2015-16Top 16Round 6
February 05, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 BARCLAYCARD CENTER

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.3 Points 83.3
37.3 Rebounds 38.3
12.4 O. Rebounds 10.3
24.9 D. Rebounds 27.9
20.5 Assists 15.7
5.8 Steals 8.2
3.3 Blocks 3.7
12.5 Turnovers 13.5
55.3 % 2PT 51.8 %
34.8 % 3PT 35.1 %
79.5 % FT 79.9 %
100.9 Index 95.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.1 / Llull Points 14.1 / Bourousis
7.9 / Ayon Rebounds 9.0 / Bourousis
2.8 / Ayon OR 2.2 / Bourousis
5.1 / Ayon DR 6.8 / Bourousis
6.9 / Rodriguez Assists 3.9 / Adams
1.7 / Ayon Steals 1.8 / Adams
1.4 / Ayon Blocks 1.3 / Hanga
2.1 / Ayon Turnovers 2.3 / Adams
68.0 % / Hernangomez 2PT 77.8 % / Corbacho
38.2 % / Rodriguez 3PT 50.0 % / Shengelia
100.0 % / Carroll FT 100.0 % / Corbacho
19.3 / Ayon Index 22.0 / Bourousis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-2 Top 16 3-2
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
8-7 Overall 9-6


Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

Despite playing dozens of times in domestic action, this is the first time both teams will face each other in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Laboral's defense has held Top 16 opponents to 27.6% three-point shooting and leads the league in rebounding (38.3). A lot of it has to do with center Ioannis Bourousis, who won Euroleague title with Madrid last season and now returns to the Barclaycard Center for the first time as an opponent. Bourousis is the competition's best rebounder (9 rpg.) and ranks second in index rating (22 per game). With Toko Shengelia sidelined, Kim Tillie, Darko Planinic and Ilimane Diop will see extended playing time until he is back. Bourousis will not have it easy against Gustavo Ayon and Felipe Reyes, two former teammates that always crash the boards. Andres Nocioni and Trey Thompkins will try to stretch the floor and stop Tillie. Laboral brought Davis Bertans back and he will be ready to pull the trigger from downtown. Fabien Causeur and Adam Hanga, however, will be the guests' main references at both wings. Rudy Fernandez remains sidelined, so Jeffery Taylor and Jonas Maciulis will keep splitting minutes at power forward, while Jaycee Carroll and K.C. Rivers will use their shooting skills and experience against Causeur and Jaka Blazic. Madrid is first in assists (20.5), second in scoring this season (85.3), and since the start of Top 16 has hit the third-most triples per night, 9.4. Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull take center stage when it comes to assists and three-point shots but Laboral's point guard duo, Mike James and Darius Adams, are ready to take the challenge. Expect a great game at BarclayCard center.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Game Notes

Real Madrid

Coach Pablo Laso spent the bulk of his playing career in Vitoria with Baskonia (Laboral Kutxa), the last two of which he teamed with current Laboral head coach Velimir Perasovic between 1993 and 1995. They led the club to its first ever title, the 1995 Copa del Rey as well as back-to-back Saporta Cup final appearances.

Felipe Reyes joined the competition’s all-time top 10 scorers last week. He now has 2,334 points and needs 9 more to catch Euroleague legend and current Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius for ninth place.

This game will feature the top two rebounders in Euroleague history. Reyes is first with 1,437 boards and his former teammate and Laboral Kutxa counterpart Ioannis Bourousis is second with 1,328.

Sergio Llull has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Trey Thompkins has made 33 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Jaycee Carroll has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Gustavo Ayon has recorded at least 1 steal in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Ayon has posted a performance index rating in double figures in each of his last 10 Euroleague games.

K.C.Rivers is 5 three-pointers shy of reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Jonas Maciulis needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the milestone of 200 in his Euroleague career.

Maciulis has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

Rudy Fernandez has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Sergio Rodriguez is 7 assists away from dishing the 700th of his Euroleague career. He will become the eighth player to reach that number.

