2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 19, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
68.4 Points 69.2
33.2 Rebounds 33.4
9.6 O. Rebounds 11.4
23.6 D. Rebounds 22.0
15.6 Assists 15.2
5.8 Steals 6.0
1.0 Blocks 1.2
14.8 Turnovers 14.6
51.4 % 2PT 45.0 %
29.8 % 3PT 34.9 %
76.8 % FT 72.2 %
70.8 Index 62.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.2 / Vougioukas Points 12.4 / Moldoveanu
6.6 / Jankunas Rebounds 8.0 / Ponitka
2.5 / Javtokas OR 2.4 / Djurisic
5.0 / Jankunas DR 5.8 / Ponitka
4.0 / Kalnietis Assists 3.8 / Koszarek
1.7 / Lekavicius Steals 1.8 / Bost
0.4 / Jankunas Blocks 0.2 / Djurisic
2.6 / Kalnietis Turnovers 2.8 / Ponitka
71.4 % / Vougioukas 2PT 87.5 % / Szewczyk
50.0 % / Pocius 3PT 75.0 % / Moldoveanu
100.0 % / Hanlan FT 100.0 % / Koszarek
14.8 / Jankunas Index 13.8 / Ponitka

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-3 Regular Season 1-4
2-3 Overall 1-4

Referees

Crew Chief
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Referee
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Umpire
ROMANO, DAVID, Israel

The Take

The Lithuanian champs host the Polish champs in a crucial duel for both sides. Zalgiris looks to bounce back from its worst loss of the season last week at Panathinaikos, while visiting Zielona Gora targets a maiden road win that would return it to serious Top 16 contention. In fact, depending upon other results, the winner of this game could be third in Group C. All signs would not point to a high-scoring affair as these teams are among the bottom three scoring teams in the Euroleague this season. Zalgiris is also at or near the bottom of the league in blocks, steals and three-point shooting. Zielona Gora’s weaknesses have been fouls committed – its 129 are most in the league, blocks, assists-to-turnover ratio and shooting. Zalgiris’s most-productive players thus far have been big men Paulius Jankunas, Ian Vougioukas and Brock Motum, while waiting for veteran guards Mantas Kalnieits, Renaldas Seibutis and Martynas Pocius plus newcomer Olivier Hanlan to jumpstart the offense. Zielona Gora has relied on Dejan Borovnjak at center, while forward Vlad Moldoveanu stretches the floor and the athletic Mateusz Ponitka crashes the boards. Lukasz Koszarek, Dee Bost and J.R. Reynolds are part of a deeper guard rotation that will need to make its shots to boost Zielona Gora’s chances to snag its first road win.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Paulius Jankunas needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Brock Motum scored a season-high 16 points in the season opener against Zielona Gora.

Motum has fared better on the road than at home this season; he’s averaged 13 points and 5.7 rebounds for an average index of 13 in road games compared to 4 points, 2 rebounds and a 6.5 index in Kaunas.

Renaldas Seibutis is averaging 14.5 points and a performance index rating of 14.5 in home games this season, but 6 points and a performance index rating of 4 on the road.

Stelmet Zielona Gora

Vlad Moldoveanu has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances. He has shot 68% (17 for 25) from downtown in that stretch.

Mateusz Ponitka set a Euroleague career high with 12 rebounds last week at Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir.

Lukasz Koszarek has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Dee Bost has recorded a steal in every Euroleague game this season.

Przemyslaw Zamojski has made multiple three-pointers in three straight Euroleague games.

Adam Hrycaniuk recorded a Euroleague career-high 12 rebounds against Zalgiris. He accomplished the feat in January 2010 as his team at the team, Asseco Prokom, defeated Zalgiris 89-65.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We will be facing the team which never backs down. We have witnessed it in our first meeting when we managed to grab the win only in the last minutes. The same happened in Barcelona week after when Stelmet led for the most of the game. And they won against Panathinaikos later. So it shows that they are quality team and will give us a strong fight on Thursday. With the exception of the last game I think we are controlling our turnovers better, so avoiding them might be a key again in this game."

