2016-17Regular SeasonRound 29
March 31, 2017 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
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Records

13-15 Regular Season 7-21
13-15 Overall 7-21

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Zalgirio Arena will see its last EuroLeague action of the season when Zalgiris Kaunas hosts EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. Despite winning three of its last four games, Zalgiris (13-15) was knocked out of the playoff hunt last week. However Coach Jasikevicius’s men still have what to play for, including claiming a final home win and avoiding a losing record. Milan (7-21), which has now lost seven in a row, will play its final road game of the season. Arturas Milaknis netted 4 of 6 three-pointers to lead Zalgiris to a 70-78 win when these teams met in Round 15. Paulius Jankunas (13.1 ppg., 6.1 rpg.) and Brock Motum (10.7 ppg.) are Zalgiris’s go-to scorers, while Milaknis and point guards Kavin Pangos and Lukas Lekavicius are also threats. While injuries have ravaged the Milan roster, guard Ricky Hickman (10.0 ppg.) and big men Milan Macvan and Miroslav Raduljica carry the weight for Coach Repesa. With no real pressure on either side, Zalgiris and Milan could provide an entertaining contest between two sides rich in history.
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Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 24
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 23
6 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS G 1.91 21
7 VARNAS, MARTYNAS G 1.96 20
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.97 24
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS G 1.96 31
12 MOTUM, BROCK F 2.08 26
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 32
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS C 2.11 37
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 30
23 LIMA, AUGUSTO C 2.08 25
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 32
55 HARTENSTEIN, ISAIAH F 2.10 18
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.98 25
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL F 2.03 28
2 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE F 2.03 21
7 HICKMAN, RICKY G 1.89 31
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS G 1.95 30
11 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV C 2.13 29
12 DRAGIC, ZORAN G 1.96 27
13 MACVAN, MILAN C 2.06 27
14 PASCOLO, DAVIDE F 2.03 26
15 LAGANA, MATTEO G 1.91 17
16 GIARDINI, SAMUELE G 1.83 16
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA G 1.90 30
21 SANDERS, RAKIM F 1.93 27
23 ABASS, AWUDU G 2.00 24
30 CERELLA, BRUNO G 1.94 30
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV F 1.97 31

Player Stats

Jankunas, P. / 13.1 Motum, B. / 10.7 Lekavicius, L. / 8.5
Sanders, R. / 13.0 Simon, K. / 11.1 Hickman, R. / 10.0
Jankunas, P. / 6.1
Simon, K. / 4.0 Hickman, R. / 3.4 Kalnietis, M. / 2.9
Sanders, R. / 1.1 Simon, K. / 1.0
Lima, A. C. / 0.6
2PT
Kavaliauskas, A. / 64.2 % Motum, B. / 58.5 % Lima, A. C. / 58.1 %
Pascolo, D. / 63.0 % McLean, J. / 57.7 % Macvan, M. / 55.0 %
3PT
Pangos, K. / 44.1 % Motum, B. / 43.8 % Ulanovas, E. / 40.5 %
Abass, A. / 41.7 % Sanders, R. / 41.6 % Macvan, M. / 39.6 %
FT
Jankunas, P. / 88.7 % Westermann, L. / 88.1 % Ulanovas, E. / 88.1 %
Simon, K. / 87.5 % Raduljica, M. / 81.8 % Hickman, R. / 80.4 %
PIR
Jankunas, P. / 16.9
Simon, K. / 13.3 Sanders, R. / 11.2 Hickman, R. / 10.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 80.9
34.0 Rebounds 33.6
11.3 O. Rebounds 11.3
22.8 D. Rebounds 22.3
18.6 Assists 17.5
5.0 Steals 7.0
1.9 Blocks 1.6
51.8 % 2PT 52.6 %
38.5 % 3PT 35.2 %
80.0 % FT 75.0 %
83.1 PIR 84.2

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
79.4 Points 87.4
29.8 Rebounds 34.2
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.7
21.1 D. Rebounds 23.5
17.5 Assists 18.7
7.6 Steals 7.6
3.2 Blocks 2.8
53.6 % 2PT 56.5 %
37.2 % 3PT 38.8 %
78.8 % FT 77.9 %
91.1 PIR 99.2
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Zalgiris Kaunas vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

· Zalgiris pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Milan 70-78 in Round 15. Arturas Milaknis led his team in victory with 16 points, and Paulius Jankunas collected 11 rebounds and 9 points. Mantas Kalnietis led Milan with 16 points.

