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The host team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius advanced to the second stage of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds, and will face German League runner-ups EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the semifinals. On Tuesday, Rytas went through to the next stage after holding off resilient VEF Riga 80-71 behind 23 points from Renaldas Seibutis, and with Omar Cook hitting a late three-pointer that got a luck bounce off the rim. Martynas Gecevicius collected 11 points plus 8 rebounds, and Juan Palacios had 10 points, 8 rebounds plus 4 assist in victory. Tomas Delininkaitis finished with 14 points, and Dee Brown had 13 points and 7 assists for Riga. In the opening game of the tournament, Oldenburg edged Cimberio Varese 74-79 with Julius Jenkins netting 18 points off the bench. Chris Kramer made key and timely plays in Oldenburg’s win, scoring 8 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Kramer also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists to his tally, while Rickey Paulding had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in victory. Achille Polonara scored 18 points for Varese, which together with Riga, will compete in 2013-14 Eurocup. Qualifying rounds continue on Wednesday with the remaining first round matches. Khimki Moscow Region faces Telenet Ostend at 17:00 CET, before CEZ Basketball Nymburk and Banvit BK Bandirma tip off at 19:30. 

 

 

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