2020-21Regular SeasonRound 15
December 17, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Zalgiris grabs third straight win in blowout of Fenerbahce

Zalgiris Kaunas continued its positive trend in racing past Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 99-62 for its third straight victory. Augustine Rubit led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Zalgiris, which gave up only 7 points in the first quarter and was never challenged in putting its six-game losing streak from earlier in the season behind it and improving to 8-7. Marius Grigonis picked up 12 points and 7 assists while Nigel Hayes, Arturas Milaknis and Martinas Geben all chipped in 11 points for the Lithuanian champion. Fenerbahce lost its three straight and seven of its last eight to fall to 5-10. Nando de Colo paced Fenerbahce with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Jarell Eddie scored 12 points and Dyshawn Pierre had 10 in the loss.

Milaknis got the scoreboard going with a three-pointer while Fenerbahce needed more than 4 minutes to finally score from Edgaras Ulanovas. However, the hosts led only 5-0 as they hit just 2 of 9 shots in the early going. Thomas Walkup added a three-pointer and Joffrey Lauvergne tallied 5 straight points as the lead grew to 17-2. Pierre snapped the 12-0 run for Fenerbahce and Zalgiris's advantage grew to 21-4. Pierre knocked down a three-pointer only to see Lukas Lekavicius respond from deep and Zalgiris led 24-7 after 10 minutes. Lorenzo Brown and Eddie scored the first 4 points of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 24-11 and force a Zalgiris timeout. The home side responded in a big way with the next 11 points and a 16-2 run that featured three-pointers from Grigonis, Rubit and Hayes as well as a Rubit three-point play for a 40-13 cushion. De Colo scored 7 points as Fenerbahce’s main man in a 0-9 spurt to pull within 40-22. Rokas Jokubaitis and Milaknis hit back-to-back triples at the other end and Rubit had another and-one for a 51-31 advantage at the break.

Maliknis and Hayes opened the second half with three-pointers before Pierre scored for Fenerbahce. Lauvergne followed with a three-point play and Walkup hit the next triple as the margin grew to 65-33. Eddie got a three-pointer to fall, but the Zalgiris barrage continued as Grigonis, Lekavicius and Jokubaitis connected from deep for a 77-40 margin. Leo Westermann answered with a triple, but the lead was 81-47 after 30 minutes. After Geben scored first in the final frame, Eddie and Westermann hit triples and Pierre converted a three-point play and the gap was 83-56. Karolis Lukosiunas came off the bench and hit from long range. The difference was 89-56 with 5 minutes left. Melih Mahmutoglu had 5 points for the guests while Hayes knocked down yet another triple down the stretch. Marek Blazevic hit just one of two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to keep Zalgiris from getting to triple digits.

Zalgiris set club record in assists legs

Zalgiris dished out 31 assists to set a club mark in the EuroLeague. The previous best was 29 which the team had accomplished three times, including twice last season. The 31 assists tied for seventh all-time in a single game in the competition; Real Madrid holds the record with 36 assists.

More great three-point shooting

Just days after Zalgiris drained 18 of 26 triples in a 92-73 victory over TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, Martin Schiller’s men knocked down 16 of 30 three-pointers against Fenerbahce.

Telling numbers

Zalgiris's assists and three-pointers were major contributors to the win, but so was a 41-23 advantage in rebounds, including 13 offensive rebounds. Zalgiris also held Fenerbahce to just 7-of-25 three-point shooting (28.0%) and the visitors connected on just 5 of 12 free throws (41.7%).

Next games

Zalgiris's next game will be its third straight at home when it welcomes FC Bayern Munich on Wednesday, December 23 in Round 16. Fenerbahce will return home next week and host Olympiacos Piraeus the same night.

