2015-16Regular SeasonRound 10
December 17, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
84.7 Points 75.6
37.7 Rebounds 34.9
10.2 O. Rebounds 10.0
27.4 D. Rebounds 24.9
15.4 Assists 16.9
8.6 Steals 5.1
3.8 Blocks 1.3
13.4 Turnovers 13.7
50.7 % 2PT 52.4 %
36.6 % 3PT 33.5 %
77.5 % FT 75.5 %
95.4 Index 80.4

Player Stats

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14.8 / Bourousis Points 15.9 / Bilan
9.6 / Bourousis Rebounds 6.9 / Bilan
2.6 / Bourousis OR 2.2 / Bilan
7.0 / Bourousis DR 4.8 / Babic
3.9 / Adams Assists 3.6 / Pullen
1.7 / Adams Steals 1.0 / Babic
1.1 / Hanga Blocks 0.3 / Bilan
2.0 / Adams Turnovers 2.9 / Pullen
75.0 % / Corbacho 2PT 63.0 % / White
48.1 % / Causeur 3PT 64.7 % / Pilepic
100.0 % / Adams FT 100.0 % / Pilepic
23.6 / Bourousis Index 19.1 / Bilan


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-4 Regular Season 4-5
5-4 Overall 4-5


Crew Chief

The Take

It is a key game to determine the final standings in Group B. The loser will be fourth in this group no matter what. The winner will be second if Olympiacos Piraeus beats Anadolu Efes Istanbul, or third if Efes downs Olympiacos. Laboral is unbeaten at home this season and beat Cedevita 97-70 in its only visit to Fernando Buesa Arena in the 2012-13 season. Ioannis Bourousis, the competition's rebounding and performance index rating leader, will be the hosts' main reference in the paint, even when Laboral has other options like Toko Shengelia, Darko Planinic and Kim Tillie. Bourousis will not have it easy against Miro Bilan, the fourth-best scorer in the competition (15.9 ppg.), and Luka Zoric. Marko Arapovic, who comes off a career-high 16-point effort against Milan, will be ready to keep pacing Cedevita. The guests ranks fifth in two-point shots made (20.8) but just 19th in three-pointers (6.9), so Cedevita needs to get more from outside shooters Jacob Pullen, Fran Pilepic and James White. Laboral is third in three-point shots made (9.7) and will keep firing shots from downtown through Darius Adams, Mike James, Alberto Corbacho and, if available, Fabien Causeur. The matchup between Adams and Pullen will be important, but a big matchup is expected at small forward between White and Adam Hanga. Anything can happen in Buesa Arena, so don't miss this game.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

The next Laboral Kutxa victory will make it the sixth team to win 200 games in the history of the competition. The first five were CSKA Moscow, FC Barcelona, Panathinaikos, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Olympiacos Piraeus.

Ioannis Bourousis is the Euroleague leader through Round 9 in average performance index rating with 23.6 per game.

Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding through Round 9 with an average of 9.6 boards per game.

With his next blocked shot, Bourousis will overtake former Laboral center Mirza Begic for sole possession of second place in competition history with 163 career rejections.

Bourousis is shooting 5 for 9 from downtown at home this season compared to 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis has scored in double figures in each of his last six Euroleague appearances.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in four straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Fabien Causeur set a career high in scoring against Cedevita with 23 points in a 97-70 victory back in December 2012. He shot 5 for 5 from downtown in the game.

Darko Planinic was a teammate of Cedevita forward Marko Arapovic during the 2013-14 season at Cibona Zagreb. They helped the club win the 2014 Adriatic League.

Mike James began his professional career in the Croatian capital playing for KK Zagreb in the first half of the 2012-13 season.

Jaka Blazic has averaged 12.8 points on the road this season compared to 5.5 points at home.

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen leads the Euroleague in fouls drawn through Round 9 with 54.

Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Bilan has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 16 for 16 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six games; he is shooting 11 for 16 from downtown over that span.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Being second or fourth does not matter because we would go to the same Top 16 group, but our job is to win the game and have the chance to finish second, because that would be a good result and give us a good vibes. Cedevita showed it is not an ordinary team. They made it to the Top 16, beat Efes and Milan on the road and that shows how good they are."
Cedevita Zagreb
"Laboral Kutxa is a very good team. They are one of the best offensive teams in Europe and we must do the best we can to slow them down on offense. After this game we will play three games in seven days in the [Adriatic] League, so we will use this game to give more playing time to players that have not played so much until now."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Cedevita does not have big names like other teams, but plays really well and is very dangerous. We want to reach the Top 16 as the second-ranked team in our group because it is better for us. We have to think of our own game, play good defense and have a strong start, with good momentum."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We will play this game without pressure. We already secured our place in the Top 16 in last week against EA7 Emporio Armani Milan and there were not many people who expected that to happen at the beginning of this season. It is always great to play in front of fans in Spain. All our players will play the best they can and I hope we can get another win."

