2011-12Last 16Round 2
January 24, 2012 CET: 18:10
Local time: 19:10 SIEMENS ARENA
Jonas Valanciunas - Lietuvos Rytas (photo bc.lrytas)Lietuvos Rytas bounced back from its first loss in this Eurocup season by downing Benetton Basket 78-69 in Last 16 Group L in Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday. Both teams tie in Group K with a 1-1 record. Jonas Valanciunas paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mindaugas Katelynas added 14 points, Ronnie Seibutis had 13 - all in the second half - while Aleksandar Rasic got 12 for L. Rytas. Jeff Viggiano led Benetton with 15 points. Marcus Goree added 12, Vlad Moldoveanu had 11 while Sani Becirovic got 10 on 10-of-10 free throws and 9 assists for Benetton. Despite missing all of his 8 field goal attempts, Becirovic finished the game with a performance index ranking of 21. Benetton overcome a slow start with an 0-8 run that Viggiano capped with a dunk and which gave his team a 16-17 margin. Tyrese Rice, Rasic and Valanciunas stepped up to make L. Rytas get a 37-30 lead at halftime. A 0-10 run that Becirovic capped with free throws gave Benetton its last lead, 46-47, at the end of the third quarter. Seibutis sank back-to-back triples, Katelynas took over in crunch time, getting a lot of help from Valanciunas to lead L. Rytas to well-deserved, hard-fought home win.

Valanciunas got L. Rytas going with a layup and a dunkl by Lawrence Roberts soon helped the hosts to get a 5-2 lead. Viggiano downed a three-pointer but Rasic struck twice from downtown for an 11-5 L. Rytas margin. Gino Cuccarolo hit a jumper that Rasic erased with free throws. Roberts and Benjamin Ortner traded baskets and free throw by Valanciunas kept the hosts way ahead, 16-9. Moldoveanu scored down low, as Benetton improved its defense late in the first quarter. Free throws by Ortner and Becirovic brought Benetton within 16-15 after 10 minutes. Viggiano dunked it off a steal to cap a 0-8 run that gave Benetton its first lead, 16-17. L. Rytas had been scoreless for 5 minutes until Rice followed free throws with a triple. Moldoveanu answered from downtown and foul shots by Becirovic kept Benetton within 23-22. Rice shined with a driving layup, as the guests entered the foul bonus. Rasic and Valanciunas took advantage of that with free throws to boost the hosts' lead to 29-22. Moldoveanu hit foul shots and Jobey Thomas' erased Pradrag Samardziski's dunk with an off-balance shot. Goree hit a jump hook but Katelynas nailed a triple, Rasic added a layup and a free throw by Rice fixed the halftime score at 37-30.

Roberts downed a three-pointer right after the break but a long jumper by Moldoveanu kept Benetton within 40-32. Seibutis, who had been scoreless until that moment, hit a jumper that Goree bettered with a bomb from downtown. Valanciunas hit a baseline jumper, as the guests kept struggling to score. Goree rescued Benetton with a jump hook but free throws by Roberts gave L. Rytas a 46-37 margin. Cuccarolo followed a layup with free throws and Viggiano had 3 points in a 0-10 run that Becirovic capped with free throws to put Benetton back ahead, 46-47, after 30 minutes. Seibutis buried back-to-back three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to send the crowd to their feet at 52-47. Goree answered from downtown but a jump hook by Valanciunas gave L. Rytas some fresh air at 54-50. Thomas shined with a follow-up layup but Seibutis and Katelynas made Benetton call timeout, 58-52, with over 6 minutes to go. Viggiano shined with a backdoor layup but free throws by Steponas Babrauskas and a triple by Katelynas made it a nine-point game, 63-54. Viggiano scored again and Ortner added a jumper but Valanciunas dunked it twice for a 67-58 L. Rytas lead. Free throws by Katelynas and a three-point play by Seibutis sealed the outcome, 72-62, as Benetton did not recover in the final 2 minutes.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ; MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY; REITER, MORITZ
Attendance: 6250 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DAMBRAUSKAS, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 24:16 2 0/1 0/3 2/2   1 1 2   1     4 3 -1
6 RICE, TYRESE 24:44 8 1/1 1/2 3/4   2 2 4         3 3 12
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 15:25 9 2/6 1/3 2/2 2 3 5 1   1     3 1 6
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 29:17 13 2/4 2/4 3/3   3 3 2 1 1   1 3 5 15
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 7:57 2 1/1   0/2   2 2       2     1 5
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 24:35 14 3/8 2/5 2/2 6 1 7 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 14
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 32:03 17 5/8   7/10 3 7 10   1 3 3 1 4 7 24
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 24:44 12 1/1 2/5 4/4   1 1 2   2     3 2 9
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 16:59 1 0/1   1/2   2 2           1 2 2
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 78 15/31 8/22 24/31 15 24 39 12 3 10 6 3 25 28 91
        48.4% 36.4% 77.4%
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
Benetton Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 19:39 7 2/6   3/4 1 4 5 2   1 1   5 4 8
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 25:03 10 0/5 0/3 10/10 2 3 5 9   1   2 3 11 21
8 GOREE, MARCUS 30:46 12 3/10 2/3     1 1       1 1   2 7
10 DE NICOLAO, ANDREA 26:58   0/1 0/3   2 1 3 3   1   1 3 1 -2
11 THOMAS, JOBEY 27:37 6 3/5 0/2     1 1 1   1   1 5 1 -2
13 IVANOV, PAVLIN 0:06                              
14 CUCCAROLO, GINO 15:52 8 3/5   2/2 3   3   1 2 1   4 1 6
17 MOLDOVEANU, VLAD 23:58 11 2/3 1/2 4/4 1 1 2   1       5 3 10
18 WOJCIECHOWSKI, JAKUB 0:33       0/2                     -2
20 VIGGIANO, JEFF 29:28 15 4/5 2/4 1/2   4 4   2 1   1 3 2 14
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 69 17/40 5/17 20/24 11 19 30 15 4 7 3 6 28 25 66
        42.5% 29.4% 83.3%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"I am delighted with the energy, passion and support we showed today. That is important for us. Each game for our team is test of mental strength and character. I am glad that in this aspect everything was fine. Aleksandar Rasic started and do not see anything strange about that. Everyone has their own opinion. No one had any impact on my decision. I like my players whether they are in the starting lineup or not."
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