2008-09Last 16Round 5
March 03, 2009 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 SIEMENS ARENA
Chuck Eidson - Lietuvos RytasLietuvos Rytas made both itself and its next opponent quite happy on Tuesday by waltzing past visiting Spirou Basket to a 77-56 home that served to clinch two Final Eight qualifying spots from Group L. The victory lifted L. Rytas to a 4-1 record and also certified that iurbential Bilbao of Spain, still playing its game, could do no worse than a second-place tie with a team it beat twice, Spirou, now 2-3. As such, L. Rytas and Bilbao will meet next week in Spain to decide which finishes first and second. On Tuesday, L. Rytas made no doubt about it while following point forward Chuck Eidson's lead to an easy triumph over the only team that had defeated it in this round. Eidson finished with 19 points and 10 assists for the winners. Milko Bjelica added 12, Arturas Jomantas 11 and Marijonas Petravicius 10. With an 11-0 run, L. Rytas jumped in front 13-5 to start the game and only let Spirou get as close as 7 points the rest of the way. The L. Rytas defense stopped everything Spirou tried, limiting top scorer Jerry Johnson to just 3 points after he scored his team's first 5. Jonathan Tabu matched Johnson, but otherwise L. Rytas plugged every possible scoring threat as soon as it happened to ensure a trip to the Final Eight starting April 2 in Turin, Italy.

Johnson gave Spirou a quick 2-5 lead on a triple and a layup before L. Rytas put the wraps on him while scoring the next 11 straight points, including triples by Mindaugas Lukauskis and Donatas Zavackas, who also added 3 points the hard way. After Eidson dunked to make it 13-5, Sacha Massot copied him to stop Spirou's slide, Bjelica took up the L. Rytas cause then, dominating the paint with 7 points in 3 minutes to put the hosts up 22-15 after one quarter. Bjelica kept going with the first basket of the second quarter before Tabu joined the scoring for Spirou with a pair of layups at 24-19. Jomantas answers with the same pair, however, before Petravicius ended a dry spell with a dunk for a double-digit advantage, 30-19. Wes Wilkinson helped Spiriou climb within 31-24, but another scoring run of 11-2 by L. Rtyas featured the same pair of triple-shooters who started the game, Zavackas and Lukauskis, supplying from long-distance the biggest lead yet, 42-26, at halftime.

Triples by Justin Hamilton and Matt Walsh got Spirou as close as 44-32 soon after the break. Eidson and Petravicius shared the next 5 points, however, and when the L. Rytas defense clamped down on their guests for several long minutes in the middle of the third quarter, Steponas Babrauskas brought out the big guns for the hosts. He drilled a killer pair of three-pointers that ballooned the difference to 57-38 at the end of 30 minutes. Eidson was drilled a triple early in the final quarter to make it 60-40, after which Spirou put together free throws and layups in a 2-8 run. Eidson put a stop to any comeback ideas with a fastbreak layup off a steal by Jomantas and his 10th assist, to Petravicius. He and Jomantas added back-to-back triples for good measure and a high lead of 74-50 that told the crowd in Vilnius - not to mention fans across the continent in Bilbao, Spain - to start booking tickets for Turin, Italy and the Final Eight!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; BULTO, VICENTE; JURAS, MARKO
Attendance: 8500
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 25:40 8 1/5 2/7   2 3 5 1 3       2 2 8
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 20:01 8 1/2 2/4   1 2 3 1 1     1 1 1 9
9 PREKEVICIUS, MARIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BJELICA, MILKO 20:00 12 5/6 0/1 2/5 1 3 4 1   3   1 3 5 10
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 34:12 19 4/7 2/4 5/8 1 4 5 10 3 6 1 1 2 6 27
14 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 36:07 9 1/3 2/7 1/1 1 2 3   1 3 1 1 4 2 1
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 23:38 10 5/7     2 7 9     2     4 2 13
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 26:38 11 2/5 2/3 1/2 2 7 9 2 2 1     1 2 19
22 SINICA, JUSTAS 1:43                   1         -1
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 3:17               1         1    
41 BRAZDAUSKIS, LUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 DAINYS, EVALDAS 8:44                 1 2       1  
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 19/35 10/26 9/16 10 29 39 16 11 18 2 4 18 21 87
        54.3% 38.5% 56.3%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
Spirou Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WALSH, MATT 19:48 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 3   4   1 4   -6
5 JOHNSON, JERRY 26:23 8 1/4 2/4   1 3 4 2   3     2 2 6
6 BROYLES, DWAYNE 23:52 7 1/3 0/1 5/8   3 3   2 1     3 5 7
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 21:55 7 2/6 1/3   1   1 2     2   1   5
8 BARAC, PANKRACIJE 10:57 6 2/3   2/2   1 1 2 1 2     1 2 8
9 TABU, JONATHAN 21:00 8 3/4 0/4 2/2       1 2 2       2 6
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 14:21 2 1/1   0/2   3 3   2   1   1 3 8
11 WILKINSON, WES 18:51 3 0/2 1/2     3 3   1 2 1   2   1
12 MASSOT, SACHA 14:25 6 3/4     2 3 5 1   3     1   7
13 LALIC, JURE 14:12 4 1/2   2/2                 4 3 2
14 MATELA, LEN 14:16 2 1/2 0/1 0/2   4 4     2   1 2 1 -2
15 MAJOR, GERRIT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 56 15/33 5/18 11/18 4 24 28 11 8 19 4 2 21 18 45
        45.5% 27.8% 61.1%
Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"First of all, I'm glad we made it to the next round. But it's not enough, I think we can go further and play better. A big thanks to my guys who give their hearts on the court. We played really aggressive defense and it worked tonight. I'm glad we controlled the game from the first till the last minute. Step by step, we were gaining the advantage until it reached 20 points. It has to do with our physical preparations in the gym. All in all, we still have many little details to fix before stepping into the final stage of the European season. I think every team in the Final Eight will have equal chances to get the cup."
ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Spirou Basket
"Congratulations to Lietuvos Rytas. They were much better on the court. That was our second game in the Eurocup in which we felt the pressure to win. But today we played not the way we usually do. Before, I was satisfied with the way my team performed, but not during the last two games, against Bilbao and Lietuvos Rytas."
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