2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.5 Points 66.6
33.9 Rebounds 35.9
9.9 O. Rebounds 9.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 26.9
19.1 Assists 15.9
6.9 Steals 5.9
3.5 Blocks 1.6
10.1 Turnovers 16.1
53.1 % 2PT 48.2 %
39.2 % 3PT 33.8 %
73.5 % FT 77.9 %
99.8 Index 69.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.8 / Tomic Points 12.3 / Vougioukas
6.4 / Tomic Rebounds 6.6 / Jankunas
2.3 / Lawal OR 2.1 / Javtokas
4.3 / Tomic DR 5.5 / Jankunas
3.6 / Satoransky Assists 3.9 / Kalnietis
1.4 / Satoransky Steals 1.2 / Lekavicius
1.4 / Lawal Blocks 0.5 / Vougioukas
1.5 / Satoransky Turnovers 2.6 / Kalnietis
72.7 % / Lawal 2PT 68.3 % / Vougioukas
55.6 % / Vezenkov 3PT 50.0 % / Lekavicius
100.0 % / Doellman FT 100.0 % / Hanlan
17.4 / Tomic Index 13.6 / Jankunas


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


Crew Chief

The Take

Two all-ready qualified teams meet with a chance to climb higher in the standings when Barcelona hosts Zalgiris. The home team can clinch at least second place in Group C with a victory. Barcelona may have a psychological advantage coming into the game as it has won 14 straight decisions over Zalgiris. Last month All-Euroleague center Ante Tomic led five Barca scorers in double figures with 18 points and 8 rebounds in a 78-85 victory in Lithuania. However Zalgiris comes off an impressive home win over Karsiyaka, while Barcelona looks to bounce back from a loss at Panathinaikos. Coach Xavi Pascual’s squad stand out this season for ranking second in the competition in performance index ranking (99.8) and having committed the fewest turnovers in the competition (10.1 per game). In addition to the Tomic-led frontline, the team is second in the league in three-pointer made too (78). Zalgiris is the second-lowest scoring team in the competition (66.6 ppg.) and ranks dead last in scoring on the road (60 ppg.). Point guard Mantas Kalnietis has struggled mightily on the road this season, averaging a performance index rating of minus-1. Despite those numbers, Coach Krapikas’s charges are 2-2 away from home so far. Still, to win in Barcelona, where the local side is 16-2 over the past two seasons, Zalgiris will need Kalnietis to lift the team’s perimeter play against stars like Tomas Satoransky and Juan Carlos Navarro and for the veteran frontline led by Paulius Jankunas and Ian Vougioukas to be ready for Tomic and Samardo Samuels.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Game Notes

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona has defeated Zalgiris in 14 consecutive meetings and has an 19-1 record all-time against the club. Their first meeting was the 1985 Cup Winners’ Cup final, which Barcelona won 77-73 in Grenoble, France. Zalgiris’s only victory came in Barcelona, 98-102, in November 2004.

Juan Carlos Navarro has had some of his best Euroleague performances against Zalgiris, including a career-best performance index rating of 35 in a November 2006 victory in Kaunas. Navarro scored 31 points on 10 of 10 free throw shooting that night. He also netted a career-high 32 points in February 2006 in Kaunas to lead Barca to victory.

Navarro is tied with his former Spanish national teammate Jorge Garbajosa for sixth place all-time on the Euroleague’s all-time steals charts with 224 career steals.

Barcelona’s 81 turnovers (10.1 per game) are the fewest in the league through Round 8.

Justin Doellman has made 23 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Shane Lawal has blocked at least 1 shot in four straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in each of his last six Euroleague games; he is shooting 32 of 49 (65.3%) over that period.

Alex Abrines has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Abrines has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Zalgiris Kaunas

Mantas Kalnietis has struggled mightily on the road this season, averaging 1.8 points on 2-for-12 two-point shooting (16.7%) and 1-for-8 three-point shooting (12.5%) and 3 assists for an average performance index rating of minus-1. At home, he’s been worth 11.5 points on 11-for-19 two-point shooting (57.9%) and 8-for-21 three-point shooting (38.1%) and 4.8 assists for an average performance index rating of 12.8.

