2012-13Regular SeasonRound 2
October 19, 2012 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Zalgiris gains important road win at Caja Laboral

Zalgiris Kaunas remained unbeaten in Turkish Airlines Euroleague by pulling out a 71-77 win over Caja Laboral in Vitoria on Friday night. The victory gives Zalgiris a 2-0 record for the first time since 2005, and a tie with E7 Emporio Armani for the first place in Group C, while Caja Laboral remains winless. The Lithuanian champs used a 0-9 run in the third quarter to open up a 14-point lead and never trailed again, but needed some clutch shooting and a defensive stands in the final 30 seconds to secure victory. Tremmell Darden led all scorers with 17 points while Rimantas Kaukenas added 15 in the winning effort. Oliver Lafayette netted 12, Marko Popovic 11 and Darjus Lavrinovic scored 10 points for the victors. Brad Oleson led Laboral with 13 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting. Andres Nocioni also scored 13 and Maciej Lampe chipped in 12 for Caja Laboral in defeat.

First quarter: Oleson’s triples get Caja Laboral going

Rimantas Kaukenas got the game underway with a fadeaway jumper, but Nemanja Bjelica replied with an easy layup. A driving layup from Nocioni sparked a 12-2 Caja Laboral run that included Brad Oleson back-to-back triples, one from the right side and the other from the left, and a fast-break layup from Maciej Lampe to make it 14-6. Tremmell Darden stopped Laboral's run, while Nocioni and Bjelica helped maintain the margin. Popovic hit from downtown as soon as he entered the game and Oliver Lafayette hit a jumper to cut it to 17-15. Thomas Heurtel and Darjus Lavrinovic traded triples on the next two possessions, and Darjus Lavrinovic’s long jumper tied the game at 20-20 after eight minutes. Zalgiris took a 20-23 lead as Adas Juskevicius split free throws and Popovic scored a fast-break layup, but Laboral regained the advantage on Lampe free throws and Oleson’s third triple of the quarter, which made it 25-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zalgiris’s defense goes to work

It took only a minute for Zalgiris to take a lead again when Kaukenas drained a three, and Juskevicius used nifty assists from Mario Delas to make it 25-28. Juskevicius also made a coast-to-coast driving layup to help Zalgiris maintain control as the Lithuanian champions’ defense allowed only one field goal, Milko Bjelica’s layup, in first seven minutes of the quarter. During that time Zalgiris did not produce much on offense, either, but Popovic went 4 for 4 from the charity stripe to give Zalgiris a 29-34 advantage. In a wild minute that followed, both teams upped the tempo by running the floor, but continued their offensive struggles with turnovers and missed layups and three-pointers. After a much-needed timeout for both sides, Darden and Nocioni traded jumpers and Popovic hit a teardrop to make it a 5-point game. The hosts missed to end the quarter and Zalgiris took 35-40 lead into halftime.

Third quarter: Visitors pull away with 10 unanswered points 14s

Darjus Lavrinovic hit a three-pointer from left corner that extended Zalgiris’s lead and after Carlos Cabezas and Nocioni cut that advantage in half, Jankunas hit a triple to make it 39-46. On the other side, Laboral players struggled with their outside shooting, Fernando San Emetero, Nocioni and Cabezas all missed shots behind the arc. Zalgiris stayed patient and punished its opponent, a triple by Darden and a driving layup by Kaukenas gave them first double-digit lead of the game, 41-51 after 25 minutes. Darden continued making his presence felt, he scored from close range then blocked Nocioni’s layup, and Kaukenas hit a jumper to extend the lead to 41-55. Lampe snapped 0-10 run with a layup and Milko Bjelica hit a pair of free throws, while again Bjelica and San Emeterio each added a layup for 10-2 run that got hosts to 51-57 at the end of third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Laboral rallies to set up a close finish

Kaukenas hit a jump shot and jump hook from the low post to lift Zalgiris to a 10-point lead once again, but Laboral answered from downtown - Heurtel hit a triple, then Oleson hit a lucky three-pointer-plus-foul to make it 58-61. Lafayette answered with a triple, but Lampe and scored inside and hit a jumper to bring Laboral within 2 points, 62-64. Darden, however, beat the clock with a jumper, then dunked on a baseline backdoor cut, and Lafayette finished a 0-7 run with a triple that gave Zalgiris 62-71 lead with little over three and a half minutes to go. Lampe scored an easy basket from close range, but Darden hit another jump shot to keep the margin at 9. San Emeterio with a layup and Cabezas with a long jumper kept Laboral’s hopes alive, and San Emeterio’s drive-plus-foul cut the deficit to 71-73 with 80 seconds to go. Kaukenas missed a three-pointer on the next possession, but this time Popovic secured a long rebound that eventually resulted in Jankunas hitting a long baseline jumper from the right to give visitors a 4-point lead with 27 seconds remaining. After a timeout San Emeterio missed a tough three-point attempt and Lafayette secured the victory with a couple of free throws.

