2020-21Regular SeasonRound 23
January 29, 2021 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 BUESA ARENA

Baskonia bounces back at home

TD Systems Baskonia returned to winning ways by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 81-68 at Buesa Arena on Friday. Baskonia improved to 10-13 to stop a four-game losing streak. Zalgiris dropped to 13-10 but remains in playoffs territory. Pierria Henry paced the winners with 19 points. Alec Peters added 15, Luca Vildoza had 14 and Tonye Jekiri 10 for Baskonia. Marius Grigonis led Zalgiris with 17 points. Thomas Walkup added 14 and Joffrey Lauvergne 12 for the guests. Baskonia led 21-20 after 10 minutes, extending its margin to 45-36 at halftime and then again to 61-48 at the end of the third quarter to keep full control of the game until the final buzzer.

Nigel Hayes, Grigonis and Walkup each hit a three-pointer to give Zalgiris an early 2-9 lead. Tadas Sedekerskis scored around the basket, Achille Polonara added a layup-plus-foul and Jekiri dunked to bring Baskonia within 9-11. Lauvergne scored down low and Walkup followed a backdoor layup with a triple to restore a 12-18 Zalgiris lead. Jekiri and Henry combined for all points in a 9-0 run that gave Baskonia its first lead, 21-18. Augustine Rubit scored down low to fix the score at 21-20 after 10 minutes. Martinas Geben took over with an alley-oop layup early in the second quarter, but Henry and Vildoza each struck from downtown in a 10-0 run that gave the hosts a 31-22 lead. Vildoza buried his third triple and Ilimane Diop soon made it a 13-point game, 39-26. Arturas Milaknis sank back-to-back three-pointers and Walkup added a floater and a layup to bring Zalgiris within 45-36 at halftime.

Lauvergne erased Jekiri's layup with an alley-oop dunk soon after the break. Grigonis hit a floater but Henry scored in penetration and fed Rokas Giedraitis for a fast break slam. Lauvergne and Zoran Dragic traded baskets, and Rokas Giedraitis banked in a floater that made the guests call timeout at 55-42. Hayes stepped up with a put-back layup and Lukas Lekavicius added a floater but Giedraitis and Peters kept their team way ahead, 61-48, after 30 minutes. Peters followed a jumper with a put-back basket early in the fourth quarter. Lauvergne answered with a power layup and Grigonis added a huge dunk-and-foul plus a floater to give Zalgiris hope at 65-55. Peters rescued the hosts with a corner triple but Grigonis got the guests even closer, 68-59. Polonara scored down low and Henry beat the shot clock buzzer with a rainbow jumper. Grigonis remained unstoppable, however, and Walkup scored off a steal for a 74-68 Zalgiris deficit with under 3 minutes left. But Henry held off the comeback with a tip-in and a three-pointer, which sealed the outcome down the stretch.

Pivotal performer

Alec Peters came off the bench and played a big role in Baskonia's win with an all-around performance. He finished the game with 15 points on 5-of-5 two-point shots and 2-of-2 free throws, adding 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal for a PIR of 23.

Game-changing moment

Martinas Geben gave Zalgiris its last lead, 21-22, early in the second quarter. Then Alec Peters hit free throws, Pierria Henry struck from downtown and Luca Vildoza followed a triple with a backdoor layup to give Baskonia a 31-22 margin, after a 10-0 run. Baskonia never looked back after that moment.

Stellar stat

Zalgiris had as many as 20 turnovers, matching its season-worst performance - it also had 20 against FC Bayern Munich in Round 16. Baskonia limited its turnovers to just 11 and had as many as 12 steals, which allowed the hosts to keep great rhythm on offense.

Did you know?

Ilimane Diop finished the game with 4 blocks, matching his career-high effort. He previously had 4 blocks once in his 183-game EuroLeague career - in a 73-52 home win against Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on December 9, 2016.

