2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 06, 2014 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 KAUNAS SPORTS HALL

Anderson's double-double leads Zalgiris past Unics

Zalgiris Kaunas grabbed its third consecutive win in Group A by edging Unics Kazan 77-71 in its one-night-only return to Kaunas Sports Hall on Thursday. James Anderson led Zalgiris with 27 points and 11 rebounds, including free throws that sealed the outcome down the stretch. Arturas Milaknis had all of his 14 points in the third quarter to keep Zalgiris ahead for good. Keith Langford led Unics with 24 points. Kostas Kaimakoglou added 11 for Unics, which led 6-12 early. An outstanding Anderson, who had 11 first-quarter points, helped Zalgiris tie it at 17-17 after 10 minutes. A six-meter jumper by Lukas Lekavicius made it an 8-point game soon after that. Vadim Panin and Langford brought Unics within 40-37 at halftime. Milaknis hit 4 three-pointers in six minutes and added a jumper that made it a double-digit game, 56-46. Langford and D'or Fischer got Unics as close as 73-71, but free throws by Anderson and a big block by Vaidas Kariniauskas sealed the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Zalgiris overcomes early deficit

Langford got Unics going with a mid-range jumper which Edgaras Ulanovas matched with a backdoor layup. Nikos Zisis fed Dmitry Sokolov for an easy basket, but Anderson followed an acrobatic layup with free throws to give Zalgiris its first lead, 6-4. Langford scored around the basket and a coast-to-coast layup by Zisis put the guests back ahead, 6-8. Langford kept pushing Unics with a fast break layup and a mid-range jumper, as Zalgiris struggled to find open shots and was forced to call a much-needed timeout. Anderson stepped up with a wild triple-and-foul and bettered Langford's off-balance layup with another bomb from downtown that brought the hosts as close as 13-14. James White split free throws and Jankunas tied it at 15-15. Lukas Lekavicius sank foul shots to put Zalgiris back ahead, 17-15. A driving layups by Curtis Jerrells tied it at 17-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Anderson puts hosts ahead

Vytenis Lipkevicius took over with a wild reverse layup early in the second quarter and a driving basket by Jankunas made it a four-point game. Lipkevicius scored off a midcourt steal and a six-meter jumper by Lekavicius capped an 8-0 run and ignited the crowd at 25-17. Kaimakolou stepped up with a tip-in, which Jerrells followed with a layup to get Unics within 25-21. After Robertas Javtokas scored down low, Vadim Panin struck from downtown. Darius Songaila restored a 29-24 Zalgiris edge. Panin nailed another three in transition, but Songaila quickly answered with a layup. Free throws by Langford and Kaimakoglou kept Unics close at 31-30. Vaidas Kariniauskas scored in penetration and Anderson took over with a dunk in transition for a 35-30 Zalgiris lead. Langford and Ulanovas traded three-point plays and Panin struck again from downtown. A free throw by Petr Gubanov and a layup by Anderson fixed the halftime score at 40-37.

Third quarter: Milaknis over and over from downtown

Milaknis nailed a three-pointer right after the break. Unics struggled to score early in the second half until Jerrells stepped up with a finger-roll layup, but a red-hot Milaknis nailed a catch-and-shoot triple. Kaimakoglou scored down low, but Milaknis struck again from way downtown to boost the hosts' margin to 49-41. Fischer scored in the paint, before Lekavicius and White exchanged foul shots. Milaknis hit his fourth three-pointer in the quarter to give Zalgiris a 54-45 margin. Fischer split foul shots and Milaknis banked in a turnaround shot that made it a double-digit game, 56-46. Kaimakoglou scored around the basket and Fischer sank a jumper from the elbow for a 56-50 Unics deficit. A layup by White caused Zalgiris to call timeout at 56-52. Anderson shined with an off-balance shot and Ulanovas added free throws, but Jerrells and Viktor Sanikidze kept Unics within 62-55.

