K. Evans, who shone with utility, did not save “Zalgiris” from losing against “Real”

Kaunas “Žalgiris” team in a friendly match in Spain 81:89 (26:20, 17:23, 18:28, 20:18) lost to Real Madrid basketball players and finished second in the tournament.

Karolis Lukošiūnas’ three-pointer, Edgars Ulanov’s half-hook and Roland Šmits’ free throws gave “Žalgiris” the lead at the beginning of the game (7:5), but the trio of Sergio Rodriguez, Džanan Musa and Walter Tavares had their own antidote – 7:13. Keenan Evans broke through under the basket and nailed a three-pointer, Kevarrius Hayes treated the opponent with a block and threw penalties, so “Žalgiris” took the lead again 14:13. Then Tomas Dimša played an impressive stretch, scoring 8 points in a row (20:16), and Liutauras Lelevičius finished the first half with a three-pointer from the corner after a pass from Mantas Kalnietis – 26:20.

Tyler Cavanaugh’s shot had increased the advantage of Kaunas to 8 points (28:20), but D.Musa’s 6 points and two S.Rodriguez three-pointers quickly turned the scales in the other direction – 30:32. The points of R. Šmitas in the fast attack and the long shots of K. Lukošiūnas and T. Dimša revived the Zalgirian attack – 38:37. Before the big break, Laurynas Birutis threw a penalty and R. Šmitas tied the score with a three-pointer at the siren – 43:43.

Real started the third quarter with a hurricane attack and scored the first 13 points. After 4 minutes, the silence was broken by K.Evans’ three-pointer, but Zalgirisians avoided rushing towards the basket, which was guarded by the 221 cm tall W.Tavares. The difference had grown to 15 points (46:61), but three-pointers by K. Lukošiūnas and T. Cavanaugh allowed us to breathe air – 52:63. T. Dimša also excelled from afar, adding a two-pointer with a foul in the next attack, and Mantas Kalnietis closed the half with a three-pointer with a siren – 61:71.

In the fourth quarter, M. Kalnietis continued the three-point show, hitting two more shots from a distance, but the opponents also scored points – 70:82. Before that, K. Evans scored 3 free throws from under the basket, R. Šmitas scored 4 points, K. Hayes added a two-pointer, and K. Evans scored the 16th three-pointer for Zalgiris – 81:89.

For the losers, Tomas Dimša scored 17 points (4/8 three-pointers), Keenan Evans – 16 (10 attempts, 29 assists), Rolandas Šmitas – 11 (6 rebounds), Karolis Lukošiūnas (3/6 three-pointers) ) and Mantas Kalnietis (3/4 three-pointers) – 9 each, Tyler Cavanaugh – 8 points.

Dzhanan Musa and Walter Tavares (6 rebounds) each scored 19 points for the winners, Sergio Rodriguez – 16 (11 rebounds), Petr Cornelie scored 9 points (11 rebounds).

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