2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Zalgiris Kaunas goes out in style

In the season finale for both teams, Zalgiris Kaunas downed Brose Baskets Bamberg 90-81 in Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. Zalgiris finished the Top 16 with 6-8 record and in the sixth place of Group E, while Bamberg lost all 14 games and will have to wait another year for its first-ever Top 16 victory. Zalgiris led for most of the night, but did not manage to pull away to a double-digit lead until starting the fourth quarter when Darjus and Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 6 points in a 9-1 run to make it 75-64. The visitors never managed to come closer than 6 points the rest of the way. Ksistof Lavrinovic led in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds and Mindaugas Kuzminkas collected 13 points plus 9 rebounds. Marko Popovic added 12 points and 6 assists, while Rimantas Kaukenas also scored 12 for Zalgiris. Anton Gavel netted 20 for the visitors, Bostjan Nachbar and Casey Jacobsen scored 14 apiece, with Jacobsen making 4 of 5 threes. A.J. Ogilvy followed with 13 points and Sharrod Ford had 10 points plus 7 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Close scores tell of excitement to come

Ksistof Lavrinovic started things with a layup before Philipp Neumann threw down a big dunk at the other end. Zalgiris stayed ahead with a jumper from Kaukenas and a layup from Robertas Javtokas, before back-to-back triples from Jacobsen gave Bamberg brief 8-10 lead. But a baseline dunk from Kuzminkas, followed with a basket-plus-foul and a triple from Ksistof Lavrinovic, put Zalgiris in front 18-12. Bamberg answered through Nachbar who hit a long jumper and then dunked, before a three-pointer from Gavel cut it to 20-19. Ogilvy’s one-handed slam and Gavel’s awkward runner helped the visitors regain the lead, but Marko Popovic sank 4 free throws, making it 26-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zalgiris takes control with four triples in a row

Popovic assisted Vytenis Lipkevicius and Adas Juskevicius for layups to start the second quarter, opening up a 32-25 lead. Ford’s layup and a put-back dunk, followed with Jacobsen’s third triple tied the game. After Kuzminskas and Neumann traded layups, Zalgiris hit triples on four consecutive trips down the floor - first Popovic, then two from Kuzminskas, followed up with a three from Kaukenas – to go ahead 46-38. Bamberg answered with a pair of foul shots and a three-pointer from Gavel, before a baseline jumper from Ksistof Lavrinovic gave Zalgiris a 50-45 halftime advantage.

Third quarter: Bamberg uses a 0-9 run to stay close

A put-back from Darjus Lavrinovic and a layup from Mario Delas made it 54-45, but baskets inside from Ford and a triple from Jacobsen tied things up at 54-54. A basket-plus-free throw from Kaukenas snapped the visitors’ run, and after Ford’s layup, Javtokas added a put-back to the hosts’ tally. However, Bamberg tied the score at 61-61 with a fastbreak layup from Gavel and a big dunk from Ogilvy, but Lipkevicius nailed a triple from the right corner to give Zalgiris a 66-63 edge going into the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter: Kaukenas hits key shots as Zalgiris finishes with a smile

Darjus Lavrinovic opened the final quarter with a layup and a dunk for a 7-point margin, before Juskevicius sank a triple and Ksistof Lavrinovic hit a jumper off the glass to make it 75-64. After a timeout, Ogilvy completed a monster put-back dunk, then blocked an attempt from Lipevicius, but a fastbreak dunk from Ksistof Lavrinovic kept the margin in double figures. Coach Joan Plaza was called for a technical foul that allowed the visitors a 5-point possession, including a tough basket in the crowd from Ogilvy. Kaukenas fired up the home crowd with a driving layup, then added a jumper, too, but Nachbar answered with an layup and a long jumper of his own for 81-75. Emotions were flying high with players from both teams showing a lot of energy and hustling for every ball until the end. For Zalgiris, Kuzminskas, and Popovic each split free throws, but Bamberg did not manage to get any closer as Darjus Lavrinovic grabbed couple of offensive rebounds to seal the deal.

