Regular Season Round 10 - January 11, 2006 CET: 21:15 Local time: 21:15 - SIEMENS ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
7-2 Overall 4-5

Referees

Crew Chief
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Referee
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey
Umpire
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 76.1
37.0 Rebounds 32.2
11.2 O. Rebounds 9.0
25.8 D. Rebounds 23.2
13.3 Assists 13.9
13.0 Steals 8.2
2.0 Blocks 3.3
14.2 Turnovers 12.8
49.8 % 2PT 56.5 %
38.2 % 3PT 33.5 %
63.1 % FT 72.9 %
86.1 Index 83.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / HOUSE, F. Points 14.4 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND
7.9 / Javtokas Rebounds 5.9 / KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
2.8 / Javtokas OR 1.8 / KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
5.1 / Javtokas DR 4.1 / KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
4.0 / STELMAHERS, R. Assists 3.9 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND
2.6 / HOUSE, F. Steals 1.1 / Basile
1.1 / Javtokas Blocks 1.2 / MARCONATO, DENIS
2.2 / Nielsen Turnovers 2.9 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND
63.3 % / Jasaitis 2PT 81.8 % / GASOL, M.
50.0 % / Lukauskis 3PT 100.0 % / GASOL, M.
81.8 % / STELMAHERS, R. FT 100.0 % / TRIAS, JORDI
12.8 / Javtokas Index 15.9 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND

THE TAKE

Lietuvos Rytas puts its seven-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when it hosts Winterthur Barcelona in a Group B encounter in Vilnius, Lithuania. L. Rytas is not only the hottest team in the Euroleague, but arguably this season's biggest surprise. Its run began with a 91-97 win in November at Barcelona as Matt Nielsen scored a season-high 27 points. Since then the ULEB Cup champs have defeated every other team in the group. If Lietuvos Rytas (7-2) has been a pleasant surprise, Barcelona (4-5) is unexpectedly in a fight to reach the Top 16. Before least week's 79-74 win against Efes Pilsen, Barcelona had dropped three in a row, and it might need a road win to survive this group. Although it has now lost top offseason signing Milos Vujanic for the season due to injury, Shammond Williams (14.4 ppg., 3.8 apg.) and Juan Carlos Navarro (14.6 ppg.) have picked up much of the slack in the Barcelona backcourt, while Gianluca Basile has also had his moments, including a season-best 18 points and 5 assists against L. Rytas in the first meeting. Their opponents may not have the big names of Barcelona's guards, but Roberts Stelmahers (11.2 ppg., 4 apg.) and Fred House (14 ppg., 2.6 spg.) have been every bit as effective. The team's frontcourt rotation - anchored by Robertas Javtokas (10.3 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), Haris Mujezinovic (10.5 ppg.) and Nielsen (9.7 ppg., 5 rpg.) - has also consistently gotten the job done. Small forward Simas Jasaitis (11.2 ppg.) is a rising star who has been a perfect fit between the guards and the big men. Barcelona's big men are a versatile and experienced. Forward Mikalis Kakiouzis (13.2 ppg., 5.8 rpg.) has the best numbers, while center Denis Marconato (7.1 ppg., 59.5% 2FG, 1.2 bpg.) and Gregor Fucka (6.1 ppg.) bring the kind of big-game experience that Barcelona needs right now. Barcelona's two-point field goal shooting (56.5%) is second best in the league, but its three-pointers (33.5%) are closer to average. L. Rytas will want to take away those easy inside hoops from the visitors in order to add to its homecourt, but the game will likely be decided in the backcourt. If Stelmahers and House are able to hold down Williams and Navarro, L. Rytas will have a good chance to keep its streak going in front of its home crowd.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Euroleague.net

