2014-15Top 16Round 10
March 13, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Milaknis buries big shots as Zalgiris claims 100th Euroleague win

Zalgiris Kaunas held on late to beat Panathinaikos Athens 76-70 for the club’s 100th Euroleague victory this century. Zalgiris improved to 4-6 and fifth place in Top 16 Group E, while Panathinaikos remains in fourth at 5-5. The hosts led by as many as 14 early in the third quarter, but Nikos Pappas led the Greens all the way back. The score was tied on three occasions in the fourth quarter and Pappas gave the visitors a slim lead, but Arturas Milaknis buried back-to-back threes to put his team up 70-66 with three minutes to go and the Lithuanian champs held on the rest of the way. Will Cherry paced the Zalgiris attack with 18 points, Paulius Jankunas added 14, James Anderson 13 and Milaknis 12 – all on threes. Pappas paced Panathinaikos with 21 points, Vlantimir Giankovits added 11 and Esteban Batista finished with 10.

First quarter: Defensive stand helps hosts to early lead

There seemed to be a lid on the rim early as neither team scored for two-and-a-half minutes until Jankunas broke the ice with a jump shot. Cherry added a three-pointer before Dimitris Diamantidis found a cutting Batista for a slam and the visitors’ first points. Jankunas banked in a shot to make it 7-2. Giankovits and A.J. Slaughter went hard to the basket to bring the Greens within 1. After a TV timeout, Anderson buried a three. Batista scored in transition and Jankunas matched him to make it 12-8. Batista muscled his way to another bucket before Robertas Javtokas scored inside for the hosts. Milaknis completed a four-shot minute-long possession with a three-pointer. Nikos Pappas also hit from downtown to make it 17-13.

Second quarter: Cherry carries Zalgiris to double-digit advantage

Anderson kept the hosts in charge after he grabbed an offensive rebound, drew a foul and sank 2 shots. Pappas went through the Zalgiris defense for a layup, but Lukas Lekavicius answered with a long pull-up jumper. Panathinaikos closed to within 21-18 on a Pappas layup and DeMarcus Nelson free throw. Siim-Sander Vene recorded a layup-plus-foul thanks to a great pass from Darius Songaila. Nelson picked up a steal and lobbed a pass to Gani Lawal for a monster slam. Edgaras Ulanovas drilled an open triple to set a 28-20 advantage midway through the quarter. Cherry scored and Anderson dunked on the break for a 12-point lead. Antonis Fotsis stopped the bleeding with the triple, but Cherry responded with a pair of triples sandwiched around a Batista bucket inside. Batista added another slam and reached 10 individual points. Jankunas and Diamantidis each split free throws to end the half at 39-28.

Third quarter: Pappas rescues Greens from 14-point deficit

Milaknis sank a three to give the hosts their biggest lead yet, 42-28, but Giankovits responded with back-to-back threes. Zalgiris used a timeout, but the momentum had shifted. James Gist fought his way to a layup and Pappas sank a triple. Gist scored again to cap a 0-13 run. Cherry scored a tough layup in the paint – and the free throw that came within it – and then Javtokas scored in the paint to restore a 6-point cushion. Diamantidis scored his first basket only to see Jankunas knock down an open three. Pappas responded with a pair of threes to get within a single point. Vene’s basket was matched by Loukas Mavrokefalides. Then Pappas split free throws to tie the score at 52-52. The stalemate remained for over a minute - Giankovits missed twice from the line – as both teams missed shots. Mavrokefalides gave Panathinaikos its first lead with a three, but Anderson’s triple tied it at 55-55.

Fourth quarter: Milaknis buries the big shots

Songaila’s second chance basket and a Vene jumper were both matched by Gist to keep the score tied. Anderson was fouled by Giankovits – his fourth – shooting a three and made the resulting 3 shots for a 62-59 Zalgiris edge. Mavrokefalides drove for a tough layup, which Jankunas countered with a jump shot. Giankovits buried a three from the top of the key to make it 64-64 with five minutes remaining. Pappas gave the Greens a slim lead again, but a Milaknis three on the shot-clock buzzer brought the crowd to its feet at 67-66. Milaknis’s fourth three of the night came with three minutes left and put the difference at 4. Diamantidis and Cherry traded layups. Milaknis fouled out with 1:27 remaining. Cherry added free throws for a 6-point edge with 39 seconds to go. Nelson missed twice from the line with 25 seconds left, but Ulanovas missed 2 too. Pappas drove for a layup with 15 seconds remaining. Giankovits fouled out and Jankunas all but iced the game with the resulting free throws with 14.4 seconds to go.

