2020-21Regular SeasonRound 27
March 02, 2021 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Zalgiris ends ASVEL's streak, 85-75

Zalgiris Kaunas took over a tight game late in the third quarter to down LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne 85-75 on Tuesday and end the visitors' six-game winning streak. Zalgiris lifted its record to 15-12 with its seventh consecutive home win to stay on the bubble for a playoff spot while ASVEL's defeat meant a 12-15 record. Marius Grigonis led the winners with 21 points, while Joffrey Lauvergne added 18, Thomas Walkup 12 and Rokas Jokubaitis 10. For ASVEL, Guerschon Yabusele hit for 17 points, while Norris Cole had 14, David Lighty 10 and Ismael Bako 10.

The teams were content to trade baskets early, with Lighty scoring twice for ASVEL in a 6-6 tie. Grigonis and Walkup hit the game's first triples for Zalgiris at 12-8, but Yabusele quickly matched them. Girgonis hit again from deep but Cole kept the visitors close until his second-chance triple seized a 17-18 lead. ASVEL's matchup zone stymied Zalgiris until Amine Noua's layup left the visitors in front 17-20 after one quarter. Noua kept it going with free throws and a three-pointer to make it 18-25 before Augustine Rubit made Zalgiris's first field goal in more than 6 minutes. Rubit drew Zalgiris within 24-27 before Charles Kahudi and Yabusele buried threes for ASVEL at 27-33. Walkup and Jokubaitis answered for the hosts, setting up Grigonis to tie it up, 34-34, with a triple. Back-and-forth baskets carried the tie forward until Lighty's lane jumper gave ASVEL a 40-42 halftime edge.

Yabusele and Grigonis scored before Jokubaitis, with free throws, forged a new tie, 44-44. Lighty broke it but Lauvergne and Jokubaitis combined for 5 points to go up 49-46. Yabusele answered with 5 of his own to make it 49-51. Back and forth they went, with Jokubaitis and Lauvergne connecting on alley-oop dunks to make it 55-55. Grigonis buried another second-chance triple and then Lauvergne hit just his second of the season as Zalgiris staked its high lead so far, 61-55. Cole's layup was answered by Lekavicius twice, including a buzzer-beating reverse that suddenly had Zalgiris ahead 67-57 after 30 minutes. Lekavicius added jumper to the lead before Bako and William Howard revived ASVEL, but Walkup and Jankunas again stretched the Zalgiris lead to 73-62. When Grigonis stepped back extra deep to beat the shot clock, it proved everything was going right for Zalgiris at 76-62. Cole, from distance, ended ASVEL's 6 minutes without a field goal to make it 78-67, but with less than 3 minutes left. Lighty cut it further, to 80-73, with a steal and layup, with 1:14 to play, but Zalgiris closed it out to keep the win in Kaunas.

Turning point

It was 55-55 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter and Zalgiris's biggest lead til then had been 8-4. After keeping a rebound alive that turned into a triple by Grigonis, Lauvergne hit his own shot from the arc, sparking a 2-14 run into the fourth quarter for which Lekavicius scored the last 6 points, flipping the scoreboard into Zalgiris's favor for the duration of the game.

Pivotal performer

Zalgiris center Joffrey Lauvergne had a quiet first half, with 2 points in 2 rebounds in almost 9 minutes. He personified his team's fire after intermission, however, finishing with 18 points and all 3 of his offensive rebounds for a team-high PIR of 19 as Zalgiris won the second half 45 to 33.

Key stat

ASVEL hit 5 of 11 threes in the first half and led for most of it. Zalgiris coach Martin Schiller offered one remedy in his halftime interview: "Keep the ball in front, take away the drives, so they can't kick the ball to make the easy shots." Said and done. The Zalgiris defense held ASVEL to 3 for 14 three-point shooting after halftime and the visitors found no answers to make up those points.

Next Games

Both teams return to action on Friday of this week in Round 27. Zalgiris stays home to host AX Armani Exchange Milan. ASVEL returns home for a visit from Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.

