Grigonis avoids another Van Rossom miracle

Valencia Basket had come back seven points in 43 seconds but on the horn the Lithuanian rescued the victory for Zalgiris.


Valencia-Zalgiris had been a gray game until the last half minute. The Lithuanians took the win after a Walkup triple that made it 70-77 with only 43 seconds left. But there Valencia was unleashed. Triple by Prepelic, two shots missed by Lauvergne, two free shots by Kalinic plus offensive rebound and a 3-point shot by Van Rosssom to come back (78-77) with 3.3 seconds remaining. Another miracle of Van Rossom at La Fonteta. But no. Grigonis danced between Hermannsson and Van Rossom and put it on the horn to rescue the victory of his team that had been carved throughout the match.

Rubit (17 points) and Lauvergne (13 points and 12 rebounds) were the two who shot from Zalgiris throughout the duel, supported by quality flashes from Walkup and the talented and beardless Jokubaitis. At Valencia, the Labeyrie triangle (17 + 5), Prepelic (18 points) and Tobey (9 rebounds) kept the miracle alive until the end. But Grigonis took the game to where it had been for many minutes. The victory leaves Valencia two games behind the Lithuanians, a direct rival in the fight for the playoffs. The taronjas must press in the Euroleague if they want to reach the goal.

Already from the initial jump it was seen that this was going to be a rock-biting match for Valencia Basket. And that the taronjas started fine in the shot, with a 10-2 entry. Far from being scared, the Lithuanians were spurred on by the brilliant local start. And from the hand of Rubit, three triples in the first quarter, came to be ahead. A Labeyrie basket made a 20-20 round at the end of the first act.

Close to the comeback

But everything got unbalanced in the second quarter. Prepelic took command with two triples but Zalgiris did not shrink and answered with Milaknis and Rubit. It was shooters time and Van Rossom made it 33-32 with another pitch from 6.75. But right there, Valencia disconnected. Those bad moments that Ponsarnau wants to minimize. Stalls, misfires and back disconnection. A few minutes in which Zalgiris reached a 3-15 partial, with former Lauvergne doing a lot of damage to Tobey in the paint. Ponsarnau stopped him just when the light marked the maximum for the Lithuanians (36-47, min. 17). At least, the taronjas applied themselves in defense and did not concede another point before the break. Of course, they only scored a basket from Dubljevic after an offensive rebound.

Hayes uncorked the third quarter with a triple that put the highest income of the entire match (38-50, min. 21). Labeyrie hooked the tube to the rim and with eight straight points did not let his team slip. The bad thing is that nobody accompanied him. The differences oscillated in the 10 points down for Valencia and the duel went without oscillations. Bad for Valencia. Ponsarnau needed a click and that one he found in San Emeterio. He allied with Prepelic and a 7-0 run brought Valencia back into the game. A Hermannsson basket left the game within reach (55-60) despite everything that had rained, with a quarter to play.

And so it was, after Labeyrie had a triple to tie at 70, the Lithuanians scored seven points in a row that seemed to end the duel. Van Rossom almost worked another miracle. But Grigonis avoided it.

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