Baskonia ends Zalgiris’ streak with a strong fourth-quarter performance

By Eurohoops Team/ [email protected]

Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz improved to 5-4 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and cut Zalgirs Kaunas’ three-game winning streak with a 93-73 victory in Fernando Buesa Arena.

With 19 points and seven rebounds for PIR of 25, Mat Costello led Joan Penarroya’s team.

Pierria Henry followed with 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists for PIR of 24, while Darius Thompson added 19 points and dished five assists. Vanja Marinkovic also played an important role with 14 points and 3/4 from beyond the arc.

Edgaras Ulanovas had 18 points for the losing side, while Keenan Evans added 17 points. Tomas Dimsa scored 11, and Ignas Brazdeikis 10 points.

After a close battle in the first quarter, Zalgiris got things under control in the second period and went to the break with a two-point lead (44-42).

The guests were in front midway through the third quarter, but then the Spanish team turned the game around and grabbed a five-point advantage with seven straight points from Costello.

The team from Vitoria entered the last 10 minutes with a 64-58 lead and, with a 14-3 run in the final minutes, opened their way to a convincing victory.

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