2006-07Regular SeasonRound 4
November 21, 2006 CET: 17:45
Local time: 18:45 SIEMENS ARENA
Tomas Delininkaitis - Lietuvos Rytas Lietuvos Rytas won a duel to stay in first place in Group A the hard way, escaping with a 72-70 win against visiting Gran Canaria at home in Vilnius, Lithuania on Tuesday. It was the team's first victory under new head coach Zmago Sagadin and lifted L. Rytas's record to 3-1. G. Canaria lost its second straight to fall to 2-2. The hosts blasted off 10-0 to start the game but had to battle the rest of the way to survive. Tomas Delininkaitis led the winners with 17 points, including the only 2 three-pointers L. Rytas made in 18 attempts. Three of his teammates - Andre Emmett, Eurelijus Zukauskas and Titus Ivory - scored 9 each. Zukauskas showed he was back fully from injury by adding 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists. G. Canaria rallied admirably behind 12 points by Sitapha Savane, 11 by Kornel David and 10 by Jackson Vroman.

L. Rytas ruled the start as Matthew Nielsen, Delininkaitis and Zukauskas combined for an early 10-0 blast that lasted almost 3 minutes. Jackson Vroman finally opened the scoring for Gran Canaria with a turnaround jumper and free throw then Jimmie Hunter drained a triple to get the guests within 10-6 midway through the quarter. Emmett increased the L. Rytas lead again on a driving layup, but life soon seemed more and more complicated for the hosts. Savane cut the difference to 12-11, but Emmett responded with an extra pair of penetrations to which J.P. Batista and Andrius Slezas added baskets for a 8-0 L. Rytas run. A massive dunk by Kornel David was also answered by a Roberts Stelmahers jumper, leaving the hosts ahead 24-15 after 10 minutes. Savane converted a three-point play to open the second quarter and David made a semi-hook to cut the lead again to 4 points, 24-20. Emmett squeezed in a free throw before G. Canaria subs Sergio Perez and Roberto Guerra took off on fastbreaks to tie the score at 25-25. L. Rytas went back on top again as Titus Ivory stepped up with a basket-plus-free throw. After a scoreless 2 minutes for both teams, Ivory did the very same thing again, but Perez and David drew G. Canaria closer again, at 31-30. Delininkaitis finally broke the ice and made the night's first triple for L. Rytas but Joel Freeland bounced back with a turnaround jumper to make it 37-34. A putback by Slezas saw the teams head to the locker room with the score fixed at 40-34 for L. Rytas.