Laboral Kutxa crushes Cedevita for its 200th Euroleague win

In a clash of Top 16-bound teams, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz remained perfect on its home floor by topping Cedevita Zagreb 92-70 on Thursday for its 200th win. Laboral became the sixth team to rush that milestone and finished the regular season with a 6-4 record. It will be second in Group B if Olympiacos Piraeus beats Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday. Laboral will be third if Efes wins, while Cedevita moves on to the Top 16 from fourth place with a 4-6 record. Fabien Causeur made sure Laboral took control of the game early, scoring 12 first-quarter points before Ioannis Bourousis and Tornike Shengelia helped open a 45-29 halftime lead. Marko Arapovic and Luka Babic led Cedevita back in the third, but the hosts opened the fourth with a 7-0 run before Bourousis hit a pair of triples that broke the game wide open. Causeur had 20 points, and Bourousis scored 14 points of his 17 points in late third and early fourth quarter. Shengelia netted 16 on 4-for-5 three-point shooting in victory. Marko Arapovic scored 12, and Miro Bilan collected 10 points plus 6 rebounds for Cedevita. Babic had 9 in the losing effort.

First quarter: Causeur scores 12 to put Laboral in control

Causeur got Laboral going, making a floater and a reverse layup. After Miro Bilan opened Cedevita’s account with a baseline shot, Causeur's triple made it 7-2 after exactly two minutes. But Karlo Zganec made a short jumper, and Jacob Pullen added a runner and a triple during a 0-9 run that gave the visitors a 7-11 edge. Darius Adams’s three-pointer ended the run, before Adam Hanga and Kim Tillie scored from close range. Causeur and Nemanja Gordic traded baskets, before Bourousis stepped up. The big man first found Hanga for a dunk, then dished it for a Causeur layup. He finally finished a fast break himself, before Pullen split foul shots to end an 8-0 run and make it 23-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Laboral builds commanding halftime lead

Henry Walker opened the second quarter with a long jumper for Cedevita. After Jaka Blazic and Bilan traded baskets inside, Lovro Mazalin finished a fast break with an alley-oop dunk, getting Cedevita within 25-22. James and Bilan traded baskets before James nailed a jumper and Alberto Corbacho made a tough runner-plus-foul , opening a 32-24 lead. After free throws from Walker, Shengelia buried a wide open triple to open a double-digit margin, 36-26. James added a jumper to the tally, and after Luka Babic went coast-to-coast for a layup, James kicked it out to Shengelia for another triple and that made it 43-28. Ilimane Diop scored inside to extend the margin to 17 points, before Pullen snapped an 18-4 spurt by splitting free throws to set the halftime score at 45-29.

Third quarter: Cedevita rallies within range

Cedevita’s James White hit a corner triple to start the third, but Shengelia hit a pair of shots from downtown to make it 51-32. Marko Arapovic scored inside for the visitors, and after Causeur made an easy two on a breakaway, Arapovic buried a three to cut it to 53-37. The visitors found some offense, as Gordic drove the length of the court for a layup and Zoric made a jumper, but Laboral got to the free throw line to keep the visitors at bay. Arapovic's three-point play cut it to 57-44, and after Hanga drove for an easy layup, Babic scored a layup-plus-foul to make it a 12-point contest. Babic's fastbreak dunk a minute later got the visitors within 59-49. After a Laboral timeout, White trimmed the deficit with free throws, but Bourousis scored a layup and Causeur hit a long baseline jumper, forcing a Cedevita timeout. Zoric fought for a tip-in, and after Bourusis scored a reverse layup, Gordic beat the buzzer with a jumper to make it 67-57 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Bourousis takes care of business

Bourousis finished a fast break with a put-back dunk and Corbacho nailed a triple before Causeur had a fastbreak layup to open a 74-57 margin only 96 seconds into the quarter. Arapovic banked in a runner, before Tillie and Fran Pilepic traded triples. However, Bourousis stepped up, hitting a pair of threes that extended the lead to 83-62. The run continued with Blazic scoring inside, and Shengelia adding an alley-oop dunk. Bilan snapped a 9-2 run from close range, but Corbacho hit a jumper. Bilan scored inside again and Mazalin drove for a layup to round out the scoring.

