Past champions Rytas Vilnius and visiting Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar tipped off the 2019-20 7DAYS EuroCup campaign with a thriller as the hosts prevailed 92-86 in the European season's very first game.
The Group B showdown had everything Rytas fans could hope. Best of all was their team's massive surge of 40 points in the second quarter, which turned a 10-point deficit into a 12-point halftime. Lokomotiv, a preseason favorite for the EuroCup title, never fully recovered.
Those 40 points amounted to the single best second-quarter scoring in EuroCup history and tied Rytas for third place in any EuroCup quarter.
Rytas's main gunner was Eimantas Bendzius, whose career-high 27 points came with 6 three-pointers. Bendzius obviously likes opening games at Siemens Arena. In Round 1 last season, he scored a team-high 18 points as Rytas beat Unicaja Malaga in the latter's first EuroCup game since being champs in 2017.
Lokomotiv will mark it down as a learning experience while Rytas can be happy about starting its season in style.