2018-19PlayoffsGame 3
April 23, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS EXTRA
Argentina: DIRECT TV
Belgium: VOOsport World (BETV)
Baltic: TVPLAY SPORTS

Records

15-15 Regular Season 25-5
1-1 Playoffs 1-1
16-16 Overall 26-6

Referees

Crew Chief
RYZHYK, BORYS
Umpire 1
RADOVIC, SRETEN
Umpire 2
DIFALLAH, MEHDI

The Take

Zalgiris hosts Fenerbahce for the first of two games in a sold-out Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas as it hopes to return to the EuroLeague Final Four for the second consecutive season. Fenerbahce is trying to make it to the Final Four for the fifth consecutive year but finds itself in unfamiliar territory as this is the first time under Coach Zeljko Obradovic that Fenerbahce did not win the first two games of its playoff series.

Previously in the series

The two teams split wins in the first two games of the series in Istanbul. In Game 1, Fenerbahce took control behind a stellar defensive performance to beat Zalgiris 76-43. It was the largest EuroLeague Playoffs win in Fenerbahce history and the fourth largest all-time, while Zalgiris set a club low for points scored in a EuroLeague game. Nikola Kalinic led Fenerbahce with 16 points in that game. Two days later, Zalgiris responded and built a 17-point lead before withstanding a Fenerbahce rally and holding on for an 80-82 victory. Edgaras Ulanovas led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds.

Marquee matchup:

Edgaras Ulanovas played a great Game 2, shining with 20 points and 7 rebounds, but equally important to that offensive contribution were his defensive battles against Nikola Kalinic, Marko Guduric and Nicolo Melli. Kalinic led Fenerbahce with 16 points in the opener, but missed all 5 field goals in Game 2. Both are the types of players whose contributions are not measured just by statistics. But when they are involved and on their game, it always serves their teams well.

Keys to victory: Zalgiris

Zalgiris proved to be quick learners, needing less than 48 hours after a 33-point loss in the first game to fix their mistakes and win the second game. Zalgiris still can take better care of the ball; it committed 23 turnovers in the opener and 14 turnovers in the second game, but the team did establish an inside game and went to it early and often in Game 2. With Fenerbahce down to two centers, Ahmet Duverioglu and Jan Vesely, Zalgiris will need to find a way to get things going inside again against Fenerbahce's tough defense, while defensively continuing to control the boards; Zalgiris has allowed a total of 7 offensive board in the first two games combined.

Keys to victory: Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce's defense dominated Game 1 and the fourth quarter of Game 2, fueling a big rally that eventually came up short. In Kaunas, with fans in a packed arena giving a push for the other team, Fenerbahce cannot allow itself a slow start. The team needs to come out and stay focused while matching the intensity and a high energy level that Zalgiris will certainly bring into this game. Despite the fact it lost the home-court advantage, Fenerbahce knows its defense can help win any game in any place.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Euroleague.net
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 27
2 THOMPSON, DEON F 2.04 30
3 WOLTERS, NATE G 1.93 27
7 WALKUP, THOMAS G 1.93 26
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.98 26
10 ULECKAS, LUKAS G 1.99 19
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS C 2.05 18
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 34
17 BIRUTIS, LAURYNAS C 2.13 21
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 32
30 WHITE, AARON F 2.06 26
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS G 1.92 18
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS G 1.98 24
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 34
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.99 27
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GREEN, ERICK G 1.90 26
3 TIRPANCI, ERGI G 2.00 19
4 MELLI, NICOLO F 2.05 28
5 HERSEK, BARIS F 2.08 31
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH G 1.91 28
11 ENNIS, TYLER G 1.88 24
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA F 2.02 27
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK F 2.01 18
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS G 1.90 29
18 ARNA, EGEHAN F 2.03 22
23 GUDURIC, MARKO G 1.96 24
24 VESELY, JAN C 2.13 28
32 GULER, SINAN G 1.92 35
35 MUHAMMED, ALI G 1.78 36
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET C 2.09 26
70 DATOME, LUIGI F 2.03 31
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY C 2.11 27

