2004-05Regular SeasonRound 14
February 10, 2005 CET: 21:40
Local time: 21:40 S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER
Zalgiris Kaunas pulled into third place at the end of the Group B regular season by downing Adecco Asvel 86-72 at home in Kaunas, Lithuania on Thursday. Zalgiris avenged an earlier loss and finished 8-6, behind only Maccabi and Winterthur in Group B. Another monster performance by Tanoka Beard, 28 points and 12 rebounds, led the winners, who dominated the boards by 41-28. Dainius Salenga added 16 points for Zalgiris, while Robert Pack put up 15 and Paulius Jankunas 10. For Asvel, who finished 2-12 in last place, Huseyin Besok had 20 points, Terrell Lyday 16 and newcomer Bernard King 10.

Paulius Jankunas made a layup to open the scoring for Zalgiris, but Asvel showed confidence as Makan Dioumassi landed a triple to which Besok added 2 baskets. Beard kept the hosts going, however, joining Jankunas in putting down 3 more shots that soon tied the score, 14-14. Lyday answered with his second triple from the arc, but Salenga penetrated for 2 points and Vidas Ginevicius got the same from the line as Zalgiris pressed ahead to lead 23-21 after 10 minutes.

Dioumassi tied for Asvel to start the second quarter, but Beard was just getting started. He put Zalgiris ahead first then drew a double-team that left Jankunas free for a two-hand slam. Martynas Andriuskevicius came on to anchor a Zalgiris zone defense, and Beard was soon up off the bench again to make a layup. Asvel's offense dried up as a fastbreak by Ginevicius extended the Zalgiris run. Beard added free throws to give him 17 points already, but Zalgiris was only ahead 36-34 after Harold Mrazek scored for Asvel. Andriuskevicius now fed Beard for a crowd-plesing slam, but again Asvel climed within 2 points as Tomislav Ruzic scored inside. Andriuskevicius got revenge with a dunk at the buzzer, however, leaving Zalgiris in charge, 43-38 at the break.

Salenga was hot after halftime, making the first 6 points for Zalgiris and boosting the lead to 49-40. Only Ruzic made a basket for Asvel during 4 minutes. Asvel needed points badly and finally found Besok, with a semihook, while newcomer Bernard King gave a little push for visitors with a triple. Salenga became headache for Asvel by drawing fouls and staying sharp at the free throw line. Lyday fired from the downtown, but Jankunas made a jumper and Saulius Serapinas drove for 2 points to give Zalgiris a 14-point lead. In the last couple minutes, however, Zalgiris lost control of the paint without Beard in the game and Besok converted a three-point play to cut the lead to 64-53 after 30 minutes.

Zalgiris start final period with 4-0 run, all by Pack, while Beard forced Ruzic into foul trouble and seconds later sank the first triple of the match for the hosts. Stephane Pelle penetrated for a dunk, and then Besok, King and Yohanne Sangare fired in a triple apiece to suddenly cut the margin to 11 points, 79-68. Against Beard, however, Asvel had only one weapon: fouls. Mrazek hit a jumper with 2 minutes to go but Pack gave no hope to the guests by hitting 2 from the line to make it 83-70. Zalgiris had its eighth victory to cap a stellar regular season.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Antanas Pakula, Kaunas
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Referees: RADIC, DANKO (CRO), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), SKERYS, KESTUTIS (LTU)
Attendance: 0
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Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 16:45 4 1/2 0/2 2/2       2 1 1     1 1 3
5 PACK, ROBERT 27:15 15 4/8   7/10   7 7 2 2 2     1 7 23
6 BEARD, TANOKA 31:45 28 8/13 1/1 9/12 6 6 12 1   4 1   4 6 32
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 9:00 5 1/1 1/1     1 1     1     3   2
8 BAGATSKIS, AINARS 9:15 2 1/1 0/1   2   2               3
9 SALENGA, DAINIUS 32:45 16 6/7 0/4 4/4 2 3 5 8 3   1   1 4 31
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 12:00 2 1/3 0/1     2 2         1 2 3 1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 29:00 10 4/6 0/1 2/4 1 7 8 1     1   2 4 17
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 22:00 2 1/1 0/1     3 3   2 2     2   2
20 ANDRIUSKEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 10:15 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 1         2    
Team                   3           3
Totals 200:00 86 28/44 2/13 24/32 11 30 41 15 11 10 3 1 18 25 117
        63.6% 15.4% 75%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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
Asvel Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 DIOUMASSI, MAKAN 16:30 7 1/3 1/2 2/2   1 1 1 1       3 1 5
9 MRAZEK, HAROLD 22:15 4 1/3 0/2 2/2       1   2   1 1 2 -1
11 PELLE, STEPHANE 20:45 4 2/8   0/2 2 2 4   1 1   1 4 4 -1
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 30:45 20 7/14 1/1 3/6 5 4 9 1 1 2     3 8 24
13 RUZIC, TOMISLAV 27:30 8 4/6     3 5 8 2   1 1   4 1 13
15 GOUEZ, OLIVIER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 SANGARE, YOHANN 18:30 3 0/1 1/3         1 2 1     3   -1
24 LYDAY, TERRELL 26:45 16 2/4 4/6     3 3 4   2     3 1 15
25 TOURE, HERVE 4:00   0/1 0/2     1 1     1     2   -5
32 KING, BERNARD 33:00 10 2/6 2/7     2 2 5 1 1   1 2 1 6
Team                   4           4
Totals 200:00 72 19/46 9/23 7/12 10 18 28 15 10 11 1 3 25 18 59
        41.3% 39.1% 58.3%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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