2016-17Regular SeasonRound 10
December 02, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC
Antanas Kavaliauskas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB16

Zalgiris Kaunas stops Zvezda for its first road win

Zalgiris Kaunas claimed its first road win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague in nearly a year by stopping Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 79-88 on Friday at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 8 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Arturas Milaknis knocked down 5 of 6 three-pointers en route to a career-best 19 points as Zalgiris won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Lithuanian champs improved to 4-6 by snapping an 11-game losing streak on the road since beating FC Barcelona last December. Edgaras Ulanovas netted 4 free throws down the stretch among his 14 points to help seal it late and Leo Wesstermann collected 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners, who led by 13 early but trailed by 2 at halftime. Zalgiris outrebounded Zvezda 24-39, blocked 5 shots to the hosts’ 1 and outshot the Serbian champs from every distance. Milko Bjelica pced Zvezda with 19 points, Marko Simonovic and Nemanja Dangubic scored 16 each and Nate Wolters netted 15 in defeat as Zvezda lost its second straight game and fell to 4-6.

Milaknis buried 3 early threes and Augusto Lima also started strong to help the visitors to a 6-15 advantage. The hosts were held for nearly five minutes without a basket before Bjelica drained a triple. However, Milaknis buried another three-pointer and Brock Motum came off the bench to push the difference to double figures. A key Simonovic three and a Wolters jumper at the buzzer made it 16-24 after 10 minutes. Wolters continued to spark the hosts with an offensive rebound and three-point play to make it 23-26. Zalgiris weathered the storm – or so it seemed – and Ulanovas’s tip-in gave the visitors a 27-35 cushion midway through the quarter, but the hosts scored the next 10 points. Zvezda tied it on Charles Jenkins’s basket-plus-foul and took the lead on Bjelica’s layup. After a series of lead changes, Stefan Jovic’s layup made it 44-42 at the break. The crowd roared as Dangubic’s three made it 56-51 midway through the third quarter. However Simonovic fouled out on a technical foul, which Zalgiris used to come back and tie it and then take the lead, 61-63, on a Motum layup. Wolters revived the hosts and the game headed into the fourth quarter tied 66-66. The pace slowed down with many points starting to come from the line; Kavaliauskas pushed Zalgiris ahead 71-74 from the line and remained active inside as the margin increased to 7 with four minutes left. Dangubic cut the difference to 79-84 with two and a half minutes to go, but then fouled out. Ulanovas added 4 key free throws to push the difference to 9 and all but wrap up the win.

One Team Week - Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs. Zalgiris Kaunas - EB16
Friday, December 2, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 6453 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade16282213
Zalgiris Kaunas24182422
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Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade16446679
Zalgiris Kaunas24426688
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WOLTERS, NATE 19:57 15 4/6 2/3 1/1 2 2 4 5 1 1     1 3 23
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 22:50 16 2/5 3/5 3/3   1 1   1 1   1 5 3 9
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 4:18   0/1       1 1         1     -1
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 22:43   0/2 0/3     1 1 1   1   1 3   -8
12 SIMANIC, BORISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 19:46 16 3/3 2/3 4/5   2 2 1 2 1     5 2 15
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 25:48 5 1/4 0/1 3/3       2 5 2     1 2 7
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 9:19 1   0/1 1/2                 4 2 -3
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 20:03 4 2/4 0/1   1 1 2 5   1     2   5
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 26:48 3 1/4   1/6 2 2 4 2 2 1   1 1 3 3
51 BJELICA, MILKO 28:28 19 4/11 1/2 8/10 1 4 5 3     1 1 2 8 23
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 79 17/40 8/19 21/30 7 17 24 19 11 8 1 5 24 23 77
        42.5% 42.1% 70%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
3 PANGOS, KEVIN 18:46 5 1/4 1/1   1 1 2 4   4     2 2 4
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 17:34 6 0/3 2/2     1 1 4 1 3     3 1 4
6 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 26:57 7 2/3 1/3   1 6 7 8   2     3 1 15
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 11:44 2 1/3 0/2     1 1 1         3 1 -2
12 MOTUM, BROCK 15:19 9 4/5 0/1 1/2   2 2   1       4 1 6
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:45 2 0/4 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 3 1 1 2   3 2 6
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 26:42 19 1/2 5/6 2/3   3 3 3 1 1       1 23
23 LIMA, AUGUSTO 15:49 4 1/2   2/4 3 4 7     1 2 1 1 4 11
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 20:23 20 7/8   6/7 3 1 4 1   1     3 5 24
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 25:01 14 3/5 0/1 8/8 2 1 3   1   1   1 5 20
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 88 20/39 9/17 21/26 11 28 39 24 5 14 5 1 23 23 114
        51.3% 52.9% 80.8%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
“Congratulations to Zalgiris on a deserving win. Zalgiris started the game better than us and they had a backcourt player in Milaknis, who made the difference. We caught up with them in the second quarter, and in the third we went in front. In the fourth quarter, it was all even until 70-69. We missed too many free throws, and they took advantage of that. There were too many elements in which they outplayed us. Too much for EuroLeague level, which requires a lot more. This was our toughest game this season. For someone on the outside it would not look like that, but we know what we are doing, and I am at the practices and I can say it was the toughest one.”
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Every win in this EuroLeague in important. Every win is difficult to bring around and in this amazing atmosphere, it’s always very difficult. We have a young team, especially young point guards, that passed the test. I think in the first half they were a little sluggish, but I think in the second half when they started being aggressive, Pangos, Lekeviciuas and Westermann, we started playing much better offensively. And also the fourth quarter for us defensively was big. "

Players

KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I am really happy that we won. Really happy that we handled the pressure in this great atmosphere. We are a bunch of fighters; we fought all the way. We never ever lost our plan and did everything we were supposed to do. This is a very important win for us, so I am really happy. "
MILAKNIS, ARTURAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It was amazing. I was waiting to play this game in this kind of atmosphere; it’s like a dream for the players. I am very happy with my performance and that we got the win. I think that the key was to play strong, to follow our plan and to stay with it till the last minute of the game. "
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