2015-16Top 16Round 4
January 21, 2016 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.6 Points 91.4
37.8 Rebounds 34.6
10.2 O. Rebounds 10.0
27.5 D. Rebounds 24.6
15.7 Assists 20.4
8.3 Steals 6.9
3.7 Blocks 3.2
13.8 Turnovers 13.2
52.4 % 2PT 59.0 %
35.1 % 3PT 43.1 %
78.9 % FT 78.5 %
95.4 Index 109.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.0 / Bourousis Points 19.1 / De Colo
8.8 / Bourousis Rebounds 5.3 / Vorontsevich
2.2 / Bourousis OR 2.0 / Hines
6.5 / Bourousis DR 3.8 / Vorontsevich
3.9 / Adams Assists 6.3 / Teodosic
1.7 / Adams Steals 1.2 / Teodosic
1.2 / Hanga Blocks 1.1 / Hines
2.3 / Adams Turnovers 2.8 / De Colo
75.0 % / Corbacho 2PT 81.8 % / Kravtsov
50.0 % / Shengelia 3PT 55.2 % / Higgins
100.0 % / Adams FT 100.0 % / Korobkov
20.9 / Bourousis Index 22.7 / De Colo


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-2 Top 16 2-1
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
7-6 Overall 11-2


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams face each other for the 25th time since the Euroleague started in 2000, including the Euroleague semifinals in 2005 and 2008, as well as playoffs matchups in 2010 and 2013. CSKA leads the Top 16 in performance index rating (108 per game) and scoring (92.3 ppg.) and was able to beat FC Barcelona Lassa last week without injured stars Nando De Colo and Joel Freeland. If De Colo remains sidelined, Milos Teodosic and Aaron Jackson will share the point guard duties against up-tempo playmakers Mike James and Darius Adams. Vitaly Fridzon and Cory Higgins will see extended playing time at the wings without De Colo. Fridzon will test his shooting skills against Fabien Causeur while Higgins faces a tough matchup against do-it-all small forward Adam Hanga. Jaka Blazic may see more playing time against De Colo. Coach Dimitris Itoudis may turn to Nikita Kurbanov to use his size and mobility against Hanga. Laboral ranks third in rebounds in this phase (36 rpg.) and features the best rebounder in the competition, Ioannis Bourousis (8.8 rpg.), who is second in index rating average (20.9 PIR) behind only De Colo (22.7 PIR). Kyle Hines and Ivan Lazarev will battle against Bourousis if Freeland cannot play in Vitoria. Kim Tillie and Toko Shengelia will battle against CSKA's many options at power forward, including Andrey Vorontsevich, Demetris Nichols and Victor Khryapa. Expect great intensity and a strong basketball atmosphere at Fernando Buesa Arena.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 8.8 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 7 for 12 from downtown at home this season compared to 3-for-11 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis has made 13 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 18 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Toko Shengelia was a teammate of CSKA guard Nando De Colo during the 2009-10 season at Power Electronics Valencia, which won the Eurocup that season.

Fabien Causeur was a teammate of CSKA guard Nando De Colo on the French national team at both the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 91.4 points per game.

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 22.7 per game and in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 17 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 93.2 %, having made 220 free throws out of 236 attempts over 59 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

De Colo has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 36 of his last 37 Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague appearances.

Cory Higgins has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague appearances. He is shooting 16 for 27 from downtown (59.3%) over that stretch.

Nikita Kurbanov has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"CSKA is a team that scores a lot, they try to play many one-on-one situations because they have loads of individual quality. It is a team that is demonstrating, week after week, its superiority in the Euroleague. We are fine and we feel we can compete against CSKA, but we have to show that on the court. Our level in defense must be high, but we will also have to score."
CSKA Moscow
"We play against a team that is very athletic and energetic. Their priority will be to run and they do it pretty well. They play even better on their home-court, receiving extra energy from their fans. Overall we have a very difficult road game in front of us and we prepare for it bearing that in mind."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It's one of the best teams in Europe right now. We have lost two Euroleague games and it is very important for us to win this one. We have the advantage of playing at home and we must make good use of that. We have to make as few mistakes as possible, play at our tempo, be strong and intense and, above all, play tough defense."
CSKA Moscow
"We go there not fully healthy as we expected, but we do a god job picking it up for the other guys. We know they are coming out of a loss, they could not let it rolling against Khimki. We will try to do our best there, we are playing with good momentum and we want to keep it going."