Brock Motum has fared better on the road than at home this season; he’s averaged 13.3 points and 6 rebounds for an average index of 12.8 in road games compared to 5 points, 3.5 rebounds and a 5.3 index in Kaunas.

Martynas Pocius and Barcelona guard Carlos Arroyo were teammates last season at Galatasaray Istanbul.

Pocius was a teammate of Barcelona center Ante Tomic during the 2011-12 season at Real Madrid

Assistant coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons with Barcelona. He was there between 2000 and 2003 and returned for the 2012-13 season. Saras helped Barca win the 2003 Euroleague crown, two Spanish League titles and three Spanish Kings’ Cups.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Lassa
"We take this game seriously. We want to play a good game in front of our fans and even more so after the last loss against Panathinaikos. If we add more wins to our column it will only be a good thing for us in the future."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Our last two Euroleague road games showed that if we allow the opponents to play their game early, it is very difficult to stay in the game. We need to be aggressive from the start in Barcelona, we can’t let them create the margin in the first half. We have qualified to the Top 16, but these two next games are very important to us as we want to improve. We will be missing Renaldas Seibutis due to injury, but I hope other players will step up."


FC Barcelona Lassa
"We have to play a great game at home in order to stay at the top. This is our big goal for now. We want to win the game the way we know. We must keep improving as a group, but we compete to win. We are focused on everything we have to do."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Going to the Top 16 obviously removes some pressure from us. However, we have two games which will be important as we want to get better. FC Barcelona has their unique style of game. They are great in transition and make a lot of threes. We will need to limit that and also we need to stay in the game as long as possible."

Zalgiris snaps losing streak vs. Barcelona

Zalgiris Kaunas grabbed its third road win in Group C by edging FC Barcelona Lassa 88-92 at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Zalgiris improved to 5-4 and broke its losing streak against Barcelona, which dropped to 6-3. Prior to this game, Barcelona had defeated Zalgiris in 14 consecutive meetings and had a 19-1 record all-time against the club. It is Zalgiris's first win against Barcelona since 2004. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 17 points, Mantas Kalnietis added 16, Olivier Hanlan 14, Martynas Pocius 12 and Robertas Javtokas contributed 10 for Zalgiris. Ante Tomic led Barcelona with 28 points on 11-of-11 two-point shots - a new all-time Euroleague record for most two-point shots made without misses. Carlos Arroyo added 15, while Stratos Perperoglou had 10 for the hosts. A 2-10 run that Kalnietis capped with a three-pointer gave Zalgiris an early 8-16 lead. A put-back layup by Brock Motum soon made it a double-digit game, 12-23, and Zalgiris held a 16-27 margin after 10 minutes. An outstanding Pocius helped Zalgiris to keep a 38-45 advantage at halftime. A three-pointer by Perperoglou brought Barcelona as close a 61-62, but Hanlan and Motum boosted the guests' lead to 63-70 after 30 minutes. Hanlan and Edgaras Ulanovas took over in the fourth quarter and free throws by Jankunas sealed the outcome, 80-88, in the next to last minute.

First quarter: Zalgiris starts strong

Tomic got Barcelona going with a mid-range jumper, which Jankunas copied at the other end. A jump hook by Edgaras Ulanovas gave Zalgiris its first lead, 2-4. Samardo Samuels found Tomic for a dunk, Jankunas answered with a backdoor layup and an off-balance jumper by Tomas Satoransky tied it at 6-6. Kalnietis scored in penetration and a layup by Pocius boosted the guests' lead to 6-10. Tomic made free throws, but Jankunas did better with a three-pointer and Kalnietis added his own shot from downtown to cause the Barcelona fans start to wonder at 8-16. Tomic banked in a jump hook and a dunk by Satoransky halved the Barcelona deficit. After Lukas Lekavicius buried a corner triple, Ulanovas made free throws and a put-back basket by Brock Motum made it a double-digit game, 12-23. Motum took over with an alley-oop layup but a wild dunk by Shane Lawal and a jumper by Alex Abrines kept Barcelona within 16-25. A mid-range jumper by Olivier Hanlan restored a 16-27 Zalgiris lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Pocius keeps Zalgiris ahead

