Regular Season Day 12: Lietuvos rytas - Unics 87-80 (23-24, 25-19, 14-19, 25-18)
Date: January 20, 2013 There was a small surprise in Vilnius where sixth ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (6-6) beat 4th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (8-4) 87-80 on Sunday. Unics Kazan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lietuvos rytas made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-84) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward Chuck Eidson (203-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Lietuvos rytas maintains sixth position with 6-6 record. Loser Unics Kazan dropped to the third place with four games lost. Lietuvos rytas will face higher ranked BC Astana (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Unics Kazan will play against Kalev/Cramo in Tallinn. Top scorers: Unics: N.Shabalkin 15+5reb, M.Chatman 14+8reb+4ast, C.Eidson 14+4reb+5ast, I.Vougioukas 13+4reb+1ast, K.Kaimakoglou 11+2reb+2ast, K.McCarty 7+2reb Lietuvos rytas: S.Babrauskas 18+3reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 17+2reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 15+1reb+2ast, P.Samardziski 12+8reb, D.Ivanov 11+10reb+1ast, J.Blums 7+3ast
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