In the 2nd round of Eurocup's Group P Cedevita lost at home to Lietuvos Rytas by 84:83. Cedevita led by 14 points in the second quarter and finished the third quarter with a 70:63 lead, but hosts lost the game in the final minute.
Darjus Songaila scored a winning basket (82:84) with 22.7 seconds left until the end of the game. With 15 seconds left until the end of the game Allan Ray scored the first free throw, but after missing second ball went of the bounds and Cedevita got a new possession.
Unfortunately, Nolan Smith missed and Cedevita lost.
Jasmin Repesa: “We didn't play with enough energy. When we score 83 points we should win by 15 points. My team led by 14 points, but we blew the lead. We made some stupid mistakes and in some situations my players were not patient enough. I am not angry at Nolan Smith regarding his last play, but I think he waited to long to start the play. Selby was trying really hard today, but he didn't have enough time to adjust to our team.”
Aco Petrovic: "This is a very important win for us. We won this game with defense. Cedevita had a chance to secure the win, but they made some mistakes when they had a big lead. When we changed our defense on Cedevita's center Jusuf Nurkić and Miro Bilan, we changed momentum of the game and that was crucial for our win. The game was decided by just one ball and I am happy we managed to get a win. We couldn't do nothing on offense against Cedevita's center, but Gecevicius, Seibutis, Dowdell and Cook are all great ball handlers and that helped us a lot."
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