Arturas Milaknis - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB14
Friday, March 13, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 9984
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Panathinaikos Athens13152715
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Zalgiris Kaunas17395576
Panathinaikos Athens13285570
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CHERRY, WILL 22:59 18 3/8 3/6 3/3   2 2 1   1       3 15
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 17:16 2 1/1 0/1   1   1 4   3 1   3 1 2
5 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 14:01 7 3/4 0/1 1/1 1 1 2 1 1         1 10
8 KARINIAUSKAS, VAIDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SONGAILA, DARIUS 12:23 3 1/2   1/2 1 2 3 1         1 2 6
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 25:59 14 4/9 1/2 3/4   2 2 3 1 1 1 2 3 4 12
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 27:37 4 2/3     1 2 3     1     2 1 4
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 23:46 12 0/2 4/8     2 2 1         5 1 5
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 29:44 13 1/3 2/5 5/5 1 5 6 3 2 4     1 4 18
33 DIMSA, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 26:15 3 0/1 1/2 0/2 1 5 6 5 2       4 1 9
Team           1 6 7               7
Totals 200:00 76 15/33 11/25 13/17 7 27 34 19 6 10 2 2 19 18 88
        45.5% 44% 76.5%
Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
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
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 17:29 2 1/2 0/4   1 1 2 2         1    
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 30:08 11 1/3 3/8 0/2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1   5 4 7
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 13:51 3 0/1 1/1   1   1     1   1 1    
10 NELSON, DEMARCUS 14:47 1 0/3   1/4   2 2 1 1     1 1 5 2
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 26:44 21 4/5 4/5 1/2 1 2 3 2   1     2 4 24
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 21:49 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   6 6 1     1   3 1 10
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 25:31 5 2/2 0/3 1/2   3 3 5 2 4     1 2 8
14 GIST, JAMES 19:27 8 4/5 0/2     3 3 2 1 1     1 2 11
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 20:35 10 5/7     1 4 5     2       1 12
18 BLUMS, JANIS 5:28     0/1                   1   -2
31 LAWAL, GANI 4:11 2 1/1       1 1           2   1
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 70 19/31 9/27 5/12 7 25 32 14 5 10 2 2 18 19 75
        61.3% 33.3% 41.7%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I think in the crunch moments it was defense that made the difference in the game. I told my team during the break it will be tough to stop their three-point shots because they missed good three-point shots in the first half. When they started to make them they came back into the game. But at the end, defense won the game. I congratulate my players on a big win. "
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"Congratulations to Zalgiris. They played very good, they were intensive and wanted to win more than us. We started the game not the way we prepared – shooting too many three-pointers and defending poorly in the first half. I think it was our worst 20 minutes this season. We were better in the second half, but Milaknis and his threes sealed the game for Zalgiris."

Players

CHERRY, WILL
Zalgiris Kaunas
"This was a big game. Panathinaikos is a great team. Like always, in the third quarter we came out lackadaisical, sluggish. They capitalized and put it on us, so we had to be in a dog fight. We showed our heart and poured it out. For us to come in this game and get a much-needed win, I think it is great for our team. Hopefully, we can use it going forward. The toughest was when they started playing pick and rolls and hitting their shooters. We started making sloppy turnovers and bad shots, namely me making bad shots and not getting us into our offense as a point guard, off those misses and bad offense they got into transition to get those shooters. Pappas was wide-open a lot of times and he made us pay every single time. Coach was preaching to us to get to the shooters, but we did not. Once we started doing that in the third quarter and down the stretch we started getting stops and started running our own transitions. Their coach did a great job going into halftime and doing adjustments."
GIST, JAMES
Panathinaikos Athens
"I can only say that Zalgiris tonight was playing really good. It is one of toughest teams to play on the road. Tonight they played with lots of heart and had a really nice game. I can say congratulations to them and we will try to come back in the next games."