2006-07EighthfinalsRound 1
January 30, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALASPORT "P. CARNERA"
Damon Williams - Snaidero Udine It was a tale of two halves in Udine, Italy on Tuesday as Snaidero hung on to defeat visiting Lietuvos Rytas 75-72 in the opener of their two-game eighthfinal series on Tuesday. Snaidero will hope it doesn't regret squandering leads of up to 16 points late in the first half when the rematch to end the series takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania next week. Still, despite missing top big man Jacobs Jaacks, the hosts were able to beat back a late L. Rytas rally to win. Damon Williams led the way for Snaidero with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jerome Allen added 17 and Christian DiGiulomaria 15 for the winners. Andrius Slezas led the L. Rytas comeback and finished with 18 points, while Arturas Jomantas put up 17 and Marijonas Petravicius 11.

The lead changed four times in the opening minutes until Allen popped his team's second three-pointer to make it 10-6. DiGiulomaria, who had landed Snaidero's first triple, now added a layup to the lead. Petravicius got 3 points back for L. Rytas, but Allen and Williams combined on a new 6-0 spurt that shot Snaidero way in front, 18-9. When Joel Zaccheti and Kristaps Valters shared 4 points, Snaidero had a 22-10 lead. L. Rytas needed to react, and did, as Joao Paulo Batista, Arturas Jomantas, Tomas Delininkaitis and its own newcomer, Ivan Koljevic, combined on a 2-8 finish run that cut Snaidero's advantage to 24-18 after 10 minutes. Koljevic's early triple in the second quarter kept the visitors rolling to within 26-23 on a layup by Jomantas. DiGiulomaria had other ideas, however, and to an earlier layup, he now added his second and third strikes from downtown, back to back, for Snaidero's first 8 points of the quarter. When Allen followed with a layup, the hosts were ahead by double digits again, 34-23, and kept going from there. As the Snaidero defense locked up L. Rytas, Williams and Zacchetti poured in the next 5 points to extend the run to 13-0 and the lead to 39-23. Slezus stopped the bleeding with a triple for L. Rytas, as he and Jomantas combined on the 12 points in the last 2 minutes of the half for the visitors. L. Rytas wasn't stopping Snaidero, however, so even when the lead was trimmed to single digits, Valters got loose to end the second quarter with a triple and send the hosts to the break ahead by 49-37.

Andrius Slezas - Lietuvos Rytas L. Rytas got serious on defense after intermission, holding Snaidero scoreless for most of 3 minutes whle Petravicius scored 5 points to get the visitors back in the game at 49-42. Zaccheti drilled a three to stop Snaidero's slide, but not its troubles. Larry O'Bannon restored the double-digit lead for Snaidero at 54-43, but Jomantas, Petravicius, Slezas and Tomas Delininkaitis unloaded a 0-10 blast that knocked the hosts on their heels. Mike Penberthy punched in a triple to let Snaidero breathe again, then Williams, Allen and DiGiulomaria got to the line for 4 free throws. But after Batista finished the third quarter with a layup, Snaidero was clinging to a 61-57 lead. It didn't last long, either. Batista, Jomantas and Janis Blums, with a triple, scored the first three baskets of the final quarter as L. Rytas vaulted ahead 61-64. DiGiulomaria saved Snaidero then with a triple. Allen soon put the hosts again, 68-66, with 4 points in a row, but L. Rytas kept coming and tying it up, the third of three times at 72-72 on a Kojevic's second consecutive basket. Williams soon put Snaidero back in front, 75-72, while he and DiGiulomaria came up with a big blocked shots down the stretch to preserve the victory.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS; MASTRAFTSIS, CHRISTOS; GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS
Attendance: 2700
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Snaidero Udine
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOVATTI, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 DRI, FILIBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GIGENA, SILVIO 16:00     0/2     2 2           2   -2
9 ANTONUTTI, MICHELE 20:00 3 0/2 1/2     5 5 1       1     5
18 VALTERS, KRISTAPS 19:00 5 1/2 1/2             2   1 3   -3
25 PENBERTHY, MIKE 19:15 3 0/2 1/4         2 1 1   1 2 2 -1
30 DI GIULIOMARIA, CHRISTIAN 26:00 15 2/2 3/5 2/4   3 3   3 2 3   4 4 18
34 O'BANNON, LARRY 21:45 4 1/4 0/2 2/2 1   1     5     3 3 -5
41 WILLIAMS, DAMON 35:00 20 8/16   4/4 6 6 12 2 2 1 1   2 4 30
52 ZACCHETTI, JOEL 14:00 8 0/1 1/2 5/6   4 4     1     2 3 9
53 ALLEN, JEROME 29:00 17 2/3 2/5 7/8   3 3 3 2       2 8 26
Team           5 2 7   4 1         10
Totals 200:00 75 14/32 9/24 20/24 12 25 37 8 12 13 4 3 20 24 87
        43.8% 37.5% 83.3%
Head coach: PANCOTTO, CESARE
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
5 SLEZAS, ANDRIUS 21:00 18 2/4 4/5 2/2   2 2 1   2     4 2 14
6 PAKAMANIS, DARIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 37:00 2 1/5 0/2   1 3 4 4 1 1     1 1 4
9 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 25:00 4 2/8 0/4   3 4 7 2 1 2 1   3 1 1
10 KOLJEVIC, IVAN 20:00 9 2/2 1/7 2/2 1   1 1   1 1 1 1 2 5
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BATISTA, J.P. 16:00 8 4/7     1 4 5   2 2 1   4 1 8
15 PETRAVICIUS, MARIUS 24:00 11 4/8   3/5 4 4 8   1 1   1 4 6 14
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 37:00 17 5/9 0/1 7/10 4 2 6 5 2 2   2 3 7 22
31 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 BLUMS, JANIS 20:00 3   1/3     2 2 3         4   2
Team           1 2 3   6           9
Totals 200:00 72 20/43 6/22 14/19 15 23 38 16 13 11 3 4 24 20 79
        46.5% 27.3% 73.7%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
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Head Coaches

SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Lietuvos Rytas
"We played bad in the first half, but better in the second one. We are a team with good shooters but tonight we shot with only 40% from the court. We had a comeback in the match after the score 49-37 in minute 20 with offensive rebounds and more steals. We were without Stelmahers, Nielsen and Rush. I believe that in game 2 we will have great chances to go further in the competition."

Players

GIGENA, SILVIO
Snaidero Udine
"We played a good first half. We wanted to win with a bigger advantage but Lietuvos Rytas is one of the strongest teams of the ULEB Cup. Now it will be more difficult for us to pass the round. We must think only about ourselves."
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