2019-20Regular SeasonRound 9
November 19, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

ALBA rises above Zvezda, 93-80

ALBA Berlin led from tipoff to final buzzer to defeat visiting Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 93-80 on Tuesday in the German capital. With its second consecutive win, ALBA improved to 3-6, leaving Zvezda behind at 2-7. ALBA led by a high of 17 points twice, in the second and third quarters. Zvezda cut that difference to 79-70 midway through the fourth, but ALBA merely pulled away again to the victory. Rokas Giedraitis led the winners with 22 points, while Luke Sikma added 18, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Martin Hermannsson posted 16 points, Niels Giffey 13 and Landry 10 for the winners. Big men Michael Ojo and Ognjen Kuzmic had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Zvezda, while four of their teammates scored 9 each.

ALBA raced to an 8-2 lead punctuated by Hermannsson's first three-pointer of three. Kuzmic's second basked got Zvezda as close as 10-9 before Giedraitis, Hermannsson and Eriksson detonated triples for the game's first double-digit lead, 21-11. Ognjen Dobric and Ojo got Zvezda within 21-15 after 10 minutes. ALBA kept gunning with Sikma and Giffey striking from the arc as the difference soared to 29-15, prompting a Zvezda timeout. The onslaught continued to 42-25 as Giedraitis climbed into double digits and only Ojo could respond for the visitors. A trio of three-point plays shared by Kuzmic and Dejan Davidovic was all that Zvezda could do to close within 46-34 at the half. Lorenzo Brown scored the first 4 points of the third quarter for Zvezda but after a timeout, ALBA loaded up again. Giffey started a 16-7 run from deep and Jonas Mattisseck ended it that way with the hosts going up 62-45. Filip Covic and Billy Baron responded with triples, but ALBA still led 67-54 after 30 minutes. Dobric and Davidovic cut the difference to 69-59 early in the fourth but Zvezda couldn't stop ALBA from scoring at will. Nnoko and Giedraitis kept the hosts ahead 79-68 before Hermannsson returned with 5 points to lift the difference to 90-75 on the way to a much-deserved home win for ALBA.

Two in a row

ALBA grabbed its second consecutive EuroLeague victory for the first time since 2015, when it strung together three in a row, the club record, including a home win in the second game against Zvezda. The only player still around from that accomplishment is Niels Giffey, who had another good all-around performance this time. That three-in-a-row club record was originally set in the 2002-02 season and matched again in the 2012-13 season. ALBA can match it again in Round 10.

Star turns

There were several big contributions for ALBA, but Giedraitis and Sikma both had the best scoring games so far in their debut EuroLeague season. Giedraitis's 22 points, including 14 by halftime, were helped by his 4 three-point strikes. Sikma missed just 1 shot from the floor in scoring 18 points and rounded out his game with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Both played more than 30 minutes on a team hit by injuries and their leadership was part of the mix in the victory.

Stellar shooting

ALBA's offense purred like a race-car engine all night, with no discernable dips or trouble of any kind. Its 58.3% two-point shooting (21 of 36) was ALBA's second-best rate this season and going 12-for-25 on triples made for its best accuracy (48.0%) yet from that distance. After averaging 76.3 points in its first three home games, the fans got a chance to enjoy the kind of scoring that ALBA has done more on the road.

Next games

In just 48 hours, ALBA continues the double-round week at home against Olympiacos Piraeus in Round 10 for their first game in more than 15 years. Also on Wednesday, Zvezda keeps moving north to Lithuania to visit Zalgiris Kaunas hoping to repeat an away win at Zalgirio Arena from two seasons ago.

Luke Sikma - ALBA Berlin - EB19
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS; HALLIKO, AARE; CLIVAZ, SEBASTIEN
Attendance: 8076 (Tentative)
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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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 24:32 13 2/7 2/2 3/3 1 3 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 3 15
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 19:36 5 0/1 1/4 2/2             2       3
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS 21:13 3 0/1 1/4   1 1 2 3 1 2     2 1 2
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM 13:10 2 1/1 0/1   1 2 3 2   1     4   1
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ 0:11                              
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 25:24 16 3/8 3/4 1/1   3 3 4         1 2 18
25 OGBE, KENNETH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 30:42 22 4/5 4/8 2/2   5 5 2 1 2       3 26
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES 13:38 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 3 4 1 1       3 2 5
35 NNOKO, LANDRY 20:47 10 5/5       2 2 2   1     1   12
43 SIKMA, LUKE 30:47 19 5/6 1/1 6/8 2 6 8 4   4 3   2 7 32
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 93 21/36 12/25 15/18 8 26 34 20 5 11 6 2 15 18 117
        58.3% 48% 83.3%
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
0 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 17:17 10 4/9   2/2 2   2     1   2 2 2 4
1 BROWN, DERRICK 19:51 7 2/8 1/1   2 2 4 2   1   1 1   4
3 COVIC, FILIP 19:04 9   2/4 3/4       8 1 1     1 3 16
4 BROWN, LORENZO 20:56 9 3/5 1/2   1 3 4 2 1       3 1 11
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 16:49 8 3/4 0/2 2/3 2   2     1 1   2 2 6
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 12:44 2 1/3           2 1 1     2 2 2
12 BARON, BILLY 22:10 9 0/3 3/7     1 1 3 1 2   2     3
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 18:28 9 3/4 1/2     1 1 1 2       1   10
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 17:50 2 1/1 0/1     3 3 2         1 1 6
28 SIMANIC, BORISA 4:00     0/1     1 1           1   -1
32 JOVANOVIC, NIKOLA 13:09 3 1/4   1/2 3 3 6 1       1 2 2 5
50 OJO, MICHAEL 17:42 12 4/7   4/4 2 4 6   1 1 1   2 2 16
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 80 22/48 8/20 12/15 13 19 32 21 7 9 2 6 18 15 83
        45.8% 40% 80%
Head coach: GAVRILOVIC, ANDRIJA

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"I am very happy with the good attitude and a very good effort from my players tonight. Winning is always better. But this schedule with games every two days is maybe too much for us. We have important injured players like Peyton Siva, Tyler Cavanaugh or Stefan Peno, and now also Johannes Thiemann went to hospital because he maybe has a concussion. But I am very happy with our fans, who understand the situation and help us a lot. I am not worried about winning or losing, but about keeping a good attitude."
GAVRILOVIC, ANDRIJA
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"I want to congratulate ALBA on the win. We knew how we wanted to play but we were not able to do it all the time. We would have needed more energy on the court in the first half. Maybe it was because of the difficult schedule, maybe it was because of the aggressiveness of the starting five of ALBA. We can be satisfied with some numbers like offensive rebounds or turnovers. But overall we let ALBA score too many points, both from three-point and two-point distance."

Players

GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS
ALBA Berlin
"I think it was a good game for us... We wanted to step up and play good offense, good defense, and I think we did that today. We stopped Zvezda from rebounding after their shots. We are improving every day and I think it's going to be good."
SIKMA, LUKE
ALBA Berlin
"It's a career high because I haven't play many games in the EuroLeague. More than anything I'm happy with how our team responded to get a home win against a good Zvezda team after a couple of road games in a row. It was huge for us. We understand that it's a long grind. It was tough losing games against tough teams. But more than anything we have to work every day and trust that the results will come and we'll improve as a team."