Fourth quarter: Down to the wire

Langford swished a three-pointer early in the quarter, but Siim Sander-Vene answered from downtown for a 65-59 Zalgiris lead. Sanikidze hit free throws and Langford buried another triple, which caused the hosts to call timeout at 65-62. Javtokas rescued Zalgiris with his trademark old-school hook shot and a reverse layup by Anderson gave the hosts plenty of fresh air, 69-62, with six minutes left. Langford hit free throws, but he didn't find much help around. Zalgiris struggled to score right when it mattered most, but a free throw by Jankunas and a jumper by Anderson made it an 8-point game. Langford kept pushing Unics with a driving basket and Kaimakoglou nailed a six-meter jumper for a 73-68 Unics deficit in the next-to-last minute. Kaimakoglou split free throws and White brought Unics within 73-71 with 22.2 seconds left. Unics fouled Anderson, who calmly made free throws and a block by Kariniauskas sealed the outcome on a very special night for Zalgiris.

James Anderson - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB14
Thursday, November 6, 2014
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE)
Attendance: 4795
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 22:17 6 1/5   4/4 2   2 1 1 1     5 4 4
5 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 8:17 3   1/1                   1   2
7 GUDAITIS, ARTURAS 14:23           3 3   1 1 1   4    
8 KARINIAUSKAS, VAIDAS 17:43 2 1/1   0/2   2 2 2 2 2 1     2 7
9 SONGAILA, DARIUS 19:39 4 2/4   0/2 2 1 3   1 1   2 4 1 -2
10 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS 10:08 4 2/2       1 1 2 1 1     2 2 7
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 15:12 6 1/3 0/2 4/6 1 3 4     3     3 3 1
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 22:12 4 2/6 0/1   1 1 2 3 2 2 1   2 2 5
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 22:27 14 1/1 4/5     1 1 1   1     2 1 13
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 32:26 27 6/12 2/5 9/9   11 11 4 3 4 1   2 7 38
33 DIMSA, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 15:16 7 2/4 0/1 3/3 1 1 2     1     3 2 4
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 77 18/38 7/15 20/26 10 26 36 13 11 18 4 2 28 24 83
        47.4% 46.7% 76.9%
Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
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
Unics Kazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WHITE, JAMES 24:56 7 1/5 0/1 5/6   6 6 1 1 1   2 3 5 8
5 LANGFORD, KEITH 31:36 24 7/11 2/4 4/6   1 1   1 3 1   3 8 21
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 15:05 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 3 1 2   1 3 1 1
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 6:30 1 0/1   1/2           1     2 1 -3
12 PANIN, VADIM 12:27 9   3/3     1 1   1       2   9
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 9:49 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 2   2     1     3 1  
15 GUBANOV, PETR 3:18       0/2                   1 -1
20 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 11:28 2 1/1   0/2   2 2 1   1       2 4
21 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 32:09 11 4/6 0/3 3/4 3 3 6 2 1 2     4 6 14
22 ANTIPOV, PAVEL 1:26   0/1                         -1
40 FISCHER, DOR 24:54 5 2/3   1/2   2 2 3 3 1 1   3 1 9
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 26:22 7 3/7 0/3 1/2 1 1 2 2 2 1   1 1 2 4
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 71 20/38 5/16 16/28 8 20 28 12 10 14 2 4 24 28 68
        52.6% 31.3% 57.1%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS

Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It is great to win in this amazing atmosphere. We are happy because we won against a very tough opponent tonight, which was fighting till the very end. We didn’t stop their leader, Keith Langford, but our overall defense was okay. James Anderson was amazing tonight and helped us a lot in difficult moments. Once again thanks to our fans for the best support tonight."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Unics Kazan
"It was a tough match with lots of contact. Zalgiris always plays with a lot of energy. It is a team that is strong in the low post and we tried to stop it. But Zalgiris shot really well tonight and also made some difficult shots. Our free throw shooting was also bad. These were the keys of the game."

Players

ANDERSON, JAMES
Zalgiris Kaunas
"This victory doesn’t belong to me, it was great teamwork. We tried to neutralize Keith Langford. We didn’t succeed in the first half, but later we did a great job. It was a key to our win. Also the fans helped us a lot and we are happy to hand them the win."
LANGFORD, KEITH
Unics Kazan
"It's always tough to play against Zalgiris. I always enjoy these games, because they are really competitive. You have to give them credit, they were really good tonight. Zalgiris was playing hard, playing well and I think they are going to be in the Top 16. I tried to be aggressive tonight, but it doesn’t always click. Anyway we are mentally strong, so we will bounce back in other games."