2015-16Top 16Round 5
January 29, 2016 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.4 Points 83.4
31.9 Rebounds 37.9
9.9 O. Rebounds 10.3
21.9 D. Rebounds 27.6
19.5 Assists 15.9
6.3 Steals 8.2
2.6 Blocks 3.7
10.4 Turnovers 13.6
53.5 % 2PT 51.6 %
40.0 % 3PT 35.6 %
73.9 % FT 79.6 %
95.6 Index 95.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Tomic Points 13.4 / Bourousis
5.9 / Tomic Rebounds 9.1 / Bourousis
2.1 / Tomic OR 2.2 / Bourousis
3.9 / Tomic DR 6.9 / Bourousis
3.9 / Satoransky Assists 4.1 / Adams
1.2 / Doellman Steals 1.8 / Adams
0.9 / Lawal Blocks 1.3 / Hanga
1.4 / Satoransky Turnovers 2.3 / Adams
67.4 % / Lawal 2PT 77.8 % / Corbacho
48.6 % / Perperoglou 3PT 53.8 % / Shengelia
100.0 % / Doellman FT 100.0 % / Adams
17.4 / Tomic Index 21.6 / Bourousis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-2 Top 16 2-2
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
8-6 Overall 8-6


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams meet in the Euroleague for the first time in almost two years. Barcelona has a 39-1 home record in its last 40 Top 16 games, with the only loss having come against Laboral. Barcelona leads the Top 16 in fewest turnovers (10 per game) and second in three-point percentage (43.6%), hitting over 10 triples per game. Two of its main shooters, Pau Ribas and Brad Oleson, played for Laboral in the past, and may see extended playing time if star guard Juan Carlos Navarro remains sidelined with a knee problem. Alex Abrines and Stratos Perperoglou give coach Xavi Pascual even more options at both wings. Fabien Causeur and Alberto Corbacho will try to outgun Abrines and Ribas, while Adam Hanga and Jaka Blazic must find the way to stop Perperoglou. Ribas will also help Tomas Satoransky at point guard while Carlos Arroyo remains sidelined. Satoransky faces a physical test against Laboral's quick point guards, Darius Adams and Mike James, two streak shooters able to break any game open. Barcelona needs to stop Ioannis Bourousis down low, as Laboral runs its offense through him, with Toko Shengelia and Kim Tillie offering valuable help at power forward. Ante Tomic and Samardo Samuels will be ready for the challenge while Justin Doellman - in great shape recently - and Shane Lawal must try to stop Tillie and Shengelia, two very aggressive players. Expect a big game at Palau Blaugrana.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Game Notes

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (10.4 per game) in the Euroleague this season by more than a turnover per game.

Justin Doellman has made 31 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Stratos Perperoglou has made at least one three-pointer in four straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Perperoglou has been a teammate of Laboral center Ioannis Bourousis over the years on the Greek national team, including most recently at EuroBasket 2015 last summer.

Pau Ribas has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Ribas played three seasons in Vitoria between 2009 and 2012. He was a member of the club’s 2010 Spanish League-winning squad.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.1 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 9 for 15 from downtown at home this season compared to 3-for-11 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis played briefly for Barcelona at the end of the 2005-06 season.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Adams has made 18 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Adam Hanga was recorded at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Fabian Causeur has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Velimir Perasovic has coached Barcelona center Ante Tomic on the Croatian national team.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Barcelona is a complete team and at home they are favorite. We are facing one of the best teams in the league. They play tactical and never adlib. They play smart defense and have physical power. We can compete against anyone and we will try to do so in Barcelona also."


FC Barcelona Lassa
"They are playing a great season. They play well and have two quality playmakers who can contribute a lot at any given moment. Also Bourousis, who is playing his best season yet. IN general, Laboral Kutxa is a difficult opponent."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It will be a difficult game because Barcelona is a great team with lots of talent. They have different kinds of players: scorers, defenders, low post players... It is a solid team. We must try to stop them. We are preparing the game well and I think we can win."

Laboral stops host Barcelona in OT!

