2011-12Top 16Round 6
February 29, 2012 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Bennet Cantu topped Zalgiris 71-77

Bennet Cantu finished an impressive Turkish Airlines Euroleague season with a 71-77 road win over Zalgiris Kaunas at Zalgirio Arena on Wednesday. Manu Markoishvili scored a career-high 32 points to pace the winners, who improved to 3-3 in Top 16 Group H. Though both teams had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race the week before, the game was close throughout. The hosts led 62-59 after Marko Popovic free throws midway through the fourth quarter. But Markoishvili knotted the score with a triple and then Giorgi Shermadini scored the game’s next 5 points as Cantu pulled away to record the victory. Shermadini finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Doron Perkins shined with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Popovic paced Zalgiris with 15 points and 5 assists, Milovan Rakovic tallied 14 points and 7 rebounds and Mantas Kalnietis scored 12 as Zalgiris bowed out of the Top 16 without a victory.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN)
Attendance: 9150 (Tentative)
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Zalgiris Kaunas23121521
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Zalgiris Kaunas23355071
Bennet Cantu18395077
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 21:57 15 1/4 2/4 7/8 1 1 2 5         4 6 18
7 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 9:50 3 1/2   1/1 1 2 3             1 6
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 26:01 12 3/7 2/5     2 2     1     2 1 5
10 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 4:35   0/1 0/1     1 1 1   1     1 1 -1
11 RAKOVIC, MILOVAN 21:29 14 6/9   2/5 3 4 7 2 2   1   5 4 19
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 7:56   0/3     2 3 5         1 2 1  
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 24:42 7 2/4 0/3 3/4 1 3 4             4 9
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 17:56 9 4/6   1/2 2 2 4     1 1   4 3 9
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 7:57 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   2 2     2     2 1 2
20 SALENGA, DAINIUS 20:11 2 0/3 0/1 2/2 1   1 1   1   1 1 2 -1
24 WEEMS, SONNY 25:00 5   1/5 2/2   3 3 3   2     4 1 2
41 COLLINS, DeJUAN 12:26   0/2 0/1   1   1 2         3   -3
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 71 18/42 5/21 20/26 17 24 41 14 2 8 2 2 28 25 71
        42.9% 23.8% 76.9%
Head coach: TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR
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
Bennet Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 38:47 32 4/7 5/10 9/9 1 1 2 2 3     1 4 9 35
10 LEUNEN, MAARTEN 18:31   0/2 0/2     2 2 1   1     4 1 -5
11 MARCONATO, DENIS 14:30 4 2/6       3 3     2 1   3   -1
12 MAZZARINO, NICOLAS 30:26 9 2/3 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 4         4 2 10
13 PERKINS, DORON 23:56 8 2/3 0/2 4/4   8 8 6   1     1 5 22
17 DIVIACH, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 25:01 16 3/8   10/11 1 7 8     2 1   4 8 21
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 26:51 6 1/1 1/1 1/2 3 1 4 5   1     3 1 11
21 BOLZONELLA, FEDERICO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 MERONI, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 BRUNNER, GREG 21:58 2 1/4       2 2 1       1 2 2 1
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 77 15/34 7/19 26/28 8 26 34 19 3 7 2 2 25 28 96
        44.1% 36.8% 92.9%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA

Head Coaches

TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Zalgiris Kaunas
"This was probably our worst game of the Top 16 phase. They absolutely deserved to win. They were the better team and they knew what they wanted. What determined the outcome of the game from my point of view was the start. We played defensively without interest."
TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Bennet Cantu
"It was an amazing season. We played at the best level of European basketball for the first time. We enjoyed every minute of it. Euroleague is the top of basketball. My team competed against big teams and to finish with a win like this against Zalgiris gives the season value. "