Andres Nocioni spent the largest portion of his career in Vitoria, where he played parts of eight seasons, from 1999 through 2004 and again from 2012 through 2014. He had some of his best seasons with the club, with whom he was named to the 2002-03 All-Euroleague Second Team, won the 2002 Spanish League and a pair of Spanish Cope Del Reys.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9 boards per game.

Bourousis is shooting 9 for 15 from downtown at home this season compared to 4-for-15 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis won the Euroleague last season with Madrid. He spent a total of two seasons with the club playing under Coach Pablo Laso and most of the team’s current roster.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Adams has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Jaka Blazic has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"Laboral Kutxa plays strong and their backcourt players can score and play good pick and roll with Adams and Causeur. Plus they have Bourousis inside, not only scoring but generating plays. He is not the only player we have to stop, we must play great team defense. Balance is one of their features and they just won in Barcelona playing a great game. Ndour practiced normally and will play. Maciulis still has some ankle issues and could not practice with the team, while Sergio Rodriguez is better and has joined the group already. However, we do not want to force his situation because the game load is heavy on him."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We are facing another fearsome team which, in addition, is playing the best basketball of the season. They score many points and play more possessions than the rest because they play fast. They have lots of individual quality. They can score with the pick and roll, one-on-one, situations close to the rim... They are the team that pulls the most offensive rebounds also. A complete team."


Real Madrid
"This game will be tough because we play against a great opponent that is doing well. They come from beating CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona". They also have players like Bourousis, who is their main referent, and also talented players with the one-on-one and who play a strong rhythm on both ends of the court, like James and Adams. It's important for us to win. We must start focused and tough to try to add a new home win to our column with our fans, who will be there supporting us, as always."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Real Madrid is a great team that can beat anybody. They are a team that scores easy points and we can't beat them if we play to see who scores the most. We must play a serious game and defend well in order to win there. There's still a long way ahead, but our team feels that we can beat anybody."

Laboral downs Madrid, gets third road win in Group F

In an All-Spanish showdown in Group F, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz recorded its third road win in this season's Top 16 by downing Real Madrid 68-77 in the Spanish capital on Friday. Laboral improved to 4-2 with back-to-back road wins over FC Barcelona Lassa and Madrid, which dropped to 3-3. Fabien Causeur led the winners with 15 points. Jaka Blazic added 13, Davis Bertans had 11 while former Madrid center Ioannis Bourousis pulled down 14 rebounds for Laboral. Sergio Rodriguez led Madrid with 18 points and Willy Hernangomez added 13 for the hosts. Gustavo Ayon shined early to put Madrid ahead, 11-8. Three-pointers by Causeur, Adam Hanga and Bertans ties the game, 19-19, at the end of the first quarter. Bertans kept pacing Laboral and got help from Blazic to boost the guests' lead to 31-39. Sergio Rodriguez and Felipe Reyes hit back-to-back triple to bring Los Blancos within 37-41 at halftime. Laboral took off after the break, as Hanga, Ilimane Diop and Causeur helped the visitors to a 15-point cushion. Madrid rallied to within 63-64 on a three-point shot by Andres Nocioni, but Darius Adams had 5 points and a behind-the-back assist in a 0-9 run that sealed the outcome, 63-73, as Madrid never recovered.

First quarter: Causeur, Ayon shine early

Felipe Reyes got Madrid going with free throws, which Causeur erased with a fast break layup. Sergio Llull and Kim Tillie traded three-pointer and a jump hook by Ayon restored a 7-5 Madrid lead. Causeur joined the three-point shootout, but Ayon finished a great Madrid play with a dunk and then fed Reyes for a layup that gave Los Blancos an 11-8 lead. Causeur kept pacing Laboral with a driving layup, which Sergio Rodriguez bettered with a triple. Causeur answered from downtown and Adam Hanga bettered K.C. Rivers's close basket with a three-pointer that tied it at 16-16. Davis Bertans, now playing power forward, nailed a nine-meter bomb, which Ayon erased with a layup-plus-foul to tie the game at 19-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Bertans, Blazic put Laboral ahead