Bourousis, Causeur led Laboral Kutxa over CSKA

In one of the most intense and physical games in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz downed CSKA Moscow 81-71 at home in Group F on Thursday. Both teams now have 2-2 records in Group F. Ioannis Bourousis led the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Fabien Causeur added 15 points, Darius Adams 13, Toko Shengelia 11 and Adam Hanga 10. Milos Teodosic led CSKA with 18 points and 7 assists. Kyle Hines added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Vitaly Fridzon and Cory Higgins each scored 10 points for the visitor. A minute of silence took place before the game to honor former Laboral player Sherron Mills, who passed away earlier this week. Adams and Bourousis shined early to help Laboral to an 18-10 lead after 10 minutes. Free throws by Bourousis made it a double-digit game, 22-12, but Teodosic, Hines and Higgins helped CSKA tie the game, 34-34, at halftime. Shengelia took over after the break and a three-pointer by Causeur boosted his team's lead to 55-47 late in the third quarter. CSKA got within 57-54 after 30 minutes and took its only lead of the game, 69-70, on a triple by Higgins. Bourousis and Causeur each hit one from beyond the arc in a 12-0 run highlighted by Hanga's fast break dunk, which triggered celebrations among the 11,500 diehard fans in attendance.

First quarter: Laboral starts strong on defense

Darius Adams got Laboral going with a five-meter jumper and followed that with a layup off a steal for a 4-0 lead. Vitaly Fridzon beat the shot clock with an off-balance jumper, which Aaron Jackson followed with a layup to tie it. After Fabien Causeur struck from downtown, Jackson scored again and a dunk by Adam Hanga gave Laboral a 9-6 lead. Ilimane Diop hit a turnaround jumper, which Fridzon erased with a put-back layup. CSKA kept missing open shots and Laboral brought Bourousis int to get more of a low-post presence. Adams sank a one-handed running jumper, as the game turned into a physical battle. A layup by Toko Shengelia prompted CSKA to call timeout at 13-8. CSKA missed 9 consecutive shots until Milos Teodosic stepped up with a layup. A buzzer-beating triple by Jaka Blazic boosted the hosts' lead to 18-10 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: CSKA bounces back

Victor Khryapa shined with a tip-in early in the quarter, but Bourousis found Kim Tillie for an easy basket and soon added free throws to make it a double-digit game, 22-12. Khryapa kept pushing CSKA with another tip-in and Teodosic added a three-point play to give the visitors hope at 23-17. CSKA entered the foul penalty and Laboral started to play more aggressive. After Tillie ignited the crowd with a dunk, Kyle Hines split free throws and a tip-in by Bourousis pushed Laboral ahead 27-18. CSKA could not find the way to the basket – shooting 8 of 29 that point, when Dmitry Kulagin tried to change things with a reverse layup. Hines added a power layup, which caused Laboral to stop the game at 27-22. Kulagin took over with another reverse layup and a jumper by Cory Higgins made it a 1-point game. Bourousis hit free throws and added a three-pointer to give Laoral plenty of fresh air at 32-26. Andrey Vorontsevich answered from downtown - CSKA's first triple - and a foul shot by Teodosic brought CSKA within 32-30. Higgins made free throws, before Alberto Corbacho scored around the basket. A jumper by Hines tied it, 34-34, at halftime.

Third quarter: Showtime in Vitoria

Causeur struck from downtown immediately after the break and a huge dunk by Shengelia boosted the hosts' lead to 39-34. Khryapa fed Hines for a layup, which Shengelia erased with free throws. Khryapa kept pacing CSKA with a close jumper, but a red-hot Shengelia downed a three-pointer for a 44-38 Laboral lead. Adams scored in penetration and Fridzon responded with free throws. Hines scored around the basket, but Shengelia kept his team in front. Fridzon nailed a corner triple only to see Bourousis hit foul shots and Hanga add a fast break layup for a 52-45 advantage. Teodosic hit foul shots, which Causeur bettered with a three-pointer to cause CSKA to call timeout at 55-47. Teodosic made more free throws and Kulagin fed Vorontevich for a slam. Higgins provided a highlight with a brutal dunk-and-foul to get within 1. Hanga scored down low to give Laboral a 57-54 margin at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Home team hangs on

