2010-11Top 16Round 2
January 26, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Khalid El-Amin - Lietuvos Rytas - EB10

Lietuvos Rytas stunned Caja Laboral 86-89

Khalid El-Amin completed a near-perfect night with a game-winning triple on the buzzer to lift Lietuvos Rytas to an 86-89 road victory over Caja Laboral on Wednesday at Fernando Buesa Arena in Vitoria, Spain. A week after Laboral started the Top 16 with a road win and L. Rytas lost at home, the two reversed roles at the end of a thrilling fourth quarter that featured 5 lead changes and four ties – the last of which came on a Mirza Teletovic triple with 5.6 seconds left that seemed to have the game heading to overtime. That was before El-Amin’s heroics, which left the two teams with 1-1 records in Group E. The visitors shined early and led by as many as 9 in the second quarter. Teletovic heated up thanks to the excellent playmaking skills of Marcelinho Huertas to put Laboral ahead by as many as 10 in the third quarter. L. Rytas responded through D.J. Strawberry in his Euroleague debut and veteran Kenan Bajramovic to roar back and set up the thrilling fourth quarter. El-Amin scored 15 of his season-high 22 in the last 10 minutes – and 7 in the final minute – to lead the winners. He missed just one shot in a standout performance. Bajramovic added 19 points – 13 in the last six-and-a-half minutes – Milko Bjelica scored 13 and Strawberry finished with 12. Teletovic scored 20 to lead Laboral, while Marcelinho amassed 17 points and 11 assists. Stanko Barac tallied 15 points and Brad Oleson and Esteban Batista netted 10 each in defeat.

Bjelica opened the scoring with a strike from downtown before Marcelinho countered from the same distance. Barac took advantage of some space to drill a three. Bjelica continued to be a top option on offense for the visitors. Batista used his size for a tip-in, but L. Rytas turned to Brad Newley, who scored twice to lift the Lithuanian champs to an 8-9 lead. Bjelica remained hot with another triple, however Barac sank a foul-line jumper to knot the score at 12-12 midway through the opening quarter. The teams remained neck-and-neck, with Oleson coming through with a three before Bajramovic answered with a jumper. After Barac scored and was fouled, El-Amin nailed a three of his own. L. Rytas went up by 7 when Jonas Valanciunas scored off a missed Bajramovic free throw and then Strawberry found Bajramovic for a layup in transition. A timeout did not stop the visitors as Cemal Nalga rejected Batista and Strawberry passed crosscourt to Simas Jasaitis for a layup to end the first quarter on a 0-10 run and a 17-26 L. Rytas advantage.

Fernando San Emeterio’s reverse layup a minute into the second quarter ended a lengthy Laboral scoring drought. A turnover led to a Strawberry layup for his first Euroleague points. Huertas struck from downtown, but L, Rytas stayed in control through excellent defense and by crashing the offensive glass. Strawberry went through growing pains with a pair of ball-handling violations. Barac made a mid-range jumper and Pau Ribas got the arena rocking with a triple that cut the gap to 27-29. Head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic used a timeout to calm his team after which Valanciunas scored on consecutive possessions. However Olseon and Barac kept pace for the hosts. Marcelinho used some trickeration to get to the hoop and draw a goaltending call from Valanciunas that tied the score at 33-33. Barac put Laboral back on top with 2 free throws. Jasaitis quickly tied the game only to see Teletovic strike from downtown. Valanciunas impressed inside as he overpowered Batista for a basket. Marcelinho scored again for the hosts and both teams missed on their final possessions of the half to make it 40-37 at the break.

The first few minutes of the second half featured a lot of action, but no points until San Emeterio fed Teletovic for a layup. The duo connected for a basket-plus-foul moments later as the hosts started to pull away. Strawberry attacked the basket for L. Rytas’s first points of the half nearly three-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter. However Teletovic stayed hot with a triple for a 48-39 lead. Newley countered with a three for the visitors and Bjelica cut the gap to 4 with a pair of free throws midway through the third quarter. Oleson attacked the basket for a slam and then Marcelinho stuck for a layup in transition before San Emeterio nailed a long jumper, giving the hosts their first double-digit lead. Strawberry kept L. Rytas alive with a pull-up three. Bjelica added another three before Strawberry silenced the crowd with a third L. Rytas triple in less than a minute to make it 56-53, prompting a Laboral timeout. El-Amin dropped in a floater with 5 seconds left to bring his team within 1 points with 10 minutes to play.

