VILNIUS (Lithuania) - Rytas Vilnius got their first win of the Basketball Champions League season, knocking off back-to-back champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos 87-69.
Rytas had six players score in double figures with Ivan Buva (19 points), Speedy Smith (14 points off the bench), Vaidas Kariniauskas (14 points), Margiris Normantis (13 points), Arnas Butkevicius (11 points) and Gytis Radzevicius (10 points).
After scoring 27 points in Burgos' first game, Vitor Benite only scored 6 points tonight on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.
Turning point: Rytas led for almost the whole game (36:57-1:21) and led by as many as 22 points.
The score was tied at 8-8 in the first quarter and once Rytas broke that tie, they never trailed in the game again.
Game hero: Buva almost recorded a double-double with 19 points and 9 rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Through two games, the 30-year-old Croatian center is averaging 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 52.2% from the field.
Stats don't lie: Turnovers were an issue for Burgos, as they had 20 of them, which led to 23 points for Rytas.
Total rebounds were similar between the two teams (36-34 in favor of Rytas), but Rytas doubled Burgos in second chance points (28-14) from 17 offensive rebounds.
Bottom line: Rytas move to 1-1 in Group H and will travel to Istanbul to play Besiktas next on Nov. 2.