Players

SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"The last game in Athens was really bad for us, but we need to leave it behind and we are concentrating on this match-up now. I remember that in the first game in Zielona Gora our opponents outrebounded us and had many second chances. We need to take care of that in Kaunas. Stelmet likes to play aggressively and is dangerous in transition. Stopping this will be important."

Jankunas lead Zalgiris to Zielona Gora sweep

Zalgiris Kaunas registers its first home win of the season, using its defense to down visiting Stelmet Zielona Gora 67-56 at Zalgirio Arena on Thursday. The win improved Zalgiris’s record to 3-3 in Group C and it has swept the series against Zielona Gora, which dropped to 1-5. The hosts took the lead for good in the second quarter, and pulled away to 41-31 early in the third, but the visitors rallied. However, an 8-0 run late in the third extended the margin back to 10 points, and the hosts never looked back, allowing only 7 points in the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas paced the hosts with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Mantas Kalnietis netted 13 points and dished 5 assists. Olivier Hanlan had 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Ian Vougioukas scored 10 in victory. For Zielona Gora, Mateusz Ponitka had 15 points plus 7 rebounds, and Vlad Moldoveanu scored 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Vougioukas and Kalnietis get Zalgiris going

A reverse layup from Ponitka got the scoring going. Jankunas opened Zalgiris’s account with free throws. Adam Hrycaniuk hit a jumper for the visitors, but Ian Vougioukas evened things up from close range, 4-4. The offenses struggled to find their rhythm until Ponitka scored a reverse layup for Zielona Gora, and Kalnietis buried a three for the hosts. Lukasz Koszarek and Vougioukas traded baskets from close range to make it 9-8 midway through the quarter. Zalgiris extended the lead with close range baskets from Renaldas Seibutis and Jankunas. After Ponitka scored a tough runner in a crowd, Kalnietis hit a jumper to make it 17-10. In the final minute of the quarter, Dee Bost made a pair of free throws and Koszarek assisted Nemanja Djurisic, whose easy layup cut it to 17-14 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts gain separation with 8-0 run

Szymon Szewczyk made a layup and the visitors held Zalgiris without a single point until Vougioukas made free throws, 19-16. Ponitka cut baseline for an up-and-under reverse layup, and Bost followed by knocking down a jumper to give the visitors a 19-20 lead. However, Olivier Hanlan ended Zalgiris's scoring drought with a triple, the hosts’ first field goal of the quarter after almost five minutes. Martynas Pocius followed with a fastbreak layup. After a timeout, Jankunas buried a three-pointer. Karol Gruszecki snapped an 8-0 run with a fastbreak dunk, but Hanlan knocked down another three-pointer to lead 30-22. Ponitka's three-point play cut the deficit, but a triple from Kalnietis opened a 34-25 advantage, Borovnjak and Bost each made 2 foul shots for Zielona Gora, but Vougioukas scored inside for the hosts as Zalgiris went into halftime up 36-29.

Third quarter: Visitors fight back from a 10-point deficit

Zielona Gora’s Przemyslaw Zamojski knocked down a jumper with his toes on the three-point line, but Jankunas scored from close range and Kalnietis from long range to open a 10-point margin, 41-31. However, Moldoveanu answered with a triple – the first in the game for Zielona Gora, and less than 30 seconds later dished to Koszarek, who also nailed a three, which cut the deficit to 41-37. After a timeout, Jankunas scored in traffic, but Ponitka made a baseline dunk, and Borovnjak got a favorable roll on a baseline jumper to close within 47-45. Zalgiris restored a two-possession lead with a put-back from Robertas Javtokas, and after Gruszecki scored inside, Hanlan knocked one down from long distance. A three-point play from Javtokas re-opened an 8-point margin with two minutes left in the quarter. After a timeout, Lukas Lekavicius made a floater, pushing the lead back to double figures, but Ponitka scored on a fast break to snap an 8-0 run, and make it 57-49 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Zalgiris uses defense to cruise to victory

