2008-09Regular SeasonRound 8
December 18, 2008 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 S.DARIUS AND S.GIRENAS SPORT CENTER
Paulius Jankunas - ZalgirisZalgirus Kaunas picked up its first win of the season in style by dominating Asseco Prokom Sopot 79-68 on Thursday evening. The Lithuanian champs ended an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season and fueled their Top 16 hopes by taking the potential tiebreaker from Prokom. Zalgiris now trails Prokom and SLUC Nancy by only one win for fourth place in Group B and hosts the French champs in their first game after the winter break. The keys to victory for Zalgiris were an all-around game that included excellent three-point shooting (11 for 20) and excellent interior defense (11 blocked shots). Zalgiris dominated early through Loren Woods and built an 18-7 lead before Pat Burke came off the bench to rescue Prokom. The Polish champs scored 12 straight points bridging the first and second periods and eventually took a slim lead before Dainius Salenga made it 37-35 at the half. Back-to-back triples by Paulius Jankunas and Arturas Milaknis – the second beating the buzzer – gave the hosts a 63-54 lead at the end of the third quarter and a Salenga steal, slam and free throw gave the hosts a 15-point lead early in the fourth as Zalgiris wrapped up its first win. Jankunas paced Zalgiris offensively with a Euroleague career-high 23 points, Salenga added a season-high 20 points, while Jonas Maciulis had 11 and Mantas Kalnietis finished with 10 points and 5 assists. On the defensive end, Loren Woods was the star with 14 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Burke carried Prokom with 18 points and 20 rebounds, Dan Ewing scored 16 and David Logan had 14 in defeat.

Pat Burke - Asseco ProkomAdam Hrycaniuk opened the scoring for Prokom with a basket on the offensive glass before Salenga answered for the hosts. The teams traded baskets for a few possessions before the hosts found their rhythm and took charge. Kalnietis orchestraded the offense as Zalgiris went ona 9-0 charge to take an 18-7 lead. Prokom took a much-needed timeout and had coach Tomas Pacesas managed to calm his troops. Ewing broke the Prokom drought with a three-pointer and Koko Archibong added a basket in transition as the visitors came back. Kalnietis stretched the Zalgiris lead to 21-12, but Ewing nailed a three at the end of the period to make it 23-17.

Three baskets by Burke and a triple from Logan made up a 0-12 Prokom run as Pacesas’s men got right back in the game. Salenga soon tied the game as a seesaw battle developed. The period would see the score tied five times before Salenga put Zalgiris ahead 35-32 on a basket-plus-foul. Logan and Jankunas traded baskets before Logan drew Prokom within 37-35 at halftime.

Dainius Salenga - ZalgirisLogan tied the game on Prokom’s first possession of the second half, but Kalnietis stepped up for the hosts with a triple and then a slam on the break. Prokom came right back through Burker and Ewing to tie the score at 42-42. Kalnietis killed the Prokom momentum when after losing the ball to Ewing, he followed the play for a stunning blocked shot from behind to prevent Prokom from going ahead. Woods then scored at the other end and Salenga soon frilled a three to make it 49-44. Ronnie Burrell and Ewing cut the gap to 2, but triples from Zygimantas Janivicius, Jankunas and Milaknis – the last one beating the third-period buzzer – put Zalgiris on top 63-54 with just one period remaining.