Motum hit a jumper early in the second quarter, but Carlos Arroyo answered from downtown to make it 19-29. Hanlan scored again and after Abrines split free throws, a jump hook by Robertas Javtokas boosted the guests' margin to 13. Arroyo hit foul shots and a fast break slam by Abrines caused Zalgiris to call timeout at 26-33. Pocius rescued the guests with a three-pointer and Kalnietis also hit one from beyond the arc for a 26-39 Zalgiris margin. Arroyo scored again and soon added a bomb from downtown to get the crowd involved at 31-39. Pocius and Arroyo traded three-pointers, then Tomic split free throws, but a dunk by Ian Vougioukas kept Zalgiris way ahead, 35-44. Lawal and Arroyo made foul shots and Motum split attempts to fix the halftime score at 38-45.

Third quarter: Barcelona tries, Zalgiris keeps lead

Kalnietis buried another three-pointer immediately after the break, but Pau Ribas quickly answered with a jumper and Perperoglou sank a baseline shot to keep Barcelona within 42-48. Ulanovas kept pacing Zalgiris with a backdoor layup. Satoransky scored around the basket and a mid-range jumper by Jankunas gave the guests a 44-52 lead. Tomic buried a jump hook and Ribas added a jumper to get Barcelona within 4 points. Vougioukas scored in the low post and a dunk by Tomic caused Zalgiris to call timeout at 50-54. Kalnietis fed Javtokas for an easy basket, but Ribas and Tomic got Barcelona even closer, 53-56. After Hanlan hit a running jumper, Justin Doellman made free throws, but a hook shot by Javtokas gave the guests a 55-60 edge. Perperoglou split foul shots and a tip-in by Tomic made it 58-60. Hanlan sank 4-of-4 free throws, but Perperoglou followed a three-pointer with a jumper for a 63-64 Barcelona deficit. Pocius scored in penetration and a put-back layup by Javtokas gave Zalgiris a bit of fresh air, 63-68. A buzzer-beating jumper by Motum fixed the score at 63-70.

Fourth quarter: Zalgiris holds on

Javtokas scored down low early in the quarter and a mid-range jumper by Hanlan allowed Zalgiris to regain a double-digit lead, 64-74. Pocius took over with a wild driving basket that Sasha Vezenkov improved on with a layup-plus-foul. After Ulanovas split free throws, Ribas scored around the basket and a three-point play by Kalnietis kept Zalgiris way ahead, 69-80, midway through the fourth quarter. Ribas nailed a jumper off a screen, but Ulanovas matched it with a layup for a 71-82 Zalgiris lead with four minutes left. Tomic took over with a three-point play and a driving layup by Perperoglou gave Barcelona hope at 76-82. Hanlan stepped up with an off-balance basket. Tomic answered with a layup, but Jankunas gave Zalgiris a 78-86 edge in the next-to-last minute. Tomic dunked again, but Jankunas hit 4 foul shots to seal the outcome, 82-90, and even though Barcelona kept trying, the hosts never recovered.

