2017-18Regular SeasonRound 21
February 01, 2018 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Pangos leads Zalgiris past Maccabi

Zalgiris Kaunas got back to its winnings ways, defeating visiting Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv 99-84 in Zalgirio Arena on Thursday night. With the win Zalgiris improved to 13-8 for a share of at least fifth place in the standings, while Maccabi dropped to 11-10 in eighth place. Zalgiris led for the majority of the night, but pulled away for good with a 16-4 third-quarter run that opened a 16-point margin and the Lithuanian champs never looked back. Kevin Pangos led the way with 16 points and 11 assists and Paulius Jankunas eturned from injury to post 17 points and 7 rebounds. Axel Toupane added 15 points and Arturas Milaknis and Vasilije Micic scored 12 apiece in victory. Zalgiris set a club record with 29 assists and tied a record with 14 three-pointers. Michael Roll scored 17 for Maccabi, Artsiom Parakhousi collected 14 points and 7 rebounds and DeShaun Thomas, Jonah Bolden and Pierre Jackson each got 12 points in defeat.

After a pair of put-backs by Bolden, Toupane scored from long and close range to give Zalgiris an early lead. Roll and Jankunas traded baseline jumpers, before another corner three from Toupane opened a 14-8 margin. Maccabi went to the foul line often and Thomas and Norris Cole scored from close range, but Aaron White hit a corner triple, Toupane added a three-point play and Micic had a three-pointer that helped the hosts stay in front. Milaknis finished the first quarter with a fastbreak layup to make it 26-20 after 10 minutes. Milaknis hit three triples in as many attempts in a span of less than two minutes to start the second quarter, extending the margin to 37-23. Maccabi got back into it behind 6 points from Parakhouski, and with Jackson, Roll, Bolden and John DiBartolomeo making 12 of 13 free throws and cutting the deficit to 47-41. But Pangos made a transition triple and Zalgiris led 53-46 at halftime.

Maccabi missed all 8 three-point attempts in the first half, but Bolden and Jackson hit back-to-back threes in the early going of the third quarter to close the deficit to 55-54. Zalgiris bettered that with Edgaras Ulanovas, Pangos and Jankunas hitting triples on three consecutive possessions for a 64-58 advantage. A pair of baskets from Antanas Kavaliauskas continued the run before a runner from Pangos helped re-open a double-digit lead, 71-58. Pangos continued orchestrating things, finding Micic for an open corner three, and Brandon Davies dished to White, whose big dunk extended the lead to 76-60 with one minute left in the third. The hosts led 76-62 going into the fourth quarter and Toupane with a driving layup and Jankunas with a jumper helped keep Zalgiris in control. After Parakhouski made an alley-oop layup, Pangos replied with a runner. After Roll hit a triple to cut it to 87-75, Micic answered right back with a three of his own and Zalgiris cruised the rest of the way.

Kevin Pangos - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB17
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 14844
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Zalgiris Kaunas26272323
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv20261622
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Zalgiris Kaunas26537699
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv20466284
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DAVIES, BRANDON 13:39 6 3/7     1 3 4 1   2     2   3
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 25:43 16 3/4 3/4 1/2   1 1 11   3   1 2 4 23
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 14:57 15 3/6 2/2 3/3 1 2 3 1   1   1 3 4 15
9 UDRIH, BENO 10:00   0/2       3 3 2         3    
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 22:51 17 7/12 1/1   3 4 7 2     1   3   19
20 MASIULIS, GYTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 16:13 12 1/1 3/6 1/2       2 1       3 1 9
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 24:29 12 1/4 3/4 1/2 1 3 4 6 1 3       4 19
30 WHITE, AARON 28:40 8 1/1 1/3 3/6 1 6 7 4   1       3 16
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 12:27 4 2/2     1 2 3     1     3 2 5
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 31:01 9 1/1 1/3 4/6 1 4 5           3 4 11
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 99 22/40 14/23 13/21 11 28 39 29 2 11 1 2 22 22 122
        55% 60.9% 61.9%
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 THOMAS, DESHAUN 21:43 12 3/5 1/3 3/4   2 2     1     3 3 8
5 ROLL, MICHAEL 29:44 17 3/5 2/4 5/6   1 1 4 1 1     2 3 18
7 KANE, DEANDRE 15:47 2 0/4 0/2 2/2       2 1     1 1 1 -2
9 TYUS, ALEX 18:39 4 2/2     1 2 3 1         1 1 8
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 8:58 2 0/1   2/2       2         4 1  
15 COHEN, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 COLE, NORRIS 22:41 9 4/9 0/2 1/2   2 2 1 1 2     2 1 2
43 BOLDEN, JONAH 32:43 12 3/3 1/4 3/4 3 6 9 5 2 1 1   2 5 27
45 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 21:21 14 7/11     4 3 7   2 1 1   2   17
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 JACKSON, PIERRE 28:24 12 2/4 1/5 5/6 1 3 4 3 1 3     5 7 12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 84 24/44 5/20 21/26 10 19 29 18 8 9 2 1 22 22 91
        54.5% 25% 80.8%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We made shots tonight. We knew we were going to be able to get open looks, it was really important to hit shots. But also defense was much better in second half, we did not even let them score 40 points. Maccabi is such a great offensive team. First half was tough for me as a coach, everything we prepared was not working. In the second half, we did not make any changes, but guys dug a little bit deeper and found a little bit of energy. Our shooting was a plus, but the second half was good basketball. [The winning margin] is an extra win for us. Everything is important. February is a month of finals for us, so we have to come back and next week try to go at Khimki in the best possible way."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Even though I lost the game, I was proud to be a part of this environment tonight. An amazing crowd and atmosphere, the whole of Europe can be proud of this environment. Zalgiris played an amazing game, correct me if I am wrong, but they hit a season-high triples. If one team scores so many threes with such percentage, is it difficult to play basketball. We have to fix some stuff on defense, go back home to prepare the next EuroLeague games, because we are still fighting for the playoffs. Tonight, Zalgiris was a way better team."

Players

PANGOS, KEVIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
" I thought we just fought, for a full 40 minutes. That’s what we have to do, especially against a talented team like Maccabi. We got this win, we get to enjoy it quickly, and move on. Jackson and Cole are super-talented, so we had to stop them with five guys, guard them as a team. We made it tough on them, but they are just talented players."
ROLL, MICHAEL
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Well it's too evident we gave up too many points, they were making shots early and we let them get into the rhythm by making the shots and they just continued, once they got their confidence, then they made tougher shots, credit to them they are a good team especially at home, they played well."
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