Zalgiris Kaunas recovered tonight (Tuesday) from two consecutive losses, beating Red Star Belgrade 62:75 at home in a rematch from the 24th round of the Euroleague. Two days before they host Madrid at Real, the Lithuanians went up to a balance of 11:14 while the Serbs went down to 18: 7 and of course lost any chance of qualifying for the next stage.
The team from Belgrade started well and led by 13 points, but the Lithuanians responded with a 0:10 run and climbed to a 50:55 advantage, which they did not lose. In the last quarter there was almost a negative record in the Euroleague, with the star settling for just four points in ten minutes of basketball, just two more than the third record. After a good first quarter, in which they scored 26 points, the Serbs scored 36 points in the last three quarters.
Marius Grigonis (17 points and six assists), Nigel Hayes (16 points and five rebounds) and Augustine Rabbit (15 points and eight rebounds) led Zalgiris’ scoring list en route to the important victory. On the other hand, Marko Simonovic and Jordan Lloyd stood out for the loser with 16 points each.