2006-07Regular SeasonRound 1
October 31, 2006 CET: 00:00
Local time: 01:00 SIEMENS ARENA
Andre Emmet Lietuvos Rytas Lietuvos Rytas returned to the ULEB Cup for the first time since winning the 2005 title with a tough 81-69 win over Hemofarm Vrsac at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. The hosts stumbled out of the gate as Hemofarm raced to an early 1-14 lead. The visitors were ahead 34-39 at halftime, before Andrius Slezas sparked a 10-1 run late in the third period that gave L. Rytas the lead for good as it started its Group A campaign with a victory. Roberts Stelmahers was stellar down the stretch, as the hosts added to their lead and closed out the game. Slezas led the winning effort with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Stelmahers had 17 points and 5 assists and Marijonas Petravicius finished with 10. Nebojsa Joksimovic led Hemofarm with 17, Milos Borisov pounded out 15 points and 10 rebounds and Milenko Topic added 12.

Hemofarm jumped on top through Velimir Radinovic's baby hook and a layup from Stefan Markovic. Hemofarm's zone defense caused L. Rytas fits, as the visitors, using powerful Radinovic in the paint continued their fantastic start and took an early 1-11 lead. A timeout didn't help the hosts as Borisov sank another triple (1-14) before Matt Nielsen hit back-to-back jumpers to reduce the deficit to 9. Nielsen buried one from outside, but it didn't help the hosts as Hemofarm started a three-point shooting fiesta and built a double-digit lead after 10 minutes, 14-26. Slezas came fresh off the bench and hit a three before Arturas Jomantas added a layup and reduced the visitors' lead to 19-26. Topic answered with two free throws, but Petravicius didn't miss from the line and Titus Ivory and Slezas sank from outside as part of a 13-2 L. Rytas run that brough the hosts within 1. Joksimovic scored on a fastbreak, but Slezas continued to be the star of the second quarter. After another layup, he stole the ball and allowed Stelmahers to put L. Rytas in front for the first time in the game, 33-32. However, a late 1-7 run, including a buzzer beater by Topic, put Hemofarm ahead 34-39 at halftime.

