04 October, 2022
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Rytas complete group play sweep of Peristeri

PERISTERI (Greece) - Rytas Vilnius came out from tonight's key road game with a two-game sweep over Peristeri bwin after an 82-71 win, cementing the Lithuanians' head-to-head point differential of +36.

Rytas got just their third win in their last 11 away games in the BCL, while the four total matchups between Rytas and Peristeri in the BCL are now split two games apiece, with Rytas winning the latest two encounters.

This was also Rytas' biggest win away from home in the BCL and the second biggest home defeat for Peristeri (80-54 v Lenovo Tenerife in January 2020).

Turning point: 
Rytas doubled up Peristeri 28-14 in the first quarter, assisting on 7 of their 10 made shots from the field. Peristeri trimmed their deficit to six points at halftime after outscoring Rytas 24-16 in the second quarter.

Peristeri got the score to 47-45 early in the third quarter, but from that point on, Rytas went on a 23-8 run to close the quarter to take a 70-53 lead into the final quarter. Rytas did a good job closing the game strong and not letting Peristeri sneak their way back in, pulling away by as many as 22 points in the quarter on route to their road victory.

Game hero: It was a well-rounded team effort from Rytas, as they had four players score in double figures, but Jarvis Williams started the game hot, scoring 11 of his team-high 13 points in the first quarter, and those first 10 minutes ended up being the difference in the game.

Stats don't lie:
Rytas had a +14 advantage in total rebounds (45-31) and despite only grabbing one more offensive rebound than Peristeri, they had a 23-11 edge in second chance points. Peristeri did have a positive stat, as they grabbed away 13 steals, tied for the third most in a BCL game so far this season.

Peristeri took 11 more shot attempts than Rytas (64-53), but still converted three fewer shots (27-24) and only connected on 37.5 percent of their shots compared to 50.9 percent for Rytas.

Bottom line: Rytas improve to 2-2 in Group H and will jump from fourth place to second place in the group. The Lithuanian club will host Bnei Ofek Dist Herzliya (1-3) in their next game on Wednesday December 14.

Peristeri fall to 2-2 in the group and will drop to third place. They were led in defeat by Sylvain Francisco who finished with a game-high 19 points, 12 of those points coming in the second half. The Greek club will travel to face Group H leaders Lenovo Tenerife (3-1) in their next game on Wednesday December 14.

They said:

"We knew that Peristeri team compared to the first game will be much more dangerous because they got [Leonidas] Kaselakis and [Dimitris] Agravanis who they missed in the first game and we knew that they would give us more physical fight, which during the game, forced us to make some bad turnovers, but we controlled the game from the very first minutes. Well-deserved win and definitely a team win." - Giedrius Zibenas, Head Coach Rytas Vilnius

"I'm not going to say we didn't compete. I feel like we competed, but we just missed too many threes. It motivates us because we got two games away which is going to be hard. We got good motivation and we're going to keep working and maybe have at least one of two or two of two away." - Sylvain Francisco, Peristeri bwin

"Rytas played better than us. They outscored us in rebounds and when you miss the rebounds, this is a lack of effort, and this is the worst thing for me. As a coach, I can take everything - like a bad shooting day, it's part of our basketball life, but lack of effort, this is on me. That means I didn't prepare the team. I take the responsibility and this loss is on me." - Vassilis Spanoulis, Head Coach Peristeri bwin