Rimantas Kaukenas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB12
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR), HALLIKO, AARE (EST)
Attendance: 11769
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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
5 McGRATH, DONNIE 20:25 2 1/3       3 3 6 1 2     1   7
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 22:55 12 0/1 1/5 9/10       6 1     1 3 8 17
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 14:51 9 4/8   1/2 3 4 7     1 1 1 4 1 7
8 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 15:41 7 2/2 1/1         2 1 2 1     1 10
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 19:34 9 2/3 1/3 2/2       1       1 1 2 7
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 11:51 4 2/2     2 1 3 1   2     3 1 4
17 DELAS, MARIO 17:04 2 1/5 0/1 0/1   1 1   1     1 1 1 -3
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 20:02 13 2/4 2/5 3/4 3 6 9     1 1   3 2 15
21 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 22:18 12 4/8 1/2 1/1 1   1 2           3 13
31 FOOTE, JEFF 8:05         1 1 2       2   2 1 3
33 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 27:14 20 6/7 1/3 5/5 3 5 8 2   1 1   3 3 27
Team           2   2     2     1   -1
Totals 200:00 90 24/43 7/20 21/25 15 21 36 20 4 11 6 4 22 23 106
        55.8% 35% 84%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GOLDSBERRY, JOHN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 25:44 14 6/9 0/4 2/4 1 4 5 1   2   1 2 4 10
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 26:04 2 0/1 0/3 2/2   1 1 2   1     5 1 -4
12 SCHMIDT, DANIEL 18:38   0/1 0/3   1 2 3 2   1   1 5   -6
14 NEUMANN, PHILIPP 18:08 8 4/8     2 1 3 2 1 1     1 1 9
15 FORD, SHARROD 23:50 10 5/9 0/3   3 4 7 2 2 1 1 2 3 1 10
18 ROCKMANN, MANUEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 31:20 14   4/5 2/2 1   1 2         3 2 15
25 GAVEL, ANTON 33:41 20 3/5 3/5 5/6   1 1 3   2   1 2 5 19
33 ZIRBES, MAIK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 OGILVY, ANDREW JAMES 22:35 13 4/6   5/7 2 2 4 2   2 3 1 2 7 20
Team           1 3 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 81 22/39 7/23 16/21 11 18 29 16 3 12 4 6 23 21 75
        56.4% 30.4% 76.2%
Head coach: FLEMING, CHRIS

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"For the first time since 1999 Zalgiris finishes season with a positive win-loss balance. There are teams which with 14-10 record will be in the Playoffs. We lost a few close games and it seems that two more wins would have been enough. But we have to be proud of this season. Not only we finished it on a positive note, we also won on the road in Top 16 for the first time since 2004, we won our regular season group and we managed to involve young players to achieve this. Also, special thanks goes to our fans, who should feel proud of the job Zalgiris did. Talking about the game, I want to mention two things. We had 20 assists and it was a very good figure and we fought for the offensive rebounds very well."
FLEMING, CHRIS
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I want to congratulate Zalgiris, the coaching staff and players for a great game. I feel big respect to Zalgiris fans, who had a difficult season and the game didn’t mean anything, but they came to the game tonight and supported their team perfectly. Talking about the game it was really up and down. We lost our concentration for 2-3 minutes in fourth quarter and it was enough for Zalgiris to get away. And they played more clever from that on. You cannot win the game if you allow 90 points to your basket."

Players

LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Tonight something was going good, something – not so well, but the hardest part was to concentrate for this game. It didn’t mean much, but our fans were a big motivation to prepare for the game. I thank them from my heart for supporting us. We could have achieved much more in Top 16, but several problems didn’t allow us to do it. We needed just a few more wins and we were so close in some games. If we didn’t have those problems, we would be in much better position right now."
GAVEL, ANTON
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Definitely our rebounding wasn’t going very well. Zalgiris had a lot of rebounds in the offensive end and this helped them to make those second chances. This game wasn’t important for both teams. For us it was only important to win this game just to have one victory in Top 16, but yes. We had a very different imagination of the second round and it didn’t work out for us. But we managed to get into Top 16 so it means that we deserve to be here. Tonight in Zalgirio arena it was perfect atmosphere to finish our journey in the Euroleague. We knew that Zalgiris fans are amazing, and it is always nice to play here and feel this atmosphere."