2008-09Regular SeasonRound 2
December 02, 2008 CET: 21:30
Local time: 20:30 CENTRO INSULAR DE DEPORTES
Joel Freeland - Kalise Gran CanariaKalise Gran Canaria sent a message that echoed all around the continent by downing Lietuvos Rytas 94-83 at home in Group E on Tuesday. All four teams in Group E - Gran Canaria, L. Rytas, Azovmash and Asvel Basket - are tied at 1-1. Joel Freeland paced the winners with 20 points on 9-for-11 two-pointers. Carl English added 19, Melvin Sanders had 17 while Marcus Norris got 11 for Gran Canaria. Chuck Eidson led L. Rytas with 27 points. Marijonas Petravicius added 20 while Branko Milisavljevic had 12 for the guests. Gran Canaria bounced back from an early start, as three-pointers by Sanders gave the hosts a 23-17 edge. Eidson singlehandedly brought the guests within 25-23 after 10 minutes. Gran Canaria rolled in the second quarter, as Sanders, Freeland and English allowed the hosts to boost their margin to 56-41 at halftime. Gran Canaria held off a shy L. Rytas rally after the break to keep a 74-59 margin after 30 minutes. Milisavljevic, Petravicius and Eidson got L. Rytas within 89-83 with a minute to go but English sealed the outcome with a bomb from downtown.

Milisavljevic got L. Rytas going with a six-meter jumper that Freeland matched with a power layup. Petravicius and Eidson stepped up with consecutive baskets but a three-pointer by Jim Moran put Gran Canaria back ahead, 7-6. Milko Bjelica and Freeland traded baskets while Donatas Zavackas sank free throws to make L. Rytas regain a 9-10 edge. James Augustine followed a layup with a put-back dunk while Sanders struck twice from downtown for a 23-17 Gran Canaria lead. Eidson shined with a layup and an off-balance jumper and soon added free throws to keep L. Rytas within 25-23 after 10 minutes. Sanders stayed on fire with 6 points in a 8-0 run that made it a double-digit game, 33-23. Petravicius stepped with a layup-plus-foul off a L. Rytas timeout but English took over with consecutive triples to keep Granca way ahead, 42-30. Petravicius and Zavackas tried to change things but Freeland took over with consecutive dunks in a 10-0 run that gave Gran Canaria a 19-point Gran Canaria margin, 54-35. Eidson and Petravicius got L. Rytas within 56-41 at halftime.

Chuck Eidson - Lietuvos RytasBjelica, Eidson and Milisavljevic fueled a 0-8 run that got L. Rytas within 56-49 right after the break. A put-back basket by Freeland and a three-point play by Sanders gave Gran Canaria some fresh air, 61-51. Sanders took over with a coast-to-coast layup while Freeland scored inside to restore a 14-point Gran Canaria lead, 65-51. Eidson and Petravicius kept trying to change things but Freeland and Daniel Kickert boosted the hosts' lead to 74-57. Free throws by Eidson fixed the score at 74-59 after 30 minutes. L. Rytas needed a miracle comeback to return to the game and Michailas Asiminovas tried to ignite it with a fast break layup. Eidson added a triple and then followed Anisimovas' tip-in with another bomb from downtown to get the guests within 76-70 with 6 minutes to go. Freeland and Anisimovas traded layups while English restored a 80-72 Granca edge. Petravicius and Milisavljevic kept L. Rytas in the game but free throws by Norris allowed the hosts to keep a 86-78 margin with 2 minutes to go. A triple by Morris sealed the outcome, 89-80, as L. Rytas ran out of time.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; CONDERANNE, FABIEN; BARDERA, REGIS
Attendance: 3975
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Gran Canaria25311820
Lietuvos Rytas23181824
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Gran Canaria25567494
Lietuvos Rytas23415983
Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FISHER, JOSH 18:39 2 1/3 0/2   1 3 4 4 1 1 1       7
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 21:50 8 3/4   2/2 3 1 4   2   1   2 2 14
6 JORGE, GUILLERMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 18:02 2 0/1   2/2 1 1 2 3   1 1   2 2 6
8 MONCASI, ALBERT 10:19 3 0/2   3/6 1 4 5         1 2 4 4
13 NORRIS, MARCUS 26:43 10 2/2 1/4 3/4       5 1 3     3 2 8
14 KICKERT, DANIEL 7:51 5   1/2 2/2                 3 1 2
19 FREELAND, JOEL 21:58 20 9/11   2/2 4 2 6 2   3   1 3 5 24
20 MORAN, JIM 16:34 6 0/1 2/6   1 4 5           3   3
23 ENGLISH, CARL 22:45 19 4/7 3/6 2/2   1 1 3         3 2 16
24 SANDERS, MELVIN 22:02 17 4/6 2/6 3/3       2 2 1       3 17
34 FERNANDEZ, MARIO 13:17 2 1/2       2 2 1 1 2       1 4
Team           1   1   2 1         2
Totals 200:00 94 24/39 9/26 19/23 12 18 30 20 9 12 3 2 21 22 107
        61.5% 34.6% 82.6%
Head coach: MALDONADO, SALVA
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
Lietuvos Rytas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 2:31   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
7 SLEZAS, TAUTVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 31:08 7 2/3 0/5 3/4 1 6 7 8 2 2   1 3 3 14
9 PREKEVICIUS, MARIUS 13:22           1 1 1   1     2   -1
11 BJELICA, MILKO 12:40 6 3/7 0/1   2 1 3 1   1   2 3 2 1
12 ANISIMOV, MICHAILIS 13:23 6 3/3       2 2   1 2 1   3 1 6
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 35:54 27 7/11 2/3 7/7   2 2 3 1       3 5 30
14 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 25:25 5 0/1 1/4 2/3 2 2 4     2     2 3 3
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 28:32 20 8/11   4/5 2 3 5 1 2 2 1   3 4 24
22 SINICA, JUSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 10:44                         1   -1
33 MILISAVLJEVIC, BRANKO 26:21 12 2/3 1/3 5/6   1 1 3 1 3     2 3 11
Team           3 1 4   2 2         4
Totals 200:00 83 25/40 4/17 21/25 10 19 29 17 9 15 2 3 23 21 88
        62.5% 23.5% 84%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS

Head Coaches

MALDONADO, SALVA
Gran Canaria
"We saw an intense game with good offensive parts for us. Then we had a bad start to the third quarter and they scored 10 points in two minutes and got close. At that point, we regrouped in defense and we managed to pull away again and it looked like we would be able to break the game open, but that didn't happen. After seeign how the game developed, 8 to 10 points on the scoreboard is a good result. Overall I think we were better and I think my team did a good job, I hope this result is good enough for us for the second leg. Asvel defeated Azovmash and now we are all with one win, so let's see who is the first one to win a road game. We must beat Asvel now next week at home and see what happens on the road. The points difference in all these games will be extremely important."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We weren't bad at all in the first quarter but we played bad in the second. There, we lost the game. It looked like we came here on a tourist visit. I am not going to evaluate whether our last basket was valid or not. It is not my job to talk about the referees. Anyway, I hope we don't need those points to advance to the next round."
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