2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

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69.4 Points 75.7
35.3 Rebounds 33.2
9.0 O. Rebounds 7.9
26.3 D. Rebounds 25.3
16.0 Assists 21.6
5.4 Steals 7.8
1.4 Blocks 3.0
15.3 Turnovers 13.7
50.1 % 2PT 53.9 %
34.4 % 3PT 35.7 %
77.1 % FT 71.1 %
73.1 Index 90.2

Player Stats

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11.8 / Jankunas Points 12.6 / Gist
6.0 / Jankunas Rebounds 4.9 / Calathes
2.1 / Javtokas OR 1.8 / Kuzmic
5.0 / Jankunas DR 4.2 / Calathes
4.2 / Kalnietis Assists 6.9 / Calathes
1.0 / Lekavicius Steals 1.9 / Calathes
0.4 / Vougioukas Blocks 0.8 / Gist
2.4 / Kalnietis Turnovers 2.7 / Calathes
66.2 % / Vougioukas 2PT 73.9 % / Jankovic
66.7 % / Pocius 3PT 45.0 % / Fotsis
100.0 % / Kalnietis FT 93.2 % / Raduljica
14.0 / Jankunas Index 14.9 / Calathes


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-4 Regular Season 5-4
5-4 Overall 5-4


Crew Chief

The Take

These two teams meet in a direct clash for third place in Group C. Both have already clinched Top 16 berths, so the losing team will advance from fourth place. Panathinaikos has traditionally dominated the matchups between these sides and spanked the Lithuanian champs 91-56 in the Greek capital in Round 5 as Miroslav Raduljica scored 18 points in 18 minutes. Both teams enter the game in god form; the Greens have won three in a row, while Zalgiris has won three of its last four, including a road win at FC Barcelona Lassa last week. Panathinaikos has been the statistically superior team so far this season; it ranks among the league’s top third in average performance index rating (90.2), while Zalgiris is in the bottom third (73.1). The hosts have gotten strong production all season from big men Paulius Jankunas, Ian Vougioukas and Brock Motum, but will need more of the same against Miroslav Raduljica and James Gist. Panathinaikos’s point guard depth is of the highest level with Nick Calathes and Dimitris Diamantidis; Zalgiris will need Mantas Kalinetis’s best stuff to counter them. With Renaldas Seibutis sidelined, Olivier Hanlan will see extended playing time and could end up being a difference maker.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Ian Vougioukas won the Euroleague with Panathinaikos in 2011. He spent two seasons with the club, from 2010 through 2012 and played alongside current Greens Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis and Nick Calathes.

Mantas Kalnietis and Nick Calathes made up a dynamite backcourt for Lokomotiv Kuban during the 2012-13 season; together they led Lokomotiv to the Eurocup championship.

Robertas Javtokas helped Panathinaikos win the Euroleague title in 2007.

Javtokas and Panathinaikos forward Antonis Fotsis were teammates at Dynamo Moscow during the 2007-08 season. They led the club to the ULEB Cup semifinals.

Mantas Kalnietis has struggled on the road this season, averaging 4.6 points on 5-for-17 two-point shooting (29.4%) and 4-for-16 three-point shooting (25%) and 3.8 assists for an average performance index rating of 3. At home, he’s been worth 11.5 points on 11-for-19 two-point shooting (57.9%) and 8-for-21 three-point shooting (38.1%) and 4.8 assists for an average performance index rating of 12.8.

Paulius Jankunas has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Panathinaikos Athens

When Zalgiris defeated Panathinaikos in the Top 16 last season, it ended a 10-game winning streak for the Greens against Zalgiris. Panathinaikos is 17-2 all-time against Zalgiris.

James Gist needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Gist has recorded at least 1 steal in four straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

Dimitris Diamantidis trails retired CSKA great J.R. Holden by 15 points for seventh place on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Holden retired with 2,388 points.

Diamantidis has recorded at least 1 steal in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Diamantidis has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Antonis Fotsis is 6 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

James Feldeine has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Nick Calathes has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Calathes has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

Miroslav Raduljica has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Sasha Pavlovic scored a Euroleague career-high 22 points against Zalgiris back in November 2002 to lead his team, Buducnost, to a 106-102 overtime victory.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"Our win last week in Barcelona gave us a realistic chance to be third in Group C. That is our goal for this week and we want to take it in front of our fans. In our first meeting with Panathinaikos only one team was playing. We were without energy and late in all situations. You need to be concentrated and ready 100 percent against a team like Panathinaikos. I hope we have learned from our mistakes."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Even though both teams have already qualified to the Top 16, I am expecting a very interesting game. Our opponents are really good; they play with tension and high energy especially at their home court. We must be ready for this and I want my players to be focused on both sides of the court, in order to win this game."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"It is hard to compare our current team shape to the game in Athens, because the team wasn’t even playing that time. Everything needs to be different: offense, defense, commitment. We want to prove we are better than we were last time. We want our fans who will fill the arena to go home happy about the way we played."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Zalgiris players are playing with an edge and we are expecting a very difficult game. We know that we have to play well if we want to win another one game. We have won three in a row and we want to continue the same way."

