2011-12FinalsRound 2
April 15, 2012 CET: 13:30
Local time: 15:30 BASKETBALL CENTER OF MOSCOW REGION

Lietuvos Rytas finish the 2011-12 Eurocup season in third place.

Lietuvos Rytas led from start to finish in beating Spartak St. Petersburg 71-62 to finish the 2011-12 Eurocup season in third place. Ronnie Seibutis scored 21 and Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double as Rytas controlled the paint and outrebounded Spartak 38-25. The winners started hot from downtown and finished 8 of 15 from behind the arc, while Spartak never found its groove. A pair of Seibutis threes made it 15-5 midway through the opening quarter and Rytas cruised the rest of the way. The lead peaked at 19 in the second quarter, but Spartak rallied late to get within 4. However Steponas Babrauskas stepped up when needed and Rytas regained control en route to the victory. Seibutis went 4 for 6 from behind the arc and 9 for 10 from the line in addition to 4 assists for the winners. Aleksandar Rasic added 12 points, Valanciunas had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks and Mindaugas Katelynas netted 10 for the winners. Eurocup MVP Patrick Beverley paced Spartak with 18 points and Vladimir Dragicevic scored 17 in defeat.

The game opened with both teams settling for outside shots, but it was Rytas that connected first with a Seibutis triple and a Rasic jumper. Yotam Halperin connected from downtown for Spartak’s first points before Seibutis from the line and Valanciunas on the offensive rebound of Seibutis’s missed free throw made it 10-3. Beverley followed in a missed Halperin shot, but Rytas continued to own the flow. Valanciunas corrected an Arturas Jomantas miss, came up with a big block on defense and then Seibutis hit his second three to make it 15-5. Even after a Spartak timeout, a Valanciunas steal led to a Jomantas free throw. Anatoly Kashirov hit back for Spartak, but Rytas kept raining threes as Rasic made it 21-7. Aleksey Zozulin gave Spartak hope with a three and then a steal and foul drawn. Three free throws by Katelynas over two possessions kept Rytas in total control, 24-10, after 10 minutes.

Beverley opened the second quarter with a long jumper and Dragicevic scored in the paint to trim the gap to 10. Valanciunas displayed his power inside with an offensive rebound and a slam. Lawrence Roberts was next to dunk on the Spartak defense and soon after Valanciunas made it 30-14. Seibutis made his third three for a 19-point Rytas lead. Miha Zupan got on the scoreboard for Spartak. A Beverley three made it 33-20 midway through the second quarter. Valery Likhodey took charge for Spartak with 5 quick points to bring his team within 35-25. A Rasic triple got a lot of rim before falling in to protect Rytas’s comfortable lead. A Halperin triple in the closing seconds of the half made it 40-30 at halftime.

Rasic scored twice in the first minutes of the second half as Rytas reasserted control. Beverley was credited with his 10th points thanks to a goaltending call and Kashirov’s basket kept Spartak’s slim hopes alive. Halperin made it 46-36 midway through the third quarter. A Babrauskas pull-up jumper put Rytas back up by 14. Likhodey and Katelynas traded three-pointers. Dragicevic hit a mid-range jumper and a Beverley steal, layup and foul brought Spartak within 9 for the first time since the opening quarter. Babrauskas hit back from the line to make it 55-44 through three quarters.

Beverley continued to fuel Spartak with a big three. Then he dished to a cutting Dragicevic to close the difference to 6. Dragicevic further narrowed the gap to 55-51 as all the pressure shifted to Rytas. Babrauskas looked to rescue Rytas with a triple, but Dragicevic scored on the ensuing possession for Spartak. Seibutis padded the Rytas lead from the line to make it 62-53 midway through the fourth quarter. Beverley drove hard for a layup and then Dragicevic got to the line to bring his team within 6. A pair of Katelynas jumpers sandwiched a Dragicevic layup. The Spartak forward attacked the glass to keep his team alive, but a Seibutis triple with just under two minutes to go practically sealed the outcome, 69-60. A Spartak timeout tried to come up with a plan for a late frantic run, but it was to no avail. Seibutis free throws with 1:15 left just about sealed the outcome as Rytas finished its Eurocup season on a winning note.

