted further in Galatasaray’s favor. Roberts drained an important triple with just under six minutes remaining and a minute later Babrauskas connected from downtown, but the lead only shrunk to 13. Roberts threw down a powerful slam on the offensive glass to bring the deficit to 9. The Seibutis’s steal and layup with 2:50 got the arena rocking and rolling again. Jeretin nailed a deep triple with 2:16 on the clock to make it 58-62. Tutku Acik found Andric for an open layup on the next play and when Jeretin was called for traveling, it seemed the visitors had held off the Rytas rally. And when Jeretin missed from downtown, it appeared Rytas’s chances had run out. Lakovic practically sealed the outcome with 2 free throws with 32 seconds remaining as Galatasaray ran out the clock and celebrated a return to the Euroleague.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 8400 (Tentative)
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Lietuvos Rytas2171223
Galatasaray13172219
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Galatasaray13305271
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 DAMBRAUSKAS, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 22:23 10 2/2 2/5   1 1 2 1   3     1 2 8
6 RICE, TYRESE 22:12 8 3/7 0/1 2/2       4 1 2 1   2 3 8
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 24:54 8 4/6 0/1   2 7 9 1 1 1     3   12
8 JERETIN, GORAN 17:48 12 3/3 2/6   1 1 2     2     1 1 8
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 22:48 15 6/8 1/5   1 2 3   2 1     3 1 11
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 14:29   0/5       1 1           1 1 -4
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 15:06 2 1/1 0/1   1 4 5             1 7
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 19:24 8 3/6   2/2 2 3 5     1 2 1 2 4 12
20 NEWLEY, BRAD 15:49           1 1   1 2     3 1 -2
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 25:07   0/1 0/3   2 3 5           2 1  
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 63 22/39 5/22 4/4 11 23 34 6 5 12 3 1 18 15 61
56.4% 22.7% 100%
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
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 SHIPP, JOSHUA 30:58 12 3/4 0/3 6/6 1 5 6 1 1 1     1 4 18
5 LAKOVIC, JAKA 29:43 10 3/5 0/3 4/4   3 3 5   1   1   6 17
8 TOPALOGLU, CANER 1:45                              
9 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 24:50 14 4/6 2/3     2 2 1   1     1   12
11 ACIK, TUTKU 14:00     0/1     1 1 3 1       3 1 2
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 24:42 12 4/6 0/1 4/4 1 2 3 1 1 2     4 3 11
17 SANLI, SERTAC 0:37                              
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 14:41 4 2/6     2 4 6   1   1 2 3   3
22 GORDON, JAMON 13:46 4 2/5 0/1     1 1 1 1       1   2
25 SONGAILA, DARIUS 16:59 8 3/5   2/2 2 1 3     2     1 2 8
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 24:10 7 1/3 1/3 2/2   2 2 2 2 2     1 2 8
41 OZER, CEVHER 3:49     0/1                       -1
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 22/40 3/16 18/18 8 23 31 14 7 9 1 3 15 18 84
55% 18.8% 100%
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Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"Congratulations to Galatasaray. After this game it is safe to say there are many things we have to do to improve. It is really difficult to make everything work 100 percent. I think the biggest problem is that we didn't spend enough time together as a team and in basketball it is very important. We obviously had problems with our defense."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Galatasaray
"I think we started the game quite sensibly but we were terrible during the last two minutes of the first quarter. Later, we gained quite an advantage which looked big enough but Lietuvos rytas hit some crazy triples towards the end. I suppose we were ready to win this game and it's a very important win against a powerful team with great tradition. We managed to control the game which is hard to do in this gym because the local fans know basketball very well. Defense was the key. I'll drink a glass of wine now and later start thinking about the Euroleague."
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