2007-08Regular SeasonRound 8
December 13, 2007 CET: 19:15
Local time: 20:15 S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER
DeJuan Collins - Zalgiris Kaunas Marcus Brown matched his Euroleague career-high with 31 points as Zalgiris Kaunas remained perfect at home this season with a 102-82 victory over Virtus VidiVici Bologna on Thursday at the S. Darius & S. Girenas Sports Center. The Lithuanian champs improved to 4-4 in Group A and join Olympiacos in a tie for fourth place. The evening began with a salute to former Zalgiris greats as part of Euroleague Basketball's season-long 50 Years of European Club Competitions celebration and the current players made the former heroes proud with a fine performance. Brown made 7 of 9 three-pointers and finished with 31 points to match his career high set nearly six years ago. Jonas Maciulis added 13 points, Michael Bradley 12, De Juan Collins scored 11 points and dished 8 assists and Paulius Jankunas finished with 10. Dewarick Spencer led Virtus with 22, Delonte Holland scored 15 and Andrea Crosariol posted 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Maciulis got Zalgiris going with a three-pointer, but Virtus reacted immediately and Alan Anderson drove inside to give the guests their first lead at 3-4. Brown matched him with nice penetration, but Fabio Di Bella silenced the crowd with bomb from downtown. Brown found his way for another basket and tied the score at 9-9. Eurelijus Zukauskas blocked a shot and Maciulis converted it into two-handed dunk at the other end. Virtus turned to Crosariol, who scored in transition, before Di Bela added an acrobatic layup to get within 15-13. Collins stepped up and drove for a basket, but Crosariol matched him with put-back basket. Brown paced Zalgiris with a long jumper before Bradley hit a layup on the offensive boards. Crosariol beat Bradley one-on-one, but he had his revenge in the same situation on the very next possession. Collins’s drive resulted in a three-point play that gave Zalgiris a double-digit lead and Marko Popovic buzzer-beater from near mid-court gave the hosts a 30-17 advantage after 10 minutes.

Dewarick Spencer - Virtus VidiViciZalgiris started the second quarter with sticky defense and Goran Jurak hit a layup before Mantas Kalnietis slammed home a spectacular dunk off his own steal. Virtus continued to stumble against the Zalgiris defense, while on the other side Zalgiris’s showtime attack flourished as Jurak hit a jump hook and Dainius Salenga made one of two free throws that extended the gap as wide as 39-18. Virtus continued to play individually on offense and couldn’t score from the field until Donnie Mc Grath drilled a three-pointer. However Bradley answered immediately and Popovic added 2 free throws. Maciulis showed that he can play every position, scoring 4 points playing as center in the paint before Popovic penetrated through the Virtus defense for a layup. Virtus tried to run its offense through Spencer, who launched a triple. Holland tried to step up and drive inside, but found nothing but an offensive foul, but Zalgiris didn’t convert it into the points and left the court with solid lead halftime lead, 51-32.

Zalgiris opened the second half behind 4 points by Jankunas, but he collected 2 fouls in less than minute and headed to the bench as Roberto Chiacig made both free throws. Zalgiris, however, didn’t slowed down its offense as Brown nailed a three and fed Zukauskas for a dunk. Collins penetrated for a layup before Virtus answered with back-to-back baskets, but Brown remained hot and connected from downtown. Brown exchanged a few words with the referee and received a technical foul, but Virtus converted it to only 1 point. The visitors tried to stop Brown by double teaming, but it didn’t stop Zalgiris’ best offensive weapon as he drilled another difficult three that pushed Zalgiris ahead 69-43. Collins nailed a fade-away jumper from the left wing, but it was Brown who charged the crowd with yet another triple. Crosariol broke the dry spell with a difficult layup, but the Brown show continued over and over as he launched another incredible bomb from the downtown and the hosts led 83-50 heading into the fourth quarter.

Luca Garri scored and Spencer added a jumper, but Virtus could not compete against Brown, who hit two more triples before heading to the bench. Spencer seemed to be the only player who refused to quit and he drilled a triple that reduced the margin to 89-59. Kalnietis dished to Bradley for a layup and even a 0-10 Virtus run, featuring a nice two-handed dunk by Crosariol, a basket by Spencer in transition and a basket Federico Lestini, wasn’t enough to threaten Zalgiris. Salenga struck back with three that cooled off Virtus and allowed the hosts to celebrate another home win.

