Alba knew Zalgiris and returned to winning!


Thriller in Germany with a happy ending for Alba.

Gondaleth’s team prevailed 64-62 over Zalgiris, achieving their 2nd victory in this year’s competition, with Maticek being the MVP in the final. The 23-year-old ace executed the Lithuanians in the 6th minute with a three-pointer and tilted the plate in favor of the home team, while in the 38th minute he had reduced the score to 57-59 with a basket. Zalgiris fell to 5-7, while they improved their record to 2-10.

Hero for the winners was Matisekbut the overall leader was Timan, who had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while for the losers Gendraitis with 16. Dimsa had 11.

Zalgiris was impressive at the start and with excellent percentages it led 7-0 initially and then 20-4 with a three-pointer by Lavrionovicis, while the hosts reacted and closed the quarter with 13-20. Dimsa was hot at the beginning of the second part and sent Zalgiris to +11 (13-24). Tiemann stood his ground, Alba didn’t give up and cut it to 25-28, but she was extremely off target, making 5/21 2-pointers. Hayes stepped into the equation and made it 34-37 midway through the third period.

Thiman was there again and cut it to 37-41 at 28′, with Kumadze making it 39-43. Evans sent Zalgiris to +9 (46-55) in the 34th minute, with Delow making it 53-58 in the 37th minute. From that point Maticek took action. It was cut to 57-59 at 38′ and then Wetzel tied it, before D. Gentraitis’ 3-pointer came at 1:37. Thiman, however, with a basket brought Alba within breathing distance (61-62) at 39”, with Matisek hitting the winning three-pointer at 6”, with Ulanovas missing a three-pointer almost in exhalation.

The quarters: 13-20, 25-28, 39-45, 64-62

The match statistics

Source: Sport Fm

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