Zalgiris, next rival in a Buesa without victories

It didn’t leave good feelingsfar from it, Baskonia on Tuesday night in Buesa against Pablo Laso’s Bayernagain wasting a lead in the third quarter to end up shooting himself in the foot in the final sprint. Scoring only 6 points in the final quarter is synonymous with collective suicide. “The end was very hard,” Joan Peñarroya, coach of the Vitorian team, later commented in the press room.

Players like Marinkovic, Sedekerskis and Khalifa Diop grew up, very blurred in Zaragoza due to back discomfort. But other forces like Dani Díez (he hardly plays), Rogkavopoulos or Howard himself are lost in the combat field. The biggest concern lies in the issue of direction. Emulating Darius Thompson is an impossible mission but the jam in the static attack due to lack of distribution in the final quarter was key to the defeat. A point guard is missing to shore up the squad but he hasn’t just arrived in Vitoria.

Zalgiris has just lost its match against Real Madrid at the WiZink Center. Mitrou-Long, Lekavicius, Giedraitis, Smits and Manek reached or passed the ten in Tuesday night’s clash. The Baltics tied at 19 in the third quarter but lost the rest, conceding a lot (25 and 28 before the break) with 9 triples of 15 White attempts in the halfway point of the match.

Zalgiris arrives. It is a direct rival for Vitoria’s objective of entering directly into the Top-6 or then occupying a position for the crossroads for the play in. The Peñarroya team, curiously, is achieving better results away from Vitoria than in its own fiefdom. In the Euroleague they have not yet won at home after stumbling against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. In the ACB League they did beat Surne Bilbao Basket with sobriety and then lost as a visitor against Lugo, Granada or Zaragoza. Where he fell, evidencing his shortcomings as well, was in Murcia. The only notch as a European visitor was in Berlin.

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