2015-16Top 16Round 4
January 22, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

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70.3 Points 76.1
33.3 Rebounds 37.2
9.0 O. Rebounds 11.2
24.3 D. Rebounds 26.1
15.2 Assists 17.2
5.6 Steals 6.7
1.7 Blocks 2.5
14.2 Turnovers 12.8
49.5 % 2PT 50.1 %
33.8 % 3PT 34.7 %
76.0 % FT 72.0 %
71.4 Index 84.0

Player Stats

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11.3 / Jankunas Points 13.2 / Printezis
5.7 / Jankunas Rebounds 5.1 / Printezis
2.0 / Javtokas OR 2.0 / Hunter
4.5 / Jankunas DR 3.6 / Printezis
4.2 / Kalnietis Assists 5.4 / Spanoulis
0.8 / Hanlan Steals 1.2 / Strawberry
0.6 / Vougioukas Blocks 0.4 / Milutinov
2.4 / Kalnietis Turnovers 2.9 / Spanoulis
64.5 % / Javtokas 2PT 61.1 % / Hunter
50.0 % / Lekavicius 3PT 46.9 % / Mantzaris
85.7 % / Kalnietis FT 76.5 % / Mantzaris
13.1 / Jankunas Index 14.5 / Printezis


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-3 Top 16 2-1
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
5-8 Overall 10-3


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The Take

These teams face each other for the 12th time since their first matchup in the 1999 semifinals, which Zalgiris won 87-71 on its way to its only Euroleague title. Olympiacos is the second-best defense in the Top 16 (71.7 ppg. allowed) and Zalgiris trails everyone (92.3 ppg. allowed) in that category, so controlling the game tempo will be critical in this game. Olympiacos relies on Vassilis Spanoulis, Vangelis Mantzaris and Darius Johnson-Odom to do so, while Zalgiris needs a good game from Mantas Kalnietis and Lukas Lekavicius to find the right rhythm, as well as to expect Olivier Hanlan to play strong, on-the-ball defense against Spanoulis. Zalgiris is allowing 38 rebounds per game since the start of the Top 16 and Olympiacos is first in fouls committed (24.7 per game). With Robertas Javtokas out of action, former Olympiacos center Ian Vougioukas and Paulius Jankunas will see most playing time under the baskets, with Siim Sander-Vene and Brock Motum offering a helping hand off the bench. Vougioukas and Motum will not have it easy against Othello Hunter, Nikola Milutinov and Shawn James. Meanwhile, Jankunas faces a tough matchup against another left-handed power forward, Georgios Printezis. Renaldas Seibutis, Marty Pocius, Hanlan and low-post threat Edgaras Ulanovas give Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius plenty of options at both wings. Ulanovas will not have it easy against Ioannis Papapetrou, while Daniel Hackett and, if available, Matt Lojeski will help Spanoulis control the game. Expect a great crowd al Zalgirio Arena, just as always.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris recorded one of its most important victories against Olympiacos. Zalgiris defeated the Reds 87-71 in the semifinals of the 1999 Final Four in Munich en route to the club’s first – and do date only – Euroleague title. Anthony Bowie scored 19 points and Tyus Edney posted 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Dragan Tarlac paced Olympiacos with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Zalgiris beat Virtus Bologna in the championship game.

Paulius Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 35 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Olivier Hanlan has scored in double figures in each of his last five Euroleague games.

Mantas Kalnietis needs 17 more assists to reach the milestone of 400 for his Euroleague career. He will become the 26th player in competition history to achieve that feat.

Ian Vougioukas played for Olympiacos during the 2008-09 season, during which he helped the club reach the Final Four. Only Georgios Printezis remains on the Reds current roster from that season.

Vougioukas teamed with Olympiacos players Georgios Printezis and Vangelis Mantzaris on the Greek national team at the 2014 World Cup.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos has won six straight games against Zalgiris and has a 8-3 record in all-time games between them.

Vassilis Spanoulis needs 143 more points to become just the second person in competition history to reach 3,000 career points.

Spanoulis is 5 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Georgios Printezis has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Matt Lojeski needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"Olympiacos is probably the toughest team in Euroleague in terms of physical play. Also, it is very strong team psychologically. They have kept the same base since the time they won Euroleague twice in a row. Their play is run by two superstars Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis and other players know their roles perfectly. Their defense is top-notch and their aggressiveness is a headache for every opponent coach. We need to put all our heart to the game, be as aggressive as they are and then we can make a step forward."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Zalgiris is a team that likes to run, to play fast and play with energy. We must stop their game, not leave them make their own game with their style. We must be focused for 40 minutes. About Printezis, we are going to decide if he is going to play or not after tomorrow’s morning practice at Kaunas."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"We are still in transition mode after the change of the coaches. I think we play faster now, we try to be more aggressive and we are adding some new things to our game. Olympiacos was the runner-up last year in the Euroleague, they have kept the best players and improved their roster recently, so it will not be easy. But we have 11 games left in the Euroleague and we will do our best that this one on Friday would start our bounce-back."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Against Bamberg we learned a good lesson. We see our mistakes, we understand what we did wrong and now we have to react. To react correctly and play well in order to get the win against a very good and solid team. In front of their fans they play very good, so we have to give 100 percent."

