Juventus were a whisker away from a first-leg upset in the Kidy Tour King Mindaugas Cup Quarter-Finals, but saw Rytas emerge victorious 87-85 in front of their fans in Vilnius.
The team from the capital set themselves up with a two-point cushion for the return contest in Utena, but there will be little coach Dainius Adomaitis will be pleased about his side's performance.
Down 69-56 in the second half, Juventus stormed back into the game on the back of a 27-3 run and led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter to put Rytas on the brink of an upset.
However, the Vilnius powerhouse salvaged the day with a late comeback to pip a narrow victory and avoid what would have been a painful blow.
Eimantas Bendzius paced the victors with a game-high 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Rok Stipcevic collected 16 points, while Artsiom Parakhouski and D.J. Seeley added 13 points apiece.
There was no single standout player for Juventus, with Karolis Guscikas leading the scoring with a team-high 13 points and 6 boards. Gytis Radzevicius had 12 points, as Martinas Geben and Kenny Gaines each finished with 11-point efforts.