2016-17Regular SeasonRound 2
October 19, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 DOM SPORTOVA ZAGREB
Mindaugas Lukauskis - Lietkabelis Panevezys - EC16 (photo Cedevita)

Skucas, Lavrinovic leads Cedevita to second win

Lietkabelis Panevezys remained undefeated in Group A by downing Cedevita Zagreb 76-80 in the Croatian capital on Wednesday. Lietkabelis improved to 2-0, while Cedevita dropped to 0-2. Zygimantas Skucas led the winners with 22 points. Mindaugas Lukauskis and Ksistof Lavrinovic each had 15, while Ben Madgen added 11 for Lietkabelis, which held Cedevita to a 40.4% two-point shooting percentage (21-of-52). Lavrinovic added 10 rebounds for a double-double. Miro Bilan led the hosts with 16 points. Toni Katic added 12 while Karlo Zganec had 11 for Cedevita.

A corner three by Lukauskis and back-to-back jump hooks by Skucas gave Lietkabelis an early 4-9 lead. Luka Babic and Duje Dukan stepped up for Cedevita, but Lukauskis and Skucas kept the guests ahead, 9-15. Bilan followed a mid-range jumper with a slam but he didn't find help around. Meanwhile, a four-point play by Lukauskis, a jumper by Gintaras Leonavicius and a put-back layup by Lavrinovic boosted Lietkabelis's lead to 17-25 after 10 minutes. Consecutive layups by Donatas Tarolis and Lavrinovic made it a double-digit game, 17-29, early in the second quarter. Filip Kruslin struck twice from downtown in a 9-0 run that brought Cedevita back to life at 26-29. Back-to-back triples by Katic and a fast break layup by Dzanan Musa tied it at 34-34. A three-point play by Skucas sparked a 0-12 run in which Lavrinovic had 5 points to put Lietkabelis ahead 37-48 at halftime. A fast break dunk by Scotty Hopson gave the hosts hope, 41-50, soon after the break. Madgen and Lorenzo Williams stepped up for Lietkabelis, but a fast break layup by Babic got Cedevita even closer, 49-56. The guests kept struggling to score, while Bilan and Katic made it 1-point game, 57-58, at the end of the third quarter. A layup by Marko Arapovic put Cedevita back in charge, 59-58, early in the fourth quarter. The hosts entered the foul penalty way too early, however, and Lietkabelis took advantage of that to get a 64-69 edge with less than six minutes left. Cedevita managed to get within 70-72 on a big basket by Milan, but Madgen and Lukauskis struck from downtown for a 70-78 Lietkabelis in the next-to-last minute. Arapovic kept Cedevita as close as 76-78 but a put-back slam by Donatas Tarolis sealed the outcome, 76-80, with 13 seconds left.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), BALAK, AMIT (ISR), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 513
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Lietkabelis Panevezys25485880
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 KRUSLIN, FILIP 20:15 9 1/2 2/4 1/1 1 2 3 1 1 3     2 2 8
6 KATIC, TONI 25:39 12 1/2 2/4 4/4 1 1 2 5 1       2 2 17
9 BABIC, LUKA 26:28 4 2/4       2 2 5   2     2 1 6
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 27:12 11 2/6   7/8 3 6 9 4 2 4 1 1 1 8 24
13 MUSA, DZANAN 15:54 2 1/4 0/1 0/2 1 1 2 1         2 3  
15 BILAN, MIRO 20:47 16 7/11   2/2 2 1 3 1   3     4 2 11
22 STOCKTON, DAVID 13:23 3 0/1 1/3         1         4   -3
24 HOPSON, SCOTTY 18:21 4 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 1 3   1 2   1   2 1
25 BEGIC, MIRZA 10:43 6 3/7     2 1 3     1   1 1 1 3
33 DUKAN, DUJE 7:04 3 0/1 1/2   1   1           1   1
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 14:14 6 3/9 0/1   2 2 4 2       1 2 1 3
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 76 21/52 6/17 16/19 17 18 35 20 5 15 1 4 21 22 74
        40.4% 35.3% 84.2%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
Lietkabelis Panevezys
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MADGEN, BEN 28:17 11 4/6 1/4     2 2 3   3     2 1 7
3 TAROLIS, DONATAS 19:29 6 3/8 0/2   3 3 6 4 1       2   8
4 AUKSTIKALNIS, LUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 WILLIAMS, LORENZO 31:18 9 1/1 1/2 4/5 2 2 4 4 2 4     2 2 13
6 RINKUNAS, TADAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 35:15 15 1/2 4/8 1/1   4 4 4   4     2 3 15
9 LEONAVICIUS, GINTARAS 14:58 2 1/1             1       4 1  
10 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 12:02           1 1 3   2     1 2 3
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 36:35 15 4/8 1/4 4/4 3 7 10 3 3 3 2   4 6 25
50 SKUCAS, ZYGIMANTAS 22:06 22 8/9   6/7   3 3 2 1 3 2 1 5 6 25
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 80 22/35 7/20 15/17 8 24 32 23 8 19 4 1 22 21 98
        62.9% 35% 88.2%
Head coach: MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"Lietkabelis deserved the win. They played better than us. We had a 1-point lead in the fourth quarter, but we made some stupid mistakes. We didn't play well tonight, especially on defense. Skucas was a big problem for us and he played great."
MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS
Lietkabelis Panevezys
"I am happy for the win. We had problems because our players were afraid of their bigs at the start of the game, but we played like we planned. Our club is improving and we believe that we will be one of the best Lithuanian clubs this year."

Players

ZGANEC, KARLO
Cedevita Zagreb
"We started the game badly and we made a comeback in the second half, but made some stupid mistakes on offense in closing minutes. They have some experienced players and they took advantage of our mistakes."
WILLIAMS, LORENZO
Lietkabelis Panevezys
"I think we did a good job. We fought hard today. We made some mistakes, but the most important thing was to win the game."
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