2011-12Regular SeasonRound 3
November 29, 2011 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ANTARES
Steponas Babrauskas - Lietuvos Rytas (photo bc.lrytas.lt)Group F leader Lietuvos Rytas lost the first quarter big but left little room for doubt after that, storming to a 62-79 road win at Le Mans in France on Tuesday. L. Rytas is now 3-0 and alone in first place with two of its last three games at home. Le Mans dropped to 0-3 and will have to win or risk immediate elimination in the second half of the regular season. Le Mans led 22-17 early in the second quarter, but from then until the end of the third, L. Rytas dominated by 17-45 to put the outcome in its pocket. Steponas Babrauskas made 4 of 6 three-pointers on his way to 15 points for the winners. Tyrese Rice and Renaldas Siebutis added 12 each. Lawrence Roberts had 9 and 15 rebounds, helping the visitors dominate the boards by 27-39. For Le Mans, Alex Acker scored 17 points, all but 3 in the final 7 minutes, however, after the game was decided. Marcus Sommerville and Joao Batista added 11 each for the hosts.

L. Rytas worked the inside for an early 2-6 lead highlighted by a dunk from Jonas Valanciunas. Le Mans went inside, too, for its 10-0 answering run as Batista and Charles Kahudi split all those points. Roberts and Arturas Jomantas closed the gap to 12-10 for L. Rytas but that's when Taylor Rochestie nailed the game's first triple for Le Mans. With almost 3 minutes of shutout defense, to boot, Le Mans used William Coleman's layup on the buzzer for a solid 20-12 lead after 10 minutes. Turnaround time came quick in the second quarter as Babrauskas rattled off 5 quick points and Siebutis 3 more to make it 22-21. After Rochestie hit a layup for Le Mans, Babrauskas busted his second and third three-pointers in 4 minutes for a 24-27 L. Rytas lead. Kahudi and Batista quickly seized back the advantage again for Le Mans, but the visitors were feeling it now. Aleksandar Rasic and Predrag Samardziski split all the points in a 2-9 finishing run as L. Rytas made its move for a 32-28 halftime lead.

The L. Rytas defense continued to dominate as Rasic and Siebutis boosted the lead to 35-44 after halftime. Somerville was the only player who scored for Le Mans during 5 minutes, making 7 points himself, but the home team still trailed by double digits, 39-49, when Siebutis struck from the three-point arc. That shot unleashed a 0-16 onslaught by the visitors that included another Siebutis triple, one by Roberts, and 4 points from Rice to make it an astounding 39-62 after 30 minutes. The L. Rytas defense had held Le Mans to just 17 points in the previous 17 minutes. The beat continued into the final quarter, with a basket by Sommerville, still the only Le Mans player to score in the second half, until Rochestie made it 43-63 on a layup. L. Rytas answered with another three-pointer by Babrauskas, his fourth. When Mindaugas Katelynas joined him and Rice added a layup, the visitors not only had their highest lead, 50-74, but a clear path to victory and a stranglehold on first place in Group F.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE; PEREA, OSCAR; LO GUZZO, CARMELO
Attendance: 3643
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Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SOMMERVILLE, MARCELLUS 16:01 11 3/4 1/4 2/2 1   1     1     3 2 6
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 32:12 7 2/7 1/2     5 5 3 1 3   2 2 3 6
8 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 7:52   0/1       2 2     1     2 2  
9 ACKER, ALEX 30:23 17 4/5 2/5 3/4   4 4   1 4 1   2 5 17
10 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 30:18 7 2/3 1/2   1 2 3 5   4     2 2 9
11 COLEMAN, WILLIAM 18:12 4 2/4     1 3 4           1 1 6
12 KOUGUERE, MAX 12:57   0/1 0/2     1 1     1     3   -6
13 BATISTA, J.P. 24:50 11 5/9   1/1   1 1 4   1 2   1 3 15
15 KAHUDI, HENRI 9:42   0/1 0/1   1 2 3 1   1     1    
16 CECI, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 BRYANT, TRAVON 17:33 5 1/2 1/2     1 1   1   2   2   5
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 19/37 6/18 6/7 6 22 28 13 3 17 5 2 19 18 60
        51.4% 33.3% 85.7%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD
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 16:19 15 1/3 4/6 1/2   1 1 1 2     1 3 2 12
6 RICE, TYRESE 31:37 12 4/7 0/2 4/4   2 2 3   3     3 3 9
7 ROBERTS, LAWRENCE 26:07 9 3/9 1/3   10 5 15 2 2 1   1 1 2 19
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 29:13 12 2/5 2/4 2/2   5 5 4 1 2     3 5 17
14 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 20:01 7 3/5   1/2 2 3 5 1   1   1 2 2 8
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 16:35 5 1/3 1/3   2   2 1   1   2 1    
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 17:17 6 2/5   2/3   3 3 2   1 2   2 3 9
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 22:49 9 2/3 1/3 2/2   2 2 4   2     1   9
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 20:02 4 2/3 0/1     1 1   1 1     2 1 2
32 REDIKAS, DOVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 79 20/43 9/22 12/15 16 23 39 18 6 12 2 5 18 18 88
        46.5% 40.9% 80%
Head coach: DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
"Lietuvos Rytas is an excellent team; one of the favorite in this competition. During the first half we were able to compete but we were dominated in the third quarter by Rytas. In the fourth quarter, we tried to come back but it was too late. Too many offensive rebounds and too many turnovers for us tonight against such a good team."
DZIKIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas
"I have to say bravo to my guys.That was the game we were worried about. Le Mans is the type of team with very athletic players outside (Acker) and a good point guard (Rochestie). We played well in front of these two guys. Le Mans with all their team back, would be a different story."

Players

BATISTA, J.P.
Le Mans
"Everybody knew they play good basketball. They killed us in rebounds, they moved the ball very well. We need to win in this competition and play our best."
RICE, TYRESE
Lietuvos Rytas
"We made focus on Rochestie and Acker. We did the job and after that it was easier, especially in defense."
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