2020-21Regular SeasonRound 12
December 03, 2020 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 LA FONTETA

ALBA sinks Valencia in three-point shootout

Depleted ALBA Berlin hit a club-record 17 three-pointers en route to a resounding 92-100 road win against Valencia Basket on Thursday night. With a win in a game where the teams combined for 31 made three-pointers, ALBA improved its record to 4-7, while Valencia dropped to 7-4. ALBA led throughout the game, save for two brief periods, midway through the first and at the start of the third quarter. ALBA took control with a 3-23 run early in the third quarter that helped it open a 17-point lead. Despite picking it up offensively, the hosts never got closer than 8 the rest of the way. Luke Sikma was everywhere with 15 points and 12 rebounds for ALBA. Jayson Granger was the visitors' top scorer with 17 points on 5-for-7 three-point shooting. Johannes Thiemann also scored 15, Niels Giffey netted 13 points and Peyton Siva had 10 assists along with 9 points. Klemen Prepelic and Martin Hermannson scored 13 apiece for Valencia, Mike Tobey and Fernando San Emeterio each scored 12 points, Guillem Vives added 11 and Nikola Kalinic 10 in the losing effort.

ALBA opened with a zone defense it used throughout the first half and opened with a 0-7 lead behind 5 points from Sikma, including a triple. Valencia answered with a 10-0 run, capped with back-to-back threes from Sam Van Rossom and Vives, but Kresimir Nikic hit a long jumper to start ALBA's 2-10 run, in which Siva and Granger each nailed a three-pointer. After Vives and Tim Schneider traded threes, Luis Olinde scored inside and Maodo Lo from the outside to make it 19-27 late in the first. Hermannsson hit twice from long range to open the second quarter, but Giffey and Thiemann answered each with a triple of their own. The fast pace continued with the teams trading baskets. Jaime Pradilla and Prepelic scored from close range for the hosts, but Lo and Olinde hit from long range for ALBA, before Granger's driving layup created a double-digit margin, 37-47. However, the hosts scored the final 8 points of the half, including a three from San Emeterio, to close within 50-51 at the break.

Van Rossom's triple put Valencia up 54-51 at the start of the third, but ALBA answered with a quick 0-9 run that saw Giffey knock down a three and Nikic score on a fastbreak. After a three-pointer from Vives, ALBA strung together 14 points on five trips down the floor, with Granger and Giffey combining to knock down 3 triples and Siva scoring a three-point play to open a 57-74 margin. Prepelic had a runner to snap a 0-14 run, but the visitors increased the margin to 63-83 in the final minute of the quarter. But Valencia did not have any intention of going away. Hermannsson and Prepelic hit back-to-back threes to start the fourth and cut it to 71-83. Granger scored twice and Siva hit another from downtown for the visitors to make it 76-92, but Tobey scored from close- and long-range to get within 83-92 with 5:20 to go. After a timeout, Giffey and Thiemann restored a double-digit margin. Another triple from Tobey got Valencia within 88-96, but that's the closest the hosts got as a pair of jumpers from Thiemann sealed the outcome.

Raining threes

The two teams combined for 31 three-pointers - ALBA hit a club-record 17 threes on 32 attempts and Valencia added 14. It tied the record for combined three-pointers made in a single non-overtime game, set by Anadolu Efes Istanbul and FC Barcelona in March 2018. The all-time record belongs to Pau Orthez and Lottomatica Roma, which hit 35 triples in Roma's overtime win in 2003.

Glass domination

ALBA outrebounded Valencia 39-23. ALBA grabbed 14 offensive rebounds on 29 missed field goals, while Valencia had just 15 defensive boards.

ALBA's (near) record night

ALBA entered the game averaging 18.3 assists and 8.3 triples per game, but the team had 17 assists and 9 triples in the first half alone. ALBA finished with its all-time best 17 threes and dished 28 assists - 1 shy of the club record it set last week. It is the sixth time this century ALBA has scored 100 or more points and its 124 PIR is ALBA's third-most this century.

Missing players

ALBA came into the game 48 hours after scoring just 55 points in Milan and without three starters: Marcus Eriksson, Simone Fontecchio and Ben Lammers. However, the team scored 51 points before halftime and went on to have one of its best-ever offensive performances in a single EuroLeague game.