Zalgiris stuns Olympiacos, 75-55, for first win under Saras

In the Euroleague home debut for Sarunas Jasikevicius as head coach, Zalgiris Kaunas put its defense on parade to down mighty Olympiacos Piraeus 75-55 and seize its first victory in Top 16 Group F. The 20-point margin was Zalgiris's biggest victory ever against the Reds, who matched their fourth-lowest point total in the Euroleague this century. Zalgiris is now 1-3 in Group F and Olympiacos fell to 2-2 and a five-way tie for second place. Zalgiris gave Olympiacos, the Euroleague's best defense this season, a taste of its own medicine by limiting the Reds to a single field goal for almost 15 minutes on either side of halftime then holding them scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 18 points. Ian Vougioukas followed with 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 each. Olympiacos had just one double-digit scorer, Darius Johnson-Odom with 11 points in 11 minutes, while being held to 38% two-point and 20% three-point shooting. The Reds struggled at the free throw line through the first three quarters, too, impeding their comeback attempts. Conversely, Zalgiris went 21 for 22 on foul shots.

FIRST QUARTER: Reds rebound from slow start

Lukas Lekavicius, making his first start of the season, got fouled on a three-pointer and downed all of his free throws for a 3-0 Zalgiris lead. Ioannis Papapetrou matched that with his team's first shot. Jankunas rolled in a hook shot before Siebutis, too, got and made 3 free throws for an 8-3 scoreboard. Vassilis Spanoulis threaded the needle to Georgios Printezis for a layup. After Lekavicius made a one-hander in the lane, Printezis was back with a three-pointer, and when Nikola Milutinov put back a miss, Olympiacos had a 10-10 tie. After a timeout, Spanoulis did the honors of giving Olympiacos its first lead with a clean, foul-line jumper. Jankunas evened the score with free throws, but Spanoulis drove strong to take back the lead. Ulanovas hit 1 of 2 at the line, as did Othello Hunter. And when Vougioukas tipped in his own miss, Hunter matched him at the other end with a spectacular dunk off an offensive rebound. Brock Motum's free throws evened the score again, but 1 of 2 from the line by Spanoulis put the visitors in front, 17-18, after 10 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER: Zalgiris defense shuts down Olympiacos

Daniel Hackett dropped an elbow jumper and Hunter a jump hook from the paint as Olympiacos upped its lead to start the second quarter. Vougioukas restarted the Zalgiris offense with a hook shot, but Hackett matched it with a fall-back jumper at 19-24. A lull then ended with Motum feeding Vougioukas for a dunk and the accompanying free throw to make it 22-24. Next, Martynas Pocius put his head down, drove baseline and tied the score. Then Ulanovas tipped a rebound to Jankunas who put Zalgiris back in front, 26-24. Olympiacos continued missing open shots until a free throw by Spanoulis ended a more than five-minute scoring drought, but Jankunas answered with a runaway dunk. When Printezis did the same, Ulanovas bettered him with a three-point play started by a tough hook shot as Zalgiris's lead moved to 31-27. Missed free throws by Hunter gave Zalgiris a final chance to extend the lead, and Pocius made that happen by feeding Motum for an easy layup. As such, the hosts stormed into halftime ahead by 33-27 after holding Olympiacos to just 3 free throws over the last 7:25 of the second quarter.

THIRD QUARTER: Vougioukas, Zalgiris stretch advantage

Milutinov tipped in an Olympiacos miss to end his team's eight-minute stretch without a field goal. But Ulanovas responded from long range and Jankunas backed down for a fadeaway jumper and a 38-29 Zalgiris advantage. Lekavicius drove the lane, pivoted and banked in a layup for the first double-digit lead, 40-29, forcing an Olympiacos timeout. Hunter made 1 of 2 free throws but otherwise Olympiacos couldn't buy points as Spanoulis missed an open triple, making the visitors 2 for 15 from downtown until then. Hackett missed 1 of 2 free throws, as well, to make it 40-31. Ulanovas downed a pretty hook shot before Hunter flushed another miss. Motum scored on a feed from Vougioukas that turned into a three-point play at 45-33. But after futility for much of the game until then, Olympiacos suddenly got a pair of three-pointers to fall from D.J. Strawberry and Vangelis Mantzaris. Vougioukas kept scoring with a couple inside baskets and Olympiacos kept splitting free throws, but was able to pull within 49-42. Motum made 2 of 2 for Zalgiris before Johnson-Odom kept Olympaicos strong from the arc. Olivier Hanlan then got his first points on free throws to finish the third quarter with Zalgiris holding onto a 53-45 edge.

