CAI Zaragoza never trailed, crushing Lietuvos Rytas 94-60 on Tuesday, and picking up its first win of the Last 32. Both teams now hold 1-2 record in Group P, and could be in a share of the third place if Cedevita Zagreb loses against Panionios Athens on Wednesday. Zaragoza used an early 12-2 run to build 39-19 lead midway through the second quarter, and cruised to victory in the second half. Michael Roll paces Zaragoza with 23 points on 5 of 5 from downtown, and Joseph Jones had 12 points plus 8 rebounds. Damjan Rudez and Giorgi Shermadini each scored 11, and Pere Tomas had 10 in victory. Juan Palacio led Lietuvos Rytas with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Darius Songaila scored 12, and Renaldas Seibutis 11 in defeat.
Roll hit a three-pointer and Shermadini had a basket-plus-foul to spark a 12-2 run for 14-4 lead. Palacios and Stevan Jelovac got the visitors going, and Martynas Gecevicius sank a triple, but Roll nailed another three for the hosts and Rudez hit a pair of shots from downtown for 27-15 after 10 minutes. Viktor Sanikidze and Henk Norel kept the pace for Zaragoza in the second. Tomas added a triple, and Roll ended a 12-4 spurt with a layup for 39-19. Palacios and Songaila scored from close range for Rytas, and Omar Cook scored on a fast break, but put-backs from Joseph Jones and Tomas helped the hosts to 50-31 halftime advantage. Songaila hit a pair of jumpers in the third quarter, but Zaragoza did not move its foot from the gas. Shermadini scored a dunk and a put-back, stringing 6 points, and Roll hit his fourth triple for 63-37. Songaila continued to be the only Rytas’ offensive threat, but Jon Stefansson hit couple of triples, and Shermadini finished the quarter with a put-back dunk for 77-45. With game clearly out of reach, Renaldas Seibutis scored 6 points at the start of the fourth for the visitors, but Pedro Llompart and Rudez hit from behind the arc to keep the margin at 87-55. Before game’s end, Roll hit his fifth triple in as many attempts, and Llompart rounded out the scoring from downtown.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014