Neither team scored for almost two minutes before Moldoveanu nailed a three-pointer for Zielona Gora. Hanlan made foul shots, but those were the only points for the hosts for almost five minutes to open the quarter. However, the visitors did not build on their defensive efforts, not scoring for almost four minutes themselves. Vougioukas made a pair of free throws, and Jankunas muscled his way inside to extend the difference to 63-52. After a timeout, Moldoveanu scored an easy layup, but baskets were still few and far between. Kalnietis knocked down a jumper, making it 65-54 with 2:20 to go in the game. Moldoveanu banked in a jumper, but it was too little too late. Javtokas’ baseline jumper in the final minute rounded out the score.

Paulius Jankunas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB15
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Referees: DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 9153
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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
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 5:25   0/1 0/1     2 2                
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 14:53 2 1/3           1   1     3 1 -2
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 11:05 2 1/2       2 2 2 1 1     2   3
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 25:07 13 2/3 3/4     3 3 5   1     2   16
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 23:35 4 2/5 0/1     2 2 1   3     2   -2
12 MOTUM, BROCK 11:23   0/1 0/2   1 1 2     1     1   -3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 30:48 16 4/7 1/3 5/7 1 6 7 4 1 3     2 6 22
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 20:25 10 3/6   4/4   5 5 1   3     3 4 11
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 17:24 9 3/4   3/3 2 2 4   1   1   2 3 15
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 26:06 11 0/2 3/5 2/2   8 8     1     2 5 17
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 13:49   0/2       1 1 3     1   1   2
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 67 16/36 7/16 14/16 5 33 38 17 3 15 2 0 20 19 80
        44.4% 43.8% 87.5%
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
Stelmet Zielona Gora
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 BOST, DEE 23:15 6 1/4 0/1 4/4   1 1 6         2 3 10
7 ZYWERT, KAMIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SZEWCZYK, SZYMON 7:15 2 1/1 0/4     1 1   1       2   -2
11 PONITKA, MARCEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MOLDOVEANU, VLAD 27:36 10 2/3 2/3   2 3 5 1 1 1     2 2 14
20 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 29:24 15 7/11   1/5 1 6 7 1 2 2   1   8 22
33 GRUSZECKI, KAROL 21:58 4 2/3 0/2                   2 3 2
34 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 10:42 2 1/5       1 1 1         3   -3
35 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 16:24 4 1/1 0/5 2/2 1   1 1         2 1  
41 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 22:03 6 2/10   2/2   5 5 2 3     1 3 2 6
42 DJURISIC, NEMANJA 12:24 2 1/2       1 1           1   1
55 KOSZAREK, LUKASZ 28:59 5 1/4 1/3   2 4 6 5 1 3     2 1 8
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 56 19/44 3/18 9/13 8 23 31 17 8 6 0 2 19 20 61
        43.2% 16.7% 69.2%
Head coach: FILIPOVSKI, SASO

Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"First of all, I would like to congratulate my team and our fans for a victory. It is very important we reached our third victory. We wanted to bounce back after last week's loss in Athens. We started the game very well, but later we had some problems because we tried to keep the result. Our opponents fought back, but we were able to take control back in our arms.“
FILIPOVSKI, SASO
Stelmet Zielona Gora
" Zalgiris was the better team tonight and deserved to win. We made tactital mistakes in defense. Our offense was good, but we couldn‘t make our shots. We missed too many shots and free throws. Nevertheless, it was fun to play here, Kaunas is a basketball city.“

Players

KALNIETIS, MANTAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We followed our game plan. Our defense was especially very solid. Our advantage was the big men, so we tried to give them the ball. Sometimes we had problems in offense. We have to to do a better job with moving the ball, but this time we were better in defense and stopped our opponents.“
PONITKA, MATEUSZ
Stelmet Zielona Gora
"We were prepared well for this and tonight fought hard, but we struggled on offense. Our shooting percentage was not good. We made just 3 three-pointers from 18 attempts. I also missed 4 clutch free throws at the end of the game. We defended well, but faced problems on offense.“
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