2013-14Top 16Round 6
February 13, 2014 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIS ARENA

Dentmon, Pocius carry Zalgiris to first Top 16 win

There are no more winless teams in the Top 16 after Zalgiris Kaunas dominated Partizan NIS Belgrade, cruising to 89-77 win on Thursday night in Zalgiris Arena. Both teams now hold 1-5 records and share seventh place in Group F. Zalgiris took control early with triples from Martynas Pocius and Tomas Dimsa, finishing the first quarter with 29-16 lead before Justin Dentmon led the charge in the second period to build 58-41 halftime advantage. The Lithuanian champs never looked back after the break, building a 23-point margin and cruising to victory paced by 23 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds from Dentmon. Pocius bagged 18 and dished a career-high 7 assists, while Robertas Javtokas scored 14 points. Paulius Jankunas contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds plus 4 assists, and Dimsa also netted 12, a career-high, in victory. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 24 points, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead Partizan. Joffrey Lauvergne collected 14 points plus 7 rebounds, and Nikola Milutinov chipped in with 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Pocius and Dimsa shoot Zalgiris to a double-digit lead

Bogdanovic drove for a layup, and Pocius hit a three-pointer to start things up. Bogdanovic scored another layup, but back-to-back jumpers from Jankunas made it 7-4. Mihajilo Andric sank Partizan's first triple, and Milutinov got a favorable roll on a mid-range jumper for the visitors. Pocius and Milenko Tepic traded long jump shots to make it 11-11 with little over three minutes gone. Javtokas continued Zalgiris's good rhythm with a hook shot, before Dentmon and Pocius drove for layups and a 17-11 edge. Bogdanovic scored from close range, before trading triples with Dimsa. After Javtokas added a reverse layup to his tally, another triple from Dimsa followed by a layup from Dentmon extended the difference to 27-16. Zalgiris kept the visitors without a single point for almost four minutes to end the first quarter, and Dimsa beat the buzzer with a reverse layup for a 29-16 advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zalgiris takes 17-point margin into halftime

Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bezbradica scored from close range to open the second quarter. Partizan switched to its trademark 1-3-1 defense, leading to a fastbreak dunk from Bezbradica, before Bogdanovic stole the ball for an uncontested dunk that closed the gap to 29-24. Lauvergne cut it even more with a pair of free throws, but Javtokas snapped a 0-10 run and Dentmon sank a three-pointer to make it 34-26. Pocius and Dejan Musli traded layups, but Vytenis Lipkevicius buried a triple. Jankunas and Dentmon from the foul line extended it back into double digits, and after Lauvergne scored a reverse layup, Pocius buried a triple for a 48-34 cushion. Partizan went to the foul line on four consecutive trips down the floor, but Bogdanovic, Lauvergne and Gagic each split free throws, while a mid range-jumper from Jankunas and a triple from Dentmon helped extend the lead to 17 points. Before the end of the quarter, Musli scored a basket-plus-foul , but Pocius beat the buzzer with a triple for a 58-41 halftime lead.

Third quarter: The hosts cruise in building a 23-point lead

Pocius and Javtokas scored layups to open the quarter and extend the margin over the 20-point barrier. Musli hit a pair of turnaround jumpers for Partizan, before Lauvergne dunked on a fastbreak to get his team within 62-47. After a timeout by the hosts, Dentmon nailed a triple, but Bogdanovic hit a jumper-plus-free throw. However, a dunk from Jankunas followed by an alley-oop slam from Dimsa extended it to 69-50. Javtokas added a tip-in, and Tadas Klimavicius hit a jumper for a 74-52 advantage, before Andric answered with a jumper of his own. Dentmon sank a triple to extend the margin to 23 points, but Gagic scored a layup-plus-foul, and Dallo hit a runner on a fastbreak to end the quarter at 77-59.

