2017-18Regular SeasonRound 6
November 09, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Zalgiris picks up a record-breaking win in Milan

Zalgiris Kaunas played some of its most dominant basketball in recent years and broke a club-record along the way in registering a resounding 62-94 road win against AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan on Thursday night in the fashion capital. The margin of victory of 32 points for Zalgiris is the largest in a road game for the club this century. It was also the second road win this season for Zalgiris, which improved its record to 3-3, while Milan dropped to 1-5. Zalgiris took the lead for good with a 0-9 run to close the first quarter and extended it to more than 20 points with a 0-16 run in the second, before sealing things with a 2-17 run that ended the third quarter. Zalgiris featured six scorers in double figures, with Paulius Jankunas scoring 13 points, which moved him past reigning EuroLeague MVP Sergio Llull and into the sixth place on the all-time scoring list with 2,539 points. Kevin Pangos posted 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Brandon Davies also scored 12, Axel Toupane and Arturas Milaknis each had 11, while Edgaras Ulanovas scored all of his 10 points in the first half. Andrew Goudelock led Milan with 13 points, and Jordan Theodore scored 11, while Kaleb Tarczewski pulled down 10 rebounds.

The hosts started with hot shooting from Goudelock and Vladimir Micov, who combined to score all of Milan’s 16 points in the first five minutes, including a pair of triples from Goudelock. But Zalgiris had a diversified attack from the start with Pangos hitting from long range, and Davies and Jankunas from close range. A triple from Milaknis tied it at 14-14 after a Zalgiris timeout, and everything quickly turned around. Milan used free throws to go up 20-16, but the visitors went on a 0-9 run to close the opening quarter, capped by a tough, buzzer-beating triple by Ulanovas that made it 20-25. After Toupane and Amath M’Baye traded close range buckets and a layup from Dairis Bertans briefly kept the margin at 24-31, Zalgiris went on a 0-16 run over the next five minutes. Ulanovas started things with another three-pointer, and Pangos hit one from long range, before Toupane added to the tally. Vasilije Micic threw an alley-oop for Aaron White, and Davis scored from underneath the basket to make it 24-47. Theodore snapped the run with a triple, and Tarczewski made a put-back for Milan, but Milaknis nailed another three as the visitors went into halftime up 31-50.

Milan put out an extra effort at the start of the third quarter. Goudelock and Theodore combined to score 8 points, trimming the margin down to 14 points, but Jankunas and Davies scored inside, followed by Micic’s four-point play and consecutive triples from Milaknis and Jankunas, which all led to the margin skyrocketing to 41-66 with little over three minutes to go in the third quarter. Zalgiris kept Milan scoreless for the remaining time in the quarter and entered the final quarter up 41-70. Pangos and White on one side, and Bertans and Awudu Abass on the other, traded threes in the opening minute of the fourth, but Zalgiris stepped it up pretty quickly on defense once again and scored the next 7 points to open a 36-point margin, 47-83. Not much changed before the final buzzer, as Zalgiris closed out the game for a huge win.

Paulius Jankunas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB17
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 7554 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 22:24 13 3/7 2/3 1/1   2 2 1   1 1   3 4 12
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 26:09 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   1 1 2   2       5 10
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 9:21 2 1/3 0/1     2 2 1 2       2 1 3
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 15:48 7 2/2 1/3     1 1 1   2     1 3 7
15 TARCZEWSKI, KALEB 27:20 6 2/3   2/2 5 5 10           2 2 15
22 CUSIN, MARCO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 ABASS, AWUDU 12:30 5 1/4 1/6   3   3   2     1 1    
24 M'BAYE, AMATH 13:01 2 1/2 0/3 0/1   2 2   1       2 1 -1
25 THEODORE, JORDAN 24:12 11 2/6 1/4 4/4 1   1 2 1 2     1 3 8
34 JEFFERSON, CORY 14:14 4 1/3 0/2 2/4 1   1           2 2 -1
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 22:21 5 1/1 1/6     2 2 2       1 3 1 1
77 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 12:40   0/2     2 1 3     1     2   -2
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 15/35 7/31 11/14 14 17 31 9 6 9 1 2 19 22 54
        42.9% 22.6% 78.6%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DAVIES, BRANDON 17:37 12 4/4   4/4   3 3 1 1 1     2 2 16
1 BOST, DEE 14:28 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   2 2 2 1 1     1 1 3
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 23:13 12 0/2 4/6   1 4 5 5   2     2 1 15
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 26:53 11 2/2   7/8   5 5     2     1 4 16
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:27 13 5/8 1/1   1 2 3 1   1     4 1 10
20 MASIULIS, GYTIS 6:01 4 1/1   2/3   1 1           1 2 5
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 14:27 11 1/1 3/4         2     1   3 1 11
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 15:10 3 0/3 1/1 0/1 1 4 5 7 1 1     2 3 12
30 WHITE, AARON 14:42 7 2/2 1/1         1         2   6
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 14:04 2 0/3   2/2 3 2 5 1   3   1 4 1 -2
66 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS 14:16 7 2/3 1/3     4 4   1           9
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 17:42 10 2/5 2/2   1 2 3 3 1   1     3 18
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 94 19/35 13/20 17/20 9 30 39 23 5 11 2 1 22 19 122
        54.3% 65% 85%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan
"We were too passive in the second quarter and we let them score at will with no answer. That's not acceptable at this level. Losing, losing big is something understandable in this kind of season, but you have to respond. They made all the shots and we didn't, in spite of building a lot of good looks. When you don't make shots, their defense is allowed to stay inside and be physical. That is what happened. but that's not the point. The point has been how passive we were in the second quarter. Now it's time to respond, I mean mentally."
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Great game for us. For most of the game we really followed the game plan great. And it obviously helps to make shots, and we hit a lot of good shots, but we also had some really good looks. So, it’s kind of logical. Defensively, this was a very good game. I think we managed to control their guards that are for sure are one of the best in EuroLeague, and it is great, great win for us."

Players

PANGOS, KEVIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Coach told us at the halftime we have to keep doing what we have been doing, and I think our team did a good job of doing that. Playing hard, playing good defense, and when you do that you get good shots on the other end. We just stuck to the game plan, and all the guys on the court were doing that, and that’s what happened in this game."
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