Regular Season Round 2 - October 30, 2008 CET: 18:45 Local time: 19:45 - S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
MARTIN, JOSE, Spain
Referee
DOZAI, SRDAN, Croatia
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
51.0 Points 80.0
47.0 Rebounds 41.0
20.0 O. Rebounds 13.0
27.0 D. Rebounds 28.0
9.0 Assists 16.0
5.0 Steals 7.0
2.0 Blocks 4.0
22.0 Turnovers 9.0
41.0 % 2PT 40.5 %
15.0 % 3PT 48.0 %
41.7 % FT 77.8 %
37.0 Index 106.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.0 / WOODS, LOREN Points 15.0 / Domercant
16.0 / WOODS, LOREN Rebounds 13.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
7.0 / WOODS, LOREN OR 3.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
9.0 / WOODS, LOREN DR 10.0 / Lavrinovic, K.
3.0 / WOODS, LOREN Assists 7.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
2.0 / WOODS, LOREN Steals 2.0 / Domercant
1.0 / Salenga Blocks 2.0 / Eze
5.0 / Klimavicius Turnovers 3.0 / FINLEY, MORRIS
100.0 % / Janavicius 2PT 100.0 % / Sato
50.0 % / VARDA, RATKO 3PT 100.0 % / FINLEY, MORRIS
100.0 % / Janavicius FT 100.0 % / Kaukenas
28.0 / WOODS, LOREN Index 25.0 / Lavrinovic, K.

THE TAKE

A couple of classic Euroleague teams will take center stage in Kaunas, Lithuania, when Zalgiris welcomes Montepaschi Siena in Group B on Thursday. Zalgiris opened the 2008-09 Euroleague season with a 78-51 road loss against Panathinaikos. Meanwhile, Montepaschi Siena registered a 80-71 home win over Asseco Prokom. There is some good news for Zalgiris, as Paulius Jankunas is back in action and already played in the Lithuanian League this weekend. Jankunas is set to offer post skills and deep shooting range to a strong frontcourt that also features a trio of experienced centers in Loren Woods, Ratko Varda and veteran Eurelijus Zukauskas. Woods pulled down 16 boards against Panathinaikos last week to lead the Euroleague. Zukauskas and versatile forward Tomas Masiulis helped Zalgiris to win the Euroleague back in 1999. Varda and Woods will have the tough mission to stop Ksistof Lavrinovic, who returns home to his homeland to face Zalgiris. Shaun Stonerook is set to provide many intangibles and experience, while Benjamin Eze will have a strong test against Varda and Woods. Tomas Ress and Luca Lechtaler will step on court to offer intensity and fouls to give. Montepaschi got stronger with the addition of top gun Henry Domercant. The guests are really deep at both wings with small forward Romain Sato and scoring ace Rimantas Kaukenas, who will be highly motivated to play in his own country. Zalgiris has not been able to replace Marcus Brown, the Euroleague's all-time top scorer, who was sent on loan to Maccabi Electra last week. As such, Jonas Maciulis, Dainius Salenga and Tadas Klimavicius are set to see extended playing time. The matchup between Maciulis and Domercant can become the biggest key to this game. Willie Deane will be Zalgiris's floor general, but due to the circumstances, the hosts may play with twin point guards, adding Mantas Kalnietis or up-and-coming playmaker Zygimantas Janavicius to the lineup. Deane will test his skills against All-Euroleague guard Terrell McIntyre. Meanwhile, Montepaschi is deeper at point guard this season with the addition of Morris Finley. Montepaschi needs to be its usual self in defense while getting its stars involved in the other end. Zalgiris needs Deane to bounce back, as he had a -9 index against Panathinaikos last week, as well as lock the defensive boards with Varda and Woods on the court. Even though Montepaschi is the favorite, thousands of Zalgiris fans will be backing their team in Kaunas, so it will not be easy for the guests.

