2019-20Regular SeasonRound 13
December 13, 2019 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Valencia holds off Zalgiris for first road win

Valencia Basket hit 13 three-pointers on the way to its first road win of the season, holding off host Zalgiris Kaunas 82-86 on Friday at the Zalgirio Arena. Valencia's record improved to 5-8 while Zalgiris lost its seventh consecutive game and dropped to 3-10 at the bottom of the standings. Valencia took control of the game with a 2-15 run bridging the third and fourth quarters and led by as many as 13 points before Zalgiris made it late charge to no avail. Louis Labeyrie scored a career-high 22 points, nailing 4 of 5 three-pointers, while Quino Colom had 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Edgaras Ulanovas finished with 16 points for Zalgiris. Thomas Walkup had 15 points, Jock Landale 12 and Zach LeDay 10 in a losing effort.


Labeyrie and Ulanovas scored 5 points apiece to get things going before Bojan Dubljevic scored twice inside and Colom nailed from long range to make it 7-12. LeDay revived the hosts, stringing together 6 points before Ulanovas capped an 8-0 run with a baseline dunk to make it 19-16 late in the first quarter. Sam Van Rossom replied with a triple, but Zalgiris extended the margin early in the second quarter as Arturas Milaknis struck from deep. Landale and Lukas Lekavicius combined to score 8 points then to open a 32-25 Zalgiris advantage. Maurice Ndour scored 7 consecutive points to keep Valencia in touch before back-to-back threes from Alberto Abalde and Colom cut the difference to 40-38. Another triple from Colom got the visitors within 48-47 at halftime. The teams traded leads as Aaron Doornekamp and Walkup downed triples early on, but Valencia just kept hitting from downtown. Labeyrie buried a pair and Van Rossom knocked one down to beat the shot clock and make it 55-59. Another triple from Doornekamp helped made it 57-64 going into the final quarter before close-range baskets from Mike Tobey and Ndour increased it to 57-68. Milaknis snapped a 2-15 Valencia run, but Vanja Marinkovic converted his triple into a four-point play, extending the Valencia lead to 59-72. Walkup and K.C. Rivers hit tough triples as Zalgiris stepped up on defense and LeDay's fastbreak dunk made it 70-75, firing up the crowd. Labeyrie's fourth triple gave Valencia more breathing room, however, at 70-78. Three-pointers from Rivers and Ulanovas got Zalgiris as close as 82-84 with 10 seconds left, but Valencia hung on at the finish.

Important stat

Zalgiris made 18 of 21 two-point attempts and had 6 offensive rebounds on 10 missed shots in the first half. However, in the second half Zalgiris made 10 of 20 two-point shots – and just 3 of 12 triples – while pulling down just 3 more offensive boards.

Labeyrie's night

Louis Labeyrie came into the game averaging 4.1 points per game and shooting 1-for-9 from three-point range through 12 games, but connected on 4 of 5 attempts in this game, dropping a career-high 22 points.

Big shooting night

Valencia hit 13 triples, and one shy of its EuroLeague club record on the road.

Next up

In Round 14 on Tuesday, both teams will be at home. Zalgiris will welcome league leaders Anadolu Efes Istanbul while Valencia will host fellow Spanish side KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Louis Labeyrie - Valencia Basket - EB19
Friday, December 13, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; HALLIKO, AARE
Attendance: 14752
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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
0 WALKUP, THOMAS 28:59 15 6/10 1/2   1 1 2 7   4     1 1 15
1 RIVERS, KC 23:08 8 1/1 2/8     3 3   2       2 2 7
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 13:23 8 4/6       1 1 2 1 1       6 15
10 HAYES, NIGEL 10:59 2 1/2     1   1 1         1   2
12 VENSKUS, ERIKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:04 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2   1       2    
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 21:03 9 2/4 1/2 2/3 1 1 2 1 2 1     3 2 8
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 6:02           2 2 1 1 1     2   1
32 LEDAY, ZACH 21:36 10 5/6     2 1 3 3 1 1   1 3 3 14
34 LANDALE, JOCK 23:10 12 4/4 0/1 4/4 2 2 4   1 2     5 4 13
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 30:36 16 4/5 2/7 2/3       3   1     1 1 11
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 28/41 6/21 8/10 9 15 24 18 9 12 0 1 20 19 89
        68.3% 28.6% 80%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COLOM, QUINO 25:08 12 1/1 3/5 1/2   2 2 9 1 2       3 22
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 13:06 4   1/2 1/1   1 1 1   1       1 5
3 LOYD, JORDAN 25:16 3 0/2 0/4 3/4   1 1 3   2     3 3 -2
5 NDOUR, MAURICE 15:01 9 4/5   1/3 1 1 2     2     4 3 5
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 20:50 8 1/1 1/3 3/4 1 4 5           2 2 10
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 27:17 22 5/6 4/5   3 2 5 1   2     2   22
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 14:38 8   2/3 2/2   1 1 5   1     3 3 12
10 TOBEY, MIKE 13:54 4 2/3   0/1   2 2     2 1   3 1 1
12 MOTUM, BROCK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 22:30 8 3/4 0/2 2/2   1 1 1   3     1 4 7
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 22:20 8 1/1 2/5   1 3 4 1 1       2   9
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 86 17/23 13/29 13/19 8 18 26 21 2 15 1 0 20 20 93
        73.9% 44.8% 68.4%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Valencia. Once again, a tough evening for us. Small details determined the game. As a young team, we cannot do small details at all. Hopefully, we can grow, get better and win some games."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"The first half was tight, two teams playing well on offense. For our goal, Zalgiris was too comfortable. The key in the second half is that we changed the level of our defense, especially our work on the rebounds, and we controlled penetrations of their point guards better. And we improved our defense of the lateral pick-and-roll. We had control of the situation, but with the heart of Zalgiris Kaunas, you have to fight the entire game. We are happy that this is our first road win, but we are the most happy that we are improving our competitive level. Labeyrie has started the season with an injury situation, and he could not put in extra work. But in recent weeks he is working a lot and today gave us a present with his efficiency, especially with his three-point shot. For us, he is very important because he always plays with activity and intensity, and we need his effort."

Players

LANDALE, JOCK
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We are competing. No doubt in my mind every single person is playing trying to win, but we are making young mistakes and it is killing us now. I feel like we make steps in practice but it does not translate to the court. We can't let our minds go away from what we are good at. We have to continue to find ways to stick to what we are good at and keep going from there."
LABEYRIE, LOUIS
Valencia Basket
"It feels great. The ending was close again, similar like against Crvena Zvezda, but the ending was different tonight. We are glad to win this game. Zalgiris was kind of killing us in the pick-and-roll, so we just made some physical adjustments. They did not respond well."
COLOM, QUINO
Valencia Basket
"We know this is a difficult road court, so we came out with all our energy. Sometimes in the EuroLeague we have bad beginnings; today we started good, with good energy and good shot selection. So we were able to get an advantage. Our players did a great job, and we finally have a first win on the road and we are really happy for that. Labeyrie can give us what he gave tonight. Zalgiris risked a lot, maybe wanted to cover Dubljevic or other pick-and-roll situations. So Louis had open shots and he showed he can make threes and helped us a lot, and I am really happy for him. Good thing about this team that one or two different guys take an important role in a game, and that is important for us."