Panathinaikos edges Zalgiris, finishes third in Group C

Panathinaikos Athens finished third in Group C by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 71-74 in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday. Panathinaikos was third with a 6-4 record, while Zalgiris was fourth at 5-5. Both teams had already qualified to the Top 16 before this game. James Feldeine and Nick Calathes led the winners with 14 points. Sasha Pavlovic added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Olivier Hanlan led Zalgiris with 19 points. Paulius Jankunas added 13 and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Ognjen Kuzmic and Calathes shined early to give Panathinaikos a 16-21. Hanlan rescued Zalgiris and got help from Edgaras Ulanovas and Ian Vougioukas to give the hosts a 36-34 edge at halftime. A wild midcourt shot by Mantas Kalnietis boosted Zalgiris's margin to 58-52 after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Hanlan gave Zalgiris its last lead, 67-66. Feldeine stepped up in crunch time and a free throw by Dimitris Diamantidis gave Panathinaikos a 72-75 edge with 6 seconds left. Zalgiris found Brock Motum wide open in the left corner, but his shot hit the rim.

First quarter: Calathes, Panathinaikos strike first

Sasha Pavlovic got Panathinaikos going with a six-meter jumper and Ognjen Kuzmic added a put-back slam before Ian Vougioukas stepped up with a jump hook to get the hosts on the board. Pavlovic added to the lead with free throws. Panathinaikos excelled on defense, forcing Zalgiris to take off-balance three-point shots late in several possessions. Vougioukas fed Paulius Jankunas for a layup, but James Feldeine answered with a driving basket and soon added a three-pointer that prompted a Zalgiris timeout at 4-11. Marty Pocius shined with a driving layup, but Nick Calathes scored in penetration and Miroslav Raduljica gave the guests a 7-14 edge. After Jankunas hit his trademark triple from the top of the key, Calathes answered with a one-handed jumper in the lane. Free throws by Edgaras Ulanovas kept Zalgiris within 12-16. Raduljica sank a jump hook, but Jankunas downed a turnaround jumper and Olivier Hanlan brought the hosts within 16-18. A corner triple by Antonis Fotsis boosted the Greens' lead to 16-21 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hanlan puts Zalgiris ahead

Hanlan took over with a wild driving layup early in the quarter, which Pavlovic matched with a two-handed slam. Panathinaikos kept powering the offensive glass - 6 in 13 minutes - but shots did not fall in now. Meanwhile, a layup by Mantas Kalnietis and a fast break basket by Hanlan forced the guests to call timeout at 22-23. A put-back layup by Vougioukas completed Zalgiris's comeback. Hanlan swished a mid-range jumper, but Pavlovic and Calathes made free throws and James Gist added a dunk before Zalgiris stopped the game at 26-28. Vougioukas downed a running hook, but Gist continued to push Panathinaikos with an alley-oop slam and Raduljica restored a 28-31 edge. After Jankunas shined with a tip-in, Raduljica, Hanlan and Nikos Pappas split free throws. A wild three-point play by Ulanovas put Zalgiris back ahead, 34-33. After a free throw by Gist tied it, a driving layup by Hanlan fixed the halftime score at 36-34.

Third quarter: Kalnietis ignites everyone

Calathes struck from downtown immediately after the break and a layup by Kuzmic gave Panathinaikos a 36-39 lead. Zalgiris found a go-to guy in Lukas Lekavicius, who buried a corner triple and added a wild driving basket that put his team back ahead, 41-39. Kuzmic scored again and soon added a tip-in to restore a 41-43 Panathinaikos margin. Pocius scored in penetration and banked in a close shot to provide another lead change, 45-43. After Pocius made free throws, Calathes beat the shot clock with an off-balance jumper. A three-pointer by Lekavicius boosted the hosts' lead to 49-45. A dunk by Jankunas soon forced Panathinaikos to call a much-needed timeout at 51-45. Calathes rescued the Greens with a bomb from downtown and a free throw by Jankovic brought his team within 51-49. Jankovic scored in penetration, but Hanlan nailed a stop-and-pop jumper and a close basket by Brock Motum gave Zalgiris a 55-51 lead. Raduljica split free throws but Kalnietis beat the third quarter buzzer with a midcourt shot that ignited the crowd at 58-52.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos improves its defense and wins

