Vilnius Rytas' head coach, Giedrius Žibėnas, has emphatically stated that there will be no excuses for defeat in the upcoming FIBA Champions League match against Greece's Promitheas Patras. The Lithuanian vice-champions had previously lost to the Patras team in October with a close score of 76:78 and are now seeking redemption. Currently in third place in Group B, Rytas is striving to improve its standing before the knockout season commences.
Preparation and Strategy
Coach Žibėnas asserts that the team is prepared and hungry for a rematch. He emphasized the importance of defense and the need to choose better offensive strategies. He also expressed a desire to see the ball reaching the team's key player, Justin Gorham, more frequently. However, he noted that another forward, Lukas Uleckas, has not been participating in training due to illness and may not be able to play in the match.
Call for Support
Žibėnas is urging fans to come out and support the team in this crucial match, which will take place on Wednesday evening at the ASG arena.
Comparison with Other Teams
Meanwhile, the article also provides an analysis of the recent matches of Kretingos Kretinga and BC Jurbarkas-Karys against Vilnius Rytas-2 and Zalgiris Kaunas II respectively. Kretingos Kretinga, currently ranked 12, and BC Jurbarkas-Karys, ranked 4, have been making steady progress with their strategies. Vilnius Rytas-2 and Zalgiris Kaunas II currently hold the 10th and 6th positions in the league respectively.