Marius Grigonis - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB20
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; KOLJENSIC, MILOS ; FOUFIS, IOANNIS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Zalgiris Kaunas17232718
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20221518
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Zalgiris Kaunas17406785
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20425775
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 32:20 12 3/5 1/2 3/3 1 2 3 4   1     3 2 14
1 BLAZEVIC, MAREK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 13:42 6 3/3     1   1 2   1     2   6
10 HAYES, NIGEL 31:23 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 1 2 3     4     1 2 1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:23 5 2/4   1/2 5 4 9   1 1   1 4 4 10
16 LUKOSIUNAS, KAROLIS 5:26     0/1                   1   -2
23 GEBEN, MARTINAS 6:23 2 0/1   2/4 1   1 1 1         2 4
24 RUBIT, AUGUSTINE 18:51 7 2/8   3/4 1 3 4     1     1 2 4
31 JOKUBAITIS, ROKAS 23:19 10 3/8 0/1 4/4   2 2 5 2 1     1 3 14
32 VASTURIA, STEVE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 GRIGONIS, MARIUS 26:00 21 3/5 5/7     1 1   2 3   1 4 1 13
77 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 21:13 18 6/11 1/2 3/3 3 3 6 1 2 1   1 3 3 19
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 85 23/47 7/15 18/22 14 20 34 13 8 13 0 3 20 19 87
        48.9% 46.7% 81.8%
Head coach: SCHILLER, MARTIN
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
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 16:04 3   1/2   1 1 2 2   1     1   4
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 8:17     0/1     2 2 1   2     4   -4
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 19:26 7 2/6   3/6 4 3 7 1   2     3 4 7
11 NDJOCK, ELWIN 0:46                              
12 NOUA, AMINE 14:48 7 1/1 1/3 2/2   2 2 1     1   2 2 9
13 HAYES, KEVARRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 17:23 10 4/4   2/2 1 3 4           1 1 14
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 22:38 12 6/7 0/2   1 1 2 4 2 6     1   10
25 HOWARD, WILLIAM 24:14 3 0/1 1/4   2 4 6 1         1 3 8
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 27:52 17 3/6 3/7 2/2       1   1 2   3 1 10
30 COLE, NORRIS 30:13 14 3/6 2/4 2/2   3 3 5 3 1     3 4 20
32 STRAZEL, MATTHEW 18:19 2 0/1 0/2 2/2 1   1 3   4       5 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 75 19/32 8/25 13/16 11 21 32 19 5 17 3 0 19 20 85
        59.4% 32% 81.3%
Head coach: PARKER, TJ

Head Coaches

SCHILLER, MARTIN
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to our guys for winning the game. The key for the win, to me, was the defensive end. We had 21 deflections, so we were very active. We stole the basketball 8 times. That's not necessarily indicative of good defense, but it did show our activity. Our pressure on the basketball in full court was very good and helped us. The second defensive key was our post-up defense on [Moustapha Fall]. Our bigs did a good job there, staying between him and the rim and not letting him catch the ball over the top. Last but not least, controlling Will Howard was important for us. He's been so hot in the last couple of games that we had to put a very good and big emphasis on that, and the guys did a good job, so we are very happy about the win."
PARKER, TJ
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"Congratulations to Zalgiris. I think they played a good game, especially in the third quarter. Overall, in the game, I think they played with way more energy than us. They really gave us full-court pressure, they did a good job defensively, and offensively we didn't find the solutions to run our plays. They played really hard defense tonight."

Players

GRIGONIS, MARIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We're trying to always have better energy than our opponents, and in one moment we had way better energy, when Loukas [Lekavicius] scored 6 points in a row. That was the key moment and I'm very happy for this really, really important win. About my [own defense], I'm not happy at all, but the team stepped up big-time, and there were a few quarters that we played really, really good defense."
LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I think we had better energy in second half, but also sometimes it's opportunity, and you have to be patient and let the game come to you. We played a very good second half and I am really glad of the way we played."