2003-04Regular SeasonRound 6
December 11, 2003 CET: 19:10
Local time: 19:10 S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER
Zalgiris held tight to third place in Group B on Thursday by downing visiting Krka Novo Mesto, 98-75, with a show of inside power over the visitors' fine shooting. Zalgiris improves to 4-2, falling in behind co-leaders CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv, both 5-1 after CSKA's comeback in Tel Aviv. Krka fell to 1-5 and a sixth-place tie with Unicaja. Zalgiris placed 5 scorers in in double figures, led by Ed Cota, with 20 points and 6 assists. Tanoka Beard had 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Miroslav Beric added 14 points, Mindaugas Timinskas 12 and Paulius Jankunas 10. Arvydas Sabonis, slowed by fever, had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Marton Bader led Krka with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting and 6 rebounds. Clarence Gilbert added 14 points and Slavko Duscak 12 for the guests. Zalgiris made 37 out of 57 field goals and outrebounded its opponents 38-23.

Aware of Krka's shooting potential, Zalgiris started the game focused on good perimetric defense and without Arvydas Sabonis. Arturas Javtokas opened the score with a dunk but Marton Bader immediately replied with a jumper. After a couple of turnovers by Salenga and Javtokas, Slavko Duscak put his team in the lead, 2-4. Tanoka Beard converted 1 free throw and then bulldozed the Krka defense for a basket. But then Rick Rickert with a three-plus-one play and Marko Antonijevic with a layup increased the Krka advantage to 5-10. Salenga scored a two, but on the successive possession Zalgiris failed to convert any of four inside shots and by the time Bader added 2 more baskets, Krka was up 9-14. Zalgiris coach Antanas Sireika decided it was time for Big Reg. Rickert made still another basket while Sabas missed a skyhook. Duscak proved his team's shooting reputation, hitting from downtown, and Antonijevic scored again to give the guests a 16-23 lead after 10 minutes.

Krka's chances looked serious as Gilbert opened the second quarter with a triple from the corner. But then Sabonis, Misha Beric and Mindaugas Timinskas assisted Cota for three baskets in a row. Krka was now having problems in the paint, as Beard added 2 baskets and Sabas connected on a hook shot to extend the run to 11-0 and a 27-26 Zalgiris lead. Bader scored 5 points now around a three-point play by Sabonis, as Krka held onto a 30-31 lead. Timinskas would break the logjam, however, with 8 points in a new 10-2 run that put Zalgiris in charge for the first time at 40-33 after 18 minutes. Cota came on court and added to the run, and after one more Krka basket, Giedrius Gustas made a reverse layup to leave the scoreboard at 44-35 for the half.

After the break, Zalgiris used Bader to try to lure Sabonis out of the paint with three-pointers. Bader succeeded once, but at the other end Javtokas shattered the basket with a dunk. Although Sabonis, playing with fever, airballed a triple, Zalgiris took off soon on a 10-0 run highlighted by Cota's passing and a Beric three-pointer. With the hosts up now 58-42, Bader made a stand for Krka with 5 points, while 2 baskets by Cota were offset with a three from Gilbert. The game was slipping from Krka's hands even though Sabas was now sitting on the Zalgiris bench. Gilbert converted 2 free throws but Paulius Jankunas a couple baskets and Salenga 2 foul shots for the hosts. It took a triple from Jure Balazic and a jumper by Duscak to reduce the Zalgiris lead to 14 points, but Beard made a pair from the line to boost it again, to 75-59, after 30 minutes.

Beard was the Zalgiris protagonist early in the final quarter with 7 points in a row, giving his team its biggest lead to that point, 82-61. Zalgiris tried a zone defense that Balazic immediately punished with a three. Gilbert added another from deep for the guests and Duscak copied with a three-point play but the Krka defense wasn't making the stops necessary for a late comeback. After Beric and Gilbert exchanged three-pointers, a nice dunk by Salenga and a Sabonis layup made it 96-73 with 2 minutes left. The mission was accomplished for the hosts, who could now look forward to a last game of the year with a chance at holding second place.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
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Referees: ZACHARA, IVAN (CZE), PRAUSE, UWE (GER), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT)
Attendance: 4300
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Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LEPINAITIS, ANDRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GUSTAS, GIEDRIUS 4:15 4 1/1   2/2       1 1         1 7
6 BEARD, TANOKA 25:15 18 5/8   8/14 4 4 8   1 1 2 1   8 26
7 BERIC, MIROSLAV 31:45 14 4/5 2/3     3 3 3 1 3     1 2 17
9 SALENGA, DAINIUS 28:30 7 2/6 0/3 3/4 1 1 2     3     2 3 -1
10 TIMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 23:30 12 4/4 0/1 4/4 1 6 7 4 4 2     3 2 23
11 SABONIS, ARVYDAS 21:30 9 4/5 0/1 1/1   9 9 3 1   2   1 2 23
12 COTA, ED 37:00 20 7/9 1/1 3/6 1 3 4 6   2 1   3 3 24
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 17:15 10 5/7     1 2 3 1   1   1 2   8
14 JAVTOKAS, ARTURAS 9:45 4 2/3     1 1 2     3     4 2  
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 1:15                 1           1
Team                   4           4
Totals 200:00 98 34/48 3/9 21/31 9 29 38 18 13 15 5 2 16 23 132
        70.8% 33.3% 67.7%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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
KRKA Novo Mesto
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GNJIDIC, BORIS 15:45   0/3             1 1         -3
6 GILBERT, CLARENCE 28:00 14   4/7 2/2       3 1       4 1 12
7 ANTONIJEVIC, MARKO 24:00 4 2/3 0/1     1 1 4 2 1     2 2 8
9 DUNDOVIC, MARIO 6:15 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2   1 2     3 2 2
10 DUSCAK, ALOJZIJ (SLAVKO) 33:00 12 4/9 1/4 1/1 1 1 2 2 1 6   1 3 1  
14 BADER, MARTON 30:15 22 7/11 2/3 2/3 4 2 6 2 1 1   2 4 4 22
15 BALAZIC, JURE 15:30 8 1/5 2/3   2 3 5 1   1   1     7
20 MIHAJLOVIC, MARTIN 13:45 4 2/4     1   1 1 1   2   5   2
41 SUBOTIC, SRDAN 7:00   0/1                       1  
44 RICKERT, RICK 26:30 7 1/9 1/2 2/3 2 4 6 1 1 1   1 2 5 6
Team                   6           6
Totals 200:00 75 19/48 10/21 7/9 11 12 23 14 15 13 2 5 23 16 62
        39.6% 47.6% 77.8%
Head coach: SKANSI, PETAR
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