Credit: D.Repečka
Credit D.Repečka

Zalgiris Kaunas (3-10) edged out Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (4-9) 72-68 (21-19, 19-13, 11-14, 21-22) to get their third win in four Turkish Airlines EuroLeague matches. 

Player of the Game
Lukas  Lekavičius
EFF
23
Lukas Lekavičius
Points 13
Accuracy 4-7
Rebounds 2
Assists 9

Zalgiris played a better stretch at the start of the fourth quarter (55-46), but Baskonia responded with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 63.

Jason Granger nailed two threes in a row. However, Lukas Lekavicius fired up for Zalgiris and scored 8 points in a row. Thus, Zalgiris had a 6-point lead with 35 seconds to play (71-65).

Lamar Peters hit from a distance with 23 seconds on the clock (68-71), Zalgiris made a mistake in throwing the ball, but Simone Fontecchio did not convert a two-pointer from under the basket.

In the end, Tyler Cavanaugh scored one free throw (72-68), as Baskonia did not nail two shots. The Lithuanian squad celebrated the tough victory.

"Congratulations to my players for the win," Zdovc said happily after the win. "I said this would be a fight for every possession. Maybe we could have broken away in the game two or three times earlier but we didn’t."

"They are a good team. Also in the end we were a little bit lucky, but generally we played good defense," Zdovc added.

For the winners, Lukas Lekavicius accumulated 13 points (3/5 2PT, 1/2 3PT, 4/4 FT), 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 3 turnovers, 5 drawn fouls, and 23 PIR.

Steven Enoch posted a double-double for Baskonia with 13 points (6/9 2PT, 0/1 3PT, 1/1 FT), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 turnover, 3 drawn fouls, and 23 PIR.

"I would like to congratulate Zalgiris for the win tonight," Neven Spahija said after the game. "They deserve it more than us. Our second half was way better than the first half. We fought more and played better defense. But we committed the same types of mistakes offensively as we have game after game. We gotta play better."

Zalgiris: Lukas Lekavicius 13 (9 AST), Josh Nebo 10 (5/8 2PT, 6 REB), Mantas Kalnietis 10 (2/3 3PT, 5 AST).

Baskonia: Steven Enoch 13 (6/9 2PT, 10 REB, 3 STL), Simone Fontecchio 12 (4/8 2PT, 4 STL), Jayson Granger 11 (3/8 3PT, 6 AST), Lamar Peters 10 (2/7 3PT).

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Kauno Žalgiris
Vitorijos Baskonia
48%
28/58
Field goals
41%
28/68
36
Rebounds
34
18
Assists
15
8
Steals
9
13
Turnovers
11
56%
20/36
2-pointers
49%
19/39

Best players

Lukas  Lekavičius
13 PTS
4/7 FG
4/4 FT
Steven  Enoch
13 PTS
6/10 FG
1/1 FT
Tyler  Cavanaugh
9 REB
9 DREB
0 OREB
Steven  Enoch
10 REB
7 DREB
3 OREB
Lukas  Lekavičius
9 As
3 TO
26 MIN
Jayson  Granger
6 As
0 TO
30 MIN
Lukas  Lekavičius
23 EFF
60% 2P%
50% 3P%
Steven  Enoch
23 EFF
67% 2P%
0% 3P%