Things were not looking good for Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in its Round 9 home showdown against Zalgiris Kaunas when the guests led 45-51 midway through the third quarter. Baskonia needed its main players to step up and Matt Costello heard the message, loud and clear, making sure his team turned things around in the final 15 minutes.
Costello sparked Baskonia's comeback
Rokas Giedraitis and Darius Thompson brought Baskonia closer and then Costello delivered with a pair of free throws, a three-pointer and a huge dunk in traffic. He singlehandedly put Baskonia back in charge, 59-54. His teammates fed off Costello's energy and Baskonia never looked back.
Vanja Marinkovic had 11 of his 14 points in the final 11 minutes. Pierria Henry and Darius Thompson provided the physicality needed to shut down Keenan Evans, who only scored 3 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. And of course, Costello kept going, finishing the game with 19 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block and a game-high PIR of 25.
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Thompson's block seals it!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Costello's fastbreak slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Enoch stops the show!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes with the put-back slam!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes says no to Petrusev
Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - FC Barcelona | Round 20 | Highlights
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FC Bayern Munich - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 18 | Highlights
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Steven Enoch sends back Corey Walden's shot!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Markus Howard shows off his unlimited range once again!
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Zalgiris Kaunas - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes throws it down!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Butkevicius's buzzer-beater!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Howard, nails a three over his marker!
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Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - Real Madrid | Round 16 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes's blocked shot!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Howard's no-look pass!
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Zalgiris Kaunas - FC Bayern Munich | Round 15 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Block from Hayes
Focus on: Keenan Evans, Zalgiris Kaunas
Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 15 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Howard sits down Teodosic before scoring!
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7DAYS Magic Moment: Gnjidic launches it and Matkovic dunks it!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Brimah buries it!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Adams finds the way!
Focus on: Ignas Brazdeikis, Zalgiris Kaunas
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 14 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Thompson's magic assist
Zalgiris Kaunas - Real Madrid | Round 14 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Birutis stops Hezonja!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Birutis's alley-oop slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes blocks a shot!
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Hommes’s super slam!
AS Monaco - FC Barcelona | Round 13 | Highlights
Anadolu Efes Istanbul - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 13 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Giedraitis seals the deal!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hommes's super slam!
"We finally played some defense in the second half and took away their drives, which really helped us," Costello said after the game. "I think we are coming together as a team, that's two games in a row. We held Monaco under 80 and in this game, we held them under 80, so hopefully, we can keep building and building, and we have a chance to do something special."