Player Stats

Davies, B. / 14.0 Wolters, N. / 10.8 Grigonis, M. / 8.9
Vesely, J. / 12.5 Sloukas, K. / 11.7 Kalinic, N. / 9.8
Davies, B. / 5.5
Vesely, J. / 5.1
Sloukas, K. / 4.7
Davies, B. / 1.0
Vesely, J. / 1.4
Melli, N. / 0.6
2PT
Walkup, T. / 61.9 % Kavaliauskas, A. / 58.8 % White, A. / 57.6 %
Vesely, J. / 66.5 % Duverioglu, A. / 64.3 % Guduric, M. / 63.6 %
3PT
Grigonis, M. / 47.1 % Westermann, L. / 43.2 % Milaknis, A. / 42.9 %
Guduric, M. / 50.0 % Muhammed, A. / 49.2 % Sloukas, K. / 45.6 %
FT
Grigonis, M. / 94.4 % Jankunas, P. / 89.2 % Walton, D. / 86.1 %
Sloukas, K. / 93.6 % Datome, L. / 91.7 % Guduric, M. / 83.6 %
PIR
Davies, B. / 16.6 Wolters, N. / 11.2 White, A. / 10.2
Vesely, J. / 18.3 Sloukas, K. / 15.3 Kalinic, N. / 10.8

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
78.6 Points 83.9
32.4 Rebounds 30.3
8.9 O. Rebounds 7.9
23.5 D. Rebounds 22.3
17.6 Assists 18.1
5.8 Steals 6.5
1.6 Blocks 2.3
53.3 % 2PT 58.9 %
38.2 % 3PT 43.3 %
80.8 % FT 80.3 %
88.2 PIR 97.3

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
78.5 Points 74.9
30.2 Rebounds 29.2
9.4 O. Rebounds 9.3
20.8 D. Rebounds 19.9
17.4 Assists 16.5
6.7 Steals 6.0
2.8 Blocks 1.9
54.4 % 2PT 54.6 %
36.4 % 3PT 34.7 %
72.8 % FT 73.9 %
83.9 PIR 77.9
There are no quotes yet.

Zalgiris Kaunas vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

· Fenerbahce is 13-6 against Zalgiris in games played this century. In Game 1 of this series, Fenerbahce triumphed 76-43 with Nikola Kalinic scoring 16 points. Zalgiris held on for an 80-82 victory in Game 2 with Edgaras Ulanovas collecting 20 points and 7 rebounds.

· This season Fenerbahce swept the regular season series, first winning 75-82 in Kaunas in Round 3 behind 20 points from Kostas Sloukas and then triumphing 78-61 in Istanbul in Round 18 with Sloukas and Melih Mahmutoglu scoring 14 points apiece.

· Fenerbahce and Zalgiris met in the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four semifinals last May with Fenerbahce coming out on top 76-67 behind 19 points in 12 minutes from Ali Muhammed. Luigi Datome had 16 points and a career-high 3 blocks.

· Zalgiris swept the then-called Ulker Genclik in the best-of-three eighthfinals playoffs back in 1999. Zalgiris went on to win its only EuroLeague title that season.

· In Game 1, Fenerbahce allowed 43 points, the lowest it ever allowed in a EuroLeague game. For Zalgiris, 43 points were its lowest single-game total this century.

· Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Fenerbahce during the 2010-11 season and helped the team win the Turkish League and Cup double.

· Jasikevicius played at Panathinaikos for four seasons under current Fenerbahce head coach Zeljko Obradovic, from 2007 to 2010, and then in the 2011-12 season. The two won the 2009 EuroLeague title together.

· Zalgiris guard Nate Wolters and Fenerbahce swingman Marko Guduric were teammates at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade during the 2016-17 season.

· Joffrey Lauvergne of Fenerbahce and Leo Westermann of Zalgiris were teammates at Partizan Belgrade for a season and a half, from 2012 to 2014. They have also been teammates on the French national team and together they won bronze medals at EuroBasket 2015.

· Ahmet Duverioglu set a new career high with 7 rebounds in Game 1.

· Kostas Sloukas delivered a career-high 11 assists in Fenerbahce's 82-68 win over Zalgiris in October 2016. He matched that tally twice during last season's playoff series.

· Fenerbahce playmaker Ali Muhammed posted his career high in rebounds with 9 playing for ASVEL Villeurbanne against Zalgiris in October 2009.

· Nicolo Melli set a career-high with 5 steals in the EuroLeague Final Four semifinal win over Zalgiris last May in Belgrade.

· Luigi Datome matched his career-high with 3 blocks in EuroLeague Final Four semifinal win over Zalgiris last May in Belgrade.

· Nate Wolters scored a career-high 23 points in the Round 3 loss this season. Wolters also had a career-best 3 steals playing for Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade against Fenerbahce in December 2016.