Next week

Next week Valencia will play a rescheduled Round 4 game against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday, December 8. ALBA hosts Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul for its next game on Thursday.

Luke Sikma - ALBA Berlin - EB20
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; JAVOR, DAMIR; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Valencia Basket21291527
ALBA Berlin27243217
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Valencia Basket21506592
ALBA Berlin275183100
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 23:51 13 2/3 3/7   1 1 2 2         2 1 11
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 20:06 6 3/4 0/1   4 3 7 1 1 1     3 2 11
6 PUERTO, JOSEP 7:47   0/1 0/1 0/2       1         3 1 -5
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 18:59 7   2/7 1/1 1 5 6 3 2         1 14
10 TOBEY, MIKE 21:36 12 3/5 2/2           2 2   1 3 1 7
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 21:04 10 2/4 0/2 6/7   1 1 1 1 1 2   3 3 9
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 17:02 2   0/1 2/2 1   1 4   1     1 3 7
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 16:47 11 0/1 3/4 2/2   1 1 1 1 1 1     2 14
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 16:05 12 4/7 1/2 1/2   2 2 2 1         2 14
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 15:42 6 2/4 0/2 2/2   1 1         2   1 2
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 21:01 13 1/1 3/4 2/2       6 1 1     2 2 18
42 JIMENEZ, MILLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 92 17/30 14/33 16/20 8 15 23 21 9 7 3 3 17 19 104
        56.7% 42.4% 80%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LO, MAODO 20:32 6 0/1 2/5         5   2     3   2
3 SIVA, PEYTON 24:51 9 1/4 2/4 1/1 4 1 5 10   3   1 4 4 15
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 21:40 13 2/2 3/5   2 1 3   1   1   3 3 16
6 DELOW, MALTE 2:14                         1   -1
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 5:27 3   1/1         2             5
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 9:51 8 2/2 1/2 1/2 1   1             1 8
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR 14:03 6 3/6       2 2   1   1 1   1 7
19 OLINDE, LOUIS 20:51 8 2/5 1/3 1/2 1 3 4     1   1 2 2 4
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 21:10 15 4/4 1/2 4/4   3 3 3   2     1 2 19
33 GRANGER, JAYSON 28:10 17 1/4 5/7   1 3 4 5 2       2   21
43 SIKMA, LUKE 31:11 15 6/7 1/3   3 9 12 3   4 1   4 4 24
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 100 21/35 17/32 7/9 14 25 39 28 4 13 3 3 20 17 124
        60% 53.1% 77.8%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"This game is proof we have a problem playing games with only 48 hours to prepare. And this is especially a big problem if we face teams that play so good, like ALBA did today. With a very good game plan, cooling us with zone defense, and many of our most important players did not get the feeling that we have to have to play a game like this. We had a bad performance today, we did not playing like we had to play. I want to point out there two key factors in the game for us. The three-point accuracy they had and offensive rebounds. They missed so few shots, but had 14 offensive rebounds. That speaks about us tonight."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"One thing that helped us is having no pressure to win, because with four players injured it is very difficult to play normal. But we played better than normal today. It happens sometimes when there is a big win, like Valencia won in Barcelona [in the Spanish League], then this game it is a little bit more difficult to be mentally ready for this game. For us, this was a good practice because we almost did not practice before this game, so we used this game for practice, and at the same time we won, which is good."

Players

HERMANNSSON, MARTIN
Valencia Basket
"We are really disappointed, for sure. ALBA came out much more ready than us, with zone defense we maybe did not expect. But offense was not the main factor why we lost, the defense was terrible. We gave them everything they wanted. We know they are going to play fast, but we were still allowing them fast breaks. When someone shoots [more than] 50% from threes and 60% for two, that is really hard to stop. We need to play much much better if we are going to do anything in this competition."
SIKMA, LUKE
ALBA Berlin
"We came out aggressive, changed things up a little bit. But I just really like the energy and attitude we had today. We came out aggressive and attacking, not scared of anybody, which is how we want to play. It is quite a bounce-back win, especially playing on the road. With the schedule we have this month, we will take any win we can, so we are really happy with this one."