· Zalgiris and Milan reached the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup final. Zalgiris topped Milan 82-67 to lift its first European trophy. Saulius Stombergas led the winners with 35 points in just 29 minutes.

· Milan guard Mantas Kalnietis grew up with Zalgiris, and started his professional career there. He spent his first seven EuroLeague seasons there, from 2005 through 2012, and again for the first part of 2015-16 campaign, and played a total of 104 EuroLeague games for the club.

· Milan guard Mantas Kalnietis was a teammate at Zalgiris of Paulius Jankunas for all eight seasons, for five seasons with Arturas Milaknis, and for two seasons with Robertas Javtokas. For the first part of last season, Kalnietis was a teammate of much of the current Zalgiris squad, and he briefly played under Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius.

· Over the years Mantas Kalnietis has also been teammates with Jankunas, Milaknis, Javtokas, Jasikevicius, Renaldas Seibutis and Lukas Lekavicius on the Lithuanian national team, too.

· Zalgiris center Augusto Cesar Lima played at Unicaja Malaga under current Milan coach Jasmin Repesa, and with Milan's Zoran Dragic and Krunoslav Simon during the 2012-13 season.

· Krunoslav Simon’s finest EuroLeague performance came against Zalgiris three seasons ago. Simon starred with 21 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting and delivered 8 assists for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in an 80-75 victory. His performance index rating of 35 was a career-high and earned him Top 16 Round 4 MVP honors.

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Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster

Both Kevin Pangos and Paulius Jankunas have started every EuroLeague game this season for Zalgiris.

Streaks

Paulius Jankunas has had a performance index rating in double figures in 17 of his last 18 games.

Rankings

Paulius Jankunas is in sixth place on the all-time list with 260 EuroLeague appearances.

Jankunas is ranked 10th on the all-time scoring list with 2,443 points. He has scored the fifth-most career points among active players.

Jankunas is ranked second on the EuroLeague all-time charts with 441 offensive boards.

Robertas Javtokas enters Round 29 ranked seventh on the all-time list for blocked shots with 144. CSKA big man Kyle Hines is sixth with 153 and counting.

Records/Milestones

Paulius Jankunas needs 1 point to catch up to retired center Nikola Vujcic (2,444) for ninth place on the EuroLeague career scoring list. Jankunas is in 10th place with 2,443 points.

Jankunas needs 1 rebound to become only the third man in competition history to reach 1,500 for his career.

Robertas Javtokas needs 14 rebounds to reach 800 for his EuroLeague career.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Roster

Teenagers born in 2000, Samuele Giardini and Matteo Lagana will be making their EuroLeague debuts with their first appearances this season.

Zoran Dragic will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Simone Fontecchio will miss the rest of the season due to a hand injury.

Krunoslav Simon has missed the last six games.

Rakim Sanders has missed last two EuroLeague games.

Milan Coach Repesa has used 13 different players in his starting lineups so far this season; no player has started every game. Bruno Cerella is the only player who has not started a game this season.

Streaks

Krunoslav Simon has made at least 1 three-point shot in eight of his last nine EuroLeague games.

Records/Milestones

Rakim Sanders needs 27 points to reach 500 for his EuroLeague career.

Milan Macvan needs 1 assist to reach the century mark for his career.

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Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
4 - 1
Zalgiris Kaunas EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: 2-0
Away record vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan: 2-1
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 1-2
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 0-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 29 December 2016 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 70 - 78 Zalgiris Kaunas
2013-14 29 November 2013 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 73 - 71 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
2013-14 24 October 2013 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 82 - 75 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 07 December 2012 Regular Season EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 65 - 67 Zalgiris Kaunas
2012-13 01 November 2012 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 92 - 87 EA7 Emporio Armani Milan