Final: Unics - CSKA 62-74 CSKA celebrated the second VTB League title in their history. They overcame Unics in the Final tonight in Vilnius to repeat the success of 2009/10 season. Darjus Lavrinovic scored 15 points to pace the effort. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) was named the MVP of Final Four. CSKA opened the game with eight points in a row. Teodosic made it 11:1 less than two minutes into the game. The Moscow team maintained the lead posting a 22:15 advantage after ten minutes. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) brought Unics back to life in the second quarter. The Kazan team narrowed the margin to just a single point 33:34. CSKA however remained in front as they posted a 40:37 halftime advantage. CSKA went on an 8:0 run at the start of the second half to open an 11-point lead. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) and Domercant pulled back within four 49:53 at the final break. However the intrigue slowly disappeared as CSKA stretched the margin back to 10 points midway through the final term. Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) made it 70:56 with under four minutes to go and CSKA cruised to the victory afterwards. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) nailed 12 points, while Nenad Krstic added 11 points for the winners. Lynn Greer replied with 14 points for Unics. Nathan Jawai provided 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
3rd Place: Lietuvos rytas - Lokomotiv 91-83 Lietuvos Rytas stepped onto the pedestal in VTB League. The Vilnius powerhouse held off Lokomotiv to earn the Bronze medals. Six Lietuvos Rytas players scored in double digits. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) knocked down 15 points to pace the winners. Lietuvos Rytas started the game aggressively. They unloaded 29 points in the opening quarter to take 3-point lead. Teams paid more attention to defence in the second term. Lietuvos Rytas limited Lokomotiv to just 10 points in the period to boost the margin to 11 points at halftime 47:36. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the third term. They stretched the margin to as many as 20 points before the final frame. Lokomotiv refused to surrender as they unleashed 36 points in the fourth quarter but Lietuvos Rytas withheld the challenge and earned the victory at the end. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) notched 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) nailed 12 points in the winning case. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) replied with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Nikita Shabalkin (205-F-86) netted 19 points in the loss.
Unics and CSKA to clash for the title - May 2, 2012
Unics - Lokomotiv 87-86 Unics became the first finalists of VTB League. They outscored Lokomotiv Kuban in a thrilling semifinal battle in Vilnius tonight. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) knocked down a jumper with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Kazan team to the victory. He finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. Lokomotiv Kuban got to a flying start. They unleashed 27 points in the opening quarter to pile up a 5-point lead after ten minutes. Unics however stiffened their defence and limited Lokomotiv to 16 points in the second quarter. It allowed Unics to erase the deficit and post a 45:43 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv surged back in front in the third term. The Krasnodar team accounted for 23 points and gained a 66:62 lead with ten minutes remaining. It all came down to final minutes in this one. Henry Domercant and Savrasenko gave Unics an 83:79 lead with under two minutes to go. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) split free throws and Jeremiah Massey followed with a three-pointer to put level things up at 83. Henry Domercant hit another bucket to make it 85:83. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) then erupted with a big-time three-pointer to put Lokomotiv in front 86:85 with five seconds to go. Henry Domercant used just three seconds to set up a winning shot and drilled it sealing the victory for Unics. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) provided 15 points, while Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) contributed 10 points for the winners. Roderick Blakney (184-G-76, college: S.Carolina St.) answered with 22 points for Lokomotiv. Sergey Bykov and K.C. Rivers netted 17 points apiece in the loss.
CSKA - Lietuvos rytas 79-72 CSKA will play in VTB League Final. They silenced sell-out crowd at the Siemens Arena in Vilnius edging local favorites Lietuvos Rytas and entering the Final. CSKA will play against Unics tomorrow. Lietuvos Rytas will take on Lokomotiv Kuban in Bronze medals game. The hosts started with four points in a row and maintained the lead throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. However CSKA eked out a narrow 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. The Moscow team used a 9:0 run early in the second frame to open a 31:22 advantage. The visitors stayed in front posting a 41:38 halftime lead. CSKA tried to keep Lietuvos Rytas at distance throughout the third quarter. The home team managed to pull within three points at the final intermission 52:55. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finally drew things level at 61 midway through the final frame. However Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) immediately restored lead for CSKA. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) put Lietuvos Rytas within three points with just 11 seconds to go. However Milos Teodosic and Shved capped the regulation with four points in a row and brought victory to CSKA. Andrei Kirilenko chipped in 19 points, Milos Teodosic notched 13 points and 7 assists, while Nenad Krstic contributed 12 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Rasic answered with 16 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Predrag Samardziski finished with 15 points in the loss.
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