Prokom looked determined to get back as the fourth quarter began, but found an equally motivated Zalgiris team waiting. Eurelijus Zukauskas’s block of Logan and another Jankunas triple gave Zalgiris a 12-point advantage and after a few more missed shots for Prokom, Salenga stripped Ewing and darted to the hoop for a slam, foul and free throw that ignited the passionate home fans. Przemyslaw Zamojski fought for a three-point play for Prokom, but soon Jankunas hit from downtown to make it 74-57. Prokom continued to fight for points, but Zalgiris seemed to have an answer at every turn. Maciulis buried a three at the top of the key to stretch the lead to 19 and end any doubt as to the winner, allowing the fans to applaud their heroes in the last few minutes.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE)
Attendance: 4951
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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 VASILIAUSKAS, SARUNAS 2:20                 1         1 2
7 WOODS, LOREN 31:01 7 3/8   1/2 3 11 14 2 2 3 7   3 2 22
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 23:11 11 1/5 3/6   1 4 5 1 2 1 1   3   9
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 31:52 10 1/4 2/3 2/2 1 4 5 5 1 2 1   1 1 16
10 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 5:48 3 0/1 1/1         1 1       1 1 4
11 ZUKAUSKAS, EURELIJUS 9:07 2 1/3       2 2       2   3 2 3
12 KLIMAVICIUS, TADAS 3:12   0/2 0/1   1   1               -2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 36:40 23 5/5 3/5 4/5   5 5     3 1   2 7 28
20 SALENGA, DAINIUS 35:22 20 5/9 1/4 7/8   4 4 2 1 3     2 7 21
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 21:27 3   1/2   1 1 2           2   2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 16/37 11/22 14/17 7 31 38 11 8 12 12 0 17 21 105
        43.2% 50% 82.4%
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
Asseco Prokom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 33:07 3 1/6 0/1 1/2 1 3 4 1 1 1   3 2 2 -2
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 16:11 2 1/2   0/1 1 4 5   1     1 4 1 2
10 NESOVIC, ALEKSEJ 19:15 4 2/5 0/1     2 2     2     2   -2
12 LOGAN, DAVID 28:16 14 4/15 1/6 3/4   2 2 1 1 3   4 2 6 -2
15 SWIETONSKI, TOMASZ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 LAPETA, ADAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 6:12 3 1/1   1/1                 2 1 2
20 SZCZOTKA, PIOTR 0:56                              
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 23:14 6 3/6 0/1   4 2 6     2     3   3
31 BURKE, PAT 28:03 18 8/13 0/1 2/4 7 13 20 1 1 1   1 1 4 33
32 EWING, DANIEL 32:22 16 4/13 2/5 2/2 2 1 3 3 3 3   2 3 3 8
34 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 12:24 2 1/2     3 2 5   1     1 2   4
Team                                
Totals 200:00 68 25/63 3/15 9/14 18 29 47 6 8 12 0 12 21 17 46
        39.7% 20% 64.3%
Head coach: PACESAS, TOMAS

Head Coaches

KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris
"We couldn't afford to lose this game. Our players tonight were better and we outplayed them in almost every aspect of the game. The only bad thing was that we let them grab too many offensive rebounds. We started fourth quarter very well and built a significant lead, but we didn't manage to keep it till the buzzer. But a win is a win. We have chance to go further and we'll try to take this chance."
PACESAS, TOMAS
Asseco Prokom
"My congratulations go to Zalgiris, but it's sad that their first victory in Euroleague came from a match against us. Tonight we had an awful game. My backcourt players couldn't get through and couldn't get to the basket. We couldn't pick ùp our game in the second half and my two key players couldn't find their rhythm, either. Our field goal percentage was too low and we missed too many easy baskets. However, our goal remains the same and we will do our best to make it to the Top 16."

Players

SALENGA, DAINIUS
Zalgiris
"It was a very important game for us. We wanted to win this game and save chances for the next round. Our goal was to win at least by six points. We needed to win by a big margin, but a few mistakes in the final two minutes reduced our lead. Now we need to win by a big margin against SLUC but I think it's possible if we continue to play like we did tonight. We started off well tonight, but later we lost concentration and in the third quarter we finally took the control of the game. We were getting better game by game and finally it paid off with a victory."
BURKE, PAT
Asseco Prokom
"This gym is a very tough place to play. They 've got a group of the fans that put a lot of pressure on the team that's coming in. In the third quarter, Zalgiris started making big shots and big three-pointers. I had a good game in the first half and they changed the defense against me. They started to double team me at the baseline. I needed to see this situation a little bit earlier and look for other people on my team when some of the guys were cutting through, but I was still looking to attack."
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