Laboral Kuxta Vitoria Gasteiz handed FC Barcelona Lassa a rare and potentially costly home defeat in the Top 16 Group F with an electrifying 78-81 victory in overtime on Friday. Ioannis Bourousis collected 24 points and 8 rebounds for Laboral, which has now given Barcelona its only two losses in its last 41 home games in the Top 16. Darius Adams added 17 points including the three-pointer to force overtime, while Toko Shengelia had 11 points and Jaka Blazic scored 10 for Laboral, which improved to 3-2 in Group F despite wasting a 13-point third-quarter lead. Barcelona erased the deficit but failed to get the win in the extra session, dropping to 2-3 in the group. Alex Abrines scored all 21 of his points in the final 16 minutes of play while Stratos Perperoglou had 10 points and Tomas Satoransky picked up 8 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Shane Lawal chipped in 6 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

FIRST QUARTER: Tough defense gives Barcelona lead

Barcelona coach Xavi Pascual did not make any changes to his starting line-up with Satoransky, Juan Carlos Navarro, Perperoglou, Justin Doellman and Ante Tomic getting the nod. Laboral’s Velimir Perasovic also kept the same first five with Adams, Fabien Causeur, Adam Hanga, Shengelia and Ilimane Diop. Perperoglou started the scoring for the hosts, putting in a pass from Tomic. Diop answered for Laboral at the other end with a jumper. Both teams were producing on offense early with Causeur driving for a lefty layup and Shengelia grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast for the layup and a 4-6 Laboral lead. Doellman and Perperoglou both hit jumpers to even it at 8-8 before Hanga nailed a long three-pointer off the left wing and Adams went off the glass for an 8-13 lead. That was with 3 minutes to play in the quarter and Barcelona did not let the guests score again in the period. Brad Oleson and Satoransky both made 2 free throws and Oleson nailed a three-pointer with 3 seconds left on the clock as Barcelona was ahead 15-13 after 10 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER: Bourousis inches Laboral ahead

Bourousis proved difficult to stop early in the second quarter with Laboral’s first three baskets, which were matched by an offensive rebound put-back from Samardo Samuels, a steal and breakaway dunk from Pau Ribas and an Oleson lay-up to make it 21-19. Four free throws from Blazic put Laboral ahead up 21-23. After Samuels knotted the game with 2 free throws, Kim Tillie scored and Blazic hit a put-back as the lead was 23-27. A scoop shot and 2 free throws from Perperoglou evened the game at 29-29. Satoransky missed two free throws and the chance to give the hosts the lead and Adams’ layup just before the buzzer had Laboral leading 29-31 at intermission.

THIRD QUARTER: Laboral pushes lead to 13 points before Abrines spark

Doellman started the second half with a three-pointer to put Barcelona ahead. Shengelia came up with a dunk and finger roll while Bourousis and Adams both knocked down three-pointers in a 2-10 Laboral spurt to put the guests up 34-41. Tomic and Satoransky were able to score for Barcelona to pull it to within 38-45. But Bourousis added 4 more points and Shengelia converted again in the paint in an 0-8 run as Laboral was leading 38-51 – forcing a Barcelona time out. Abrines came on and was a spark with 4 points – including a big dunk – and an assist on Lawal’s alley-oop to cut the deficit to 44-51 after 30 minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Abrines, Satoransky push Barcelona ahead until Adams’ heroics

Abrines hit a lay-up to start the fourth quarter and trim it to 46-51. Mike James answered with a big dunk for Laboral. Blazic got a tip-in and Bourousis made 2 more baskets as Laboral was still ahead 53-61. Aleksandar Vezenkov beat a shot clock with a long three-pointer and Satoransky picked up a steal and a dunk to cut the gap to 58-61. Bourousis responded inside with a classy move but the margin was 62-63 after 2 Abrines free throws and another Satoransky steal and dunk. Blazic and Adams both hit for Laboral, which was clinging to its lead 64-67. But Abrines knocked down a long two-point jumper and Lawal tipped in his own miss to finally put Barcelona back ahead 68-67. And Ribas’s jumper made it 70-67 with 20 seconds to play in regulation. After a Laboral time out, Bourousis missed a three-pointer but Shengelia grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked out to Adams, who nailed the game-tying triple with 11 seconds left. Vezenkov drew iron but missed the potential game-winner at the buzzer.

OVERTIME: Adams comes up big with 5 points

Abrines gave Barcelona the lead to start the overtime. Causeur answered at the other end and Barcelona came up empty on its next four possessions while Adams hit a tough layup and Shengelia and Bourousis both split a set of free throws as Laboral led 72-76. During that spurt, Bourousis blocked Abrines to overtake former Laboral center Mirza Begic for sole possession of second place in competition history with 163 career blocks. Abrines snapped the scoreless stretch with a three-pointer to make it a one-point game. Adams came back at the other end for a tough layup in the paint and then hit a free throw with 17 seconds for a 75-79 advantage. Barcelona would not go down without a fight and Vezenkov nailed a three-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining to bring the hosts within 78-79. Bourousis was fouled with 9.5 seconds left and made both of his free throws to make it a three-point game and Ribas missed the potential game-tying three-point attempt with 4 seconds remaining.

