BC Lietuvos Rytas

BC Lietuvos Rytas

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BC „Lietuvos Rytas“ is a professional basketball club based in Vilnius, Lithuania playing in the Lithuanian Basketball League, the Baltic Basketball League, and the Euroleague. They play most of their home LKL games at the 1,700-seat Lietuvos Rytas Arena; high-demand LKL games (such as the national derby against Žalgiris) and all home games in European competition are held at the 11,000-seat Siemens Arena. Lietuvos Rytas has a daughter club BC Perlas which is used for young Lietuvos Rytas players development.

Franchise history

Statyba

The team now known as Lietuvos Rytas began playing as Statyba in 1964. Jonas Kazlauskas, Rimas Girskis, and then head coach Rimantas Endrijaitis led Statyba to a third place in the 1979 Soviet Union Championship. Three years later, Šarūnas Marčiulionis joined the team and became its leader. In 1987, Artūras Karnišovas joined the team at the age of 16.

Statyba becomes Lietuvos Rytas

In 1997, the team was renamed to Lietuvos Rytas Statyba, then just Lietuvos Rytas as the club was bought by the Lithuanian newspaper Lietuvos Rytas. The newspaper's investment helped establish the club as one of two best in Lithuania, the other being BC Žalgiris from the country's second-largest city Kaunas.

"Big three"

The first success came in 2000, when Vilnius' side was led by the so called "big three" — Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Andrius Giedraitis and Eric...
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