2005-06Regular SeasonRound 13
February 02, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 RHENUS SPORT
Zalgiris Kaunas set up a big Group A showdown for the regular season's final week by downing Strasbourg 68-73 on the road in France on Thursday. Zalgiris improved to 9-4 in the Group A standings and now ties for the second place with Climamio Bologna, both of them a victory away from Tau Ceramica. Next week, in their regular season finale, Zalgiris hosts Climamio with at least second place on the line. Strasbourg, meanwhile, dropped to 3-10 and is mathematically eliminated from the Top 16. Tanoka Beard led the winners with 17 points. Darjus Lavrinovic added 15 and 4 blocks while Simonas Serapinas had 13 points, including 8 in a 0-12 run late in the third quarter that put Zalgiris ahead for good. Paulius Jankunas grabbed 11 rebounds for the guests. Jeff Greer led Strasbourg with 16 points, his brother Ricardo added 15, John McCord had 13 and Zelly Wesson 12 and 9 rebounds. The loss was Strasbourg's fifth in a row.

Lavrinovic just needed 17 seconds to hit the first three-pointer of the game, right before the game was stopped for 5 minutes due to a problem in one of the baskets. After that, Aymeric Jeanneau got Strasbourg going with a layup but a dominant Lavrinovic had 2 blcoks, made free throws and buried a three from the from the top to send Zalgiris up 4-8. His points ignited a 0-15 Zalgiris run in which Reggie Freeman and Serapinas also stroked from downtown to boost the margin to 4-18 after 7 minutes. Strasbourg went scoreless for almost 6 minutes until Wesson stepped up with a second-chance basket and Sacha Giffa fired in a corner triple. Wesson kept pushing the hosts with another close basket and John McCord beat the shot clock with an incredible three-pointer that helped Strasbourg to cut the difference to 14-20 after 10 minutes.

Beard scored his first points on a put-back to start the second quarter, then added a triple on the next possession for a 16-25 Zalgiris lead. It didn't last long, however, as Boudji Yanci hit a layup and McCord also scored twice around the basket in an 8-0 Strasbourg run that Ricardo Greer capped with free throws that made it 24-25. Beard rescued Zalgiris with free throws, but the Greer brothers combined for 4 quick points to give Strasbourg its first lead, 28-27. Zalgiris called timeout and Paulius Jankunas broke a 14-2 Strasbourg run with a quick layup. Vidas Ginevicius then nailed a three for the guests while Jonas Maciulis capped a 0-7 Zalgiris run which a mid-range jumper for a 30-34 lead. Not to be outdone, Giffa buried his second triple at the buzzer to bring Strasbourg within 33-34 at halftime.

Jeff Greer came back after the break and hit a corner three to put Strasbourg back in front, but only until Ginevicius erased it with his own downtown shot. Lavrinovic keep shining on defense end while Beard added a fastbreak layup for a 36-39 Zalgiris edge. Wesson took over with a put-back layup for Strasbourg and Ricardo Greer added a corner three for a 41-41 tie. After an exchange of baskets, including McCord's second triple, Freeman got his sixth point in a row off a steal that Jeanneau answered with a basket in penetration to get Strasbourg within 47-49. Now, however, Zalgiris shut down Strasbourg with a zone defense while Jankunas scored in the low post to spark a 0-12 run in which Serapinas made triples from each corner among 8 points that vaulted the guests ahead 47-61 after 30 minutes.

