Regular Season Day 15: Neptunas - N.Novgorod 72-90 (29-23, 12-21, 21-26, 10-20)
Date: February 17, 2013 Everything went according to plan in Klaipeda where sixth ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (8-7) beat 9th ranked Lithuanian Neptunas (2-13) 90-72 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-72. BC Nizhny Novgorod made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Neptunas turnovers. It was a great shooting night for BC Nizhny Novgorod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Neptunas were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Hungarian point guard Obie Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Center Pavel Korobkov (206-90) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. BC Nizhny Novgorod's coach Zoran Lukic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five BC Nizhny Novgorod and four Neptunas players scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Loser Neptunas keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. BC Nizhny Novgorod will face league's second-placed CSKA Moscow at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Neptunas will play against Lokomotiv (#3) in Kuban. Top scorers: N.Novgorod: O.Trotter 17+3reb+7ast, P.Korobkov 17+6reb+2ast, S.Antonov 15+5reb+1ast, A.Yakovenko 13+1reb+4ast, V.Panin 10+5reb+2ast, D.Golovin 8+4ast Neptunas: V.Vasylius 16+5reb+3ast, V.Sarakauskas 14+8reb+1ast, D.Gailius 13+3reb, R.Broadus 11+3reb+1ast, G.Gustas 6+2ast, M.Runkauskas 5+2reb+5ast
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