Rytas Vilnius picked up its second victory over Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar this season - and second overall in the 7DAYS EuroCup - with an 82-87 triumph in Russia on Tuesday. Rytas overcame a 14-0 Lokomotiv fourth-quarter run, finishing with a 2-9 spurt to improve to 2-4 in Group B. Evaldas Kairys scored a career-high 16 points by hitting all eight of his field-goal attempts along with 6 rebounds for Rytas, which also saw Eimantas Bendzius tally 12 points, Pako Cruz 11 and Arnas Butkevicius collect 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists for a performance index rating of 26.
A Rytas timeout calmed down the road team with Dovis Bickauskis twice putting back offensive rebounds for 5 points and Mindaugas Girdziunas adding 4 points in a 3-17 run for an 18-25 lead, which was 20-25 after 10 minutes.
Bickauskis’s next basket made it 20-27 and his three-point play and a Bendzius triple put Rytas up 28-35.
Three scores from Apic put Lokomotiv back ahead 39-38 only to see Kairys strike three times under the basket to make it 43-44 at the break.
Rytas missed some chances to open some space by four times only splitting free throws, though Bendzius made it 60-63 after three quarters.
Cruz would not let the visitors go down without a fight with 2 assists and 2 three-pointers to cut the gap to 79-78. Kulagin pushed the margin to 3 points, but Rytas was better at execution down the stretch with Butkevicius and Bendzius both hitting free throws and then the team grabbing 2 offensive rebounds in the final minute with an 82-84 lead. Terrell Holloway followed with a free throw with 13 seconds left and Kulagin missed a three-point attempt with 4 seconds left to give Rytas the win.