2019-20Regular SeasonRound 1
October 04, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

ALBA claims 22-point win in EuroLeague return

ALBA Berlin celebrated its first Turkish EuroLeague game in five years in with a resounding 85-63 win over Zenit St. Petersburg in front of their home crowd at Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin on Friday. The Russian side were playing their first EuroLeague game ever and will have learned a lot from their first outing in the competition. For the home side, Landry Nnoko led them with 16 points and 5 rebounds in an energetic man of the match display. Marcus Eriksson scored 15 points, Berlin and EuroLeague debutant Tyler Cavanaugh had 11 while Niels Giffey scored 10. The visitors were helped by Will Thomas's 14-point , 8-rebound effort. Tim Abromaitis had 22 points.

Zenit exploded into an early 0-5 lead but Eriksson responded with 5 points of his own for the hosts to level the score. Thomas was on fire in that first quarter though and had 9 early to give the visitors as 9-13 lead. ALBA took their first lead of the game when Giffey landed a three late in the quarter to leave the score at 17-15. The hosts extended that to 24-18 with a Jonas Mattisseck three and another Giffey score, which is how that opening 10 would end. Berlin were outworking the visitors and Tim Schneider scored on the back of a steal to leave the score at 26-18 to start the second period. Gustavo Ayon scored consecutive lay-ups to reduce the deficit but Giffey, again from three, pushed the home side ahead by seven. They exchanged points in a game that was really bursting to life but ALBA managed to keep their nose in front throughout that second quarter. That was helped by a 15-4 run to end the half as the hosts turned the screw and left the score 47-31 at the break. Zenit’s task grew even taller when Berlin increased their lead to 22 early in the third and showed no signs of slowing down. Zenit nibbled away at the lead and got it down to 17, but with Tyler Cavanaugh and Eriksson on point from beyond the arc, it was proving too hard to keep pace with the surging home side. ALBA carried a commanding lead of 17 into the final quarter as the score sat at 67-50 at the end of three. It was a lead that they would not relinquish. Abromaitis hit 5 points to reduce the deficit to 14 as he gave the visitors some hope. ALBA were in no mood to entertain thoughts of a comeback, however, as they got it back to 17 midway through the final quarter. They extended the lead to 24, the largest of the night, as time ran out on Zenit's challenge. It would end 85-65 with ABLA laying down a marker early in the new EuroLeague season.

Pivotal performer

Landry Nnoko was his team's top scorer with 16 points, and had 7 rebounds, too, as the home side dominated the boards. He was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field and 2 for 2 at the foul line. He didn’t miss a single shot in his first-ever EuroLeague game.

Game-changing moment

Berlin enjoyed a 15-4 run at the end of the first half, which gave them the foundation for their comfortable win. The game before that was end-to-end but that knocked the wind out of Zenit and the hosts never took a backwards step in the second half.

Did you notice?

Tyler Cavanaugh needed just 17:13 to scored 11 points as he put in a stellar performance in his first EuroLeague game. He didn't start the game but impressed off the bench and has put his name into the mix for more minutes next week. He also had 6 rebounds.

Next game:

ALBA play Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday, October 11, in their first away game of the season. It doesn’t get much easier for Zenit as they welcome FC Barcelona to Sibur Arena on the same night.