Bertans nailed another catch-and-shoot triple from way downtown early in the quarter and soon buried another one to boost Laboral's lead to 19-25. Madrid struggled to score for more than two minutes until Hernangomez stepped up with a reverse layup. Jaka Blazic hit free throws and a jumper by Mike James caused Madrid to call timeout at 21-29. Hernangomez scored again and free throws by Rodriguez brought the hosts within 4. Ioannis Bourousis - playing with 2 fouls - stepped up with a put-back layup and free throws by Blazic set a 25-33 Laboral margin. Jaycee Carroll took over with consecutive baskets and Hernangomez matched Bourousis's foul shots with a jump hook. Blazic shined with a fast break layup, which James followed with a jumper, which prompted Madrid to stop the game at 31-39. Rodriguez struck from downtown but free throws by Bertans kept the visitors in control. A three-pointer by Reyes fixed the halftime score at 37-41.

Third quarter: Laboral uses defense to take off

Hanga dunked immediately after the break and Ilimane Diop soon added an alley-oop slam to boost Laboral's lead to 37-45. Rodriguez tried to change things with a driving layup, which Causeur bettered with a bomb from downtown. Reyes had to leave the game due to a shoulder injury. Causeur shined with a driving layup that made it a double-digit game, 39-50. Rodriguez scored again, but Adams and Diop made free throws to boost the guests' margin to 13. Madrid kept struggling to score and an alley-oop layup by Hanga broke the game open at 41-56. Llull and Hernangomez rescued Madrid with foul shots and a close jumper by Carroll prompted Laboral to call timeout at 46-56. Carroll split free throws and a dunk by Jeffery Taylor got the crowd involved at 49-56, after an 8-0 run. Blazic stepped up with a layup-plus-foul to restore a double-digit Laboral margin, 49-59, after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Adams steps up in crunch time to seal win

Hernangomez shined with a big basket in the low post early in the quarter and free throws by Llull gave Madrid hope at 53-59. Laboral was held scoreless for more than two minutes, but Bourousis stepped up with free throws. Hernangomez kept pacing Madrid with a layup and a tip-in that caused Laboral to stop the game at 57-61. Blazic shined with a wild driving layup, which Rodriguez bettered with a corner three-pointer, 60-63. Bourousis split free throws and a corner triple by Nocioni made it 63-64. Blazic scored again and a driving layup by Adams gave Laboral some fresh air with more than three minutes to go. Adams fed Tillie for a fast break slam and soon struck from downtown to seal the outcome, 63-73. Madrid kept missing shots when it mattered most and even after Nocioni hit an off-balance shot, it was already too little, too late for the reigning champion, as Laboral had cruised to a well-deserved road win.

Fabien Causeur - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Friday, February 5, 2016
Attendance: 11088 (Tentative)
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RIVERS, K.C. 19:36 2 1/3 0/3   1 5 6   2       1 2 6
4 NDOUR, MAURICE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 NOCIONI, ANDRES 20:48 5 1/5 1/2     4 4 1   1   1 3 3 3
7 DONCIC, LUKA 6:19     0/1     1 1 2   1 1       2
9 REYES, FELIPE 14:13 7 1/2 1/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2     2 4 10
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 27:25 18 3/6 3/6 3/4 1 1 2 4 1 2     3 5 18
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 16:58 7 3/7   1/1 3   3 2   1 1 1 3 1 5
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 17:58 7 3/6 0/4 1/2       1     1   4 1 -2
23 LLULL, SERGIO 33:04 7 0/3 1/5 4/4   2 2 4 3 2   1 2 4 8
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 4:59     0/2     1 1               -1
41 HERNANGOMEZ, WILLY 23:02 13 6/9   1/2 2 6 8     2 3 1 3 2 16
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 15:38 2 1/2 0/1   1 3 4 3       1 2   4
Team           2 4 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 68 19/43 6/26 12/15 11 29 40 18 7 12 6 5 23 22 74
        44.2% 23.1% 80%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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 18:50 4 2/5 0/4         2       2 2 1 -4
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 29:48 15 3/5 3/8     5 5 2 1 2     2 5 17
6 PLANINIC, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 HANGA, ADAM 28:55 7 2/6 1/2   4 5 9 2 2 2     3 1 11
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 24:05 7 1/3 0/4 5/6 2 12 14 1   4 2 2 2 4 13
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 21:17 13 4/5 0/2 5/5 1 3 4   2 2   1 2 4 15
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 15:55 4 1/3   2/2   3 3 1     3   3 1 7
14 TILLIE, KIM 23:43 7 2/3 1/3   4 3 7 2 1 2     4 1 9
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 21:10 9 2/5 1/3 2/3   1 1 4   2   1 1 3 7
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 16:17 11 0/1 3/5 2/2   3 3           3 2 10
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 17/36 9/31 16/18 11 37 48 14 6 14 5 6 22 23 88
        47.2% 29% 88.9%

