2020-21Regular SeasonRound 34
April 08, 2021 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

ALBA finishes season on high note with win over Zvezda

ALBA Berlin finished its Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season on a high note as it defeated Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 81-58 at home. Peyton Siva collected 17 points and 8 assists to lead ALBA, which snapped a four-game losing streak for a 12-22 final record. Simone Fontecchio chipped in 13 points, Marcus Eriksson had 12 points and Jayson Granger added 8 assists for the winning side. Marko Simonovic scored 12 points to lead Zvezda, which finished second-to-last in the standings, one spot behind ALBA at 10-24. Jordan Loyd tallied 10 points and Landry Nnoko picked up 7 points and 11 rebounds against his former team.

Loyd started the scoring with a three-pointer for the guests. ALBA needed more than 2 minutes to score on an Eriksson three-pointer. Fontecchio followed with a three-point play and triple among his 8 points in a 13-2 run in building a 13-5 lead. Zvezda put together its first minor run of 3-8 including a Simonovic three-pointer to pull within 18-15. Simonovic added another triple and Zvezda trailed 24-22 after 10 minutes. Dejan Davidovac hit a layup to start the second quarter and knot the game at 24-24. ALBA punched back with Eriksson, Siva and Fontecchio all nailing triples in a 17-2 run for a 41-26 advantage. Nnoko scored 4 points against his former team only to see ALBA get the final 6 points of the first half for a 49-30 score at the break.

Ognjen Kuzmic made the first basket of the second half and was answered by Luke Sikma at the other end. Zvezda mounted a modest 2-6 run - including another Davidovac triple - to pull within 55-38. ALBA would have nothing of a comeback with Eriksson sandwiching three-pointers around a Johannes Thiemann triple in an 11-3 surge for a 66-41 cushion. Zvezda tallied the final 5 points and it was 66-46 after 30 minutes. Malte Delow opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and Christ Koumadje made it 71-46. Zvezda tried to make things interesting with 9 straight points on a Nnoko three-point play and triples from Aleksa Uskokovic and Loyd to trim the gap to 71-55 midway through the final frame. ALBA was not impressed and Jonas Mattisseck and Siva both drained three-pointers as the German champs went up 81-55 in the final minutes.

Five-game win streak

ALBA and Zvezda have faced off six times and the German champion has now compiled a 5-1 record, including five straight victories over the Serbian club.

Pivotal performer

Peyton Siva did a bit of everything for ALBA as he scored 17 points with 3 three-pointers to go with 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals for an index rating of 21.

A little help from my friends

While Peyton Siva was the main man for ALBA, the playmaker got plenty of help as all 12 ALBA players scored at least 2 points and Marcus Eriksson was the only one who didn’t grab at least 1 rebound.

Telling numbers

ALBA dominated the game as it turned 19 Zvezda turnovers into 35 points while the guests got just 11 points off 11 ALBA miscues. ALBA also had a 20-9 advantage in second-chance points. And ALBA held Zvezda to just 27.8% shooting on two/-pointers.

Peyton Siva - ALBA Berlin - EB20
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; PEREZ, EMILIO; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
ALBA Berlin24251715
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade2281612
End of Quarter1234
ALBA Berlin24496681
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade22304658
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 SIVA, PEYTON 23:06 17 3/6 3/8 2/2 1 1 2 8 2 2       2 21
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 22:21 2 1/1 0/2     3 3 3 2       2   6
6 DELOW, MALTE 8:54 5 1/3 1/1   1 1 2         1 2   2
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 18:38 12 0/1 4/6           1 1   1   2 10
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 12:28 3   1/1     1 1     1     1 4 6
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 10:56 6 3/4 0/2     4 4     1     2   4
20 FONTECCHIO, SIMONE 23:08 13 3/7 2/3 1/1 2 4 6 1 1 1       2 17
21 KOUMADJE, CHRIST 10:14 2 1/3       3 3 1   1 1   2   2
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 14:56 5 1/4 1/2   2 2 4 2 4 1   1 1 2 10
33 GRANGER, JAYSON 16:54 2 1/3 0/1   1 4 5 8   2     3 2 9
43 SIKMA, LUKE 15:02 6 3/3 0/2     1 1     1     3 3 4
50 LAMMERS, BEN 23:23 8 4/6 0/1   2 2 4 1 1   1   2 1 11
Team           4 1 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 81 21/41 12/29 3/3 13 27 40 24 11 13 2 3 18 18 105
        51.2% 41.4% 100%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HALL, LANGSTON 9:18   0/4 0/2   1   1     2     2   -9
2 WALDEN, COREY 15:32 2 1/2 0/1         1 2 3     3 2 -1
3 LOYD, JORDAN 20:26 10 2/8 2/4   1 1 2 2 1 1   1 3 3 5
4 USKOKOVIC, ALEKSA 15:10 5 1/2 1/1     2 2 3   2   1 1   5
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 19:41 7 1/4 1/1 2/5   3 3 1 1 1 1   2 5 9
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 16:47     0/1         3         1   1
12 RADANOV, ALEKSA 10:00         1   1 1             2
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 19:34 8 1/1 1/2 3/4   1 1   3 4     1 2 7
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 17:55 12 0/2 4/7     2 2     1     1   7
21 JAGODIC-KURIDZA, MARKO 15:39 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 1   1 1   1     2 2 -1
32 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 16:36 5 1/3   3/4 4 4 8     1 1     2 12
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 23:22 7 3/8   1/1 4 7 11 1   3 1   2 2 12
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 58 10/36 9/21 11/16 13 22 35 13 7 19 3 2 18 18 52
        27.8% 42.9% 68.8%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin

"We had a good intensity, a good focus. I am happy with this win. Everybody participated and nobody needed to play a lot of minutes."

"We played with good energy and focus and we deserved the win. I hope that the Coronavirus issues finish soon and that next season we can play in front of our fans again. This season was very difficult for us with all the problems we had. We had 17 days where we could not practice and then two days after this quarantine already the next game. In the already difficult schedule of the EuroLeague, it was very hard for us to recover from that. I hope next year this will be better."

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"Congratulations to ALBA for the win. They played much better than us tonight. They took the advantage in the second quarter and controlled things on the court. Again, congratulations and I wish ALBA all the best."

Players

SIVA, PEYTON
ALBA Berlin
"It felt good to get the win. It was good to see Landry [Nnoko] again. Happy for our team. We went out and played aggressive, played with a lot of energy and glad to get the win. We knew they had a long travel. We just tried to wear them out. We did a good job crashing the glass and containing Loyd, who is a helluva scorer. That is what worked for us tonight."
FONTECCHIO, SIMONE
ALBA Berlin
"It was a long run, a lot of games. Sometimes we struggled a little bit at the beginning. But in the end it was good. We had some very good games, we competed with almost everybody. That was the most important thing for us. I think we improved a lot from the beginning of the season. That’s what we wanted at the beginning, so it was good. We wanted to finish the best way and we did it. We did a pretty good job on defense. It was very good."