Ioannis Bourousis - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Friday, January 29, 2016
Attendance: 5623
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FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 19:34 5 1/3 1/4     3 3 1 1 1         4
8 RIBAS, PAU 22:50 4 2/4 0/2     1 1 3 3 1     3 3 6
9 LAWAL, SHANE 26:08 6 3/5     6 4 10   1 2   1 5 1 8
10 ABRINES, ALEX 21:18 21 6/7 1/5 6/7 1 4 5 2 1 1   1   7 28
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 12:51   0/2 0/2         1 1 1     1   -4
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 35:53 8 3/5 0/1 2/4   1 1 5 2 2 3 1 5 2 8
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 15:46 6   2/4   1 3 4           2   6
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 9:51 4 1/6   2/2 1 1 2         1   3 3
24 OLESON, BRAD 19:05 8 1/2 1/4 3/4         1 1     2 1 2
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 23:04 10 4/7 0/2 2/3 1 2 3 1 1 1     2 2 8
44 TOMIC, ANTE 18:40 6 3/8       6 6 1           1 9
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 225:00 78 24/49 5/24 15/20 14 27 41 14 11 11 3 4 20 20 83
        49% 20.8% 75%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
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 14:12 2 1/4 0/1     2 2 1   1          
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 37:24 8 3/6 0/1 2/2 2 6 8 2 1 2     1 2 14
6 PLANINIC, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 29:51 11 5/10 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 3 2 4     2 3 11
8 HANGA, ADAM 30:16 3   1/2   1 5 6 1 1   1   4 1 8
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 31:08 24 8/12 1/4 5/6 2 6 8 3     1   4 4 28
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 18:23 10 3/4   4/4 2 2 4   1 1     2 3 14
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 13:52 2 1/1     1 4 5       1   2 2 8
14 TILLIE, KIM 15:09 4 1/3   2/2 1   1   1 1 1   3 1 2
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 30:48 17 5/9 2/8 1/2   2 2 1 2 3   3 2 4 7
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 3:57   0/1       1 1 1   1          
Team           1   1               1
Totals 225:00 81 27/50 4/17 15/18 11 32 43 12 8 13 4 3 20 20 93
        54% 23.5% 83.3%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Lassa
"I congratulate Laboral Kutxa on its victory on a night when we are hurt for this loss and feel for the people who came here and watched. It was a game in which we played not well at all in the third quarter; yes, in effort, but not in other aspects. With the penetrations by Abrines, we improved and we were up three points with 19 seconds left. The finish in regulation time has been strange: we wanted to foul, but we didn't. On the rebound, all our guys were inside and we made an error there, because they got a three-pointer. Our rivals tonight defended well, played physical and made things difficult for us. Despite that, many players didn't have their best nights and to win in the Euroleague you need many players at a good level, not just one or two. We have had a season without major errors, but the loss tonight is surely the biggest error of the season so far."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
For us, this is very important because we lost a home game against Olympiacos so now we are even. It was a very difficult game, Barcelona is a great team but I think in the second half we played very good... After losing against Olympiacos, we needed a strong win away from home to get back among the group of teams that aspire to make the playoffs. With this victory, we can think of fighting to qualify. It was a game with few points in the first two quarters. Barca played trying to slow us down, but we also defended well. Barca went ahead in the last minute, but we had sufficient courage to take it into overtime and win the game. The fact of winning on Barcelona's court makes this a valuable win, whether in overtime or not."


FC Barcelona Lassa
"It was one of those great games that you love to play. Both teams have been at a very good level. It's been a tough game physically, we did good work, but were not able to take the victory. It's a shame. We have lost three overtime games this season and that's something that hurts. This overtime was a tough blow to our heads. We tried to rebound, but it wasn't possible. In overtime, our tiredness was evident. We didn't move the ball as well as in the fourth quarter, and that, together with Laboral raising their defensive pressure, affected us."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It's been a tough game. We never lost our composure, even when they hit some big shots. We committed some mistakes, but we had good energy."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
For us it’s a very big win. We worked really hard the last couple of days in practice to come here to win – not just against Barcelona. We want to go to the playoffs, but it’s not easy. You have to work hard and continue this way.
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