It was a do-or-die game for both teams, and only the winner would advance to the playoffs. But Rytas Vilnius just dominated AS Monaco, opening the game with 17-2 run, leading 25-14 after 10 minutes, 46-29 at halftime and 72-53 at the end of the third quarter, keeping full control from start to finish.
D.J. Seeley led the winners with 21 points. Art Parakhouski added 18 and 11 rebounds, and Rok Stipcevic had 11 points. Indeed, adding two experienced players – Stipcevic late in the regular season and Parakhouski before the start of the Top 16 – has turned Rytas into a new, improved, and very exciting team.
By beating Monaco, Rytas earned its right to be one of the best eight teams in the 7DAYS EuroCup this season. It is nothing new for the Lithuanian powerhouse, however. This marks the sixth time that the club has reached this far in the competition.
A two-time champion, Rytas went past the quarterfinals four times in five previous opportunities, as well. Rytas, however, has not gone this deep in the EuroCup since 2012, but now faces a new, different situation, never experienced by the club in this competition.