- Posted April 15, 2012 by
Jonas Valanciunas leads Lietuvos Rytas to Eurocup bronze
Lietuvos Rytas took the lead from the first minutes and held on to it until the final buzzer. The team from Lithuania's capital Vilnius was ahead by fourteen points, 24-10, after the first quarter. A big turn around from their semifinal match against Valencia Basket, where the referees, probably, did everything they could to limit Jonas Valanciunas' playing time.
After two quarters, Lietuvos Rytas still contained a double digit lead, 40-30. They led by nineteen points at one point. They led the game after the third period as well, 55-44. In the fourth quarter, though, Spartak managed to melt down their opponent's lead to six points. Still, Lietuvos Rytas used their 19 year old center, next year's Toronto Raptor, J. Valanciunas. He had already achieved a double-double by halftime, a total of 10 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 1 assist, and helped Lietuvos Rytas keep the lead. Lietuvos Rytas won by nine, 71-62, and took the bronze medals.
Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis - 21 points, Aleksandar Rasic - 12 points, Jonas Valanciunas and Mindaugas Katelynas - 10 points each, Steponas Babrauskas - 9 points, Arturas Jomantas - 7 points, Lawrence Roberts - 2 points. Paulius Dambrauskas, Predrag Samardziski and Dovydas Redikas did not score. Tyrese Rice did not play because of an injury.
Spartak: Patrick Beverley - 18 points, Vladimir Dragicevic - 17 points, Yotam Halperin and Valery Likhodey - 8 points each, Anatoly Kashirov and Miha Zupan - 4 points each, Aleksey Zozulin - 3 points. Vasily Zavoruev, Victor Keyru and Nikola Dragovic did not score.
The Eurocup final will be played at 5:30 pm Moscow time - Khimki vs. Valencia.