Both teams struggled to score early in the quarter until Diamantidis, who had been scoreless until this point, struck from downtown. Hanlan found Robertas Javtokas for an alley-oop layup but Feldeine matched it with a close basket to close the gap to 3. Fotsis downed a triple in transition, which resulted in Zalgiris calling timeout at 60-60. Feldeine took over with a fast break slam that Hanlan matched with a six-meter jumper. After Pavlovic buried a catch-and-shoot jumper, Vougioukas scored in traffic. Free throws by Diamantidis gave the Greens a 64-66 edge with over four minutes left. Hanlan took over with a big three-pointer, but Feldeine immediately answered from downtown. Jankunas scored again, but Pavlovic buried a corner triple. A free throw by Hanlan made it 70-72. Vougioukas split free throws and Feldeine drew a foul with 13.1 seconds left. He made both free throw attempts and Diamantidis hit 12 with 6.3 seconds to go. Zalgiris managed to put the ball in the hands of Motum with plenty of space to shoot from downtown, but he missed.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Attendance: 12589
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Zalgiris Kaunas16202214
Panathinaikos Athens21131823
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Zalgiris Kaunas16365872
Panathinaikos Athens21345275
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 7:51     0/1               2   3 1 -1
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 23:47 9 1/4 2/3 1/2 1   1 2 1 1     3 4 8
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 23:05 8 3/5 0/3 2/4   2 2     1   1 3 5 3
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 16:13 5 1/4 1/4     2 2 1 2 3     1    
12 MOTUM, BROCK 9:48 2 1/3 0/2   1   1   1       1   -1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 31:08 13 5/8 1/2   3 8 11   2 3     1 3 21
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 19:38 9 4/9   1/2 2 3 5 2         4 2 8
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 18:38 2 1/2   0/2 1   1   1 1 1   2 2 1
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 27:19 19 6/6 1/1 4/6 1 1 2 4 1 4     4 4 20
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 22:33 5 1/1   3/3       1 1       1 3 9
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 72 23/42 5/16 11/19 9 19 28 10 9 13 3 1 23 24 71
        54.8% 31.3% 57.9%
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 26:34 12 3/8 1/3 3/4 3 7 10 2 1 2   2 5 5 13
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 12:15 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   2 2     1     2 1  
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 18:10 6 0/1 2/3   1 3 4   3       2   9
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 19:13 6 1/1   4/8 1 2 3     3     3 6 5
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 9:02 1   0/2 1/2       1         2 2 -1
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 26:40 14 3/5 2/3 2/2   1 1 2 1 2     3 3 13
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 17:25 6 0/1 1/2 3/4   2 2 3 2 3     1 2 8
14 GIST, JAMES 27:35 5 2/3 0/1 1/2 1   1 1   2 1 1 2 1 1
15 CALATHES, NICK 28:04 14 3/6 2/3 2/2 1 5 6 6 1 3     1 2 21
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 15:02 8 4/7   0/1 4 2 6   1       3 1 9
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 75 17/34 8/18 17/27 11 27 38 15 9 17 1 3 24 23 80
        50% 44.4% 63%

Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"We are sad because we couldn‘t beat Panathinaikos and avenge the big loss in Athens. We wanted to finish the group stage with a victory, make our fans happy and grab third place in the group. I wanted to see more energy and aggression from my team. We let our opponents score easy second-chance points and it was hard to fight, but we tried to do our best. However it wasn‘t enough to win tonight."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a great game. It‘s an honor to be here in Kaunas, a Mecca of basketball. Of course, I‘m happy that we were able to win here. Stable defense was a key reason why we grabbed a victory. The game was tough, but we have enough experience to play successfully at the end. When two strong teams meet each other, you can‘t shoot free throws so bad. We have to improve that because we missed 10 free throws tonight. So we have to do better job at the line."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"It‘s disappointing because we didn‘t show our real face. We didn‘t do everything that coach asked before the game. We needed to show more aggression in defense and offense. Panathinaikos played well at the end of the game and that was a key reason why we lost. I wanted to give more for my team, but my performance wasn‘t good."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We knew that it was going to be tough game. They’re a good team. They have amazing fans and are well coached. They also have some veterans and know how to play. Every game we play better and better, so we are improving and ready to fight in the Top 16."
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