Jim Moran - Gran CanariaZukauskas opened the scoring after the break with a huge dunk off a nice dish by Delininkaitis, who drove for a basket himself before David buried a jumper from the corner and Vroman slammed the ball off an inbound pass. Vroman and Zukauskas continued exchanging baskets until the score was 46-41. L. Rytas drew one foul after another but couldn't make free throws and Jim Moran punished the hosts with a mid-range jumper. Delininkaitis showed his agressiveness by hitting twice from the line before Batista added a put-back that forced a visitors' timeout at 52-43. G. Canaria broke its silence then as Marcus Norris buried a triple and Moran a jumper to reduce the margin to 53-49. Hunter then drained one from behind the arc to complete a 3-9 run as G. Canaria pulled within 55-52 after three quarters. Moran continued the rally from downtown to tie as the fourth quarter started, but Zukauskas kept L. Rytas in the driver's seat with a difficult hook to make it 57-55. Savane put the ball back nicely, but was injured and carried off the court. Slezas stepped up with a free throw before Zukauskas received a standing ovation for a perfect Sabonis-like dish on Ivory's layup to make it 60-57. Vroman and Mindaugas Lukauskis exchanged baskets before Delininkaitis stole and scored for a 64-59 lead midway through the final quarter. Another timeout helped G. Canaria as Hunter and Ivory exchanged jumpers before Savane returned and put back an offensive rebound. Things heated up as Delininkaitis only saw his triple answered by on from Guerra that made it 69-66. After a L. Rytas timeout, Lukauskis added a basket in penetration for the hosts, but Guerra answered. Although he missed an additional free throw, it even helped G. Canaria as David grabbed an offensive rebound and Norris converted a free throw to make it 71-69. A free throw by David fixed the score at 71-70 with a crucial minute to go but a great L. Rytas effort on defense paid off as the hosts stole the ball with 19 seconds left. Gran Canaria had to foul, and Roberts Stelmahers made 1 of 2 free throws. G. Canaria had a chance to reach overtime, but missed.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Gintaras Radauskas, Vilnius
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; KOWALSKI, MARCIN
Attendance: 4400
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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 23:15 5 2/2 0/4 1/2 2 1 3   1 1     4 2 1
7 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 30:15 5 1/2 0/3 3/4   1 1 1 3 1     4 6 6
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 30:00 7 3/4 0/2 1/2 2 5 7 1 2 3     3 2 9
9 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 25:15 17 2/3 2/4 7/8   3 3 2 3   1   2 4 24
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 25:15 9 3/6   3/4 3 8 11 3   5 4   4 3 17
13 BATISTA, J.P. 12:00 5 2/7   1/2 1 3 4 1 1 2     1 1 3
14 EMMET, ANDRE 13:00 9 4/6   1/2 1 1 2     1   1   1 7
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 IVORY, TITUS 19:15 9 4/5 0/3 1/2 1 2 3 2   2     2 2 7
44 NIELSEN, MATT 19:00 6 2/5 0/1 2/4 4 5 9     2     2 3 8
45 BLUMS, JANIS 2:45                         1   -1
Team             1 1   6           7
Totals 200:00 72 23/40 2/17 20/30 14 30 44 10 16 17 5 1 23 24 88
        57.5% 11.8% 66.7%
Head coach: SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
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
Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VROMAN, JACKSON 18:00 10 4/10   2/3 5 2 7   1 5   1 3 4 6
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 20:30 12 5/9   2/3 4   4 2 2 2   1 3 3 12
9 DAVID, KORNEL 21:45 11 4/7 0/1 3/4 1 4 5 2 1 1   1 2 3 13
10 HUNTER, JIMMIE 26:30 8 1/5 2/5     6 6 1   1     2 1 6
11 GUERRA, ROBERTO 20:30 8 1/4 2/2 0/1   1 1 3 1 1     1 2 9
13 NORRIS, MARCUS 23:30 6 0/8 1/1 3/6 3 1 4 1 3 2   1 4 6 2
14 PEREZ, SERGIO 7:30 6 1/1 0/2 4/4   2 2 1 1       1 2 9
19 FREELAND, JOEL 5:15 2 1/1     1   1               3
20 MORAN, JIM 26:00 7 2/5 1/1     2 2   1 2 1 1 3   2
25 BALDO, VICTOR 14:00   0/1     1 3 4 1 1       3   2
34 FERNANDEZ, MARIO 16:30           3 3 1   2     2 2 2
Team           1 2 3   6           9
Totals 200:00 70 19/51 6/12 14/21 16 26 42 12 17 16 1 5 24 23 75
        37.3% 50% 66.7%
Head coach: MALDONADO, SALVA
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Head Coaches

SAGADIN, ZMAGOSLAV
Lietuvos Rytas
"I am happy that we won the game because it was obvious we were too nervous. Lietuvos rytas is usually a hot-shooting team but we made only two threes of 17 tonight. On the other hand, we fought hard and even won the rebounds. I tried to change the system a bit, but I think it only confused our players. We should have finished the game in the third quarter. We were up by 9, but we missed three of our possessions and had to play until the end. I think the most important thing is character and we showed it tonight. Something is wrong with Nielsen's foot, but we have all seen Zukauskas can play. Batista was not great tonight, but he can play, too. We have reserves. However, I don't like how my players communicate on defense. But that is why I am here in Vilnius. I think that I will need a month to teach my players to talk and play teamball. To win a cup, you need tough physical preparation, tough defense and tough rebounding."
MALDONADO, SALVA
Gran Canaria
"We have seen a good game. Lietuvos rytas dominated midway through the game, but we managed to bounce back and tie the score after the break. Our opponents have rebounded really well but we still stayed close. Lietuvos rytas has simply been better and luckier at the very end of such a close game."

Players

DELININKAITIS, TOMAS
Lietuvos Rytas
"We shot pretty poor tonight. One could feel confusion inside our team because a new coach has arrived. We had expected a tough game. We were lucky at the end of the game and avoided overtime. Everybody was pretty good. There is no need to say one was better or worse."
ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS
Lietuvos Rytas
"I would say our game was a bit wavy. Maybe the reason is the new coach and the new system. A lot changed, especially on defense. Sometimes we lacked understanding of each other on the court. The first game with a new man coaching us is just like the first game of the season. I got more minutes to play this time because the coach had told us before the game that he would split the 40 minutes more or less equally for every player."
MORAN, JIM
Gran Canaria
"We started off the game a little slow tonight. But we kept fighting hard and had a bunch of chances to tie the game and take the lead. We missed a couple of free throws down the stretch but we fought back and played well overall. We had a chance at the end to force the overtime but the last shot didn't go in. It was tough out here. Everybody was trying to contribute because we don't have anyone dominating. We just tried to run our offenses and get open shots. Some of them fell, some of them we missed, but we still had a chance at the end. We're happy but we could have played better."
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