· Jan Vesely, who entered the season as a career 56.2% free throw shooter, is 101 for 125 (80.8%) from the foul line this season.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Euroleague.net

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster
Eleven different players have appeared in the Zalgiris starting lineup so far this season; no one has started in every game.
Streaks
Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight EuroLeague games.
Brandon Davies has scored at least 10 points in nine of his last 10 EuroLeague games.
Edgaras Ulanovas has made 10 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Davies ranks fifth in the EuroLeague in scoring this season with 14.0 points per game. He ranks seventh in average performance index rating with 16.6.
Marius Grigonis is third in the EuroLeague in free throw accuracy this season at 94.38%.
Records/Milestones
Paulius Jankunas is second in EuroLeague history with 1,733 career rebounds. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes is first with 1,780.
Jankunas ranks fourth on the all-time charts with 2,966 points. Real Madrid's Felipe Reyes enters this round in third place with 2,992 points.
Jankunas needs 1 offensive rebound to become just the third player in competition history with 500 offensive rebounds.
Jankunas is 4 blocked shots away from 100 for his career.
No player has started more games in EuroLeague history than Jankunas, who has 259 career starts.
Edgaras Ulanovas needs 9 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Brandon Davies needs 2 assists to reach 100 in EuroLeague games.
During this series, Arturas Milaknis has moved past his coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and into 14th place on the all-time list with 317 three-point shots made. Marcus Brown is 13th with 327 triples in his career.

Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul

Roster
Coach Zeljko Obradovic has used 12 different starters this season. No player has started every game.
Streaks
Ali Muhammed has made at least 1 triple in 10 consecutive EuroLeague appearances.
Luigi Datome has made 21 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Datome has made multiple three-pointers in four straight EuroLeague games.
Melih Mahmutoglu has made 14 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Kostas Sloukas has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight EuroLeague appearances.
Sloukas has made 13 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Sloukas has posted a performance index rating in double figures in seven of his last eight appearances.
Erick Green has made 11 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.
Rankings
Jan Vesely is fourth in the EuroLeague this season with an average PIR of 18.3 per game.
Vesely is fourth in the EuroLeague in steals with 1.4 per game this season.
Marko Guduric is tied for third in the EuroLeague in three-point accuracy this season at 50.0%. Ali Muhammed is fifth at 49.2%.
Records/Milestones
Jan Vesely is seventh in EuroLeague history with 399 offensive rebounds; Kerem Gonlum is sixth with 421.
Vesely needs 3 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career. He will become the 14th player to reach that milestone.
Luigi Datome ranks fifth all-time in free throw accuracy at 91.09%.
Nikola Kalinic needs 3 three-pointers to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.
Erick Green needs 1 point to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.
Ali Muhammed needs 1 steal to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
6 - 13
Zalgiris Kaunas Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: 2-6
Away record vs. Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul: 4-6
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 6-4
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 6-2

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2018-19 18 April 2019 Playoffs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 80 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas
2018-19 16 April 2019 Playoffs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 76 - 43 Zalgiris Kaunas
2018-19 10 January 2019 Regular Season Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 78 - 61 Zalgiris Kaunas
2018-19 19 October 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 75 - 82 Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
2017-18 18 May 2018 Final Four Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 76 - 67 Zalgiris Kaunas
2017-18 09 March 2018 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 78 - 85 Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
2017-18 14 December 2017 Regular Season Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 89 - 90 Zalgiris Kaunas
2016-17 02 March 2017 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 67 - 76 Fenerbahce Istanbul
2016-17 26 October 2016 Regular Season Fenerbahce Istanbul 82 - 68 Zalgiris Kaunas
2010-11 16 February 2011 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 85 - 84 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
2010-11 02 February 2011 Top 16 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 80 - 72 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 14 January 2010 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker 68 - 76 Zalgiris Kaunas
2009-10 25 November 2009 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 78 - 84 Fenerbahce Ulker
2006-07 11 January 2007 Regular Season Zalgiris 70 - 83 Fenerbahce Ulker
2006-07 16 November 2006 Regular Season Fenerbahce Ulker 84 - 75 Zalgiris
2003-04 25 March 2004 Top 16 Zalgiris 95 - 72 Ulker
2003-04 04 March 2004 Top 16 Ulker 73 - 85 Zalgiris
2001-02 20 December 2001 Regular Season Ulker 79 - 66 Zalgiris
2001-02 18 October 2001 Regular Season Zalgiris 79 - 82 Ulker