Wesson tried to ignite a Strasbourg comeback with a power layup to start the fourth quarter, but no more points came in the next couple of minutes until Ginevicius made a free throw. Jeff Greer shined with a six-meter jumper and his brother Ricardo slashed for a layup to force a Zalgiris timeout at 63-72 with 6 minutes to go. The Greer brothers were on a mission now. Ricardo made 3 of 4 free throws and Jeff added a driving layup to make it a six-point game, 58-64. Lavrinovic silenced the crowd - save for a few Lithuanian fans in the stands - with a three-pointer that Beard followed with a close basket make it 60-69 with 2 minutes to go. Strasbourg used a Jeff Greer triple and 5 free throws to come as close as 68-71 before Lavrinovic dunked to finish the victory for Zalgiris.
Thursday, February 2, 2006
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Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WESSON, K'ZELL 28:15 12 5/11 0/1 2/3 4 5 9 4 2 4   2 2 2 13
5 MENDY, ELSON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 YAICI, BOUDJI 10:45 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     1    
7 GREER, RICARDO 27:00 15 2/5 1/2 8/10   2 2 1 2 3     2 5 14
8 GREER, JEFF 34:30 16 4/7 2/8 2/2 2 4 6 3 1 2   1 1 4 17
9 JEANNEAU, AYMERIC 29:15 4 2/5 0/2     2 2 1 2 3     2 3 2
11 BACH, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 McCORD, JOHN 26:15 13 4/7 1/1 2/2 1 5 6 1     1   2 1 17
31 GIFFA, SANYA 29:45 6 0/2 2/4   2 4 6 2 4 1   1 2   10
33 STAROSTA, ONDREJ 14:15   0/3       3 3     1 1   1 1  
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 68 18/41 6/19 14/17 10 27 37 12 11 15 2 4 13 16 75
        43.9% 31.6% 82.4%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 35:15 7 0/2 2/5 1/2   3 3 2 4 2     3 3 8
5 FREEMAN, REGGIE 32:45 9 2/4 1/5 2/2 1 3 4 1 3 4     2 2 7
6 BEARD, TANOKA 28:30 17 6/11 1/3 2/2 4 2 6 5   3     1 2 19
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 25:15 15 2/3 3/5 2/2 2 7 9 1   6 4   1 1 20
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 17:30 4 1/2 0/2 2/2   1 1   1 1   1 3 2  
10 ANDERSON, KENNETH 10:00   0/3 0/2     1 1 2         2   -4
12 DILYS, VILMANTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 23:00 8 2/7 0/1 4/4 4 7 11 1   1   1 3 2 11
14 SILINSKIS, DARIUS 3:15   0/1     1   1                
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 24:30 13 2/2 3/7     2 2           1 1 11
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 15/35 10/30 13/14 13 28 41 12 8 17 4 2 16 13 75
        42.9% 33.3% 92.9%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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Head Coaches

GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"I think once again we have proved that this team plays with a lot of heart and really wants to win even if the result of tonight's match didn't have much importance. It was a question of pride to show that even in the absence of three players, those who played did so with intensity. We of course regret that Ondrej Starosta does not give us more intensity and does not manage to play with the same heart as his teammates. In defense the team has certainly proven itself. We are still missing some little things but that was difficult in the context of tonight's match. We wanted to play a good game and we managed to do just that. We needed to conserve some of our energy for our match on Sunday and I only hope we have kept enough to come back and win at the weekend. I think we have shown in all our Euroleague home matches by either winning or losing by a few points that we can play well."
SIREIKA, ANTANAS
Zalgiris
"It is always difficult to play against a team that no longer has any chance of reaching the Top 16 and a team that played badly last week in Italy. It was obvious Strasbourg would want to show at home that it was only one bad game and they would play better. We already knew we were in the Top 16 but have recruited another player as we know the second round will be very difficult with tough matches ahead and the experience of our new guard will hopefully help us through."

Players

GREER, RICARDO
Strasbourg
"It was a good game. At the end it was tough but we fought the whole game. A couple of turnovers here and there, congratulations to Zalgiris, congratulations to the Euroleague. The last home game in the Euroleague and a difficult match ahead in Spain against Tau. Then we can all concentrate on the French championship."
GREER, JEFF
Strasbourg
"We played hard and we had two of our teammates who didn' play today so we had to play hard and one of the young guys who stepped up. We just had too many turnovers and missed too many open shots. We played hard we've just got to keep the spirit. We need keep our spirit up for our big championship game this Sunday."
McCORD, JOHN
Strasbourg
"A tough loss and one more match left in the Euroleague. It was a good game although we were short of two players. Our young player came in and it was a good experience for him. Now we need to concentrate on the championship and for our big game on Sunday."
YAICI, BOUDJI
Strasbourg
"It was great. I am really pleased that I played well tonight. I am proud of myself and I will continue to listen to my teammates' advice and hope to progress further."
BEARD, TANOKA
Zalgiris
"We played against a team that was ongoing. They wanted to prove themselves again after a pretty bad loss in Italy last week. They have a good team. They are talented and hard-working players. We've been in a bad situation against some pretty strong teams. I don't think that mentally we played our best basketball. In fact we played extremely badly tonight and we're just happy to win the game to be honest with you. That's really the bottom line."
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