GAME QUOTES

Zalgiris
  • Center Loren Woods grabbed the most rebounds in the Euroleague last week (16) as Zalgiris fell at Panathinaikos.
  • When center Eurelijus Zukauskas came off the bench last week at Panathinaikos, it marked the first time he came in as a reserve since the 2001 playoffs. Zukauskas had started all 41 Euroleague games he appeared in the past seven seasons.
  • Forward Tomas Masiulis, who returned to Zalgiris this season after six seasons in Poland, first left the club to play for Montepaschi in March 2002. Current Montepaschi head coach Simone Pianigiani was an assistant coach on that team.
Montepaschi Siena
  • All-Euroleague second team big man Ksistof Lavrinovic set a Euroleague single-season record by shooting 57.9% from three-point range last season. After going 3 for 4 from downtown last week, his average is up to 59.0% and with two more games played, he could become the all-time Euroleague Basketball leader in the category.
  • Ksistof Lavrinovic’s twin brother, Darjus Lavrinovic, was an All-Euroleague second team performer for Zalgiris after the 2005-06 season.
  • Reserve big man Tomas Ress set his Euroleague career-high in scoring with 16 points in an 89-64 rout of Zalgiris last season. He also set his Euroleagie-high in rebounds against Zalgiris, notching 9 with Fortitudo Bologna in an 81-86 road win in February 2006.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
"We worked hard this week and we are now better prepared for the game against Montepaschi. Our opponents are one of the strongest teams in Euroleague. They managed to retain the head coach and key players for the third consecutive season. They have added Henry Domercant this year who made them even better. Montepaschi won their first Euroleague game against Sopot and they are doing great in their national championship as well. Those victories gave them confidence and rhythm. Montepaschi plays team oriented basketball; they share the ball and understand each other very well. It's sad that Ratko Varda won’t be able to help us in the upcoming match. He is still injured and unable to play. But we got Paulius Jankunas back who played two games this weekend and had great performances."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"It will be a very difficult game from the point of view of the atmosphere on the court in Kaunas, where the local fans are rowdy and very close to the floor. Winning will be a great motivation for them particularly because they are having their troubles off the court, but with new management, sponsors and players they really wish to live up to their proud tradition. Even though they lost a key player in Marcus Brown to start the season, the rest of the Zalgiris team is very competitive. They have some great Lithuanian players who have already established themselves as well as others with very promising futures. This is surely the worst moment to meet Zalgiris, in its home debut in the Euroleague, so we will have to summon all the energies and the resources we have in order to be able to challenge them on their own court."

Players

JANKUNAS, PAULIUS
Zalgiris
"I am recovering from the injury and getting better and better every day. However, I expect a very difficult game against Montepaschi. They are a very strong team that plays fast basketball. Even frontcourt players can hit from the outside so it won’t be easy to stop them. Anyway, I hope it will be a better game than the one we had in Athens. We will play in front of our devoted fans and that should help us, but we know it won’t be an easy game."
Rimantas Kaukenas - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena had a trick or two up its sleeve when visiting Zalgiris Kaunas in Group B on Thursday - its own Lithuanians. Two of those Montepaschi imports - Rimantas Kaukenas and Ksistof Lavrinovic - led a second-half surge that let the Italian champions win going away, 67-93, to stay undefeated. Zalgiris, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2 despite leading for much of the first half. Kaukenas exploded in the second and finished with 27 points. Lavrinovic finished as his team's top performer with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Romain Sato added 18 points to the cause and Henry Domercant 11. For Zalgiris, Paulius Jankunas dropped 16 points and Loren Woods 15, but most of that came in the first half. Montepaschi's defense held the hosts to just 24 points after halftime, at which time Zalgiris had led 43-40. In the end, however, Zalgiris cold not stop Montepaschi near the basket, as the visitors hit an amazing 30 of 40 two-point shots (75%) to win despite shooting only 4 free throws all game.

Both teams struggled to score at the outset, but after Montepaschi awoke with Sato's mid-range jumper, Zygimantas Janavicius answered with three-pointer and layup, putting Zalgiris ahead 5-3. Sato and Domercant combined for 4 points then, but Montepaschi couldn't stop Jankunas from matching them. Montepaschi intensified its defense, forcing a turnover and a Zalgiris timeout before Domercant struck from the downtown. Jankunas shot an airball from the arc, but Dainius Salenga grabbed it and made an acrobatic layup for the hosts. The Lithuanian connection of Montepaschi worked as Lavrinovic fed Kaukenas for an open three-pointer that cut Zalgiris lead to 16-14. Jankunas stepped up with an easy layup, Rolandas Alijevas copied him mid-range and Mantas Kalnietis added free throws as Zalgiris soared again, but after two offensive rebounds, Marco Carraretto closed the first quarter with three-pointer for Montepaschi that trimmed the difference to 22-19.

Loren Woods - Zalgiris Three-pointers by Jonas Maciulis and Salenga boosted Zalgiris at the start of the second quarter. Lavrinovic did all the dirty work on offense for Montepaschi with nice penetration. Deane kept Zalgiris from slipping only as long as Lavrinovic made a put-back and fired a triple to get his team as close as 31-28. Montepaschi seemed to find its scoring rhythm as Kaukenas made a trademark baseline layup and Lavrinovic 2 free throws that pushed visitors ahead at 35-36. Montepashi continued to run its offense through Kaukenas, who hit another shot before Loren Woods made free throws. Zalgiris couldn’t score until Kalnietis penetrated for a flashy layup and added another one on the fastbreak which reestablished a Zalgiris advantage of 43-40 at halftime.