Strawberry continued the L. Rytas run and gave the visitors the lead with a layup after El-Amin blocked a Pau Ribas three-point attempt. Barac ended the L. Rytas run at 13-2 and Teletovic followed with a big triple. El-Amin and Teletovic traded threes as the crowd roared with approval. El-Amin pulled up for a foul line jumper that tied the score at 64-64. Bajramovic made another lead change with a jumper and El-Amin added to his super fourth quarter with a triple. Oleson knocked down a big three at the other end to make it 67-69. Bajramovic extended the three-point shootout when he converted from downtown. Batista corralled a missed Huertas free throw to score and then followed a missed Oleson layup for a tip-in to tie the score at 72-72. After a timeout, Bajramovic connected on a triple –plus a foul – to put L. Rytas up 4 with 3:19 to play. Batista scored inside and Bajramovic matched him from the line. San Emeterio sank a clutch triple to close the gap to 77-78 with just over two minutes to play. San Emeterio then tied the game and put Laboral ahead with 2 free throws, but Bjelica’s offensive rebound and basket gave the visitors a 1-point edge. Oleson and San Emeterio missed on Laboral’s next possession before Bajramovic put L. Rytas up 78-82 with 2 successful free throws with 47.4 seconds remaining. Laboral put Batista on the line with 32.6 seconds remaining, but missed twice. However San Emeterio leapt to control the rebound and after he drove and was fouled, Batista was there for the tip-in with 19.7 seconds left. Laboral fouled El-Amin with 15.9 to play and he came through to make it 81-84. Not willing to allow a three, Strawberry fouled Huertas with 13.6 seconds left and the playmaker sank both. Two-tenths of a second later, the free throw contest continued with El-Amin making 2. This time Laboral got a three-point shot off and Teletovic tied the game with 5.6 seconds left. Just when it seemed that the game was headed for overtime , El-Amin moved the ball up the court and fired a deep desperation triple that dropped to the bottom of the net and silenced the crowd, giving L. Rytas a stunning road win.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Attendance: 9100 (Tentative)
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Caja Laboral Vitoria17231630
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius26111834
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Caja Laboral Vitoria17405686
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius26375589
Caja Laboral Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 15:27 3   1/3     1 1     1   1 1 1  
6 GARCIA, ANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 MUSLI, DEJAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 34:39 17 3/7 2/2 5/6 2 3 5 11   3     1 5 29
10 LOGAN, DAVID 3:44   0/1 0/1   1   1     1         -2
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 26:21 20 2/5 5/8 1/1   3 3 1   1     1 2 18
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 19:58 10 5/8 0/1 0/2 5 2 7 3   4 1 1 4 1 7
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 33:05 9 2/5 1/2 2/2 1 7 8 3 3 1     1 7 24
24 OLESON, BRAD 33:05 10 2/6 2/7     3 3 1 1 1     4 1 2
30 SOW, PAPE 13:55 2 1/2     3 3 6     2 1   3 1 4
42 BARAC, STANKO 19:46 15 5/7 1/2 2/3 2 3 5     3 3   4 2 14
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 86 20/41 12/26 10/14 16 26 42 19 4 18 5 2 19 20 98
        48.8% 46.2% 71.4%
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 Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 13:03           1 1   1       1 1 2
8 STRAWBERRY, DJ 25:24 12 3/6 2/4     1 1 3 1 2     3 2 9
9 KELYS, ZYDRUNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BJELICA, MILKO 30:03 17 3/6 3/5 2/2 1 2 3 1   4   1 4 2 9
15 BUTERLEVICIUS, SIMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 16:06 8 4/6     4 3 7   1 2   1 2 2 11
20 NEWLEY, BRAD 24:59 7 1/3 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 3   2   1 4 1 2
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 7:21   0/2               1         -3
25 NALGA, CEMAL 5:40   0/1       1 1       1   1    
33 JASAITIS, SIMAS 23:32 4 2/4 0/6     2 2 2 1     1 1 1  
42 EL-AMIN, KHALID 26:09 22 3/3 4/5 4/4   1 1 2 3 1 1   3 5 29
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 27:43 19 3/6 2/4 7/9 2 3 5 1 2     1 1 5 23
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 89 19/37 12/28 15/17 8 17 25 12 9 12 2 5 20 19 83
        51.4% 42.9% 88.2%

Head Coaches

Caja Laboral Vitoria
"We were unable to secure the win because of our poor defense. Some players played without confidence at some moments of the game, and we needed that confidence to make better decisions and play more calm in the clutch minutes. The difference between the turnovers and steals was too big and explains the loss. The last shot is just a circumstance of the game. We lost the game before that shot. Allowing 34 points in the last quarter at home says everything about our defense tonight."
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"I would like to congratulate my players for believing in themselves tonight. They showed big confidence and made a big effort. We came here to play and give our best, showing pride and willing to work as hard as we can. I think we deserved the win tonight. We shot well and played the game we wanted for almost three quarters. The most important thing for me tonight is how much we wanted to play a good game. We were able to overcome a big deficit in rebounding, which is unusual, and that tells me the team did a great job. "


Caja Laboral Vitoria
"It’s true that there is still a long way ahead of us, but this defeat is a very tough one. We missed a lot during the game, we couldn’t retain a big lead we amassed in the third quarter and they were able to react thanks to a great accuracy from the three-point line. When we were dominating, we relaxed and ended up losing this game. We must learn that we cannot commit these kind of mistakes at this moment of the season, when every game is a key one."
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"This is very big win for us, especially after the tough loss at home against Panathinaikos. Some bad games at home can hurt you a lot, but being able to win an away game bring us to a better position to fight for a place in the quarterfinals. We must focus on the next game and try to repeat this and make a surprise. We showed that we are strong mentality; some of our players have played in the Euroleague before, some of them have won the Lithuanian championship against Zalgiris in a similar atmosphere with similar fans, so the team learned not to give up and to stay in the game no matter the deficit. It’s still early to know how far we can go, because Caja laboral is a very good team. They are able to win in Vilnius and so are any of the teams in the group, so we must be cautious and think only about the next step."
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