The basketball players from Klaipeda Neptunas did not manage to overcome the acceleration and the eighth victory seeking Vilnius Lietuvos Rytas in the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). The players of Neptunas lost to the players coached by Alesandr Petrovic in the home game by a 9 points gap with the score of 88:79.
During the first half, Neptunas had a double digit lead with the score of 35:46 scoring the 3-pointers impressively.
However, during the third quarter, the players coached by Kazys Maksvytis playing with only eight players did not manage to avoid the pitfalls - after the badly played period 23:2 the players from Vilnius were in the lead with the score of 65:54.
During the fourth quarter, the view did not change much in the court- the Lietuvos Rytas had a record 15 points lead (76:61) and waited for the end of the game.
The Neptunas players, who played with a fighting spirit, managed to regain an intrigue in the game, when they had a run with the score of 11 to 2 and only 6 points divided the teams - 78:72.
However, the veteran Darius Songaila, a forward who scored the last six points for the vice-champions of Lithuania consolidated the win with the score of 88:79.
The Lietuvos Rytas team even made 34 assists in this match - the highest number during this season.
Justas Sinica, who suffered an injury, could not help the Neptunas team in this match. He will not be playing for 2-6 weeks due to a crack of the tarsus binds. Andrew Smith did not play due to his health problems nor did Arnas Butkevicius, who cannot regain his physical fitness after his foot fracture.
Furthermore, Marius Runkauskas stretched his muscle during the last quarter. During the coming days, after a more thorough medical examination, it will become clear whether this injury is serious.
Having won this match, Lietuvos Rytas remain the only leader of the LKL, while Neptunas went down to fourth place. Both teams have played the least number of games.
Lietuvos Rytas: Juan Palacios (11 rebounds, 25 efficiency points) and Darius Songaila 19 points, Stevan Jelovac 15, Renaldas Seibutis 12 (6 assists), Martynas Gecevicius 11, Omar Cook 5 (9 assists).
Neptunas: Martynas Mazeika 21 (5 rebounds, 4 assists, 28 efficiency points), Valdas Vasylius 20, Vytautas Sarakauskas 11, Mindaugas Girdziunas 10, Marius Runkauskas 8, Simas Galdikas 6.
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