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Antanas Paluka, Kaunas
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Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), KLAAR, LARS (SWE), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 5000
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Zalgiris30213219
Virtus VidiVici17151832
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Zalgiris305183102
Virtus VidiVici17325082
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JURAK, GORAN 14:49 6 3/4 0/1   2 4 6   1       3 1 9
5 BROWN, MARCUS 25:56 31 4/5 7/9 2/2 1   1 1   2 1   4 1 26
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 22:30 13 4/6 1/1 2/2 1 3 4   1 2   1 2 1 12
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 13:22 2 1/1 0/1         4 1 2     2 1 3
10 SALENGA, DAINIUS 15:34 4 0/1 1/2 1/2   3 3     3       1 2
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 20:34 4 2/4     3 4 7 1   1   1 1 1 8
12 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 3:06 2 1/1                         2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 19:27 10 4/6 0/1 2/2 2 2 4     1   1 3 2 8
14 MOTIEJUNAS, DONATAS 4:34           1 1           1 1 1
24 POPOVIC, MARKO 16:18 7 1/3 1/6 2/2   1 1 3 1     1   3 7
33 BRADLEY, MICHAEL 17:12 12 5/7 0/1 2/2 3 3 6 2   1 2 1 3 1 15
41 COLLINS, DeJUAN 26:38 11 4/8 0/3 3/3   3 3 8 2 1   1 3 5 17
Team                   1           1
Totals 200:00 102 29/46 10/25 14/15 12 24 36 19 7 13 3 6 22 18 111
        63% 40% 93.3%
Head coach: GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
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
Virtus VidiVici
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HOLLAND, DELONTE 26:05 15 4/11 0/2 7/8 2 2 4 2 1 3   1 3 5 10
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 27:12 22 6/9 2/6 4/5   2 2 2   2   1 3 4 16
9 ANDERSON, ALAN 22:28 2 1/1 0/2             1 1   2 1 -1
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 21:06 15 7/7   1/3 3 4 7 2   3 4     2 25
12 GIOVANNONI, GUILHERME 23:06 5 0/3 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   1     3 2 2
14 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 18:54 5 1/3   3/4 1 1 2   1         2 7
15 MICHELORI, ANDREA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 DI BELLA, FABIO 14:51 8 1/3 1/1 3/4   3 3 2         4 3 9
18 LESTINI, FEDERICO 7:28 2 1/2             2           3
19 DA ROS, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GARRI, LUCA 16:54 5 1/2 0/1 3/4 1 1 2 1   1 1   1 2 6
21 McGRATH, DONNIE 21:56 3 0/1 1/2           1     1 2 1  
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 82 22/42 5/17 23/30 8 15 23 10 7 11 6 3 18 22 79
        52.4% 29.4% 76.7%
Head coach: PILLASTRINI, STEFANO

Head Coaches

GRIGAS, RIMANTAS
Zalgiris
"It was one of those games that everything just goes right. At the end of the game we let off a little bit, but a win is a win. We are not very hyped about this victory because it’s not the last game of the tournament. We have to think and prepare for the next game. However victory was very important for us. Now we see in our future more opportunities. My players showed that they can play and they can play very strong. Our offense ran well because our defense was working out right tonight. I was not surprised by Brown’s performance because we knew he’s a terrific shooter."
PILLASTRINI, STEFANO
Virtus VidiVici
"It was an easy walk for Zalgiris. After such a game, all I can say that we weren't prepared to play on such a level. We looked like a rookie team. We have a lot of players that lack experience and there were moments that they just didn't know what to do. It's the first season in the Euroleague for many of them. We lost this game in the first half. Especially demoralizing were those incredible shots by Brown and Popovic. We played a bit better in the final quarter, but it was much too late for a comeback."

Players

ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS
Zalgiris
"It was great game. We had some emotional boost because of all ceremonies here in Kaunas. It was little bit hard to start the game because we were a little off rhythm. But it's easy to win the game when you have Marcus Brown in your lineup. He was amazing tonight and hit almost every single shot. If he will continue play like that, I'd rather stay on defense all the time because there is nothing to do on the offense when he plays like that. He was a real factor tonight."
BROWN, MARCUS
Zalgiris
"We came in really focused. Guys were very focused and I think we played really well tonight. We were really aggressive offensively and defensively. I think our big guys played absolutely phenomenal. I am proud of them. We rebounded the ball extremely well. The good thing is that we still have room to improve. Today the second unit played very well in the second quarter. We just had to be more focused in the fourth quarter."
HOLLAND, DELONTE
Virtus VidiVici
"We came in aggressive, but things didn't go our way. They had some great individual performances, hitting some difficult shots. We lack composure and staying together when the crowd gets into the game, when the situation gets difficult. We have to stand focused and in the system. I don't want to take anything away from Zalgiris, but I think we played really bad today. They were really patient on offense. They found open shots. They looked really relaxed and that's very important when you play in the Euroleague. Even when they were up by 20 points they still stayed relaxed. Marcus is an incredible player and he played fantastically tonight."
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