Next game

Zalgiris hosts Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Thursday, February 4 at 19:00 CET. A day later, on Friday, February 5, Baskonia visits Real Madrid.

Luca Vildoza - TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB20
Friday, January 29, 2021
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; MOGULKOC, EMIN; PEERANDI, RAIN
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TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RAIESTE, SANDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 29:03 14 1/2 3/7 3/4 1   1 3 5 5     4 7 15
5 JEKIRI, TONYE 26:28 10 5/9     1 6 7 2 2       2   15
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 23:25 19 5/7 3/5   1   1 4 2 2     3 2 19
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 16:05 2 1/1       2 2 1 1       1 1 6
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 10:49 5   1/2 2/2   2 2       4   2 1 9
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 1:28   0/2     1   1     1         -2
25 PETERS, ALEC 23:27 15 5/5 1/7 2/2 1 6 7 5 1         1 23
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 11:54 4 2/4 0/3   1   1 1           1 2
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 34:02 7 2/4 1/2     1 1 3   2     1 1 6
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 23:19 5 2/5 0/2 1/1   4 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 5
47 KURUCS, ARTURS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 81 23/39 9/28 8/9 8 23 31 20 12 11 5 1 15 16 102
        59% 32.1% 88.9%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 28:16 14 4/5 2/2     4 4 4 4 4     3 2 20
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 14:44 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 1   4     1   -4
10 HAYES-DAVIS, NIGEL 28:26 7 2/3 1/3   1 1 2 1     1   2   6
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 13:07 2 0/2   2/2   4 4     3   1 2 3 1
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 18:04 6   2/3             1     2   2
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 3:16 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2     1       1 6
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 13:56 2 1/7     1 1 2   1     2   1 -2
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS 22:13 2 1/3 0/1     2 2 2   1   1 2 1  
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 31:54 17 3/7 2/6 5/5 1 3 4 3   3   1 2 5 15
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 26:04 12 6/7   0/1 2 7 9 4 1 3     2 2 21
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 68 19/38 7/16 9/10 6 25 31 15 6 20 1 5 16 15 66
        50% 43.8% 90%
Head coach: SCHILLER, MARTIN

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz

"I think we deserved this victory. My players deserved it, because really, they played good defense for 40 minutes tonight. This was the key of the game. Trusting that we can win was most important today, because we lost the last, I don't know, many games because in some part of the game, we didn't believe and didn't play with aggressivity and confidence. We made mistakes tonight, but every time we believed and we won the game."

"We still have to play a lot of games, and until the last moment, we will fight to have chances to be among the best eight teams. I hope and believe that, if we play like this, our players will believe that, too. Henry is trying to give his best in every game but with this rhythm of games and with the amount of minutes he is on the court, it is difficult. The opponents' defense is also trying to stop him, but he played at a high level tonight."

SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"First of all, congratulations to Baskonia for winning the game. I thought they won deservedly, they were the better team and we congratulate them. For me, the biggest thing in this game was the length and the physicality on their side. That was bothering us, which led by 20 turnovers, and it is going to be very difficult to win a basketball game in this league with 20 turnovers. And I think that is the story of the game in a nutshell."

Players

VILDOZA, LUCA
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I think it was really necessary [to win]. We played tough today and knew we have to recover our trust in the game. We have to keep moving, keep working and keep improving our details. We are failing in too many details, mostly on defense. We have to keep moving, keep our heads up and that's it. We have to work hard."
HENRY, PIERRIA
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I feel like my team kept fighting, kept believing in one another. We are just focused on getting better every possession and everything taking care of itself. Wins like that don't come a dime a dozen and like I said before, at the beginning of the year, this time we fought through adversity. We have been through a lot and know what it takes to get to where we want to be. So we just have to keep working, one day at a time, stay poised, stay focused and believe. Alec Peters is a great player but even a better person. He puts the work in and it just shows when he showcases his talent, how much potential he really has."