ALBA Berlin celebrates - EB19
Friday, October 4, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: PUKL,SASA; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; PEREZ, EMILIO
Attendance: 10117
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ALBA Berlin24232018
Zenit St Petersburg18131915
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ALBA Berlin24476785
Zenit St Petersburg18315065
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 18:03 10 2/4 2/4   1 2 3 2   1     1 1 10
6 DELOW, MALTE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 25:50 15 1/3 4/7 1/1   4 4 2 1 2     1 3 17
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 16:13 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 1   1     1 2 6
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 14:47 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3 1 1   1 1 1   3
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 23:47 7 2/6 1/4     2 2 9 1 1   1 3 2 9
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 OGBE, KENNETH 12:13 4 1/2 0/2 2/2   2 2 1 1 1     2 2 4
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 26:18 9 2/5 1/3 2/2 3 2 5 3           2 14
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER 17:13 11 2/4 2/3 1/1 2 4 6 1     1 1 3 1 13
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 20:08 16 7/7   2/2 2 5 7 1   3 1   5 2 19
43 SIKMA, LUKE 25:28 5 1/6 1/1   1 5 6 2 1   1 1 2 2 9
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 85 19/40 13/29 8/8 11 31 42 23 5 10 4 4 19 17 106
        47.5% 44.8% 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
Zenit St Petersburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 IVERSON, COLTON 18:52 6 3/6   0/1 1 3 4 2 1 1 1   1 3 11
6 ALBICY, ANDREW 21:33   0/1 0/3     3 3 2         2 2 1
7 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 10:50   0/1 0/2                 1 2   -6
9 HOLLINS, AUSTIN 17:53 9 0/1 2/3 3/3       2 1 3   1 1 1 6
10 THOMAS, WILL 23:38 14 1/2 3/3 3/4 4 4 8 2 1 2     2 4 23
12 RENFROE, ALEX 20:59 7 2/4 0/1 3/4 1   1 7 1 1   1 1 2 11
16 TRUSHKIN, VLADISLAV 7:22     0/3     1 1             1 -1
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 19:35 6 2/3 0/4 2/2 1 2 3 2   1     2 1 4
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 8:35   0/1       1 1     1     2 3  
21 ABROMAITIS, TIM 23:22 12 3/6 2/5     4 4 1     2 1 3 1 10
25 PONITKA, MATEUSZ 17:13 7 3/5 0/2 1/2   1 1 1           1 5
34 AYON, GUSTAVO 10:08 4 2/5     2 1 3   1 2 1   1   3
Team             3 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 65 16/35 7/26 12/16 9 23 32 19 5 13 4 4 17 19 68
        45.7% 26.9% 75%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"This is very good for ALBA, very good for Berlin to begin the EuroLeague like this. It's a big success but we must know we played a good game but it’s more difficult for Zenit because they have very good players and a very good coach but they did not have time to practice all together, to get to know the philosophy they are going to play. Meanwhile, for us, most of the players are from last year. They know much better how to play. I'm sure in the future Zenit will play much better than today."
PLAZA, JOAN
Zenit St Petersburg
"It was a deserved win for ALBA. They played much better than us. There is nothing to discuss here. ALBA broke the game in the second quarter, where they got a big lead. The other quarters were closer but we suffered too much from that deficit. Our defense was poor. We were not boxing out and gave ALBA easy points in one-on-one situations. It is true, that we also missed some easy shots under the basket, but overall we did not deserve the victory today."

Players

NNOKO, LANDRY
ALBA Berlin
"My teammates helped me a lot, I got to be honest. Give credit to a lot of the guys. Just finding me, give me the ball in a comfortable spot, so it was pretty easy for me. A lot of things we did in the preseason just to get ourselves going and a lot of players came back so we know each other and it helped us a lot during the game. Just like we've been saying in the dressing room, take it one play at a time, one possession at a time and stay focused all along the way."
CAVANAUGH, TYLER
ALBA Berlin
"We came out, played hard, and the starters started it off for us. I think it was a complete team effort from top to bottom and it was good to get a first win in the EuroLeague, especially at home. It was big. Obviously we have a few players out so when we can steal wins without them, it's big. This is a tough competition so you have to protect home court and that's what we did tonight. Just continue to improve, offensively and defensively. Coach will get us ready for each round and I'm excited to just keep working with these guys and keep improving because there's a lot of room for improvement."
SCHNEIDER, TIM
ALBA Berlin
"We had a great first half tonight against a really tough opponent. At halftime we told ourselves that we need to stick to our gameplan even if we missed a few shots. We did just that and came out with a win against a tough team. Nontheless, we are well aware that we need to focus on every game and cannot expect to win each of them by 20 points."