2020-21Regular SeasonRound 5
October 22, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Valencia ends Zalgiris's unbeaten run

Valencia Basket erupted for 57 second-half points in an 82-94 come-from-behind victory over Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday evening at Zalgirio Arena. The result handed Zalgiris its first loss of the season as it fell to 4-0, while Valencia improved to 3-1. After trailing by 10 in the second quarter, Valencia used a 2-17 third-quarter run to turn the game on its head and never let up. Bojan Dubljevic and Vanja Marinkovic scored 16 points apiece for the winners, Nikola Kalinic added 14 points, Klemen Prepelic 13, Louis Labeyrie 12 and Sam Van Rossom dished 8 assists. For Zalgiris, Marius Grigonis and Augustine Rubit each scored 12 and Nigel Hayes and Joffrey Lauvergne had 11 points apiece.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Steve Vasturia and Grigonis helped the hosts race out to an 8-2 start. Marinkovic and Kalinic both connected from deep for Valencia to get within 11-10 before a Marinkovic layup gave the visitors their first lead, 14-16, midway through the first quarter. Lukas Lekavicius and Rokas Jokubaitis came off the bench to restore a Zalgiris advantage and Arturas Milaknis, with the team's 7th triple of the opening quarter, gave the hosts a 27-22 lead after 10 minutes. Hayes joined the three-point shootout to push the Zalgiris to 32-24, however, Derrick Williams got involved and quickly halved that Valencia deficit. Hayes heated up with a pair of jumpers and Rubit's bucket in the paint created a double-figure advantage, 43-33. Dubljevic's put-back cut into the deficit, but free throws from Grigonis left Zalgiris ahead 45-37 at the break.

Like in the first quarter, Kalinic and Marinkovic made early threes and this time Dubljevic joined them to draw Valencia to 49-48, which prompted a Zalgiris timeout. The stop changed little as a Dubljevic triple put Valencia ahead. Sam Van Rossom stepped up with a floater and Prepelic added 5 quick points to further extend the margin. Kalinic's basket-plus-foul completed a 2-17 run that made it 51-60. Rubit stepped up for Zalgiris, but Guillem Vives ended the third quarter with a jumper that made it 57-67. A deep three-pointer by Marinkovic 4 minutes into the fourth quarter gave Valencia its biggest lead, 59-75. Threes by Lekavicius and Milaknis gave Zalgiris hope at 70-80 with 3 minutes remaining, but Valencia, led by Labeyrie, continued to score with ease and marched to an impressive road win.

Dominating the paint

The visitors played better in the paint by outrebounding Zalgiris 24-34. They also had 16 second-chance points, which were half as many as the hosts. Valencia made 22 of 30 two-pointers (73.3%), too. Those numbered combined with 14-for-32 three-point shooting (43.8%) and committing only 10 turnovers on the road were recipes for success.

To live and die by the three

Zalgiris took charge early when it made its first 4 three-pointers and was shooting 7 for 9 from downtown after 10 minutes. However, the Lithuanian champs never found that stroke again and were 4 for 19 (21.0%) the rest of the way.

Valencia record book

Valencia set a club record for assists in a road game with 25, which was 3 more than the club's previous best set last season at Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. The team's 22-of-30 two-point shooting was the third most accurate. Of its two better games was a 73.9% effort last season in Kaunas.

What's next?

Both teams will be on the road in Round 6. Joffrey Lauvergne will take his teammates to his native country when Zalgiris visits LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne on Thursday, October 29. Valencia will visit CSKA Moscow the same evening.

Vanja Marinkovic - Valencia Basket - EB20
Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; PEERANDI, RAIN; ISGUDER, SINAN
Attendance: 5131
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Valencia Basket22376794
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 22:23 3 0/3 1/4     1 1 4   1   1 1 1  
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 17:39 9 1/1 1/1 4/4 1 2 3 5 2       1 3 21
10 HAYES, NIGEL 20:46 11 4/10 1/5   2 4 6 1           2 10
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 14:32 2 1/2 0/2         1 3     1 2    
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 20:19 8 1/1 2/6         3 1       3   5
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 20:39 12 6/6       5 5       1   2 4 20
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS 16:03 8 1/2 2/2   1   1     1     1 3 9
32 VASTURIA, STEVE 13:21 6   2/3     1 1 1   2         5
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 30:15 12 1/1 2/4 4/4 1 1 2 1   2     2 6 15
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 24:03 11 4/8 0/1 3/4 2 2 4     1     3 2 7
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 82 19/34 11/28 11/12 8 16 24 16 6 7 1 2 15 21 93
        55.9% 39.3% 91.7%
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 19:13 16 2/4 4/8     2 2 1   1     2 1 11
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 19:43 13 2/2 3/8         4 1 2     3 3 11
4 PRADILLA, JAIME DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 25:54 12 5/6 0/2 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 1     1 2 16
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 25:25 5 1/2 1/1   1 2 3 8   1 1 1 2 1 13
10 TOBEY, MIKE 16:30 2 1/1     1 5 6 1   1         8
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 25:21 14 3/3 2/3 2/3   2 2 3         2 2 17
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 23:30 16 4/4 2/4 2/2 2 3 5 1 1 2     1 3 21
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 15:39 7 2/2 1/3     1 1 3         5   4
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 14:41 3 0/1 1/2     2 2 2         3   2
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 14:04 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 1   2 1   2 3 8
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 94 22/30 14/32 8/9 9 25 34 25 3 11 2 1 21 15 113
        73.3% 43.8% 88.9%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME

Head Coaches

SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Valencia for a well-played game and for the win. The game went in two halves. In a nutshell, we kept them to 25% shooting from the three-point line in the first half and in the second half they added all of their threes up to 43%. It's difficult to win a game if the opponent is shooting that well plus giving you trouble inside. The shot attempts from Prepelic and Marinkovic was a challenge for us. They combined for 16 three-point shots, which was too many for shooters like them. I think Marinkovic helped them spread the floor and unfortunately we couldn't limit the attempts of three-point shots for those two guys."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We were too predictable with our defense in the first half. In the second half, we changed some things. I think the problem was not the quality in the first half, the problem was the predictability. We searched for other options on defense, played with more intensity and had better confidence in shooting on offense. We found our efficiency, especially from the three-point line. Vanja Marinkovic is a young player with big talents, big skills. He started the season injured. Our confidence in him is high and we know that can help this team a lot."

Players

WALKUP, THOMAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It was a pretty bad performance defensively. 84 points I think we scored. We just have to be better on the defensive end, locking in their personnel, locking into our game plan. We just gave them stuff for free… We made shots today, but that's not our calling card; our calling card is our defense. That's our backbone. If we're going to be able to continue growing, continue winning games, it's going to have to be at defensive end."
KALINIC, NIKOLA
Valencia Basket
"It's always great to win here in a tough atmosphere, a very good home court. Also, Zalgiris is playing amazing this season. They won some very tough games. We found a way in the second half and that was the point: to keep on pressuring them, keep on being physical and keep pushing them and in the end, okay they're a good shooting team, but I think it's not normal to make seven three-pointers in the first quarter. When they stopped making them come out we gained an advantage and that was it."
DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN
Valencia Basket
"It was a great game for us. It was very important for our confidence. I think we played as a team and that is really important for us. Like I said at halftime, we needed to control their shots and that's it, we won the game and now we have to focus on the next one."