2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 13, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Africa: ESPN
Italy: EUROSPORT PLAYER
Australia: KAYO
Middle East: beIN MENA HD10
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
New Zealand: NBL TV
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS, PREMIUM
Spain: DAZN
Brazil: DAZN
Turkey: beIN SPORTS HD 3
Czech Republic: O2 TV SPORT
United Kingdom: EUROSPORT PLAYER
France: RMC SPORT LIVE 5
United States of America: FLOHOOPS
Greece: NOVASPORTS 5HD
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Israel: 5SPORT

Records

3-9 Regular Season 4-8
3-9 Overall 4-8

Referees

Crew Chief
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT
Umpire 1
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ
Umpire 2
HALLIKO, AARE

The Take

In a clash of two teams looking to end losing streaks, Zalgiris hosts Valencia on Friday night. The Lithuanian champs have lost six in a row, but played well in their most-recent defeat on the road in overtime at CSKA Moscow. Valencia has dropped two in a row and is winless in six road games this season.

Marquee matchup

Bojan Dubljevic is Valencia's unquestioned leader and a versatile big man who can control games in a variety of ways. To successfully defend Dubljevic, one needs height, speed and strength and Zalgiris center Jock Landale may have just the right mix. A EuroLeague rookie, Landale's game has taken a step up in recent weeks; he has averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds over his last five games and those numbers are quite close to Dubljevic's (13.8 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) norm. Their duel in the paint should be entertaining.

Back to where it all started

Valencia forward Brock Motum broke into the EuroLeague as a Zalgiris player five years ago and has been playing at Europe's top-level ever since. He helped Zalgiris to back-to-back EuroLeague championships in 2016 and 2017, played under Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and was a teammate of current Zalgiris players Paulius Jankunas, Edgaras Ulanovas, Lukas Lekavicius and Arturas Milaknis. Motum will also face another Australian big man, Jock Landale, in his return to Kaunas, too.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris has been very effective in the paint in certain areas; it is second in the league in offensive rebounds (12.0) and leads the competition in both fouls drawn (264) and free throws made (193). However, Zalgiris is 14th in two-point shooting (49.9%) and Valencia commits the second-fewest fouls in the league (221). The hosts need to shoot better inside and from mid-range and be aggressive against a team that doesn't foul often to snap their losing streak.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia is essentially a league-average team on offense; its scoring average of 79.2 points is tied for ninth in the league – right in the middle. However, it is 4-0 when the team scored more than 80 points.  Conversely, Zalgiris is 2-5 when it fails to score 80 and has been held below 70 on three occasions. Those are numbers that should give Zalgiris confidence.

Injuries: Zalgiris

Marius Grigonis is out indefinitely after the foot surgery. Rokas Jokubaitis injured his ankle and will be out for 3-4 weeks.

Monday, December 9, 2019
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 26
1 RIVERS, KC G 1.96 32
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 25
10 HAYES, NIGEL F 2.03 24
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 19
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 35
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS F 1.95 22
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 33
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS C 2.08 25
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.93 19
32 LEDAY, ZACH F 2.02 25
34 LANDALE, JOCK C 2.11 24
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 25
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 27
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 COLOM, QUINO G 1.88 31
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA G 1.98 22
3 LOYD, JORDAN G 1.93 26
5 NDOUR, MAURICE F 2.06 27
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 23
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 27
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 33
10 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 25
12 MOTUM, BROCK C 2.08 29
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 28
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 26
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 35
30 SASTRE, JOAN F 2.01 28
40 JIMENEZ, MILLAN G 1.98 17
41 HENNINGSSON, HILMAR G 1.90 19
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON F 2.01 34
43 PAVELKA, TOMAS C 2.14 19
44 FAURE, ALONSO F 2.05 17
45 FERRANDO, GUILLEM G 1.84 17

Player Stats

Leday, Z. / 12.1 Grigonis, M. / 11.5 Landale, J. / 10.0
Dubljevic, B. / 13.8 Loyd, J. / 12.4
Leday, Z. / 5.0
Colom, Q. / 4.1 Vives, G. / 2.6
Walkup, T. / 1.1
Vives, G. / 1.0
Leday, Z. / 0.6
Tobey, M. / 0.6
2PT
Landale, J. / 59.3% Lekavicius, L. / 56.5% Walkup, T. / 51.6%
Dubljevic, B. / 60.7% Motum, B. / 57.5% Tobey, M. / 57.1%
3PT
Grigonis, M. / 38.6% Milaknis, A. / 37.2% Hayes, N. / 32.4%
Loyd, J. / 53.3% San Emeterio, F. / 43.5% Marinkovic, V. / 39.3%
FT
Ulanovas, E. / 86.5% Leday, Z. / 84.1%
Dubljevic, B. / 89.2% Loyd, J. / 84.8%
PIR
Leday, Z. / 11.8 Walkup, T. / 11.5 Grigonis, M. / 11.0
Dubljevic, B. / 18.3 Loyd, J. / 10.7

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
74.3 Points 79.2
35.4 Rebounds 33.8
12.0 O. Rebounds 10.9
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.9
14.3 Assists 16.6
4.8 Steals 6.5
1.3 Blocks 1.4
49.9% 2PT 52.4%
31.5% 3PT 33.9%
83.2% FT 78.7%
74.9 PIR 87.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
76.6 Points 83.9
31.8 Rebounds 32.3
9.8 O. Rebounds 8.5
22.0 D. Rebounds 23.8
15.7 Assists 18.5
6.9 Steals 6.3
3.6 Blocks 2.9
53.4% 2PT 55.3%
32.5% 3PT 41.8%
76.4% FT 80.2%
84.8 PIR 93.7

