Regular Season Round 11: Lietuvos rytas - Zalgiris 79-90 (26-20, 20-23, 17-25, 16-22)
Date: November 26, 2012 The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Lietuvos rytas (3-1) in Vilnius on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by leader Zalgiris (4-0) 90-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Lietuvos rytas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Bulgarian-American point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania) helped adding 16 points and 5 steals. Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. The former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) responded with 25 points and 6 assists and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Lietuvos rytas at the other side dropped to the seventh position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest. Top scorers: Zalgiris: M.Popovic 20+3ast, I.Jaaber 16+2reb+3ast, R.Kaukenas 12+6reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kuzminskas 10+1reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 7+1reb+1ast Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 25+2reb+6ast, N.Nedovic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Katelynas 10+2reb+2ast, P.Samardziski 8+2reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 6+3reb+1ast, S.Babrauskas 5+1reb
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