Milenko Topic HemofarmJoksimovic made two from the line to open the second half, before Andre Emmett answered with three the-hard-way to close the gap to 37-41. Petravicius used his size to score in the paint and then Emmett tied the game at 41-41, just three minutes into the third period. Nielsen picked up his fourth foul as Hemofarm regained its lead, 45-47, but Petravicius dominated in the paint and tied the score. Miljan Rakic heated up with a triple, but a free-throw and a layup from Slezas put L. Rytas in charge, 52-51. Hemofarm tried to change things with a timeout, but the hosts remained steady and closed the third quarter with a strong 10-1 run. Joao Paulo Batista scored his first points for L. Rytas off a nice dish by Stelmahers, who then hit a jumper himself. Topic and Borisov kept the hope alive for Hemofarm, combining for 5 points and fixing the score at 61-56. Slezas and Borisov exchanged three-pointers before the L. Rytas captain, Stelmahers, nailed one from downtown and built a 67-59 lead for the hosts with 4:30 left in the last quarter. Slezas rebounded well inside the paint to draw a foul by Radinovic and converted two from the line to give L. Rytas its first double-digit lead, 71-61. Topic tried to save the day for Hemofarm with a basket-plus foul, but Stelmahers was perfect from the line and secured the win for Lietuvos Rytas, 81-69.
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR; MANTYLA, PETRI; OZOLS, ARNIS
Attendance: 4120
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Lietuvos Rytas14202324
Hemofarm26131218
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Lietuvos Rytas14345781
Hemofarm26395169
Lietuvos Rytas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SLEZAS, ANDRIUS 26:15 18 3/3 3/4 3/4 3 7 10 2   1   1 4 3 25
7 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 28:00 17 4/5 1/5 6/8   1 1 5 2   1   2 8 25
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 25:15 3 1/2 0/2 1/2   2 2   4 1     3 3 4
9 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 10:15 2 1/4 0/1   2 2 4 1 1         1 5
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BATISTA, J.P. 15:30 4 2/2     1 2 3 1 1 1   1     7
14 EMMET, ANDRE 19:45 7 3/7 0/1 1/1   1 1   1         1 5
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 21:30 10 3/7   4/4 4 2 6       1 1 3 4 13
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 10:45 2 1/1     2   2 2 2     2 2 1 5
33 IVORY, TITUS 26:00 9 1/1 1/5 4/4 1 1 2 2 2 2 1   2 3 11
44 NIELSEN, MATT 16:45 9 3/6 1/3     1 1 1   1 2   4   3
45 BLUMS, JANIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1   4 1         4
Totals 200:00 81 22/38 6/21 19/23 14 19 33 14 17 7 5 5 20 24 107
        57.9% 28.6% 82.6%
Head coach: DRUCKER, SHARON
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
Hemofarm
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SAVOVIC, BORIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 MARKOVIC, MILOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 JOKSIMOVIC, NEBOJSA 32:45 17 2/4 3/4 4/4 1 1 2 2   4   2 3 4 13
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 24:00 5 1/6 0/2 3/4 2 1 3 3   2     3 2  
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 26:15 2 1/2           1   1   1 4   -4
10 ARNAUTOVIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 RAKIC, MILJAN 21:00 8 0/3 2/3 2/2       1   2 2   4 1 2
12 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 RADINOVIC, VELIMIR 17:45 6 3/5     3 3 6 1   4 2   5 3 7
14 TOPIC, MILENKO 28:45 12 3/7 1/2 3/3 2 3 5 1 1 1       5 18
15 BORISOV, MILOS 28:30 15 1/1 4/6 1/2 1 9 10 2   2 1   3 1 21
51 VUKOSAVLJEVIC, VLADAN 21:00 4 0/3   4/6   1 1 1 1 1   2 2 4 1
Team             5 5   5           10
Totals 200:00 69 11/31 10/17 17/21 9 23 32 12 7 17 5 5 24 20 68
        35.5% 58.8% 81%
Head coach: NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
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Head Coaches

DRUCKER, SHARON
Lietuvos Rytas
"I had said earlier that games in the ULEB Cup were going to be difficult. Hemofarm scored 26 points in the first quarter and we were a bit shocked. We intensified our defense later and improved on offense, too. I'm not that kind of coach who plays 12 players a night, and a long season is still waiting for Eurelijus Zukauskas, no matter how improved he is. And he really is. I'm really happy Andrius Slezas is on my team. He's a true big-hearted warrior. Stelmahers was injured for three weeks but he is our captain and a true leader. He used his experience to get where he needed to be on the court."
NIKOLIC, MIROSLAV
Hemofarm
"I knew the game would be like this. I think we did what we could. Besides, three of our players were eighteen years old. Only Topic and Suput are experienced guys on our team. The politics of the club is that the young guys must play. We fought hard till the third quarter but then we gave up. Lietuvos Rytas is much more experienced than our team but they do not play good defense. That's why I think Lietuvos Rytas is not a contender in this tournament."

Players

SLEZAS, ANDRIUS
Lietuvos Rytas
"The reason we won tonight was our fighting ability. We were really sleepy at the start of the game. Maybe we expected an easy win but it was not to be. We trailed for a long time but never gave up and came back into the game. We should get used to start the games strong because it is not easy to be behind. We started changing defensive systems frequently after halftime. I guess it confused our opponents."
TOPIC, MILENKO
Hemofarm
"We played good in the first half. Lietuvos Rytas gave us a lot of space and we hit many open shots. They turned more agressive in the third quarter and got us. Lietuvos Rytas intensified their defense and literally jumped on us. They also fought well for offensive rebounds. If we want to win other games we have to keep the rhythm we were playing in the first half tonight."
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