Tremmell Darden - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB12
Friday, October 19, 2012
Attendance: 10616 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 26:16 13 3/4 0/2 7/8   3 3     2   1 4 7 12
11 BJELICA, MILKO 15:26 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 1   2     2 1 2
12 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 16:26 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 1         1 1 5
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:21 9 3/5 0/4 3/3 2 4 6 3   1     1 5 15
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 23:34 8 1/3 2/3   2 1 3 4 1 1     1   11
24 OLESON, BRAD 37:41 13 0/2 4/7 1/1   3 3 2     1   4 2 12
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 35:32 12 5/8 0/2 2/2 2 2 4 1   1     2 2 11
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 19:25 6 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 1 2   1 1     1 2 5
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 2:19                   1     4   -5
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 71 18/33 6/22 17/18 9 17 26 12 2 10 1 1 20 20 69
        54.5% 27.3% 94.4%
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
4 DARDEN, TREMMELL 28:06 17 7/7 1/3   2 3 5     1 1   3   17
5 JAABER, IBRAHIM 6:26     0/1     1 1 1 1 1         1
6 POPOVIC, MARKO 25:29 11 2/5 1/4 4/4 1 3 4     1   1 2 5 10
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 22:46 10 1/1 2/2 2/2 2 2 4 4 1       1 5 23
8 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 7:20 3 1/1   1/3   4 4           2 3 6
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 27:38 7 1/4 1/2 2/2 2 3 5     2     3 1 4
17 DELAS, MARIO 12:06   0/1           1   1     2 1 -2
19 KUZMINSKAS, MINDAUGAS 4:41 2 1/1 0/1   1   1           2    
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 26:14 12 2/5 2/6 2/2 2 2 4 1 2 2       3 13
21 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 22:11 15 6/9 1/2   1   1 2         3   11
31 FOOTE, JEFF DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 17:03   0/3 0/2   1   1 1   1     2 2 -4
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 77 21/37 8/23 11/13 13 21 34 10 4 9 1 1 20 20 83
        56.8% 34.8% 84.6%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It’s a very tough group, and losing here tonight means that everyone can beat anyone, and that apply also to us. We can win on the road like they did today, and there still are eight games left. We started well, but when we needed to replace our starting lineup, we committed some mistakes that gave them the confidence they needed. We missed rebounding tonight, especially in key moments of the game. Zalgiris didn’t surprise me, we knew they have very experienced players, and they proved that they know how to play in the clutch time. We made very important mistakes on defense, and that’s something that surprised me, not Zalgiris. We are not in a good situation, but there is room for improvement and a lot of games left to play."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We are very happy for this win, especially because we achieved it in one of the toughest courts in Europe. We are serious contenders in this competition, we proved it. We are working to change our mentality, to compete on every court. We don’t want to play on the road without thinking we can win. We were better in many statistical factors, we rebounded better, we got better shooting percentages, so I think we can say we deserved the win tonight. The most important thing for us is to find stability, to grow up as a team in a steady way, without stepping back. The team has showed that we don’t depend on a single player. We lost players because of injuries, because of trades, but the project stays healthy. "


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"They dominated the boards tonight. We struggled against their big men inside. They were able to grab a lot of rebounds or touch the ball to prevent us from taking control of the ball. That was a key factor especially in the clutch time, when we came back and reduced the deficit to just 2 points. They were able to get 3 offensive rebounds in a row, and stopped our rally. They managed to make the shots that mattered most, and that is what you must do if you want to win. The situation is tough, as this is a very balanced group, but this also means that we are able to win on the road, and we will try to do it as soon as possible. We must improve our game first, and we must do it soon."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Our group is a very tough one, but we worked hard, the coach is giving us a lot of confidence and we believe in the system he is trying to implement. The work we have done in the preseason is paying off and that’s why we had a good start. Every team is going to make a run during the game, especially when the team is skilled and talented like Caja Laboral. They did it in the last quarter, and you know that it’s going to happen when the opponent plays at home, supported by its crowd. But you have to stay calm, be patient and stay together as a team and we achieved that. When things get tough, you must stay peaceful, we stayed together instead of separating, and that’s a key factor when you play in an environment like this. We showed character."
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