2011-12QuarterfinalsGame 2
March 27, 2012 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SPORTS HALL DRUZHBA
Ramel Curry - BC Donetsk (photo BC Donetsk)Lietuvos Rytas is back in the Eurocup Finals and will play on seeking its third title after surviving the Eurocup Quarterfinals, despite losing Game 2 on the road to BC Donetsk 80-78. Rytas won Game 1 by 11 points, which allowed it to move on in the two-game total points series. After falling behind 8-10 early in the first quarter, Donetsk trailed by as many as 12 until the fourth quarter when Ramel Curry led a rally that gave the hosts a 33-24 scoring differential in the final 10 minutes, enough to grab the narrow victory, but not enough to threaten the series outcome. Curry scored 26 points, including 4 of 6 from downtown, to pace the winners, while Vule Avdalovic bagged 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov contributed 12 and Ivan Radenovic 10 along with 8 rebounds. Tyrese Rice and Jonas Valanciunas each tallied 14, and Arturas Jomantas added 12 in a losing effort.

Rytas came out of the gate quickly with a triple by Lawrence Roberts and layup by Aleksandar Rasic; Donetsk answered with three baskets in the paint, including a layup by Curry that put the hosts out front 6-5. Both teams kept scoring as Rasic banged in a three-pointer, followed by a layup by the hosts’ Kravtsov and a mid-range jumper by Seibutis that pushed the score to 8-10. Rytas staged a 2-5 run, capped by a three-pointer by Jomantas, to open a 10-15 margin. Donetsk got a three-point play from Avdalovic on a layup and foul shot, but the visitors got another 6 points on free throws and a two-pointer each by Jomantas and Valanciunas to advance the score to 14-23. The teams swapped points, then Tyrese Rice added three foul shots to up the visitors’ lead to 17-28 at the close of the first quarter.

Rytas scored the first field goal on a fast break layup by Mindaugas Katelynas, but then Curry drained a triple to keep the deficit on single-digits 21-30. After a nearly three-minute scoring drought, Radenovic put in with a layup on a give-and-go play with Kravtsov to cut the lead to 23-30. Seibutis hit a pair of foul shots, then Steponas Babrauskas buried a triple to give the visitors a comfortable margin once again 23-35. But Donetsk kept working the ball down to Kravtsov, who banked in a layup followed by a dunk, then Vojdan Stojanovski nailed a short-range jumper to slice the lead to 29-35. The scoring continued on the foul line until Babrauskas drove to the basket for a layup, but Stojanovski had the last word before halftime, draining a triple from the top of the key to narrow the difference to 34-41.

The visitors opened scoring in the third quarter with a 4-0 run on consecutive layups by Rice to return the lead to double digits, 34-45. Donetsk got its first basket at the three-minute mark as Curry nailed a mid-range jumper, soon answered by Valanciunas down low as the scoreboard moved to 36-47. After Darnell Jackson powered in layup, Curry drilled a triple to bring the hosts to 41-47. Jomantas and Curry exchanged points in the paint, then Siebutis buried a triple to open a little more daylight for Rytas 45-52. Curry and Siebutis exchanged baskets to the close the quarter with Rytas out front 47-54.

Donetsk put together a 7-0 run to open the fourth quarter, led by Curry and Avdalovic, who scored a pair of two-pointers, to tie the game at 54-54 – the first tie since early in the first quarter. After Roberts scored down low, Curry knocked down a triple that was quickly answered by Rasic, setting the score at 57-59. After Curry hit free throws, Stojanovski and Jomantas exchanged layups, then Valanciunas nailed a two-point jumper to knot the game at 63-63 with just over 4 minutes to play. After an exchange of two-point plays, Valanciunas scored in the paint to swing the lead in favor of Rytas 65-67 with 2:33 to go. Curry struck from downtown once again, then followed a foul shot by Jomantas with a layup to put Donetsk out front 70-68 with just under 2:00 on the clock. After 1 minute without scoring, Avdalocic and Rasic exchanged free throws, then Radenovic hit a two-pointer and foul shot to give the hosts a 74-70 margin. Roberts and Rice knocked down foul shots, but Curry and Radenovic answered with a basket each in the paint to set the scoreboard at 80-75 with 22 seconds to go. Rasic and Rice scored at the foul line to cut the margin to 80-78 with 10 seconds left, but it was not enough as the clock ran out, giving the hosts an exciting come-from-behind victory 80-78.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE; CONDE, ANTONIO; RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
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Donetsk
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PUSTOZVONOV, MAKSYM 9:01                         4   -4
5 LEE, MICHAEL 11:02   0/1       3 3       1     1 4
7 CURRY, RAMEL 34:04 26 6/9 4/6 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 5 1 1 4 4 22
8 STOJANOVSKI, VOJDAN 17:45 11 2/3 1/2 4/6 1   1   2 1     4 4 9
9 AVDALOVIC, VULE 28:09 14 4/6 0/1 6/6   3 3 4   3 1   4 5 17
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR 5:08 2 1/2 0/1   1   1     1   1 4   -5
12 RADENOVIC, IVAN 31:19 10 5/7 0/1 0/1 1 7 8 4   3 1   2 5 19
14 SALTOVETS, OLEG DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 KOVALENKO, VITALIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 GLIEBOV, DMYTRO 20:15 2   0/1 2/2   1 1   1 1     2 3 3
41 JACKSON, DARNELL 16:30 3 1/3   1/3   2 2 2   1   2 4 2 -2
55 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 26:47 12 6/8           1 2 3 2 1 2 1 10
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 25/39 5/12 15/20 6 19 25 13 6 18 6 5 30 25 76
        64.1% 41.7% 75%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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
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 15:09 5 1/1 1/3     2 2 1 1 1   1 2   3
6 RICE, TYRESE 24:56 14 2/8 0/3 10/12   1 1 5 1 4   2 3 7 8
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 28:44 7 1/5 1/2 2/4 2 4 6   3   4 1 4 4 12
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 23:06 11 2/4 1/2 4/4   1 1 2   1   1 3 4 10
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 24:56 4 2/3       1 1 1   2     4   -1
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 25:10 14 6/6   2/2 2 5 7       1   4 4 22
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 25:33 11 1/2 2/5 3/4   1 1 3   3     3 6 10
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 32:26 12 3/5 1/1 3/4 1 1 2 2 3 1   1 2 5 17
32 REDIKAS, DOVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 3 6     4         2
Totals 200:00 78 18/34 6/16 24/30 8 19 27 14 8 16 5 6 25 30 83
        52.9% 37.5% 80%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
Donetsk
"I would like to congratulate both teams. Lietuvos Rytas for qualifying to the Finals; they deserved it. And Donetsk for good showing in this Eurocup season. My point of view is that Lietuvos Rytas is stronger than some Euroleague teams."
DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
“I can say I’m happy with the way we played today. We planned to qualify for the Eurocup Finals and we have managed to do it. I would like to congratulate my players. We knew that it would be hard in Donetsk, so we prepared really well."

Players

GLIEBOV, DMYTRO
Donetsk
"We were fighting for every ball; we tried to win with the necessary result, but Rytas is a really strong team. I don’t think anybody can say anything bad about us."
RASIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"It was good game tonight. We knew how Donetsk could play at home. We controlled the game for three quarters and that was enough to win the game. We are very happy to be in the Finals!"
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