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Valencia is a good offensive team. They’ve got a lot of options. They play a bit of a different game to the other teams, they try to pull that five spot away from the basket with shooting bigs like Dubljevic and Tobey. If there is a smaller guy in front of them, then Dubljevic goes in the paint. They’ve got a lot of options on offense, a very free-flowing game. We have to try and limit that. Extra pressure for this game? We need to win on Friday, then come Tuesday, we’ll need to win on Tuesday. Then another Friday, we need to win again. And this way we go for 10 months."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"Their main asset so far has been an uncomfortable defense. Defense that adapts to the rival and impedes all your generation and advantages you showed in previous games. In offense they could be the EuroLeague team with more systems. And they keep changing game after game. Scouting to prepare against Zalgiris is really difficult."

Players

LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"After two weeks on the road we will be playing a EuroLeague game at home again. We are very happy to hear that this game is another sold-out at Zalgirio Arena. We will try to make fans happy, but it will not be easy, as we have a tough opponent in front of us. Valencia has a roster full of experience. They also kept a lot of players from the last season, so they understand each other better."
NDOUR, MAURICE
Valencia Basket
"We have been preparing very good, we had four days to practice. I think we can get the win, but Zalgiris is a great team with a great home crowd. We have to be really focused. We have to finf the energy within us to go there, play hard and execute our strategies."

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Valencia Basket

· Valencia leads Zalgiris 4-2 in EuroLeague games this century, but Zalgiris won the last two when it swept the 2017-18 regular-season series.

· Valencia recorded its highest team steals total in EuroLeague play this century with 17 against Zalgiris in April 2004.

· Valencia forward Brock Motum played at Zalgiris for two seasons, from 2015 to 2017. He played under Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and was a teammate of Paulius Jankunas, Edgaras Ulanovas, Lukas Lekavicius and Arturas Milaknis.

· Valencia point guard Quino Colom and Zalgiris sharpshooter Arturas Milaknis played together at UNICS Kazan during the 2015-16 season.

· Valencia's Vanja Marinkovic and Zalgiris center Jock Landale were teammates at Partizan Belgrade for the part of last season.

· Edgaras Ulanovas matched his career-high with 3 steals in a 63-71 road win against Valencia in December 2017.

· Quino Colom posted his career-high in PIR with 25 twice in the 2016-17 season, both times playing for UNICS Kazan against Zalgiris.

· Sam Van Rossom set his career-high in assists with 10 against Zalgiris in January 2018.

· Bojan Dubljevic set his career-high in offensive rebounds with 7 Zalgiris in December 2017.

Monday, December 9, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius has used 11 different starters this season. Only Edgaras Ulanovas has started in each game.
Arturas Milaknis has 160 consecutive appearances in the competition, the longest active streak and fourth longest this century.
Marius Grigonis is expected to miss three months after undergoing foot surgery last week.

Streaks
Jock Landale has scored in double figures in five of his last six games.
Landale has pulled down multiple offensive rebounds in six consecutive games. 
Marius Grigonis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 appearances dating back to last season.

Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas ranks second all-time with 1,763 rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,782.
Jankunas is the EuroLeague all-time leader with 1,259 defensive rebounds.
Jankunas is third with 504 offensive rebounds for his career; CSKA Moscow's Kyle Hines is second with 531 and counting.
Jankunas ranks fourth all-time with 3,008 points.
Jankunas ranks fifth all-time with 3,670 performance index rating points.
Jankunas is in fourth place all-time with 953 two-pointers made; Felipe Reyes is third with 961 and counting.
Jankunas moved into fifth all-time with 691 free throws made.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No player has started more games than Jankunas, who has 262 career starts.
Arturas Milaknis is in 13th place on the all-time list with 336 three-point shots made. Trajan Langdon is 12th with 339 triples for his career.
Marius Grigonis ranks fourth all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.53%.

Valencia Basket

Roster
Coach Ponsarnau has used 13 different players in his starting lineups this season.
Valencia has 19 registered players for the EuroLeague, so there must be at least seven who do not play in every game.
Sam Van Rossom has missed the last eight games with an injury.

Streaks
Sam Van Rossom has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 games.
Bojan Dubljevic has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
Dubljevic has posted a performance index rating in double figures in 10 straight games.
Jordan Loyd has made 9 consecutive free throws.

Rankings
Bojan Dubljevic ranks third this season with 6.8 rebounds per game. Dubljevic is tied fourth in offensive rebounds with 2.2 per game.

Records/Milestones
Guillem Vives ranks second all-time and first among active players with a 2.90-to-1 career assist-to-turnover ratio.
Alberto Abalde ranks ninth all-time in three-point accuracy at 47.2%.

Monday, December 9, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 4
Zalgiris Kaunas Valencia Basket
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 1-2
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 1-2
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 2-1
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 2-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 18 January 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 86 - 82 Valencia Basket
2017-18 21 December 2017 Regular Season Valencia Basket 63 - 71 Zalgiris Kaunas
2010-11 24 February 2011 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 74 - 80 Power Electronics Valencia
2010-11 19 January 2011 Top 16 Power Electronics Valencia 73 - 59 Zalgiris Kaunas
2003-04 01 April 2004 Top 16 Zalgiris 87 - 100 Pamesa Valencia
2003-04 18 March 2004 Top 16 Pamesa Valencia 85 - 76 Zalgiris