Zalgiris defeats rival Rytas to win ANGT Kaunas
U18 Zalgiris Kaunas won the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Kaunas by defeating archrival U18 Rytas Vilnius 92-79 in the first-place game to book its ticket back to the ANGT Finals. Tournament MVP Kerr Kriisa scored 27 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for host Zalgiris, which finished third at the ANGT Kaunas last season after tournament wins in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. With the win, Zalgiris claimed the third ticket to the ANGT Finals at the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in May following ANGT Valencia winner U18 Valencia Basket and ANGT Munich winner U18 Real Madrid. Rytas, which won the ANGT Kaunas last season en route to the title at the ANGT Finals, was missing leader Marek Blazevic, who could not play with an injury. Joining Kriisa on the All-Tournament Team were teammate Modestas Kancleris, Azoulas Tubelis of Rytas, Juhann Begarin of third-placed U18 CFBB Paris and Yannick Nzosa of U18 Stellazzurra Rome.
CFBB Paris captured third place for the third time in the last five editions after beating Stellazzurra Rome 67-49. Timothe Crusol scored 24 points with 6 assists and 2 steals to lead CFBB, which also finished third in 2015 and 2017 and was fourth in 2016 and 2018. Stellazzurra, which took second place at the ANGT Kaunas last season, finished fourth this time and was led by Nicola Giordano with 11 points. U18 CSKA Moscow placed fifth after collecting a 62-64 victory over U18 Torrons Vicens L’Hospitalet. Danila Pokhodiaev tallied 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks and Filipp Gafurov had 15 points and 12 rebounds for CSKA. Mauro Abad led L’Hospitalet with 14 points. Debutant U18 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar used a big fourth quarter to pick up its first victory, 94-84, over U18 DBA Copenhagen to finish seventh. Daniil Sereda stood out for the winners with 20 points. Copenhagen finished winless at its first ANGT despite Jonathan Klussmann getting 30 points and 6 assists.