Teodosic buried a three-pointer early in the quarter, but Hanga quickly answered with a coast-to-coast layup to put Laboral back ahead, 59-57. Teodosic kept pushing CSKA with an acrobatic layup, as Laboral started to miss open shots until Causeur hit one from beyond the arc, after which CSKA stopped the game at 62-59. Vorontsevich struck from downtown, but Diop swished a four-meter jumper and a fast break slam by Adams gave Laboral a 66-62 edge. Hines scored around the basket, but Adams did better with a three-pointer for a 69-64 Laboral lead with four minutes left. Teodosic nailed a seven-meter triple in transition, which prompted the hosts to call timeout at 69-67. Higgins soon buried a triple to give CSKA its first lead of the game, 69-70, with two minutes left. Bourousis answered from downtown and a fast break dunk by Hanga boosted Laboral's margin to 74-70 with 1:11 to go. CSKA struggled to score in a couple of key offenses and after a dunk by Tillie, Teodosic was ejected for arguing with a referee. Bourousis iced the game from the line as the Laboral fans celebrated a big win.

Tornike Shengelia - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Attendance: 11528
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 11:16   0/1 0/1     1 1               -1
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 33:19 15 0/4 5/8     1 1 2 1 1   1 3 1 8
6 PLANINIC, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 19:47 11 2/5 1/1 4/4 2 4 6 2   1 1 1 2 4 17
8 HANGA, ADAM 33:04 10 5/7 0/2     4 4 3 2 1 2   2 2 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 25:25 19 2/7 2/3 9/10 2 11 13 3   3     1 6 30
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 11:15 3 0/1 1/2     1 1     1     2 1  
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 14:35 4 2/3     2 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 4   2
14 TILLIE, KIM 20:13 4 2/5 0/1   2 3 5 2       1 1 2 7
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 28:44 13 5/10 1/5     1 1 6 3 2   1 4 3 10
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 2:22 2 1/1                         2
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 81 19/44 10/23 13/14 11 29 40 19 7 11 4 5 19 19 96
        43.2% 43.5% 92.9%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 17:27 4 2/2 0/4 0/1 1 4 5 3   1     1 4 9
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 33:17 18 3/5 2/8 6/7 1 2 3 7 2 4     4 7 20
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 13:43 10 2/4 1/2 3/5 1 1 2 1   1   1 2 2 6
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 3:47                              
9 JACKSON, AARON 13:03 4 2/2       1 1           1   4
13 LAZAREV, IVAN 4:51   0/1                   1 1 1 -2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 18:30 8 1/1 2/6     2 2       1   4   3
22 HIGGINS, CORY 26:04 10 2/10 1/4 3/3   3 3 1 2 3   1   3 4
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 17:53 6 3/4 0/2   3 3 6 2   2 1   1   9
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 16:16   0/1     3 2 5 2 1   1   3   5
42 HINES, KYLE 35:09 11 5/12   1/2 3 8 11   1 1 2 1 4 2 13
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 20/42 6/26 13/18 15 27 42 16 6 12 5 4 21 19 75
        47.6% 23.1% 72.2%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think we deserve a lot of credit for winning this game, especially because this win keeps us in the fight to qualify to the playoffs. If we had lost, we would have three losses already and taking into account that we will play Madrid and Barcelona on the road next, it would be more difficult to stay in that fight. I think we played a very good game against a top-level team. We deserved to win this game; we stopped their offensive rebounds, which hurt us a lot in the first half, and that was the key. Anyone could have won this game, but, in the end, we were more focused and played better in the final minutes to get this win. The team has been fighting for a while and has this fighting spirit. You can see what people really want to do things well. We played a solid game, all game long."
CSKA Moscow
"I usually start every post-game conference congratulating the opponent when we lose a game. I don't want to disrespect the team of Laboral Kutxa, the organization and the coach, but tonight it wasn't a basketball game, it was wrestling…. We had our chances to win, we let Laboral get better into the game with their rhythm and shots. We missed our open shots, especially in the first half, where we had 1 of 11 – if I’m not mistaken - from beyond the arc. We managed to come back and take the lead. The three-pointer of Bourousis and the following turnover were key plays in this game and prevented us from winning in the end."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We played a good game. As I said before the game, we had to make as few mistakes as possible, play tough on defense and at the right rhythm on offense. We did all three things very well and this is what allowed us to win the game."
CSKA Moscow
"Today we didn’t necessarily play our best basketball, but I think everybody can see that Laboral prepared their team to play a very physical, very aggressive style of basketball. A lot of time I think that’s the way teams are deciding to play us now. It’s on us I guess to match that physical play. For us it feels like we come out every game, every time to try and prepare to play our best basketball and we don’t necessarily believe as a team, as a unit. We’ll come back next game and we’ll continue to play our physical, aggressive style of basketball. "
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