2019-20Regular SeasonRound 6
November 01, 2019 CET: 18:45
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Zalgiris stuns host Fenerbahce in last minute!

In one of the fastest, most incredible comebacks in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history, Zalgiris Kaunas edged Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 76-79 on the road on Friday. Zalgiris improved to 3-3 in the standings while Fenerbahce dropped to 1-5 with its first home loss of the season. Marius Grigonis led the winners with 19 points, while Zach Leday added 16. Nando De Colo led Fenerbahce with 29 points. Kostas Sloukas had 13 and Derrick Williams 12 for the hosts, who led 76-69 with a minute left. Paulius Jankunas and Jock Landale shined early but an outstanding Nando De Colo helped Fenerbahce tie the game, 17-17, after 10 minutes. De Colo kept pacing Fenerbahce, getting help from Kostas Sloukas and Williams to give the hosts a 40-33 margin at halftime. A layup by Alex Perez tied the game, 47-47, but De Colo and Sloukas helped their team restore a 59-52 lead after 30 minutes. Zalgiris got within 69-67 but Luigi Datome and Williams boosted the hosts' lead to 76-69 with a minute left. Grigonis hit a triple and Nigel Hayes converted a three-point play off a steal that put Zalgiris close, at 76-75. Grigonis then buried a go-ahead lane jumper with 7.1 seconds left. Jan Vesely missed at the other end and Grigonis assured his team's comeback victory from the foul line.

Ali Muhammed got Fenerbahce going with a one-handed floater but a layup by Alex Perez and a triple by Arturas Milaknis put Zalgiris up 2-5. De Colo followed a layup with a jumper but Jankunas and Landale kept the guests in charge. Soon enough, De Colo responded with 5 points before Zach LeDay and Thomas Walkup helped the visitors forge a 17-17 tie after 10 minutes. Tarik Biberovic downed a jumper and Sloukas a three-pointer to make it 22-19 early in the second quarter. Landale dunked off a spin move and Perez hit from deep as Zalgiris regained a 22-24 lead. Soon, a three-point play by Vesely and triple by Sloukas took it back for Fenerbahce at 29-26. Williams added an alley-oop slam and De Colo bettered Marius Grigonis's acrobatic layup with a triple that Nigel Hayes matched, but Muhammed and an unstoppable De Colo assured a 40-33 Fenerbahce lead at halftime. Grigonis hit a three-pointer after the break and LeDay brought Zalgiris a bit closer, 41-38. Fenerbahce kept running its offense through De Colo but a three-point play by Jankunas and consecutive baskets by LeDay and Perez tied it at 47-47. De Colo buried a triple, Joffrey Lauvergne added a reverse layup, and Sloukas downed a running floater that gave the hosts fresh air at 56-50. De Colo insisted with a three-point play and Jankunas got the guests within 59-52 after 30 minutes. Landale and Datome traded layups early in the fourth quarter and a three-point play by LeDay gave Zalgiris hope at 61-57. De Colo drew an unsportsmanlike foul and buried a three-pointer, and Williams copied him right after that to make Zalgiris call timeout at 69-61. Hayes and Edgaras Ulanovas each hit triples, but so did Datome for a 72-67 score. Williams nailed a fallaway jumper and added a dunk off the baseline that seemed that seemed too seal the outcome at 76-69 with less than 2 minutes left. With 51 seconds left, Grigonis buried a big triple, then an inbound steal by Ulanovas allowed Hayes to stun the crowd with a three-point play for a 76-75 score. Sloukas missed and Zalgiris got the ball back with 23.5 seconds left. Grigonis scored an off-balance shot in penetration to give Zalgiris the lead, and added free throws to seal his team's unbelievable win.

Pivotal performer

Grigonis made the difference in the game, first with an unbelievable three-point shot right in front of his defender, and then with the go-ahead basket with 7.1 seconds left. He finished the game with 19 points on 3-for-4 two-point, 2-for-5 three-point, and 7-for-8 free throw shooting, plus 4 rebounds, for a PIR of 23.

Game-changing moment

A huge dunk by Williams gave Fenerbahce a 76-69 lead, but Grigonis and LeDay combined for all points in a game-closing 0-10 run that allowed Zalgiris to steal the victory. The key play, however, was an inbound steal by Edgaras Ulanovas which led to Hayes converting a three-point play. Zalgiris didn't trail again.