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Winterthur Barcelona got back on the winning track with a 61-71 win over Group B leader Lietuvos Rytas on Wednesday in Vilnius, Lithuania. Juan Carlos Navarro and Bootsy Thornton scored 18 and 14 points, respectively, as Barca improved to 5-5 and moved into fourth place. The defeat ended a seven-game winning streak for the ULEB Cup champs. L. Rytas fell to 7-3, allowing Efes Pilsen, which downed Olympiacos earlier in the evening, to move into a share of the group lead. Barcelona led by 6 at halftime, before Fred House led a comeback early in the third quarter. However Mikalis Kakiouzis and Denis Marconato took part in a 7-0 run that restored the visitors' lead and Shammond Williams put things away in the fourth. Kakiouzis and Gregor Fucka added 12 apiece for the winners, who were without Gianluca Basile and Rodrigo De la Fuente. Thornton also had 9 rebounds and Williams finished with 9 points and 5 assists. Robertas Javtokas led L. Rytas with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Frederick House and Haris Mujezinovic added 11 each. L. Rytas was without Simas Jasaitis and Roberts Stelmahers for most of the game after they both suffered first-half injuries and didn't return.

L. Rytas got on the board first on a Matt Nielsen free throw, but Gregor Fucka answered with a layup to make 1-2. Stelmahers, Nielsen and Javtokas guided the hosts on a 7-0 run before Navarro got Barcelona's offense going with a triple. Javtokas scored back-to-back baskets, but Fucka raced the visitors back with 9 unanswered points to make it 12-16, forcing coach Neven Spahija to call a timeout. Javtokas stayed hot, rejecting a Marconato attempt, but L. Rytas failed to convert it into the points, while Fucka continued to score on the other end. Mujezinovic broke a shooting slump with a three-pointer and added one more basket to close the first quarter at 20-23 for visitors.

After a Bootsy Thornton layup, L. Rytas began to cut the margin with a triple by Mindaugas Lukauskis. The home team suffered a blow when Jasaitis and Stelmahers left with injuries, but Barca turnovers prevented the visitors from pulling away. Kakiuozis and Shammond Williams's baskets kept Barcelona on top 30-33 before Tomas Delininkaitis tied the score with a three-pointer from the corner. L. Rytas experimented with a man-to-man defense, but it did not work well as Kakiouzis nailed two from downtown and Navarro threw in a very difficult layup to push the visitors to 34:41. L. Rytas struggled on the offensive side until Javtokas stepped up with an incredible three-pointer. However Kakiouzis ensured a Barcelona lead at the break when he scored inside to end the half with his team leading 37-43.

Halftime clearly benefited the hosts as House started strong with an acrobatic layup and a three-point play. Javtokas then scored an easy basket, which prompted Barcelona coach Dusko Ivanovic to call a timeout with his team ahead just 44-45. Whatever he told his players inspired them, as a different squad retuned. Williams fed Marconato for a dunk, Kakiuozis scored in the paint and Marconato added another slam for a 7-0 spurt to return Barca's control. A two-minute scoring drought ensued, which House ended with a layup and two free throws that cut the margin to 48-53. But the end of the third quarter belonged to Barcelona as Thornton hit a turnaround jumper that made it 48-55 after three period.

