2019-20Regular SeasonRound 20
January 17, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 STARK ARENA

ALBA outlasts Zvezda in overtime thriller

ALBA Berlin won at Crvena Zvezda MTS Belgrade on Friday night, outlasting the hosts 85-94 after overtime. The tone was set early with a 22-21 scoreline after the first quarter, and neither team was able to take control until ALBA dominated the extra period to claim the victory. ALBA had five scorers in double digits with Luke Sikma and Peyton Siva scoring 15 each, Martin Hermannsson 13, Landry Nnoko with 12 and Marcus Eriksson 10. Sikma also had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Zvezda’s Kevin Punter led all scorers with 24 points, while Vladmir Stimac and Lorenzo Brown both had 12 apiece. ALBA improves to 7-13 after winning both games in the double round week, and Zvezda slips to 9-11.

Branko Lazic helped Zvezda to a 5-0 lead before Sikma responded with a three, and Rokas Giedraitis gave ALBA its first lead with a dunk-and-one. Borisa Simanic scored a trio of baskets to keep Zvezda moving, and Tyler Cavanaugh's lay-up was answered by a corner three from Lazic and it was 22-21 after the first quarter. Cavanaugh sent ALBA back ahead before Zvezda put some daylight between the sides, 30-25, with Punter scoring his first points of the night. Thiemann’s three-point play and strikes from Marcus Eriksson and Makai Mason swung the lead again, before Punter replied by landing a very long three to make it 39-37 with a minute to go, then adding another score to make it 43-39 at the break. The third quarter started as the rest of the game had gone, with both offenses scoring freely. Eriksson netted from deep but Billy Baron did the same to help Zvezda to its biggest lead of the night at 54-47, but Sikma hit a three to keep Alba in touch. Siva and Sikma both struck from downtown as ALBA retook the lead, 57-59, before Punter and Siva again struck from deep for 62-62 after three quarters. Hermannsson’s three gave ALBA the lead, but James Gist sent Zvezda ahead from the foul line. Then Mason got himself a triple, before Siva and Sikma were on target for a 76-77 edge. Nnoko’s put-back slam made it 77-79 with under a minute to play, but Punter forced overtime with free throws as Stimac missed on the final buzzer. Sikma and Hermannsson allowed ALBA to take control of the extra period, and another triple from Hermannsson put the game beyond Zvezda, 83-91, with a minute to play.

Player of the game

Luka Sikma recorded his fourth double double of the season with 15 points, tied for his third highest total of the year, along with 10 rebounds and four assists to boot in his 33:51 on the floor.

Masters of three

Both teams impressed from long-range, with Zvezda hitting 10 three-pointers and ALBA 14. Sikma and Martin Hermannsson hit three apiece for ALBA and Billy Baron and Kevin Punter did the same for Zvezda, but they were outdone by Peyton Siva who made 4 of 6 from long range in under 20 minutes.

Next Game

ALBA is on the road again to play Zalgiris Kaunas on January 24. Zvezda travels to Spain to play FC Barcelona on January 23.

Martin Hermannsson - ALBA Berlin - EB19
Friday, January 17, 2020
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS; KOWALSKI, MARCIN; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 14376 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade222119176
ALBA Berlin2118231715
End of Quarter1234Extra 1
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade2243627985
ALBA Berlin2139627994
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 14:16 4 2/2     3   3     2 1   3 1 4
00 PUNTER, KEVIN 25:25 24 5/11 3/5 5/6   3 3 1 1       1 7 26
4 BROWN, LORENZO 28:11 12 4/10 1/3 1/2 2 2 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 2 12
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 27:06 5 1/2 1/4   1 2 3 1 1 2     3 2 3
12 BARON, BILLY 22:59 9 0/2 3/8     2 2 3 1 1   2 1 1 5
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 13:50 3   0/1 3/4   2 2   2 1     1 2 5
15 GIST, JAMES 21:33 2   0/1 2/2         1 1     4 1 -2
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 19:04 4 2/2       2 2 2 1 3     3 1 4
28 SIMANIC, BORISA 19:50 8 1/2 2/5   1 1 2 2 1 2     2   5
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA 5:23   0/2               1     2   -5
50 OJO, MICHAEL 3:02 2 1/1     1   1               3
91 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 24:21 12 4/4 0/1 4/4 4 2 6   2 1     2 3 19
Team           1 5 6     2         4
Totals 225:00 85 20/38 10/28 15/18 13 21 34 12 12 17 2 3 23 20 83
        52.6% 35.7% 83.3%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MASON, MAKAI 10:14 6 1/1 1/3 1/1       1 1 1       1 6
3 SIVA, PEYTON 20:32 15 1/1 4/7 1/1   1 1 3   4     4 2 10
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 14:18 6 3/4 0/1         2 1 1     1 1 6
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 22:59 10 1/1 2/5 2/2 1 4 5 1 1 2 1     2 15
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 11:21     0/1         1         4   -4
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 27:06 13 2/6 3/6         2   3     2 2 5
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 28:30 8 1/1 1/6 3/3   4 4 2 2 2     2 3 10
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 13:09 5 1/2 0/1 3/3 2   2 1         2 5 9
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER 11:09 4 2/2 0/3   1 3 4     1     3 1 2
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 31:51 12 5/8   2/2 2 3 5 2   1 2 1 1 2 17
43 SIKMA, LUKE 33:51 15 2/5 3/4 2/4 4 6 10 4 3 3   1 1 4 25
Team           4 1 5     1         4
Totals 225:00 94 19/31 14/37 14/16 14 22 36 19 8 19 3 2 20 23 105
        61.3% 37.8% 87.5%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"We expected a tough game, the second in two days. We had our chances in the end of regulation. The team lacked energy. We should be satisfied with the first half, we controlled the rhythm and the result. The game was going how we wanted it, but in the second half we were missing players and we were without energy. If there is no gas in a tank, the car will not go. It is pointless to discuss if a certain player had a bad game tonight. We wanted it, we were giving our all in front of our fans but we had too many sick and injured players. They were fresher, and had faster ball movement."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin

"We defended better [in the second half], a little better. And we shot with a very good percentage, not like in the first half. It was difficult because we started badly in the first quarter and without energy. Probably because they wanted to play slowly and we aren’t able to play at our normal speed."

“In the second half it was better and we deserved to win in the end. We began the season well but we had a lot of problems with injuries, but we played well without winning. Now we are winning more because we are recovering our playmaker [Peyton Siva], and the centers are helping us in the rotations. I never really think about whether we will win or not. I worry about whether we will play our game. If we play like we can and we lose, I’m happy. Of course I’m more happy if we win, but I don’t think before games about whether we’ll win or not.”

Players

SIKMA, LUKE
ALBA Berlin
"It’s hard to say if energy decided the winner in overtime. They have a lot to energy from the crowd and they’re playing at home, it’s tough place to play. I’m proud of how, when they went on their runs, we stayed calm and made our plays down the stretch to get the win. I think keeping them off the glass was important. They’re a big team hitting the boards and they’ve got some scorers, who are really hard to stop. Punter went off tonight, really tough to stop but I think we limited some other guys which was huge."
HERMANNSSON, MARTIN
ALBA Berlin
"I think the defence was the key, not the scoring. I’m always happy to score but I’m really happy about my team’s defence. These games are really important. We’ve been winning at home so it’s good to see we’re able to beat really good teams on the road as well."