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"It was a close game in the first quarter and after that, the three-point shooting streak allowed them to get the lead. They played with a lot of confidence. We missed some open shots early in the third quarter. They got an 8-9 point lead and after that, we hd to change the game rhythm somehow. We fought to return to the game but there was a key moment, in my opinion, when we were down 63-64, in which we were not able to keep our temper, probably because of our previous effort. We made some mistakes on defense and offene and they sealed the win. Congratulations to Laboral Kutxa, they were really tough and aggressive. We couldn't match their toughness and focus for the best part of the game. If you take a look at the stats, our three-point percentage is what hurt us the most in a game in which they go a deserved win. We had moments in which he had three weeks of good results, like we did in December. I always aspire to play better. We had a troubled season rom the very beginning but I believe in my team's growth and think our best playing level is yet to come."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It was an important game for both teams. We were focused from the very beginning. We had problems at the beginning of the game due to turnovers but worked better after that and this is when things started to get better for us. I think we controlled the game until the fourth quarter, when Real Madrid got within one point. That is normal, when you play against a team with such great offensive talent, it happens, but we kept our temper to win it in the end. There are many games left against very good teams and things can always go south. We have to focus on our next game against Brose Baskets, which is going to be one of the key games for us. We cannot lose at home against teams that may be in the fight to qualify. If we lose at home, these road wins against very good teams liks Madrid and Barcelona will not count as much. We have to keep our feet on the ground. You can always get better - we picked up 5-6 turnovers in one quarter and allowed 7 offensive rebounds in one quarter. There is always something you can work on but in general terms, when you play against such powerful teams, you know you will make mistakes and your opponent will make right choices. We played well, obviously - if we hadn't done that, we wouldn't have won here."


Real Madrid
"We didn't play well. We were rushing things all game long. We managed to return to the game in the third quarter but were not consistent on defense and could not play at the rhythm we would have liked to have. They hit many three-point shots in the first half and played with more intensity than us. We probably made more fouls but they were more intense and played better than us. There are eight games left - we know how important it is to win at home. We lose twice in here and have to bounce back, there is nothing else we can do."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It is always tough to play against a very big team like Madrid, with a lot of talented players, but we managed to get this win. We played with more intensity and a better rhythm, which allowed us to win. This is the Euroleague, we have to enjoy every game and the only way to win in this competition is to enjoy on the court. We are just a team that plays together and tries to get as many wins as we can."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Every win is big for us. I think we don't have to overthink this win. It is really great that we beat Barcelona and Madrid on the road in one week. It is very important, but it is not over, we still have a lot of games left. We have to keep playing this way. We play the next two games at home against Bamberg and Zalgiris, which I think is a key game for us. A 4-2 record is very good, especially in this group, with teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, CSKA, Khimki, Olympiacos... but like I said, it is not over - there are many games ahead of us against very good teams. We have to keep playing hard defense, play as a team and enjoy. We played pretty good defense and tried to slow them down. They missed a lot of fast break layups and we had a lot of offensive rebounds."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It is a very important win for us. You have to play hard when you come to Madrid. We didn't give up, played hard and won the game. I tried to give the best for my team, other teammates played better and we won this game. I don't care if I didn't score a lot or made mistakes. The most important thing is that we won the game and this is very important for us."
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