2011-12QuarterfinalsGame 1
March 20, 2012 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA
Arturas Jomantas - Lietuvos Rytas (photo bc.lrytas.lt)Lietuvos Rytas opened its drive for the Eurocup Finals on the right track by defeating BC Donetsk 76-65 at home on Tuesday in the first game of their two-game, total-points quarterfinals series. Steponas Babrauskas scored 15 points, making 3 of 6 shots from downtown, and Jonas Valanciunas produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Rytas will advance to the next stage with a win in next week’s deciding fixture – or a loss by fewer than 11 points. Trailing the entire game, Donetsk pulled to within 22-20 in the second quarter and 63-59 in the fourth, but Rytas always had the answer. The hosts tallied more rebounds, two-point attempts and assists, adding up to overall dominance. Ivan Radenovic led Donetsk with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ramel Currey, Vojdan Stojanovski and Vule Avdalovic contributed 10 points apiece.

Scoring opened slowly as Arturas Jomantas gave Lietuvos Rytas a 6-4 margin at the first quarter's midpoint. After the Lawrence Roberts of Rytas and Vojdan Stojanovski of Donetsk exchanged baskets, Jomantas buried a triple to increase the lead to 11-7. The hosts stayed in control, reeling off a 7-2 run, featuring a three-pointer by Renaldas Seibutis, to the end the first quarter with an 18-9 lead. Mindaugas Katelynas hit a running one-hander along the baseline for Rytas early in the second quarter. But then the Avdalovic scored 5 points on a triple and layup for the visitors, Radenvoic hit 2 straight two-pointers as the visitors cut the deficit to 22-18. Avdalovic added 2 free throws, but the hosts scored on a put-back by Roberts and a mid-range jumper by Babrauskas at 26-21. After Darnell Jackson scored in low, Babrauskas finished off a steal with a layup and Lawrence added foul shots, pushing the Rytas lead to 32-23. Stojanovksi knocked in a two-pointer and Michael Lee foul shots for Donetsk, but Valanciunas hustled for a basket on offensive glass to keep the hosts out front 36-27. The teams exchanged points in the remaining 2 minutes as Rytas maintained a double digit lead, 41-31, at the half

Seibutis and Valanciunas opened the third quarter with consecutive layups for Rytas while Dmytro Gliebov downed a layup and Stojanovski drilled a three-pointer for Donetsk, moving the score to 45-36. Jomantas nailed a baseline jumper then Tyrese Rice went coast to coast as Rytas boosted the difference to 49-38. After Igor Boyarkin finished off a fastbreak dunk, Babrauskas buried back-to-back three-pointers to give Rytas its biggest margin of the game, 55-40. Viacheslav Kravtsov and Lee scored layups, trying to spark a Donetsk comeback, but Babrauskas hit a mid-range jumper to maintain a comfortable 57-44 lead. Ramel Curry found the range from downtown and Avdalovic added free throws for Donetsk, but Katelynas answered with a baseline jumper as the third quarter ended with Rytas still up big, 61-49. Foul shots and a six-point burst by Radenovic, including a three-pointer, opened the final quarter, cutting the difference to single digits 61-54. After an exchange of points, Curry drained a triple to bring Donetsk even closer 63-59. Rytas got its answer from Jomantas, who knocked down a basket in the paint, and from Roberts, whose deep two-pointer helped Rytas run away again, 69-59. Donetsk continued to push closer, however, as Curry's mid-range bank shot and free throws from Radenovic again cut the deficit to 69-63, however Seibutis and Katelynas answered with consecutive two-pointers for a new double-digit lead, 73-63. The game ended with back-and-forth scoring as Rytas made sure of a sizeable margin, 11 points, heading into next week's rematch.
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; JAVOR, DAMIR
Attendance: 9200 (Tentative)
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Lietuvos Rytas18232015
Donetsk9221816
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Lietuvos Rytas18416176
Donetsk9314965
Lietuvos Rytas
  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 21:47 15 3/3 3/6     1 1   1       2 1 13
6 RICE, TYRESE 25:39 8 2/6   4/4   2 2 7 1 6   1 3 4 8
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 25:55 10 3/4   4/4 2 6 8 1 2 3     5 2 14
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 24:59 8 2/5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2         3 4 7
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS 0:52 2 1/1 0/1                   1    
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 20:38 6 3/5       2 2     1     4 4 5
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 32:19 14 4/10   6/8 3 7 10   2 1 2   3 7 23
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 26:02   0/1       1 1 3         3    
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 21:49 13 4/6 1/2 2/5 2   2 1 2 2     1 5 14
32 REDIKAS, DOVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 76 22/41 5/11 17/23 7 22 29 14 8 13 2 1 25 27 86
        53.7% 45.5% 73.9%
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
Donetsk
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PUSTOZVONOV, MAKSYM 3:17                 1           1
5 LEE, MICHAEL 22:07 8 3/6   2/3 2 1 3   2       4 3 8
7 CURRY, RAMEL 29:54 10 1/2 2/7 2/2       3 1 2     1 2 7
8 STOJANOVSKI, VOJDAN 21:13 10 2/3 1/1 3/3 1 2 3     1     4 3 10
9 AVDALOVIC, VULE 34:26 10 1/3 1/4 5/6   1 1 4   4     4 5 6
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 RADENOVIC, IVAN 37:11 16 6/10   4/6 2 8 10 1 1 5     3 8 22
14 SALTOVETS, OLEG 1:52                   1     1   -2
15 KOVALENKO, VITALIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 GLIEBOV, DMYTRO 12:47 4 2/3       1 1   2       2 1 5
41 JACKSON, DARNELL 22:13 5 1/5   3/4   2 2     1 1 2 4 3 -1
55 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 15:00 2 1/1       1 1     2     4   -3
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 65 17/33 4/12 19/24 6 17 23 8 7 17 1 2 27 25 54
        51.5% 33.3% 79.2%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was just the first half of the series. We know Donetsk is very strong at home, in Ukraine, so the tough part is still waiting for us. This was the kind of game we expected, really. It was tough because you need to stay focused for all 40 minutes. Yes, 11 points is a solid advantage, but we still have to play a very good game in Ukraine. Our goal should be not to defend the advantange we have, but to simply win the game."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Donetsk
"The final score was decided by a couple of turnovers on the defensive end. We couldn't switch to their guys in time which allowed Lietuvos Rytas to convert enough easy baskets. For example, we, of course, knew Babrauskas to be a good shooter but we still let him shoot. Eleven points is a solid margin, but we have already cut it once this season, against Khimki in the Last 16. Let's just wait and see, but for now Lietuvos Rytas is holding the cards."oi

Players

BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was a tough game emotionally because Donetsk will still have a game at home and we just had our last one. We wanted a bigger margin and were close to getting that, but they stepped it up at the necessary moment. Nevertheless, I think we just have to win in the Ukraine and everything will be alright."
AVDALOVIC, VULE
Donetsk
"I have to congratulate Lietuvos Rytas; they were the better team tonight. We had our chance when we had cut their lead to as few as 4 points, but then we turned the ball over a couple of times. We'll draw the needed conclusions and try to improve our game next Tuesday."
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