05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
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Rytas Vilnius hold off SIG Strasbourg's late comeback with clutch game-winner

STRASBOURG (France) - SIG Strasbourg fought back after trailing by as many as 20 points, but their comeback fell short, as a game-winning three-pointer lifted Rytas Vilnius to a 73-71 victory on the road.

Strasbourg were without a few key players in John Roberson (17.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals per game), Jaromir Bohacik (9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game) and Yannis Morin (8.4 points, 3.2 rebounds per game).

Turning point: Strasbourg struggled in the first half and trailed 38-23 at halftime and that continued into the second half, as Strasbourg fell behind by as many as 20 points. Strasbourg eventually managed to cut their deficit to single digits (44-51) with a little over a minute left in the third quarter, but Rytas went on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter up 59-44.

A big 27-14 fourth quarter by Strasbourg put them back into the game and they even grabbed their first lead (71-70) since they were ahead 10-8 in the first quarter, but a last second three-pointer by Mindaugas Girdziunas gave Rytas the win.

Game hero: Arnas Butkevicius had a steady game for Rytas, finishing with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point.

Arnas Butkevicius defends Strasbourg's Jordan Howard

Stats don't lie: Rytas outscored Strasbourg by 15 points beyond the arc, knocking down 13 threes compared to eight for Strasbourg.

Free throws proved to be key in this close game that ended up coming down to the wire, as Strasbourg only shot 5-of-11 from the line.

Rytas got 24 points from their bench, with Butkevicius (11 points), Jarvis Williams (8 points) and Girdziunas (5 points) combining to score all of those points.

Bottom line: In his first game with Strasbourg, Jordan Howard led them in scoring with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point. 13 of his points came in the final quarter, as he led the team's comeback.

Jean-Baptiste Maille has also combined for 10+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of his last two games with Strasbourg in the BCL after never doing it in any of his previous 25 games in the competition.

Strasbourg are now 2-2 in Group L and despite the loss, they still own the tiebreaker over Rytas. The French club will host Falco Szombathely in their next game on Monday March 14.

Rytas are now 2-2 in the group and despite getting the win, Strasbourg remains ahead of them. They had a chance to secure the tiebreaker over Strasbourg, as they needed to win by at least six points after losing the first matchup 71-76. The Lithuanian club will host Lenovo Tenerife in their next game on Tuesday March 15.