2018-19 KAUNASQualifierRound 3
February 09, 2019 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Leo Menalo - U18 Stellazzurra Rome (photo Zalgiris) - JT18

Stellazzurra edges group winner Rytas

U18 Rytas Vilnius will have a chance to repeat as winner of the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament Kaunas despite losing to U18 Stellazzurra Rome 84-82 in the final Group B game. Stellazzurra needed a double-digit win to pass Rytas but had to make due with a bit of revenge after Rytas and Stellazzurra faced off twice last season - in the ANGT Kaunas first-place game and the ANGT Finals Championship Game - and Rytas won both times. Nicola Giordano and Matteo Visintin both scored 16 points for Stellazzurra while Yannick Nzosa had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 blocks and Leo Menalo chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Stellazzurra leader Abramo Pene played his first game of the tournament after missing the first two contests with a fever that kept him sick back at the team hotel and scored 6 points. Azoulas Tubelis collected 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for Rytas, which also won the continental title last season and now has a date with Lithuanian arch-rival and host side U18 Zalgiris Kaunas in Sunday’s first-place game. Daniel Baslyk added 15 points, Mantas Rubstavicius had 14 and Marek Blazevic picked up 12 points in the loss, which dropped Rytas to 2-1 in the group but took first place on the tiebreaker. Stellazzurra will take on U18 CFBB Paris in the third-place game on Sunday.

The game went back and forth early on with five lead changes and two ties when Dut Mabor made it 11-10. After missing his first three shots, Pene scored two baskets and Menalo converted a three-point play as Stellazzura went on a 9-2 surge to lead 24-16. And the Italian side was up 26-22 after 10 minutes. After Rytas tied the game at 26-26, Giordano nailed two three-pointers for a 32-26 lead. Blazevic picked up 6 points in cutting the gap to 34-32 only to see Stellazzurra pull away again with Lorenzo Querci’s three-ball making it 48-39. Rytas was able to trim the deficit to 48-45 but trailed 52-45 at the break. Rytas knotted the game straight away with the first 7 points of the second half and moved ahead on Kasparas Jonauskas’ score to make it 55-56. Rubstavicius added a three-pointer for a 56-59 lead and the Lithuanian side led 60-63 after 30 minutes. Tubelis’ three-point play to start the fourth quarter made it 60-66 but Giordano hit a three-ball and Nzosa converted an three-point play and it was even at 69-69. Neither side could pull away by three points with Visintin doing most of the scoring for Stellazzurra and Tubelis for Rytas, which trailed 82-79. Tubelis squared the game again at 82-82 with 35 seconds but Kacper Klaczek scored the game-winning basket with 16 seconds to play as Rytas missed its final two chances. But Rytas still advanced to the first-place game.

Saturday, February 9, 2019
David Hein, EuroLeague.net
Referees: 1 Neutral Referee ANGT ; 2 Neutral Referee ANGT; 3 Neutral Referee ANGT
Attendance: 200 (Tentative)
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U18 STELLAZZURRA ROME2626824
U18 RYTAS VILNIUS22231819
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U18 STELLAZZURRA ROME26526084
U18 RYTAS VILNIUS22456382
U18 STELLAZZURRA ROME
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MENALO, LEO 28:53 15 5/11 0/2 5/7 2 6 8 5   2   1 5 6 16
7 KLACZEK, KACPER 28:39 7 2/5 0/2 3/6 3 3 6 1   1 1   3 4 7
8 GIORDANO, NICOLA 21:38 16 2/4 4/5     3 3 1 1 2   1 4 3 14
9 QUERCI, LORENZO 6:23 3   1/2             2 1   1    
10 PENE, ABRAMO 13:00 6 3/9       1 1   1 1     5   -4
11 VISINTIN, MATTEO 24:45 16 7/12 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 2   3 1   3 3 15
13 MOTTA, FELIPE 4:21           1 1               1
14 ADEOLA, EMMANUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 NZOSA, YANNICK 30:56 15 5/9   5/8 2 4 6 2 1 2 5   5 6 21
20 MABOR, DUT 16:34 2 1/2   0/2 1 3 4 3     1   4 1 4
41 LADURNER, MAXIMILIAN 4:20 2 1/1                         2
53 DIGNO, LUCA 20:31 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 3   1     3   3
Team           5 2 7               7
Totals 200:00 84 27/54 5/13 15/25 15 29 44 17 3 14 9 2 33 23 86
        50% 38.5% 60%
Head coach: D'ARCANGELI, GERMANO
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
U18 RYTAS VILNIUS
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 MARCIULIONIS, AUGUSTAS 23:23 2 1/2 0/2 0/2 1   1 9 3 2     1 8 15
5 MACIJAUSKAS, MATAS 15:20 2 1/4     2   2 1         4   -2
7 SIMONIS, ADAS 14:28 3 0/2 1/1   1 1 2 3   4     4 1 -1
9 RIMKUS, PIJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 JONAUSKAS, KASPARAS 12:29 2 1/2 0/2   2 2 4 1   1   1 2    
11 TUBELIS, AZUOLAS 30:24 26 5/10 2/6 10/12 1 6 7 1 3 2 1 1 1 7 30
17 RUBSTAVICIUS, MANTAS 23:01 14 2/4 1/5 7/8 1 3 4   2     2 1 6 16
18 PIVORIUS, HUBERTAS 17:11   0/2 0/4 0/4       4       1   2 -5
22 BASLYK, DANIEL 29:44 15 1/3 2/5 7/8 1 2 3 6 1       3 6 22
23 BLAZEVIC, MAREK 24:24 12 5/13   2/2 4 1 5 1   1 1 3 3 3 7
25 VALANTINAS, LUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 JERMOLAJEVAS, ERIKAS 9:36 6 0/1 2/3   2 2 4     1   1 4   2
Team           5 7 12               12
Totals 200:00 82 16/43 8/28 26/36 20 24 44 26 9 11 2 9 23 33 96
        37.2% 28.6% 72.2%
Head coach: GRONSKIS, ARVYDAS
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