2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 13, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ALEKSANDAR NIKOLIC HALL

Zalgiris leaves Belgrade with perfect record intact

Zalgiris Kaunas remained perfect on the season with its third straight road win on Tuesday, 69-75 over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall. Zalgiris became the first team to ream three wins while dropping Zvezda to 1-2. The Lithuanian champs kept Zvezda to just 2 points in the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter and held on late for their third straight win on the road. Lukas Lekavicius came off the bench for 16 points on near-perfect shooting to lead the winners and Joffrey Lauvergne returned from a one-game hiatus to post 12 points and 8 rebounds. Jordan Loyd paced the Zvezda attack with 19 points and Dejan Davidovac and Corey Walden netted 11 points apiece.

Round 2 MVP Loyd remained hot with a three-pointer for the game's first points. A Marius Grigonus layup was all Zalgiris could musted in the game's first 5 minutes as the hosts raced to a 9-2 start. Teenager Rokas Jokubaitis came off the Zalgiris bench to hit a jumper and assist on a Lekavicius triple that rallied the visitors to tie it at 11-11. Paulius Jankunas free throws gave Zalgiris its first lead, 14-15, but Zvezda came right back through Langston Hall and the score was tied at 19-19 after 10 minutes. Ognjen Kuzmic got going for the hosts to jump ahead 26-23 before Steve Vasturia responded for Zalgiris to take a 29-30 advantage. Lauvergne had 3 offensive rebounds on a single possession before converting a three-point play to make it 31-36. Martinas Geben scored 3 points and blocked a shot in the final minute of the half to leave Zalgiris with a 33-39 cushion at halftime.

A three by Nigel Hayes to start the second half gave Zalgiris its biggest lead of the night, but Davidovac scored 8 in a 10-0 run as Zvezda surged ahead 43-42. The lead switched hands several times over the ensuing minutes with Lauvergne and then Loyd playing big roles. A one-legged fadeaway jumper by Augustine Rubit lifted Zalgiris in front 60-62 at the end of the third quarter. Zvezda was held without a basket in the first 7 minutes of the fourth quarter while Jokubaitis drilled a three to make it 62-69. Zvezda turned things around, keeping Zalgiris without a point for more than 5 minutes before a jumper by Hall got Zvezda within 2. Zalgiris made 6 free throws without a miss in the final minute to hold on for the victory.

Pivotal player

Thomas Walkup had a tough night; he was limited by foul trouble and did not score in his 14 minutes on the floor. Zalgiris turned to Rokas Jokubaitis in his place and the teenager went wild with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a brilliant effort. He shined early to help Zalgiris turn around a first-quarter deficit and later drilled a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter that put his team up 7.

Telling numbers

Zalgiris committed 15 turnovers and collected just 3 steals, which could make it tough to win on the road. However, the visitors dominated the glass, outrebounding Zvezda 25-36. Four Zalgiris played contributed at least 5 rebounds: Joffrey Lauvergne had 8, Rokas Jokubaitis 6 and Nigel Hayes and rebounding king Paulius Jankunas grabbed 5 each.

What's next?

Zalgiris returns to Lithuania to host Anadolu Efes Istanbul in its home opener in Round 4 on Thursday, October 15. Zvezda is scheduled for a trip to France to face LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne the same evening.

Lukas Lekavicius- Zalgiris Kaunas - EB20
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: PANTHER, ANNE; CORTES, CARLOS; GKONTAS, SPIROS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HALL, LANGSTON 26:22 9 3/8 1/3     3 3 3 1 1     2 3 9
2 WALDEN, TORRIAN 27:04 11 3/6 1/4 2/3   1 1 3 2 1   1 2 6 12
3 LOYD, JORDAN 31:00 19 3/6 3/9 4/4   5 5 3 1 4     4 5 16
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 24:52 11 3/5 1/3 2/3 2 2 4   1       3 2 10
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 17:21 2 0/2 0/1 2/2         1       3 1 -2
11 REATH, DUOP 13:10 2 1/1 0/2     2 2   1   2   3 1 3
12 RADANOV, ALEKSA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 11:51 3 0/2 1/2   1   1               1
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 17:06 2 1/3 0/1     1 1     1     1   -2
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 6:38 2     2/2       3         4 2 3
22 SIMANIC, BORISA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 24:36 8 3/6   2/2 4 2 6           3 1 9
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 69 17/39 7/25 14/16 8 17 25 12 7 7 2 1 25 21 61
        43.6% 28% 87.5%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA
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 13:58   0/1 0/1     2 2 2   1   1 4   -4
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 24:43 16 4/4 2/3 2/2       4   2     3 6 20
10 HAYES, NIGEL 19:07 8 0/1 2/4 2/2   5 5   2         1 13
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 16:26 4 1/2   2/2   5 5     1     1 1 7
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS 17:11     0/1     2 2   1 1     1 1 1
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 6:05 5 2/3   1/2   2 2     1 1 1 1 1 4
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 17:18 8 3/4   2/2   2 2 1   2     2 1 7
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS 29:43 9 3/6 1/4     6 6 5   2     2 4 14
32 VASTURIA, STEVE 12:55 5 1/1 1/1     1 1 1   1     2   4
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 21:43 8 1/3 0/2 6/6   1 1 3   1     3 7 11
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 20:51 12 5/8   2/3 4 4 8     3     2 3 14
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 75 20/33 6/16 17/19 6 30 36 16 3 16 1 2 21 25 92
        60.6% 37.5% 89.5%
Head coach: SCHILLER, MARTIN

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"We have to say that Zalgiris deserved to win this game. They were more patient, more physical; they did what they wanted to do and were pretty good. We had some bad energy and couldn't respond the right way. We have to be much smarter. In some parts of the game we were not patient, we took tough bad shots, which gives more confidence to Zalgiris. Honestly I'm not happy with the way we played, we have to learn from this one and go on to the next one."
SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"They scored a lot of points in the third quarter. We couldn't get our pick-and-roll coverage together anymore, which was a problem. I thought we did a decent job in the first half. And then of course we are very happy that after that kind of punch in the face, we could regroup and have a chance to win the game. We knew it was going to be a very physical game, a very defensively-oriented game. That is how Sasa [Obradovic]’s teams play and that's what we anticipated. We are pleased."

Players

LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Like I said at halftime, they will come back with double energy like we saw, but we responded well. We also played with good energy and we won the game. We know this team very well, they play very physical every year, so our main goal was to play also physical and not let them push us and beat us. We are happy. The EuroLeague is like that, every game is like a final for us. We are a small team and we're trying to win every game and we're happy."
JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It's an amazing feeling. I don't think anybody thought would start the season 3-0. It's amazing. It was a tough defensive game. We made a lot of stops in defense. I think this was the key to the win."
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