Zalgiris’ 71-63 road win over Valencia was the Lithuanian side’s fourth straight EuroLeague win, but its head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius isn’t getting carried away with the form.
The win leapfrogged Zalgiris into fifth place in the standings with a 9-5 record heading into the mini Christmas break.
“It was a very good win for us and every win on the road is an amazing,” Jasikevicius said.
“We faced the team that needed to win, a team that was under the pressure, but we won the game. I needed to convince my players not to step down and play in full contact. We are in a good position, but in this, EuroLeague with double games, things can change very fast.”
“Zalgiris is a top team in Euroleague this season,” said Valencia play-caller Txus Vidorreta.
“They beat Fenerbahce, Panathinaikos, Barcelona and other big teams. It has a lot with Jasikevicus as they played well last season, but this season they are one of the top teams of EuroLeague.
“Our defence was great, maybe not whole 40 minutes, but most of the time. We believed in victory the whole time, but we couldn’t do more.”