Mantas Kalnietis - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB15
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Attendance: 4236 (Tentative)
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Zalgiris Kaunas27182522
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Zalgiris Kaunas27457092
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 15:40 4 0/3   4/4   1 1 1   3     4 4  
8 RIBAS, PAU 20:19 9 4/5   1/1   2 2 5 1       2 1 15
9 LAWAL, SHANE 13:49 5 1/6   3/4 2 2 4   1 1     2 3 4
10 ABRINES, ALEX 15:27 6 2/4 0/1 2/4         1       2 2 2
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 7:00   0/2           1 1         1 1
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 23:03 8 4/7 0/2   2   2 3     1   2 1 8
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 18:55 3 1/1 0/2 1/1 2 3 5     1     5 1 1
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 5:26               1         1 1 1
24 OLESON, BRAD 10:45   0/1 0/1         1           1  
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 16:57 15 1/2 3/7 4/4 1 1 2 2   2     2 1 11
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 26:29 10 3/7 1/2 1/2   3 3 1           1 9
44 TOMIC, ANTE 26:10 28 11/11   6/7 2 3 5 1 2 1     3 7 38
Team           2 4 6               6
Totals 200:00 88 27/49 4/15 22/27 11 19 30 16 6 8 1 0 23 24 96
        55.1% 26.7% 81.5%
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 7:20                         4 1 -3
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 6:28 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 1         1   3
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 24:32 12 3/5 2/2   1   1 3   1     1 3 15
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 27:48 16 3/5 3/8 1/1   2 2 7   1     1 3 19
12 MOTUM, BROCK 16:17 9 4/5 0/1 1/2 2 1 3   1 2     1 2 9
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 23:43 17 3/3 1/2 8/8   1 1   1 3     3 5 17
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 18:29 4 2/5     2 3 5 3       1 4 1 5
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 21:31 10 5/6   0/2 2 3 5     2     4 1 7
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 21:12 14 5/6 0/3 4/6   6 6 2         4 4 16
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 32:40 7 2/5 0/1 3/4 2 5 7 1         2 3 11
Totals 200:00 92 27/41 7/18 17/23 9 22 31 17 2 9 0 1 25 23 99
        65.9% 38.9% 73.9%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Lassa
"Congratulations to Zalgiris for its win in a game in which, just as last week against Panathinaikos, one bad quarter conditioned the whole game. In Athens, we lost just one quarter and won three. Tonight, we lost one, won two and tied another. Those moments in which we played bad conditioned the entire game, even more so because it happened in the first quarter. We didn't play well on defense and that allowed Zalgiris to play confident, feel comfortable and believe it could win the game. After that, they hit a lot of shots in many different situations and played a very good game. We improved in the second half, scoring 50 points, but were not able to be solid enough on defense to be able to win this game. We are in the same situation as before the game, needing to win in Krasnodar to be first. We are at least mathematically second and will play for first place in that game. The situation doesn't change much. We didn't manage to find our rhythm and when we played better defense, not were not able to be solid."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"First of all, it was a very good Euroleague game in a good atmosphere here in Barcelona. Congratulations to my players for winning in here. For sure, after two bad road losses in Athens and Krasnodar, we had the goal to show another face and show that we can fight against good teams, one of the toughest in Europe. I think we did a good job tonight. We played two really bad games on the road. We spoke before the game about being much more aggressive and much more active on the court. We showed that we can score way over our average if we are ready to do it 100%. I think it is very difficult to imagine that we can play every game like we did tonight. I wish, but it is not possible, but we showed how good we can be when we are giving 100%, competing and everyone is aggressive. We didn't have any guy scoring 20-30 points, but a lot of them in double digits. This is the way we have to play. When we play together, like tonight, we can hope we can be competitive in the Top 16."


FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are not happy at all with this game because we prepared things that were very different to what we did today, especially on defense. Things didn't did not work well for us, mainly because of our lack of aggressiveness. We were late in a lot of situations and that allowed them to have more confidence in the second half. Even when you raise your intensity level, it is difficult to return to the game again. This is why we lost tonight. It is difficult to bounce back from an 11-point first-quarter deficit. We returned to the game, but like I said, they had more confidence and hit tough shots in one-one-one situations."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We were already qualified to the Top 16, but we came here to play a better game because we weren't too happy with how we played, actually, in the regular season. And today we played probably our best game of the season, so we are really happy after so many losses against Barcelona."
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