Consistent scoring from the visitors also helped their cause against Wolves Vilnius.
Reyer's second-half defense made the difference in Vilnius
Umana Reyer Venice stepped up defensively in the second half and ran away with a 77-93 win over Wolves Vilnius during the two teams' Round 8 matchup in the 2023-24 BKT EuroCup Regular Season.
"We went into the half talking about our defense and how we needed to take a step forward," explained Reyer's Barry Brown, who led all scorers with 24 points.
"We were able to come out in the third quarter and do that, and carry it over to the fourth."
A run that put the game to bed
Reyer led the entire second half, but it did allow 18 points in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Wolves cut the margin to 57-59, but that's when the visitors put together a 2-9 run to make it 62-69 after 30 minutes, then scored the first 8 points of the fourth to make it 62-77 before cruising the rest of the way.
"I am going to give credit to the whole team, especially the last quarter", a satisfied coach Neven Spahija said after the win.
His team did not allow a single point in the opening 4 minutes of the fourth and did not allow a field goal for nearly 6 minutes.
Reyer also clicked offensively in this game, scoring between 21 and 25 points in each of the fourth quarters. Such balance and consistency left the hosts with very little chance, as Reyer celebrated a win that improved it to 3-4 in Group A.