«Nizhny Novgorod» Nizhny Novgorod, Russia vs. «Lietuvos Rytas» Vilnius, Lithuania
The real playoffs!
In the first match of the playoffs 1/8 final Lietuvos Rytas in away game beat Nizhniy Novgorod in a stubborn ending - 64:60.
The first quarter visitors started with confidence - Lietuvos Rytas made a spurt 7-0 and the confident game of Lirov helped the team to take the lead - 25:16.
Nevertheless, Zoran Lukic players who wanted to rehabilitate for their unsuccessful game in the championship of Russia did not give the «red-black» to take the lead in the long run. Even when they had «-10» (28:38 after accurate throw by Renaldas Seibutis) the Russian team continued to struggle. And after a distant shot by Nemanja Protic the score became equal for the first time - 55:55. And soon three-pointer by Antonov and free throw by Primoz Brezec helped Nizhniy to gain 4 points advantage.
But at the decisive moment visitors stepped up in defense and made a breakthrough 7-0. In turn, Fedor Klyuchnikov 9 seconds before the end managed to even the score, but realized only one free throw of three, and when Jonas Valanciunas made his 10th rebound it became clear: Lietuvos Rytas is leading in the series 1-0. Now for the meeting with Khimki in the quarter finals it would be enough for Alexandr Dzicic players to win one of the two matches on Siemens Arena on April 10 or 11.
The final score of the match number 1 - 64:60. The most productive in Nizhniy Novgorod - Simen Antonov (18 points + 11 rebounds), Primoz Brezec (15), Ivan Paunic (12), in Lietuvos Rytas - Renaldas Seibutis (14), Steponas Babrauskas and Mindaugas Katelynas (10).
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