Marius Grigonis - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB20
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; PATERNICO, CARMELO; PEREZ, EMILIO
Attendance: 0
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Zalgiris Kaunas24273018
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul7241615
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Zalgiris Kaunas24518199
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul7314762
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 15:07 6   2/4   1 4 5 6 2 1     3 1 14
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK 3:17 1 0/1   1/2 1 1 2 1   2   1   1  
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 14:54 8   2/2 2/2       2 1       3 2 10
10 HAYES, NIGEL 24:35 11 1/6 3/4     7 7   1 2   1     10
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 20:47 2 1/1 0/1     6 6 5 1 1     2   10
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS 6:20 3   1/3                       1
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 23:06 11 1/2 3/6   1   1 1 1       2   8
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 14:18 11 4/6   3/4 2 1 3 2 1       2 2 14
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 15:06 18 6/9 1/1 3/4 3 3 6 2 1 1       5 27
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS 22:40 8 0/2 2/4 2/2   1 1 3   3       1 6
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 24:40 12 3/3 2/5     2 2 7         1 3 20
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 15:10 8 3/4   2/2 3 3 6 2   2     3 3 13
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 99 19/34 16/30 13/16 13 28 41 31 8 12 0 2 16 18 135
        55.9% 53.3% 81.3%
Head coach: SCHILLER, MARTIN
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
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 HAMILTON, JOHNNY 4:22         1   1 1 1   2       5
4 BROWN, LORENZO 7:18 2 1/1 0/2 0/1       1           2 2
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 15:27 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 1 1 3     3   2
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 16:40 5 1/2 1/5           1 1          
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 15:50 1 0/1 0/1 1/2       1   1       1 -1
19 DE COLO, NANDO 20:02 14 4/8 1/2 3/4   6 6 3 1 1     2 5 20
21 PIERRE, DYSHAWN 25:00 10 3/6 1/3 1/1 1 2 3           2 3 9
22 BARTHEL, DANILO 26:16 4 2/2 0/1 0/1 1 1 2 1 1 2     3 2 3
31 EDDIE, JARELL 21:53 12 3/5 2/3     2 2   2 2     4   7
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 19:26 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 2   1     1   3
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 15:59   0/1   0/2 1 2 3 1 1 1     2 2 1
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 11:47 2 1/2 0/1 0/1           3     1 1 -4
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 62 18/31 7/25 5/12 7 16 23 11 8 15 2 0 18 16 51
        58.1% 28% 41.7%
Head coach: KOKOSKOV, IGOR

Head Coaches

SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas

"The energy was extremely important, to bring that energy. The first quarter broke it open. And then we had very good alertness in the third quarter to bring the game home quickly in a way. Those two things were very important. I’m very happy [about our three-point shooting]. We had 31 assists, which goes hand in hand in making shots, but also with moving the basketball and breaking the paint before you move the basketball. And I thought the guys did a good job in that."

"The first quarter defensively was very good by us. That set the tone. In the second quarter, we managed to win the quarter even though it wasn’t as good defensively. But we managed to win the quarter. That was very important. The biggest thing for us was the first 2 or 3 minutes in the third quarter, to get in there and defend aggressively, to set that tone and I thought the guys did a good job. Congratulations to the guys. They were guarding aggressively, they were guarding well. And they were moving the basketball extremely well."

KOKOSKOV, IGOR
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"There’s nothing much for me to say after this kind of performance. You can see the final score. The only thing I can say is congratulations to the Zalgiris team and to Coach Martin Schiller and how they played tonight. They played as a team. They play together. And if I say they deserved to win, that’s an understatement. Again, the final score tells the whole story. If you didn’t watch the game, the final score tells you what happened."

Players

RUBIT, AUGUSTINE
Zalgiris Kaunas
"They had 7 points at the end of the first quarter. The effort, the defense, the mental focus coming out for every stop. And it led through the whole game. It’s always tough when you have great individuals who can score the ball, but you stay together and hold down the run. And a lot of times, teams lose their focus and we kept ours. For sure, stopping them at the beginning and controlling the game was very important. It felt great, but all year you have your game, you have your moment, but the biggest thing is we won another game and that’s the most important."
GRIGONIS, MARIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I’m most happy about the two wins. A double week and it’s perfect. I don’t want to talk about what we did good or not. I’m happy for the win. We still need one more win to finish a perfect week. So I am just happy and enjoying the moment."