Renaldas Seibutis - Lietuvos Rytas - Finals Khimki 2012 - EC11
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 1950 (Tentative)
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Lietuvos Rytas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DAMBRAUSKAS, PAULIUS 4:40                   2     1   -3
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 22:51 9 1/2 1/2 4/4   2 2 1   2     4 3 7
6 RICE, TYRESE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 18:23 2 1/4 0/1 0/1 1 3 4   1 1     1 3 3
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 31:22 21 0/3 4/6 9/10 1 1 2 4   5     2 5 19
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 8:52   0/1     2   2     2 1 1 2 1 -2
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 25:59 10 2/3 1/2 3/4 1 5 6 1 1 2     1 4 16
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 26:46 10 4/7   2/2 5 7 12 1 2   3   1 3 27
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 29:14 12 3/4 2/4     3 3 1   2     2 3 12
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 25:47 7 1/4   5/6 2 2 4 2 3     1   4 15
32 REDIKAS, DOVYDAS 6:06   0/1       1 1 1   2     4   -5
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 71 12/29 8/15 23/27 13 25 38 11 7 18 4 2 18 26 91
        41.4% 53.3% 85.2%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
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
Spartak St. Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 ZAVORUEV, VASILY 1:22     0/1                       -1
8 KASHIROV, ANATOLY 8:48 4 2/6     1 2 3         1 1 1 2
9 HALPERIN, YOTAM 34:34 8 1/2 2/4     1 1 4   3     1 2 8
10 SERGEEV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 31:05 8 1/2 2/6   1 1 2 2 1 1 1   4 1 5
12 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 32:19 18 5/7 2/8 2/3 3   3 4 1 1   1 4 7 18
13 ZUPAN, MIHA 16:34 4 2/2 0/3   1 1 2           4   -1
14 ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY 28:22 3   1/4   1   1 4 1 3     4 1  
15 ANTIPOV, PAVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DRAGICEVIC, VLADIMIR 25:31 17 7/10   3/4 2 3 5     3   2 4 4 13
23 KEYRU, VICTOR 12:13   0/1 0/1   3 2 5   1 1     2 1 2
33 DRAGOVIC, NIKOLA 9:12   0/1 0/2     1 1   1   1   2 1 -1
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 62 18/31 7/29 5/7 12 13 25 14 5 13 2 4 26 18 46
        58.1% 24.1% 71.4%
Head coach: ZDOVC, JURE

Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"For us it was an important game, though maybe not as the Eurocup game we played yesterday. Anyway, we wanted to go back to Vilnius as winners, not as losers. I told my players that, and they said: 'Of course!' So we played very motivated against a team we already played two times this season. For us, it's an important to win without Tyrese Rice because he's an important player in our game. The kids that stepped in for him, Dovydas Redikas and Steponas Babrauskas, did a good job, so congratulations to them."
"It is not a big secret that Spartak St. Petersburg is Beverley as a centerpiece and the guys around him play well, with him and off him. At the same time, he's the kind of player who can score. So he's doing well. Also, Dragicevic is a player I like and respect. He's not flashy, but rather the type of player who is doing the hard work, what we call the dirty job."
"VTB is kind of a specific competition for us. It's a league where CSKA Moscow is a big, big favorite. The fact that we are where we are in the VTB is a kind of success for us at this stage. Again, we're playing against Khimki soon and that's a team that's not going to be very hard to motivate my players for. Our schedule this season, especially in the last two months, is deadly. I cannot promise anything except that we will fight like we are doing every game."
ZDOVC, JURE
Spartak St. Petersburg
"First, I'd like to congratulate my colleague, Aleksandar Dzikic. They were better than us, stronger than us. We knew that after suffering last night, we would have problems in this game because Rytas plays physically very strong. We, with one point guard, for sure had big problems in this tournament. This tournament is very strong, and with our injuries, we had big problems at this position. Beverley played well, but he didn't have help. We tried, we fought. Except the first quarter, all the other quarters were correct. But we lost, and we must look forward."

Players

RASIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was a good game for us, we showed a better face. We played another game just 24 hours ago and I am sure that the tough game that Spartak had against Khimki yesterday affected us in a bad way. It was nice to finish this tournament with at least one win so we don't go home empty handed."
REDIKAS, DOVYDAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We came here to Khimki with the right mentality. Unfortunately yesterday we couldn't win our game against Valencia, but today we regrouped and managed to stay concentrated for this game. We started strong and managed to stay focused which is not easy to do in games like this one."
ZOZULIN, ALEKSEY
Spartak St. Petersburg
"It's always hard to play games of this kind because it means that you lost in the previous game and that you are out of the fight for the trophy. We also played our last game not 24 hours ago. However, we tried to concentrate and do it as best as we could but Lietuvos Rytas is a good team and they found their place on court better than us."
BEVERLEY, PATRICK
Spartak St. Petersburg
"It was not a good day of basketball for our team. I don't think our concentration was the best today. The gae of yesterday probably affected us. We were down by 13 or 16 points and then managed to take the lead but ended up losing the game. That was a big mental blow that we couldn't overcome today."
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