Fabien Causeur - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Attendance: 8945
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz23222225
Cedevita Zagreb16132813
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Cedevita Zagreb16295770
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 25:17 6 3/6 0/3     6 6 6   1       2 13
4 DIOP, MAMADOU 3:10 1 0/2   1/2 1   1         1   1 -1
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 25:03 20 7/9 1/2 3/4 1 5 6 3 3         3 31
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 8:45   0/1     1   1     1     4 2 -3
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 20:16 16 1/4 4/5 2/2   3 3 1   3 1   2 3 15
8 HANGA, ADAM 18:19 6 3/5 0/1     1 1 2     1   2   5
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 18:54 17 4/6 2/3 3/4 4 6 10 2   2   1 2 4 24
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 14:57 4 2/5 0/2   3 2 5 3 1       2 1 7
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 12:21 4 1/2   2/2 2 1 3     2     3 3 4
14 TILLIE, KIM 16:34 5 1/3 1/1     3 3 1 1       4   4
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 14:43 5 0/1 1/4 2/2       4       1 1 3 6
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 21:41 8 2/3 1/4 1/1   2 2 1 1       2 2 8
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 92 24/47 10/25 14/17 13 31 44 23 6 9 2 3 22 24 116
        51.1% 40% 82.4%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 21:38 7 1/5 1/3 2/4 2 1 3 3   3     1 5 6
4 WHITE, JAMES 20:01 7 0/4 1/2 4/4   7 7           3 2 8
6 KATIC, TONI 4:32   0/1 0/1             1     1   -4
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 11:28 3 0/1 1/2   1 1 2     1   1 2   -1
9 BABIC, LUKA 26:33 9 3/4 0/3 3/3   5 5 2 1       1 4 16
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 7:02 2 1/2     1   1           3 3 2
12 WALKER, HENRY 8:02 4 1/3   2/2   1 1   1       2 1 3
15 BILAN, MIRO 21:10 10 5/11 0/1   3 3 6 1   3   1 2 3 7
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO 18:01 4 2/3       1 1 1   2 1   4    
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 17:47 6 3/4 0/1     1 1 3   1     2   5
21 ZORIC, LUKA 21:20 6 1/7   4/4   1 1 2   1 2   2 2 4
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 22:26 12 4/5 1/2 1/2 2 1 3 1 1 2     1 2 13
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 70 21/50 4/15 16/19 11 25 36 13 3 15 3 2 24 22 63
        42% 26.7% 84.2%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think we deserved this win. It was good to finish the regular season with good feelings. I think we completed a solid first stage of the competition, we can feel happy for that. Even when we lost games, we weren't too far from our opponent and we were able to fight face to face and to challenge big teams, quality teams. Tonight's game lacked intensity sometimes, but Cedevita is a very good team that required a lot from us. We showed more will, and we were more accurate tonight. "
Cedevita Zagreb
"Laboral Kutxa played much better than us tonight. We turned the ball over too many times, we played with too much haste, especially in the beginning of the game. We ended up using this game to give some playing time to players that didn't have that opportunity in other games, but that also helped us to get here. I hope we will have the opportunity of coming back here in the next stage, playing better, and leaving a better image. We didn't reach the defensive level we needed tonight. Causeur, in the early going, and Bourousis and Shengelia with several threes, hurt us too much."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think the most important thing tonight was to break the three-loss streak we had before the game. We finished in a good way the Euroleague Regular Season and this is a win that makes us feel good. I think we played better defense than we did in the last three games. Now we must keep working, there are four games left before the new year and we want to win them all. We know we are a good team when we play together and when we play strong defense. The Top 16 will be tough, for sure, as the best 16 European teams will be there, but we are not thinking too much about that."
Cedevita Zagreb
"We faced this game with a true feeling that we could win here tonight. But we didn't play well, and even though we were able to come within 7, 8 points in the third quarter, we felt short. We need to watch the game to see what happened, but this round is over and now we start from the beginning and we'll see what happens in the next rounds. Expectations are always the same, we are sportsmen and our only target is to win the next game. We want to give our maximum in the Top 16 and hopefully good things will come. I am starting to feel better after some problems in the beginning of the season. I hope to be in better shape as the games go on."
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