Former Gonzaga stars Kevin Pangos, Kyle Wiltjer clash in EuroLeague playoffs

Apr 20, 2018 | by Jim Meehan,

Former Gonzaga point guard Kevin Pangos and his Zalgiris teammates are trying to add a few more chapters to their historic season.

Pangos has helped the Lithuanian team reach the EuroLeague playoffs for the first time since 1999. He averages 12.7 points and 6.2 assists in EuroLeague games and 10.3 points and 4.2 assists for the season.

“It’s something that at the beginning of year we thought we could accomplish. It was one of our goals,” Pangos said in an interview with Eurohoops.net. “We’ve done a great job this season of fighting through the ups and downs and playing our best basketball at a good time.”

Pangos scored 20 points and added six assists in an 87-78 win Wednesday over Olympiacos to take a 1-0 lead in the EuroLeague quarterfinals. Ex-BYU Cougar Brandon Davies had 21 points and eight rebounds for Zalgiris.

Olympiacos returned the favor Friday with a 79-68 victory. Davies scored 20 points, but Pangos was limited to five points and four assists.

Former Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer didn’t play (coach’s decision) in the first two games for Olympiacos, a power in Greece’s A1 League. Wiltjer signed during the season after an injury to Kim Tillie, older brother of Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie. Kim, who returned in March, played 17 minutes Wednesday and 12 Friday.

Wiltjer is averaging 4.5 points in 9.3 minutes per game. He’s hit 42 percent of his 3-point attempts.