Barcelona did not slow down in the last quarter and Thornton got it going with a layup. Barcelona reached a double-digit lead for the first time in the game after Navarro made a jumper, however House scored one from the line and Andrius Slezas drove inside for a basket to get as close as 52-59. Williams stayed tuned and went coast-to-coast for a score and Navavrro copied him on the next possession that boosted the visitors' lead back to 52-63 with 5 minutes to go. Marconato was whistled for his fourth foul, but Nielsen converted it only to one point. And then Marconato fouled out. Nielsen reduced the margin with 4 points – all from the line – but Thornton struck back with penetration. Both teams exchanged free throws, while L. Rytas tried to initiate a comeback with shots from behind the arc, but found everything but the net. The last minute belonged to red-hot Williams, who made the jumper that buried the hosts' hopes as Barcelona recorded the 61-71 victory.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Vaitonis Stasys, Vilnius
Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), PUKL,SASA (SLO), RIMKUS, TOMAS (LTU)
Attendance: 0
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Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 26:15 3 0/2 1/4   3 5 8   1       1 2 8
5 SLEZAS, ANDRIUS 14:30 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 2 3 5 1 1       1 3 11
7 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 12:45 6   2/3     1 1 2       1 1 1 7
8 HOUSE, FRED 32:30 11 3/3 0/4 5/7 3 1 4 1       1 2 5 12
9 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 12:30 3 0/1 1/3     1 1     3   1     -3
10 CUKINAS, POVILAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS 17:30 11 2/6 2/5 1/2 3 3 6   1 2   1 4 2 5
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 8:00     0/1             1     2   -4
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 34:15 13 4/9 1/1 2/6 4 10 14 1   3 4   1 4 23
24 BUSKEVICS, SANDIS 22:15 2 1/3 0/4     2 2 1 2 1     4 1 -3
44 NIELSEN, MATT 19:30 8 1/3 0/1 6/8 1 3 4 1   1     2 4 9
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 61 12/28 7/28 16/25 17 29 46 7 5 11 4 4 18 22 66
42.9% 25% 64%
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: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
# 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
7 FUCKA, GREGOR 21:45 12 5/6   2/2 4 3 7 1 1 1 1   4 1 17
8 TRIAS, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 29:00 6 3/7   0/2 1 2 3 1         5 2 1
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 35:45 9 3/6 1/6     4 4 5 2 2   2 4 5 9
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 37:00 18 5/11 2/6 2/2 1 4 5 4 2 1     3 5 20
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 23:30 12 3/3 2/5 0/2 2 4 6       2   2 2 15
21 THORNTON, BOOTSY 40:00 14 7/12 0/4 0/1 3 6 9 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 15
32 SADA, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 GASOL, MARC 4:30   0/1       1 1                
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 8:30     0/2   1   1         1 1   -3
Team           1 1 2   5           7
Totals 200:00 71 26/46 5/23 4/9 13 25 38 13 11 5 4 4 22 18 81
56.5% 21.7% 44.4%
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Head Coaches

SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was very hard to create another miracle without our two starting players. Our game without Stelmahers was very simple. I told my players not to shoot the threes too often, but they did it anyway. I called some timeouts to methodize our game, but it did not work. I want to apologize of this loss."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"Our defense was good tonight. We did not allow our opponents to shoot from the three-point line. I should say our offense worked well too. We managed to make a lot of points on the fastbreaks in the first half and stop the fast game of Lietuvos rytas. I am satisfied with the game overall, although we did not play perfectly. This game is a very important one for our team. It is obvious that Roberts Stelmahers is a key player in Lietuvos rytas and his absence made the hosts' game scrappy."

Players

MUJEZINOVIC, HARIS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We did not play so good as in our previous games. We made a lot of mistakes. Our two main guys, Stelmahers and Simas Jasaitis were injured and that hurt our combinative game. However, it is not an excuse to lose at home in front of our crowd. But it happens sometimes. We just have to practise more and correct the mistakes we made tonight. Winterthur FCB played well tonight. We could not stop some of their offensive plays, especially the penetrations of their guards, but our one-on-one defense was not good enough. We won the rebounds, shot better from the three-point line, but they won, and that's it. We made more open shots in Barcelona and we could not do it tonight. That's the only thing that decided the winner of this game."
LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We worked well on the defensive end, but our offense struggled hard. We could not make a lot of open shots and produced many mistakes. It was not our best game definitely. We did not get the message in Milano and maybe it was time to lose. We cannot win all the time."
KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"We played really good in all situations and we were at the maximum concentration tonight. This was a key factor for our victory. I remember our first game against Lietuvos rytas in Barcelona quite well. We played really bad then. However, this game was totally different. That is why we won this important game on the road. Although we avoided too many mistakes as it had happened in earlier games."
WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"Our coach told us a plan how to fight against Lietuvos rytas and we accomplished it successfully. We were aggressive enough tonight and we were keeping the rhythm of the game. Open shots and man-to-man defense left our opponents powerless. If you want to win you must play well from the very beginning until the end of the game. We did not let Lietuvos rytas to score, especially in the last quarter. I am satisfied with my team's performance a lot and I hope that this victory will bring us back to our right way."
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