Things did not look good for Zalgiris Kaunas during its game against Valencia Basket at La Fonteta when Klemen Prepelic hit a deep three-pointer to put the hosts 71-67 ahead with 4:53 remaining.
Zalgiris leaned on vets to seal the deal at Valencia
Zalgiris called a much-needed timeout and improved its defense right away, but it still needed answers on offense. That's when Tyler Cavanaugh appeared. First, Cavanaugh hit a catch-and-shoot baseline jumper off an inbound pass by Keenan Evans. Then, soon after, he added a wide-open three-pointer off a perfectly timed two-on-two situation in which Chris Jones and Bojan Dubljevic double teamed Evans, leaving Cavanaugh wide open.
Panathinaikos Athens - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 21 | Highlights
ALBA Berlin - Valencia Basket | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes with the put-back slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Alexander throws it down!
Zalgiris Kaunas - Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade | Round 20 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes says no to Petrusev
Valencia Basket - Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade | Round 20 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Prepelic feeds Alexander to slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Lopez-Arostegui beats the buzzer!
EuroLeague Pick 'Em asks: Can Zalgiris make the Final Four at home?
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - Valencia Basket | Round 19 | Highlights
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 19 | Highlights
Valencia Basket - Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Puerto posterizes Singleton!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Klemen Prepelic fools the Efes defense with great pass for Jaime Pradilla!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Josep Puerto posterizes Chris Singleton!
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 18 | Highlights
Valencia Basket - Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade | Round 17 | Highlights
Zalgiris Kaunas - Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes throws it down!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Butkevicius's buzzer-beater!
AS Monaco - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 16 | Highlights
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - Valencia Basket | Round 16 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes's blocked shot!
Keenan Evans | Round 15 MVP | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Valencia Basket - FC Barcelona | Round 15 | Highlights
Zalgiris Kaunas - FC Bayern Munich | Round 15 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Prepelic's big block!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Rivero's buzzer-beater!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Block from Hayes
Focus on: Keenan Evans, Zalgiris Kaunas
Focus on: Victor Claver, Valencia Basket
London Lions - Paris Basketball | Round 9 Highlights | 2022-23 7DAYS EuroCup
7DAYS Magic Moment: Kamagate swats off the backboard!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sharma detonates the alley-oop slam!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Evans skies for a rejection!
Sam Dekker, London: 'We have what it takes to make the leap to the EuroLeague'
Focus on: Ignas Brazdeikis, Zalgiris Kaunas
FC Bayern Munich - Valencia Basket | Round 14 | Highlights
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!
Bojan Dubljevic | Round 13 MVP | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
Valencia Basket - Panathinaikos Athens | Round 13 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Rivero beats the buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Webb's chase-down block!
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 13 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Smits rescues Zalgiris!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hayes puts it back!
Cavanaugh had 5 points in a 0-9 run that put Zalgiris ahead for good, 71-76. Once Valencia got within 75-76, it was time for Edgaras Ulanovas, Zalgiris's team captain, to leave his mark on the game. Ulanovas drew two fouls in the final 21.6 seconds and hit all 4 free throws to win the game, 76-80.
If you look at the stats, neither Cavanaugh nor Ulanovas seemed to have a major impact on the game. Cavanaugh only had those 5 points, but in a really critical moment. Ulanovas finished the game with 6 points. Both of them combined for Zalgiris's last 9 points, however, effectively making the difference in the game.