«Lietuvos Rytas» Vilnius, Lithuania vs. «Azovmash» Mariupol, Ukraine
Lietuvos Rytas is almost in playoff, Azovmash is almost out
Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas beat Ukrainian Azovmash in Vilnius – 72:61.
Game result was predetermined by giant hosts’ advantage in two main static categories: court goals (29 out 52 vs 19 out 59) and rebound goals (40:28). It’s significant that the main rebounder in red-blacks’squad was not Jonas Valanciunas (6 rebounds), but Arturas Jomantas (7).
During the game Vilnians almost didn’t lose the control made highly important speeding-up in the end of the second and in the middle of the third quarters. However, Ukrainian club haven’t gave up after score was 51:36 and tried to overtake the difference. But Azovmash’s fate was to stop on the «-5» level. In home team exemplary ending showed Tyrese Rice, who could score and give self-guided passes to Valanciunas for showy alley oops.
Lietuvos Rytas wins in result, 72:61, what almost gives 100% chances for Alexandr Djikic’s team to get to play-off. Nymburk after sensational beating CSKA with difference «+19», and having a positive balance of face to face games with Rytas, has abstract chances to outstrip Lithuanian team.
However, it’s hard to believe that Lithuanian vice-champion will lose Minsk-2006. And Azovmash has to beat CSKA for sure, to have minimal chances to play in round of 16. The most effective players: in home team: Rice and Valanciunas (16 pts both), guest team: George Ewing (11) and Othello Hunter (10).
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