Stellar stat

Zalgiris outrebounded Fenerbahce by 23-32 and shot the ball better from all distances. Zalgiris hit 60.6% of its shots inside the arc, 46.7% from downtown and 85.7% of its free throw attempts. Fenerbahce downed 47.4% of its two-point shots, 38.1% from beyond the arc and only 61.5% from the foul line.

Did you notice?

It is Zalgiris's third road win against Fenerbahce since Sarunas Jasikevicius became the team's head coach. It had previously defeated Fenerbahce 89-90 on December 14, 2017 and 80-82 in Game 2 of last season's playoffs.

Next game:

Both teams return for Round 7 action on Friday, November 8, and both play at home. Fenerbahce hosts FC Bayern Munich and Zalgiris welcomes FC Barcelona.

Marius Grigonis - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB19
Friday, November 1, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE
Attendance: 10378
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Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 5:14           1 1           4   -3
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 14:43 1 0/2 0/3 1/2   2 2   1 1     1 2 -2
13 BIBEROVIC, TARIK 13:30 2 1/4     1   1     1     1   -2
16 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 35:44 13 2/5 2/3 3/4   2 2 9 2 1     1 6 25
19 DE COLO, NANDO 31:36 29 6/9 4/5 5/5 1   1 2 1 2     5 6 28
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 28:34 12 4/6 1/3 1/2 1 3 4 1         3 2 11
24 VESELY, JAN 25:59 8 2/7 0/2 4/7 4 2 6   2 4     2 7 7
35 MUHAMMED, ALI 6:28 4 1/2   2/2 1   1           3 1 2
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
70 DATOME, LUIGI 27:44 5 1/1 1/5   1 1 2 1 1 1     4    
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 10:28 2 1/2   0/4   1 1 2   1     1 2  
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 76 18/38 8/21 16/26 10 13 23 15 7 12 0 0 25 26 67
        47.4% 38.1% 61.5%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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 Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 22:34 4 2/3     1 2 3 5 2 1     2 4 14
2 PEREZ, ALEX 20:07 7 2/3 1/2     1 1 4 1 3     3 1 6
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 HAYES, NIGEL 26:16 9 1/3 2/3 1/1   2 2 2 1 3     3 1 6
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 14:17 9 3/4 0/1 3/3 1 5 6     1     3 2 11
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 15:35 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 1   2     3   -2
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 5:26   0/1     1 1 2     1          
32 LEDAY, ZACH 29:09 16 5/8 0/1 6/7   5 5 2   2     4 5 17
34 LANDALE, JOCK 12:31 8 4/4       1 1 1 1 2     5 1 5
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 29:59 19 3/4 2/5 7/8   4 4 1   1     2 7 23
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 24:06 4 0/2 1/1 1/2   1 1   1 2     1 4 4
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 79 20/33 7/15 18/21 7 25 32 16 6 19 0 0 26 25 89
        60.6% 46.7% 85.7%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
"First of all, congratulations to Zalgiris for the victory. Like every year, they are a team that they fight until the end. It was the same way today, and they came to this point to win again...From our side, first I want to thank our people for their incredible support tonight. It was really something special. I believe that our team was really different from two nights ago. We did a lot of things good, and we came to the point where in the last minute we lost the game. OK. So, I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played until the last minute. Understand how hard it is for them now, knowing how the game was and how easy it was to win it. We need to have in our minds how many people support us, how many people trust us, and we need really to trust ourselves. This is the only way."
JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We kept the game close, as we know that Fenerbahce is under a little bit of pressure. We kept the game close, so we gave ourselves a chance, and some shots went in. We are very far from our good level, but I hope these types of wins will help the team to believe a little bit the system and understand what we are asking from them, because still we are really far. I don't know about next week. There are no miracles, things don't happen over one week. But hopefully in one week we can take a small, small step. And this is what this game is all about, understanding the details. Because we still don't do anything we set out to do. I shouldn't say anything; a lot of things we don't do. We have a huge margin of improvement. Let's see if we are this type of team who can really improve."

Players

GRIGONIS, MARIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Right now it's mixed emotions. I'm very happy for today. We lost at home against Zenit [earlier this week] but we stole this game, so I'm happy. We stayed patient, played until the end. The crucial moment was that steal-and-one by Nigel Hayes. I think that was the crucial moment."
LEDAY, ZACH
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We just had to fight. We couldn't get down on ourselves. They made some shots. They got some things to go their way. At the end, we kept on fighting and some things went our way."
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