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LKL: Rudupis hands Lietuvos Rytas their first LKL loss !
December 18, 2011

Sensation in the BEKO-Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). Rudupis, Prienai has defeated a league leader Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius who was 8-0 so far in LKL this season. DAINIUS SALENGA (197-F-77) netted 5/5 three pointers and 27 points and led Prienai to a difficult victory 90:88 (17:17 17:27 31:15 25:29) in the new Prienai Arena.

The match started off very slowly and both teams turned to defense. Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius led 3:2 after 3:30 minutes but Dainius Salenga responded with 5 points in a row giving Prienai a 7:5 lead. Soon Tyrese Rice and Pedrag Samardziski recovered Lietuvos Rytas' lead to 9:7. With 2 minutes left on the clock, Dainius Salenga and Simas Buterlevicius drained two three pointers (15:11) but Vilnius wiped out the deficit and the score was tied at 17:17 at the end of the first quarter.

Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius started the second quarter with a 5:0 run (22:17) but Edgaras Zelionis responded with 2 points and one and reduced the deficit to 25:23. Vilmantas Dilys netted four points in a row and increased the visitors' lead to 32:25 but Prienai answered with a 6:0 run and after Dainius Salenga's two pointer Lietuvos Rytas led only by 1 - 32:31. However, Vilnius managed to rebuild their lead to 43:33 and led 44:34 as the players headed to the locker room.

After the halftime the situation remained the same. Gediminas Orelikas tried to reduce the difference but Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius would regain their double digit lead. With four minutes left till the end of the quarter, Rytas' lead was reduced to 5 (54:49) and after Gintaras Kadziulis two pointer the score was 54:51. Vilnius struggled offensively and with 2 minutes left to play, Rudupis, Prienai managed to take a 59:56 lead. At the last minute of the quarter, Prienai lead reached 7 points (63:56), which was reduced to 65:59 by Vilnius in the remainder of the third quarter.

Four minutes played in the fourth quarter, Lawrence Roberts brought back the lead to Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius (71:70) but Justinas Sinica responded with a three pointer, giving Rudupis, prienai a 73:71 lead. With four minutes left to play Dainius Salenga netted yet another three pointer, Gintaras Kadziulis and Justinas Sinica added 3 free throws and thus regained a 6 point Rudupis lead. 2 minutes left on the game clock, Renaldas Seibutis answered with a three pointer and Lawrence Roberts added 2 and 1 cutting the lead to 83:81 but Vilnius didn't manage to tie the score and Rudupis, Prienai celebrated a sensational victory.



Rudupis, Prienai: Dainius Salenga 27 (5/5 three pointers), Gediminas Orelika 15, Edgaras Zelionis 10 (8 rebounds).

Lietuvos Rytas, Vilnius: Tyrese Rice 20 (6/15 2 pt FG), Renaldas Seibutis and Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Lawrence Roberts 11 (10 rebounds). 



Source: eurobasket.com

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