Qualifying Round Round 2 - October 01, 2011 CET: 16:00 Local time: 17:00 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-0 Qualifying Round 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Referee
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Umpire
REITER, MORITZ, Germany

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.0 Points 77.0
34.0 Rebounds 33.0
14.0 O. Rebounds 7.0
20.0 D. Rebounds 26.0
13.0 Assists 8.0
6.0 Steals 8.0
5.0 Blocks 3.0
10.0 Turnovers 15.0
53.7 % 2PT 50.0 %
35.3 % 3PT 36.4 %
80.8 % FT 79.2 %
92.0 Index 70.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.0 / Seibutis Points 16.0 / BARBOUR, ANTWAIN
8.0 / VALANCIUNAS, JONAS Rebounds 7.0 / Suton
4.0 / VALANCIUNAS, JONAS OR 3.0 / Suton
4.0 / NEWLEY, BRAD DR 6.0 / Rudez
5.0 / Rice Assists 3.0 / BARBOUR, ANTWAIN
2.0 / NEWLEY, BRAD Steals 2.0 / Marcinkovic
2.0 / VALANCIUNAS, JONAS Blocks 1.0 / Suton
3.0 / JERETIN, GORAN Turnovers 4.0 / Suton
100.0 % / Samardziski 2PT 100.0 % / Lalic
66.7 % / Babrauskas 3PT 100.0 % / HARPER, DEMONTE
100.0 % / Babrauskas FT 100.0 % / CHASE, BRIAN
19.0 / Rice Index 21.0 / BARBOUR, ANTWAIN

THE TAKE

KK Cibona
Lietuvos Rytas
RECORDS
0-10 (Sixth place, Group C)
Regular season 2010-11
4-6 (Fourth place, Group C)
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Top 16, 2010-11
3-3 (Third place, Group E)

PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

The pressure is on for Lietuvos Rytas, which after coming within a win of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs last season now hosts a qualifying rounds tournament to reach Europe’s premier competition for the fifth time in seven seasons. Cibona aims to extend its streak of 20 straight seasons in Europe’s premier basketball competition.

INJURIES

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

THE TAKE

Both teams shot decently, percentage-wise, in their openers, getting plenty players involved in scoring. They got as good as they could want in terms of point production this early in the season, when it's hard to expect three-point barrages. L. Rytas had the added plus of outrebounding its opponent. Cibona will have to control that aspect of the game and limit its 15 turnovers from the first game if it hopes to overcome the homecourt advantage enjoyed by L. Rytas.

REFEREES
Crew Chief
Referee
Umpire
Boris Ryzhyk
Boris Ryzhyk
Ukraine
Olegs Latisevs
Olegs Latisevs
Latvia
Moritz Reiter
Moritz Reiter
Germany

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Euroleague.net

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Tyrese Rice - Lietuvos Rytas (photo bc.lrytas)Lietuvos Rytas got within one win of reaching the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by knocking off Cibona 71-88 in the first Qualifying Round semifinal in Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday. L. Rytas will fight for a Euroleague spot in the Qualifying Rounds final tomorrow. Meanwhile, Cibona will make its Eurocup debut next season and its streak of 20 straight Euroleague seasons came to an end. Tyrese Rice led the winners with 19 points. Ronnie Seibutis and Mindaugas Katelynas each added 13 for L. Rytas. Demonte Harper led Cibona with 14 points. Goran Suton added 13 while Damjan Rudez had 11 for the Croatian powerhouse. Katelynas shined late in the first quarter to give L. Rytas a 17-24 edge after 10 minutes. An effective zone defense allowed Cibona to dominate the game tempo in the second quarter, forcing L. Rytas to 13 first-half turnovers. A 12-1 run made Cibona get the lead early in the second quarter but a three-pointer by Seibutis tied it, 41-41, at halftime. Seibutis and an unstoppable Rice took over after the break to make L. Rytas get a 58-69 margin after three quarters. Steponas Babrauskas took over early in the fourth quarter, as L. Rytas boosted its margin to 58-76 with 8 minutes left and never looked back.

L. Rytas head coach Aleksandar Dzikic tried a very athletic starting frontline featuring Vilmantas Dilys and Jonas Valanciunas. Rice got the hosts going with a layup that Rudez bettered with a corner triple for a 3-2 Cibona lead. Rice scored in penetration but Brian Chase quickly answered from downtown. Valanciunas took over with a dunk and a layup by Dilys restored an 8-6 L. Rytas edge. Andrija Zizic shined with his trademark layup off a spin move but a longer jumper by Dilys and three-pointers by Arturas Jomantas and Rice allowed Rytas to get a 8-17 lead, after a 0-9 run. Rudez hit free throws and Harper briefly silenced the crowd with a fast break dunk that got Cibona within 12-17. Marin Rozic hit foul shots to cap a 7-0 Cibona run, 15-17. Katelynas shined with a backdoor layup, matched Antwain Barbour's jumper with free throws and nailed a triple to give L. Rytas a 17-24 margin after 10 minutes.