FOURTH QUARTER: Seibutis makes sure!

Two scoreless minutes to open the fourth quarter were broken by Mantas Kalnietis, in his last game with Zalgiris, feeding Jankunas in a crowd for a layup and a new double-digit edge, 55-45. The Zalgiris defense continued to dominate as Jankunas hit from the baseline to make it 57-45, matching the game's high lead until then. But the hosts were not done. Seibutis took a pass from Jankunas and turned it into an acrobatic reverse-and-free throw at 60-45. Hackett got 2 points back at the foul line, ending his team's five-minute scoring drought, but Kalnietis hit a fall-down runner in the paint and Vougioukas downed a hook shot as the lead climbed to 64-47 with 3 minutes left. The best was yet to come for the Kaunas crowd, however, as Seibutis struck from the corner with a triple good for a 20-point advantage, 67-47. Seibutis would be back with a final turnaround swish in the final minute to give keep the Zalgiris fans on their feet all the way to the finish of a victory that will be remembered in Kaunas for a long, long time!

Edgaras Ulanovas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB15
Friday, January 22, 2016
Attendance: 10263
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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 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 10:03   0/1       3 3           2    
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 15:19 7 2/3   3/3       1   1     1 1 6
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 11:38 2 1/1       1 1           4   -1
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 25:20 2 1/1 0/1     2 2 4 2 2     4   3
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 24:11 11 2/6 1/3 4/4   4 4 2   2     5 4 8
12 MOTUM, BROCK 12:38 9 2/3   5/5   1 1 1 1       1 4 14
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 29:19 18 8/10 0/1 2/2 1 5 6 2 1 1     2 3 24
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 20:57 13 6/8   1/1 1 3 4 2 1 4 1   2 3 16
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 7:03   0/1             1            
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 11:40 2 0/4   2/2   1 1     2   4 2 3 -6
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 31:52 11 2/6 1/1 4/5 2 5 7   3 2     2 4 16
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 75 24/44 2/6 21/22 6 25 31 12 9 14 1 4 25 22 82
        54.5% 33.3% 95.5%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 11:11 11 1/4 1/2 6/6   2 2 1 1     1 2 3 11
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 20:46 8 3/7   2/6 7 2 9 1   3 1   1 3 10
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 18:55 5   1/2 2/2   2 2     1     2 1 4
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 28:01 6 2/3 0/5 2/4   1 1 3   4     1 6 3
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 25:48 3 0/2 1/4   2 4 6       1   4 2 3
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 15:00 4 2/2     2 3 5 1     2   2 1 11
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 25:30 7 1/5 1/5 2/2 1 1 2     2     3 3 -1
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 8:09         1   1           2   -1
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 18:46 4 0/1 1/4 1/2   1 1   2 2       1 1
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 21:14 7 2/5 0/2 3/4   1 1 2   1     3 4 4
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 6:40     0/1     1 1           2 1 -1
Totals 200:00 55 11/29 5/25 18/26 13 18 31 8 3 13 4 1 22 25 44
        37.9% 20% 69.2%

Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"Of course, you don't expect things like this. But I think we had a plan and we executed it. In some places we got lucky, in some places we were good. That's the way it goes, you know. It's unbelievable. You always want to play in Zalgirio Arena with these fans. It's a great feeling and want to give big congratulations to our players and our fans. You never want to lose a true, true Zalgiris boy [Mantas Kalnietis], so it's very sad. But he has to move forward and we have to move forward."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I want to congratulate Zalgiris on the victory tonight. It was 100 percent deserved. They were much better than us in every aspect of the game. Our opponents were more hungry to win this game. We didn‘t show our real face, our game. We missed a lot of shots, because Zalgiris played a physical game and we couldn‘t respond to them. They scored easy baskets and found a way to victory. I wish Zalgiris the best of luck in the future."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"It feels very good. It's our first win. We won at home. We're happy. But we're still not in our best shape. We have to work more in practice and play better. We knew Olympiacos would play hard so we prepared for that and we played good defense, I think. Saras changed pretty much everything starting from defense and finishing with offense."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We played against good team. They showed a lot of energy and a big effort. Zalgiris knows how to play this type of game and were prepared for that. They did everything it takes to grab the win tonight."
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