2016-17Regular SeasonRound 19
January 24, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Kevin Pangos 2- Zalgiris Kaunas - EB16

Zalgiris takes historic home win against CSKA

Zalgiris Kaunas sent a message that echoed all around the competition by downing reigning Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion CSKA Moscow 79-74 at Zalgirio Arena on Tuesday. Zalgiris improved to 7-12 in the standings, while CSKA dropped to 14-5. Zalgiris grabbed its first EuroLeague win against CSKA in almost 17 years, breaking an 18-game losing streak in Europe's top competition. Kevin Pangos led the winners with 21 points, Augusto Lima added 12, Paulius Jankunas 11 and Leo Westermann tallied 10 points and 10 assists for Zalgiris. James Augustine led CSKA with 15 points and Cory Higgins and Nando De Colo each scored 11 for the visitors. CSKA led 38-45 at halftime, but things changed after the break as Zalgiris improved its defense and forced the visitors into 19 turnovers. Zalgiris buried 8-of-16 three-point shots (50%).

Lima followed a dunk with a turnaround jumper and Pangos struck from downtown to give Zalgiris a 7-2 lead. Kyle Hines stepped up for CSKA and three-pointers by Dmitry Kulagin and Andrey Vorontsevich brought the visitors within 12-11. Lima dunked again, Pangos added a floater and Jankunas buried a jumper for an 18-13 Zalgiris lead. De Colo and Augustine took over tie the game, 20-20, after 10 minutes. De Colo kept pushing CSKA early in the second quarter and got help from Augustine and Victor Khryapa to give their team a 24-29 margin. Motum rescued Zalgiris with consecutive baskets, but a red-hot Khryapa followed a triple with a two-handed slam and soon followed with a layup for a 31-38 CSKA lead. Pangos and Edgaras Ulanovas tried to change things for Zalgiris, but Kulagin and an outstanding Augustine kept CSKA ahead, 38-45, at halftime. Pangos and Jankunas each struck from beyond the arc in an 8-0 run that put Zalgiris back in charge, 46-45. De Colo swished a jumper, but a dunk by Ulanovas and a driving layup by Westermann restored a 50-47 Zalgiris lead. Higgins buried 6 of 6 free throws late in the third quarter and three-pointers by Vorontsevich and Aaron Jackson gave CSKA a 57-61 edge after 30 minutes. Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius received his second technical foul early in the fourth quarter and was ejected from the game. Jankunas stepped up with consecutive baskets and Pangos added a six-meter jumper to make it 65-69 with six minutes left. Arturas Milaknis struck from downtown, Ulanovas added a jumper and Pangos joined the three-point shootout to complete Zalgiris's comeback, 73-72, with more than two minutes to go. Higgins hit a jumper, but Jankunas hit free throws and Milaknis banked in a close shot for a 77-74 Zalgiris lead with 27.4 seconds left. De Colo missed from downtown and Pangos sealed Zalgiris's win from the free throw line.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 9151
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 26:56 21 2/4 5/8 2/2   1 1 4 2 4   1 2 3 19
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 16:17 2 1/4       2 2 2   3     4 3 -1
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 23:01 10 4/7 0/1 2/2       10 2 5     4 2 11
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 7:36   0/2 0/1     1 1 1   1       1 -1
12 MOTUM, BROCK 16:41 7 2/3 1/1 0/2               1 1 2 4
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 29:44 13 4/7 1/1 2/2 1 3 4   1 1   1 2 4 15
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 17:47 5 1/1 1/3         1         4    
23 LIMA, AUGUSTO 24:36 12 6/7     2 3 5 2   1 1 1 2 1 16
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 8:25         1 1 2 1 1       1   3
55 HARTENSTEIN, ISAIAH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 28:57 9 4/7 0/1 1/2 3 3 6 3   2     3 3 11
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 24/42 8/16 7/10 9 17 26 24 6 17 1 4 23 19 82
        57.1% 50% 70%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 28:48 11 3/6 1/6 2/2   2 2 3 2 3     1 6 12
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 13:23 5 1/2 1/4     1 1 4   2     1   3
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 26:35 15 5/6   5/6 2 5 7   1 1 1   2 3 22
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 8:36               1   1       1 1
9 JACKSON, AARON 32:49 8 1/1 1/1 3/4   1 1 8   2     2 3 15
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FREELAND, JOEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 17:04 9 1/2 2/2 1/1   1 1   2 2     1 1 9
22 HIGGINS, CORY 19:39 11 2/3 0/1 7/8       1   2 1   3 5 10
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 22:56 9 3/7 1/3   1 4 5   1 2 1   3 2 7
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:45   0/1       1 1 1   2 1 1 2 1 -2
42 HINES, KYLE 13:25 6 3/3   0/2   2 2 1 2 2     4 1 4
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 74 19/31 6/17 18/23 4 17 21 19 8 21 4 1 19 23 80
        61.3% 35.3% 78.3%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to our team, to our staff and most of all, to our fans. I think they have been waiting for a win against CSKA for a long time. I think we played very good today, from the beginning. Some things didn't go well for us, but we kept fighting and usually the ones who fight come out on top."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to Zalgiris for the win. They played much better in the second half; they were more decisive. For us it is a big shame how we lost the game. With the advantage we had, kids would bring it home. So it’s a big shame for all of us. Everything, the turnovers, the rebounds, the possessions we had, everything. They went out in the second half and, especially after the momentum of the technical, they hawked, they played above the level of the foul and they were more determined. That’s why they deserve congratulations. "

Players

PANGOS, KEVIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I feel great. This is what we want to do as a team - win every game we can. We came out, played really well this game and finished very strong. It was good. They are a talented team, really experienced, but I think we just used our effort at the end to get the victory. This is what we have to do as a team. We also got stops down the end, which was important. It is not just me; I was shooting the ball well today, but my teammates found me. It was a team effort; our littles found guys in open spots and our bigs played really hard. It was not just me; I scored, but everybody contributed, it was good. We got a win and every win you get is up there and against the reigning champs is always better."
LIMA, AUGUSTO
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It was an important game, so we did not give up for 40 minutes. We believed. To beat a team like CSKA, the champion, gives more energy for us. When you believe in yourself, you can do many things. "
HIGGINS, CORY
CSKA Moscow
"I feel terrible because we lost a great opportunity. We gave them a lot of gifts; we made too many mistakes in crucial moments and it cost us the game. "
AUGUSTINE, JAMES
CSKA Moscow
"In the second half we didn’t play good. We let them back in the game and they had a lot of energy. We have to get ready for Friday."
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