Zalgiris defeats Rytas on the road 26
This weekend of Betsafe LKL brought us the biggest Lithuanian rivalry between Rytas Vilnius and Zalgiris Kaunas. Game in Vilnius was the first meeting between these two teams this season.
Zalgiris didn’t lead in the first half, but came storming in the third quarter and finally won the game 84-72.
Rytas started the game with 10 straight points and led 7-22 in the first quarter. However, Zalgiris made 3 three-pointers to cut it down to 16-24. The second period saw the margin stay the same, as guests were trailing 34-42 at halftime.
Fantastic defensive efforts from Zalgiris portraited the third quarter. Kaunas team won it 28-10 and had 62-52 advantage before the final period. It remained in double-digits in the last 10 minutes and Zalgiris once again prevailed in Vilnius – 84-72.
Marius Grigonis led the balanced scoring with 13 points. Lukas Lekavicius and Augustine Rubit added 12 points each, as Joffrey Lauvergne finished the game with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Demetrius Jackson was the leading scorer for Rytas with 18 points. Mindaugas Girdziunas had 15 points.
Rytas now has only one win more than Zalgiris but Kaunas club still has a game in hand. If all goes well, Zalgiris now has the upper hand in the standings because of this win.