Janavicius got his team going with three-pointer but Sato matched him with basket-plus-free throw before Jankunas tapped in a Maciulis miss from downtown. Zalgiris didn't slow down the pace as Dean dished a nice assist to Woods for a layup. Montepaschi turned to Kaukenas, however, and his jumper initiated a 0-6 run 6-0 in which Mcintyre and Lavrinovic participated. Zalgiris couldn't get through Montepaschi's sticky and aggressive defense while Sato had a powerful two-handed dunk and Kaunkenas a three-pointer bomb to put the guests ahead at 51-55. Zalgiris still struggled until Jankunas drove inside but a Montepaschi flourish to which Lavrinovic, McIntyre, Sato and Kaukenas all contributed meant a double-digit advantage, 57-67, for the visitors after 30 minutes.

Sato opened the fourth quarter with 5 consecutive points and Mcintyre added a layup on the fastbreak to silence the Zalgiris crowd quickly, even after Jankunas hit a triple off the glass. Zalgiris couldn't get inside and continued to miss from long distance while Montepaschi executed plays and hit open shots. Morris Finley's penetratation put the lead over 20 points, at 67-89, forcing the hosts to call another timeout, but the handwriting was on the wall already and the rest of the game was just waiting for the buzzer that sent Montepaschi back to Italy undefeated and Zalgiris still looking for a first win.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Antanas Pakula, Kaunas
Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 5000
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Zalgiris22211410
Montepaschi Siena19212726
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Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
7 WOODS, LOREN 33:21 15 4/6   7/10 2 6 8 1   2     1 6 22
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 21:50 7 2/6 1/3   1 3 4 3 1 2 2   2 1 8
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 19:50 8 3/6 0/2 2/2   2 2 2   3       2 6
10 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 23:11 8 1/2 2/4 0/2 1 2 3 1   4     2 1 2
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 9:00 2 1/1   0/2 1   1   1         1 3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 25:51 16 4/8 2/3 2/2 2 2 4 1   5     3 3 11
15 MASIULIS, TOMAS 11:48   0/1       2 2     1     3 1 -2
17 DEANE, WILLIE 14:18 4 2/2   0/1   1 1 2   4     2 3 3
20 SALENGA, DAINIUS 24:02 5 1/1 1/5     4 4 4 1       1 1 10
33 ALIJEVAS, ROLANDAS 16:49 2 1/2     1   1   2 1     1   2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 67 19/35 6/17 11/19 8 22 30 14 5 22 2 0 15 19 65
54.3% 35.3% 57.9%
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
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 21:27 11 1/3 3/5     3 3   2 1 1   3 1 10
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 26:40 8 4/4 0/4   1   1 4 3 2       2 12
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 13:20 6 3/4 0/3         2 2 1       1 6
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 19:15 2 1/1   0/1 3   3 1 1 2     2 2 4
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 6:04 3   1/2             1       1 2
10 SATO, ROMAIN 24:30 18 7/9 1/3 1/1 1 1 2 1 1 1     2 3 18
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 20:45 15 5/7 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 2 2   3   3 3 23
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 27:59 27 9/11 3/7     2 2 1 1       3   22
14 RESS, TOMAS 10:51   0/1 0/1   1 1 2 1   1     1   -1
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 2:38                         1   -1
19 CROTTA, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 26:31 3   1/1     5 5 5 1       4 2 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 93 30/40 10/28 3/4 7 15 22 17 13 9 4 0 19 15 107
75% 35.7% 75%
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Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
"I am upset that we lost our first Euroleague game at home. We played pretty good in the first half, but later we got tired and lost control of the game. We started to make mistakes and our opponents converted those mistakes into points. I think the interruptions to our preparation phase had a big impact in our physical condition. Two of my players, Mantas Kalnietis and Paulius Jankunas, played after certain periods of inactivity and it was hard for them to play at full strength. Loren Woods also got tired at the end because he had to defend very versatile and mobile big men from Montepasch men. However, I am proud of my players who gave their hearts and it's just sad that final score doesn't reflect that."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"It's a very important victory for us, because it's always hard to win here in this gym where the fans create a great atmosphere. We played good enough in the first half, but committed too many turnovers and made too many mistakes on defense. Zalgiris scored 43 points in the first half and 24 in the second. I think that difference was made by our improved defense in the second half. I used 11 players in different rotations in the first half so they were fresh at the in the end."

Players

WOODS, LOREN
Zalgiris
"It's very sad that we lost the game. But I am still optimistic because we have more games coming up. And we work very hard. And when you work very hard, anything can happen."
KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS
Montepaschi Siena
"I am happy we won this tough game. I know that Zalgiris has faced some difficult situations lately and they proved they are franchise players and they fought from their very heart. I really respect this team. We lacked concentration in the first half and we were running weak on defense. I think defense was a key to victory. After the halftime break we got back on the court more concentrated and improved our defense. I think improved and aggressive defense let us build such a significant lead in the second half."
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