2019-20Regular SeasonRound 11
November 28, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

ALBA finds a way, downs Zalgiris

ALBA Berlin pulled away in the final quarter to defeat visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 69-62 on Thursday night in the German capital. ALBA improved to 4-7 on the season, while Zalgiris dropped to 3-8 with its fifth consecutive loss. Zalgiris struggled offensively in the first half, but used a 0-14 third-quarter run to go in front. However, ALBA responded, restored its lead late in the third, then pulled away in the fourth quarter. Niels Giffey paced the hosts with 13 points. Martin Hermannsson scored 11 and Marcus Eriksson and Landry Nnoko scored 10 apiece. Zalgiris big man Zach LeDay was the top scorer in this low-scoring affair with 15 points, while Lukas Lekavicius scored 12 in a losing effort.

Both teams struggled offensively early, but Hermannsson scored 6 points to get the hosts going. Zalgiris was held without a basket for more than 5 minutes as ALBA went on a 9-0 run during which Giffey beat the shot-clock from way downtown to help ALBA open a 15-5 advantage late in the first quarter. Jonas Mattisseck's three-pointer made it 18-7 early in the second before LeDay sparked Zalgiris by scoring 7 points, including a dunk and Zalgiris's first triple, to cut the deficit to 21-16. LeDay scored twice more from close range to get his team within 25-22, but Eriksson nailed a transition triple to keep ALBA in front and the hosts took a 32-26 lead into halftime. Zalgiris turned things around in the third quarter with Thomas Walkup and LeDay sparking a 0-14 run which Edgaras Ulanovas capped to make it 34-40. However, a three-point play from Luke Sikma and a pair of baskets from Makai Mason restored ALBA's lead. Nigel Hayes knocked down a corner triple for Zalgiris as the teams traded blows and ALBA took a 47-46 lead into the fourth quarter. That is when Giffey took over, hitting a long jumper and then a triple to help stake the hosts to a 58-50 advantage midway through the fourth quarter. Arturas Milaknis and K.C. Rivers drove for layups to keep the visitors' hope alive, but Hermannsson nailed a long jumper and Rokas Giedratiis knocked down a three-pointer to help put the game away at 69-56 with under 2 minutes to go.

Late run seals it

ALBA stepped up on defense in the fourth quarter, outscored the visitors 11-4 in the first 5 minutes of the final quarter and used a 17-8 run to open a 13-point lead

Late scoring punch

ALBA did not have a double-digit scorer until the fourth quarter, in which Giffey netted 7 of his 13 points. ALBA scored 22 in the fourth quarter and finished with four players with 10 or more points.

Historic three-point struggles

In this game, Zalgiris missed its first 10 three-point attempts, shot 1 for 16 in the first half and then missed all 5 of its attempts in the fourth quarter to finish 2 for 23 on the night. This 8.7% from long range is the second-worst single-game percentage in club history, only behind a 1-for-14 shooting effort in a home win over Brose Bamberg in March 2016.

Next up

Next week in Round 12 both teams will be on the road. Zalgiris travels to face its long-time rival, defending champion CSKA Moscow, while ALBA visits Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.

Niels Giffey - ALBA Berlin - EB19
Thursday, November 28, 2019
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Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; ROCHA, FERNANDO; RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP
Attendance: 10121
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Zalgiris Kaunas7264662
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MASON, MAKAI 6:12 6 3/3                     1   5
2 RADOSAVLJEVIC, BOGDAN 0:24                              
3 SIVA, PEYTON 16:53 4 1/3 0/3 2/2       6 1 2     2 2 4
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 23:09 13 2/3 2/2 3/3 1 4 5 2 1       2 3 21
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 31:29 10 2/4 1/4 3/3 1 2 3 1 1       2 5 13
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 12:05 3 0/1 1/2   1   1     1     1    
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 29:17 11 4/12   3/4   2 2 3 3 3   1 4 3 5
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR 8:13 1 0/2   1/2 1   1   2 1       1 1
25 OGBE, KENNETH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 24:04 6 0/1 1/2 3/4   8 8   1 3     1 5 13
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 18:46 10 4/7   2/6 1 3 4     2     5 4 4
43 SIKMA, LUKE 29:28 5 2/4 0/1 1/1   7 7 3   4 2   3 1 8
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 69 18/40 5/14 18/25 7 26 33 15 9 17 2 1 21 24 75
        45% 35.7% 72%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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 27:02 4 2/2 0/1   2 3 5 5 1 3     5 2 8
1 RIVERS, KC 22:43 4 2/2 0/4   1   1           2   -1
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 28:06 12 5/7 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 1     1 3 15
10 HAYES, NIGEL 25:41 7 2/6 1/4 0/2 2   2 1   2 1   2 3 1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 14:03 5 1/3 0/1 3/4   2 2 1   1   1 2 3 3
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 23:04 2 1/1 0/5     4 4   1 1   1 2 1 -1
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 LEDAY, ZACH 23:14 15 4/5 1/2 4/4   2 2   3 6     5 5 12
34 LANDALE, JOCK 15:16 6 3/6 0/2   3 4 7     2     2   4
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 20:51 7 1/4 0/2 5/6   3 3     1     3 4 4
Team           2 5 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 62 21/36 2/23 14/18 11 25 36 8 7 18 1 2 24 21 51
        58.3% 8.7% 77.8%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"We played better in the second half on offense and also every good in the last minutes on defense. It was how we managed to win despite our difficulties. I know they have Grigonis injured, but for us, it was a difficult situation to win a EuroLeague game. I did not expect they would score 1 of 16 three-pointers in the first half and I did not expect we would play bad on offense in the second half. We must go step by step. We have our next game in six days; that is very good, players will have two days of rest and we will practice more than one day, which we could not do any time last month."
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congrats to ALBA and Coach Aito and congrats to our fans who created an incredible atmosphere. We were not on the same level as the people who came here and supported us in the most amazing way. We have to find a way to put five players onto the court who believe that they can win. We made many mental mistakes and gave up easy points to ALBA. Right now we don’t look like a smart team."

Players

ERIKSSON, MARCUS
ALBA Berlin
"We knew before the game it was going to be a tough game, Zalgiris is a very tough team, very physical team and we are very happy we got the win. You adjust to their defense and what they are doing and you try to prepare for what they like to do on offense. That is always the game plan. Today the key was in the third quarter when we had some problems, we were able to come back from that and play a good fourth quarter. It is always good to win, especially when you fight together. The feeling on the team is good and we have to keep going."
GIFFEY, NIELS
ALBA Berlin
"For us, it was tough coming back. At the beginning of the second half, they did a really good job. They came out strong, they executed really well and came back into the game. That is where we had to re-adjust and find our focus. We had a big stretch of games in the last weeks, so it was a good effort. It was good physicality at times, especially under the boards, we were struggling at times and that is what we might change in these games."