Rytas Vilnius turned the ball over too many times and Tofas Bursa took full advantage of its opponent’s sloppiness to score a 91-81 on Wednesday night in Turkey.
It was an exciting start with Rytas taking a 9-13 lead midway through the opening 10. Tofas was on point from beyond the arc and Matt Lojeski landed another to leave the score 19-18. They turned that into 22-21 at the end of the quarter as Dovis Bickauskis landed a buzzer-beating three to keep Rytas in touching distance.
Martynas Echodas gave Rytas its lead back at the start of the second at 24-25. It was all square at 27-27 midway through the quarter. Tofas led 44-40 with 2 minutes to play in the half and extended that to 51-45. Rytas clawed its way back to finish the half at 51-47.
Pako Cruz scored 5 in a row to give Rytas back the lead at 51-52. There was more lead-swapping going on in the third between two evenly matched sides. Arnas Butkevicius gave Rytas a 58-62 lead as it looked to carve out a lead, but couldn’t shake free of Tofas, which kept battling. Rytas scored for the first time in almost 5 minutes at the start of the fourth and got back to 67-65. The home side blew it wide open and took a 77-65 lead and didn’t stop there. Tofas won 91-81 in the end after that blitz in the fourth in a game where turnovers were key.
Terrell Holloway scored 20 points in the losing effort, Pako Cruz tallied 17 and Cameron Bairstow 11.