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Five takeaways: Rytas take sweet revenge, Galatasaray's hope lives on as Final set in Debrecen

DEBRECEN (Hungary) - Day 4 of the 2024 Youth BCL served up more stories, records, and breathtaking games in Debrecen.

The Final is now set as Rytas Vilnius fought tooth and nail to get past the 2023 champions Igokea m:tel at the second time of asking, and Galatasaray's hope still lives as they got past Turkish rivals Tofas Bursa  to set up a showdown for the title with the Lithuanians on Sunday.

Here are the Friday results:
- AEK Athens vs. Promitheas Patras: 103-94 (rewatch here)
- Lenovo Tenerife vs. BA Nymburk: 92-66 (rewatch here)
- BK Opava vs. Baskets Oldenburg: 55-75 (rewatch here)
- Rytas Vilnius vs Igokea m:tel: 83-76 (rewatch here)
- Tofas Bursa vs.Galatasaray: 72-93 (rewatch here)

And here are five takeaways from the fourth day of action:

#1 - Never underestimate a Greek derby

The AEK v Promitheas clash was meant to be a dead rubber, but it turned into a Greek classic with the first-ever double overtime in the Youth BCL

AEK took the honors eventually, as Alexandros Grylonakis top scored with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Special mention to Promitheas' Vasileios Vlasis who put up a Youth BCL record 35 points, with 6 assists and 8 steals to go with it.  


#2 - Tenerife's twin towers, towering up high

Lenovo Tenerife put on a highlights clinic against BA Nymburk and marched on toward their new target of fifth place.

Twin towers Mohamed Sangare and Babel Yitu Lipasi were completely dominant on both ends of the floor, throwing down dunks and cleaning the glass.

Sangare finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks. Lipasi had his best game of the tournament with 18 points, 17 boards, and 5 blocks. 


#3 - Oldenburg stay in control and get back on track

In a game that got chippy, with a lot of contact, technical and unsportsmanlike fouls, Oldenburg kept their cool and showed the same maturity that got them past Galatasaray on the opening day.

20 points and 9 rebounds from point guard Simon Paul Kolhoff, supported by 10 points and 7 rebounds from captain Lazar Klaric headlined a team effort that saw Oldenburg secure a comfy win over Opava.

Up next, the Germans take on Lenovo Tenerife for fifth place on Saturday. 


#4 - Rytas at the buzzer

When you hit two buzzer-beaters in one game, maybe, just maybe it's going to be your day. And Friday certainly was a Rytas Vilnius day.

It didn't look that way to start the game, though. Igokea were buoyed by the return of last year's top scorer Ognjen Radosic and looked dominant inside with Andrej Acimovic. They led by 15 at the end of the first and looked on track to lead by 17 at the end of the second, but along came Dziugas Remeikis with a halfcourt Hail Mary on the buzzer, to cut it to 14 at the half and suddenly everything was back on the cards.

Rytas won the third quarter 25-18, punctuated by another buzzer-beater at the rim by Ignas Urbonas to end the third down only 7 points. Some credit also is deserved by Rytas coach Andrius Slezas and his coaching staff for the adjustment to go to a smaller lineup to close out the game.

Rytas's defense held Igokea to just 9 points in the final quarter and stormed to a scintillating 83-76 win. This was a complete team effort by Rytas but absolutely led by Ignas Urbonas with 25 points, 6 rebounds, several dunks, and multiple momentum-swinging plays. Onto the Final they go. 


#5 - Galatasaray can shoot the ball

Kerem Erdem and Sarp Ugurluoglu did the damage from behind the arc to get Galatasaray to the Semi-Finals and it was a completely different player, Hasan Efe Ankan, that set a new Youth BCL record, shooting 7 of 9 from behind the arc to power them to the Final.

Galatasaray also set a new team record with 17 made threes, shooting 53 percent from deep in the process.