Suton downed a baseline shot early in the second quarter and Hrvoje Kovacevic followed an easy basket off a steal with a long jumper off the dribble for a 23-24 Cibona deficit. L. Rytas struggled to get open shots, so the hosts tried to get Valanciunas involved in the low post. He split free throws but a three-pointer by Kovacevic and a layup-plus-foul by Harper completed Cibona's comeback, 29-25, after a 12-1 run. L. Rytas called timeout and Jomantas tried to change things with free throws that Tomislav Zubcic matched in the other end. Samardziski took over with a two-handed dunk that made Cibona call timeout at 32-31. L. Rytas kept struggling against Cibona's 2-3 zone defense while a running triple by Chase that Seibutis quickly answered from downtown to keep the hosts within 35-34. Zubcic followed a five-meter shot with free throws and Barbour scored again but Jomantas and a buzzer-beating triple by Seibutis tied the game, 41-41, at halftime.

Rice struck from downtown immediately after the break and Seibutis matched Suton's a put-back layup with a jumper that gave the hosts a 43-46 lead. Rice kept pacing L. Rytas with a driving layup that Jure Lalic matched with foul shots. The hosts found easy points in the paint with Samardziski and Lawrence Roberts together on court but a stop-and-pop three-pointer by Chase kept Cibona within 48-54. Rice sank free throws but Harper bettred that with a big three-point play but a jumper by Seibutis and another basket in transition by Rice boosted the hosts' lead to 51-60. Harper quickly answered from downtown, as Cibona switched back to zone defense. Seibutis punished it with a triple and free throws by Rice made it a double-digit game, 54-65. Suton shined with a put-back basket off a timeout and a added a jump hook but Valanciunas and Goran Jeretin kept L. Rytas way ahead, 58-69, after 30 minutes.

Babrauskas was first to score in the fourth quarter and soon collected a steal that allowed Jeretin to make L. Rytas break the game open, 58-73, with 9 minutes to go. Cibona needed a quick comeback to keep its options alive but a red hot Babrauskas struck from downtown for an 18-point L. Rytas margin, 58-76. Suton hit free throws and soon added a jumper, as the hosts tried to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Suton managed to give Cibona some hope, 65-76, with 6 minutes to go. Samardziski and Rudez traded jumpers but free throws by Samardziski and a layup by Katelynas sealed the outcome, 67-82. Cibona kept trying but all L. Rytas fans were already celebrating that their team will have a chance to get to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the third consecutive season.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Javier Gancedo, Vilnius
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), REITER, MORITZ (GER)
Attendance: 5600 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Lietuvos Rytas24172819
Cibona Zagreb17241713
End of Quarter1234
Lietuvos Rytas24416988
Cibona Zagreb17415871
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 15:02 5 1/2 1/3     1 1 1 1 1     1   3
6 RICE, TYRESE 32:17 19 4/6 2/7 5/7 2   2 7   2   1 1 7 22
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 21:20 5 2/5 0/1 1/2 5 4 9 2   1     4 2 8
8 JERETIN, GORAN 7:43 4 2/3           1 1 3     2    
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 24:58 13 2/4 3/4   1 6 7 2   1       1 19
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS 6:11 4 2/2                 1   1   4
14 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 19:00 8 3/6   2/2 1 1 2     2 1   2 1 5
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 16:03 13 2/6 1/1 6/6 4 2 6 1   1     4 3 14
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 17:26 5 1/3   3/4   6 6     3     2 5 8
20 NEWLEY, BRAD 12:26 3 0/1 1/1 0/2 1 2 3 1   1 2 1 3 2 3
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 27:34 9 1/3 1/2 4/4 2 1 3 2 1 1     3 3 11
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 88 20/41 9/19 21/27 19 25 44 17 3 17 4 2 23 24 101
48.8% 47.4% 77.8%
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
Head coach: VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO
Cibona Zagreb
# 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
5 CHASE, BRIAN 21:09 9 0/1 3/4     1 1   1 1     3 3 8
6 SUTON, GORAN 18:42 13 5/9   3/4 2 2 4   2 1     4 4 13
7 ZUBCIC, TOMISLAV 16:56 7 1/2 0/2 5/6       1 1 2     2 4 5
8 BARBOUR, ANTWAIN 22:39 4 2/6 0/1     1 1 1   1   1 1 1 -1
9 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 17:38 11 2/5 1/1 4/4             1 3 1 2 7
12 MARCINKOVIC, PAVLE 6:37               1         2 1  
13 BLAJIC, JOSIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LALIC, JURE 10:09 2     2/2                 1 1 2
20 ROZIC, MARIN 18:55 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   2 2     1 1   3 2 1
22 HARPER, DEMONTE 26:57 14 4/8 1/2 3/4   4 4 1 2 2   1 2 3 13
31 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 16:54 2 1/6       1 1 1 1 1     3 2 -2
55 KOVACEVIC, HRVOJE 23:24 7 2/3 1/2     1 1   1 1     2   4
Team           3 2 5     1     1   3
Totals 200:00 71 17/41 6/13 19/22 5 14 19 5 8 11 2 5 25 23 53
41.5% 46.2% 86.4%
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Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"The game was kind of tough. In the end, it was not about one possesion but we still had to work hard like we do all the time. We commited a lot of turnovers in the first half. We were not patient enough. Later we focused and the final score reflects that. I like to believe that we’re well enough prepared for this tournament, but I can't expect my team to start playing its best basketball right now. Yet we are trying to use most of our players to keep them all fresh.”
VRANKOVIC, JOSIP-JERKO
Cibona Zagreb
"We played quite well in the first hald and we expected to continue with that after the break. I warned my players that Lietuvos rytas has pretty strong power forwards, like Katelynas, but we still couldn't stop them. Unfortunately, it's not enough to play well for 10 minutes to win the game."
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