Fourth quarter: Partizan shows fight, but Zalgiris closes out

Milutinov scored twice inside at the start of the fourth quarter, including a dunk to make it 77-64, but Dentmon buried his fifth three-pointer. Milutinov scored from close range again, and Lauvergne hit a long jumper, cutting it to 80-68. After a timeout, Javtokas scored a layup plus foul, and after Bogdanovic answered from close range, Dentmon from the charity stripe extend it to 86-70. Andric hit a jumper, Bogdanovic nailed a triple and Milutinov dunked on a fastbreak for an 87-77 score entering the final minute, but it was too little, too late for the visitors’ comeback.

Justin Dentmon - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB13
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 8150 (Tentative)
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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
4 CIZAUSKAS, VYTENIS 4:52                   1     1   -2
5 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 4:21           1 1       1   1   1
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 25:04 18 4/6 3/8 1/2 1 3 4 7 2 3     1 2 21
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 17:00 6   1/1 3/4   1 1 2         2 3 9
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 13:10 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1         1 2 7
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 24:30 12 5/7   2/3 3 2 5 4   1     3 2 16
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 30:57 14 6/7   2/4 2 1 3 1 2   2   2 4 21
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 13:11   0/1 0/1         1   3     2 1 -5
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 4:04   0/1           1         1   -1
22 KUPSAS, MINDAUGAS 7:02   0/1       1 1 1   2     4 1 -4
23 DIMSA, TOMAS 19:18 12 2/3 2/4 2/2 2 1 3     1 1   3 1 10
55 DENTMON, JUSTIN 36:31 23 2/2 5/10 4/4   5 5 6 1 5 1   1 8 33
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 89 20/29 11/26 16/21 11 19 30 24 5 16 5 0 22 24 110
        69% 42.3% 76.2%
Head coach: STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS
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
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 35:44 2 1/3 0/3   1   1 2   2   1 3 2 -4
5 ARANITOVIC, PETAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 35:59 14 3/6 0/1 8/9 1 6 7   1 1     4 5 17
10 DALLO, BORIS 15:36 2 1/3     1   1         1 1   -1
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 21:25 10 5/7   0/2 1 1 2 1 1 1     3 1 7
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 36:07 24 7/11 2/10 4/5 2   2 5 4 3   3 3 7 20
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 14:47 5 1/3   3/5   3 3 1 1 2     4 4 4
15 MUSLI, DEJAN 7:49 9 4/4   1/1                   1 10
18 SALIC, DOKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 ANDRIC, MIHAJLO 26:43 7 2/2 1/2   2 2 4 2 1       5   8
33 BEZBRADICA, NEMANJA 5:50 4 2/2             1       1 1 5
Team           1 1 2     3     1   -2
Totals 200:00 77 26/41 3/16 16/22 9 13 22 11 9 12 0 5 25 21 64
        63.4% 18.8% 72.7%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We had a really good game today. I want to congratulate our guys. Partizan players are taller, but we managed to win both offensive and defensive rebounds. That was our main task before the game and the guys filled it perfectly. Our youngest player, Tomas Dimsa, needs to be mentioned for his perfect display on both ends of the floor. We struggled a bit in the last minutes, but won three of four quarters, so we can be happy about it."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"I want to congratulate Zalgiris for the deserved victory. They started the game with high intensity. Zalgiris was better in all statistical elements except for turnovers. We need to have in mind that we were missing a lot of experienced players and our young team just couldn’t do better."

Players

DENTMON, JUSTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It is a great win. We needed this one for our confidence. Before tonight, the third quarter was our biggest problem, but tonight we were much more aggressive and stopped the run of Partizan. I want to thank our coaches and scouting for doing a great job before the game and helping us to prepare for the game. It wasn’t easy because the opponents never gave up and we needed to be aggressive all the time. Also, I want to thank our fans for the great support."
BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"We started the game well, but Zalgiris is much more experienced than us. We improved in the second half, but we lost the game. The most difficult was the defense of the pick-and-roll, three-point shooting and rebounds. We are team which gets a lot offensive rebounds, but this time we failed to do it. And of course defense - we allowed them to score them so many points in the first half. Zalgiris has good shooters and we allowed them to score too many points. "