Game Center: Rytas defeats Zalgiris for first place and ANGT Finals berth
U18 Rytas Vilnius clinched a ticket to the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Finals by knocking off Lithuanian rival U18 Zalgiris Kaunas 63-84 in the ANGT Kaunas first-place game. Tournament MVP Azoulas Tubelis led the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds and Augustas Marciulionis also scored 25 for Rytas. The 2012 and 2018 continental champion Rytas advanced to the final eight-team tournament for the eighth time in 18 editions. Rytas will join U18 Herbalife Gran Canaria and U18 Real Madrid, which locked up their trips to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four by finishing first at the ANGT Valencia and ANGT Munich respectively.
Tubelis was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Rytas teammate Marciulionis, Paulius Murauskas of Zalgiris, Cameron Hildreth of U18 Barking Abbey London and Victor Wembanyama of U18 Nanterre 92.
Tubelis the competition in PIR (20.5), rebounds (12.5 rpg.) and two-point shooting percent (66.7%).
U18 Joventut Badalona secured third place with a 52-107 rout of Nanterre. Adria Domenech paced the 2013 continental champion with 27 points and 11 rebounds. U18 Barking Abbey London led from start to finish in defeating U18 Umana Reyer Venice 54-74 for fifth place. Hildreth led the way with 21 points and 9 assists. U18 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul finished seventh after an 87-93 victory over debutant U18 Casademont Zaragoza. David Mutaf scored 30 points with 6 three-pointers for the winners.