2013-14Regular SeasonRound 10
December 20, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Laboral rallies past Lokomotiv to clinch second place

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria came back from a double-digit deficit to beat Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 84-71 and clinch second place in Group D on Friday night. Both teams finished the regular season with 6-4 records, but the 13-point victory gave Laboral the necessary tiebreak advantage. Lokomotiv led 31-43 in the second quarter, but Laboral rallied in the third behind Lamont Hamilton, before pulling away with an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter. Milko Bjelica scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and Hamilton finished with 14 points in victory. David Jelinek added 12 and Andres Nocioni chipped in with 11 points for Laboral. Marcus Williams scored game-high 19 points for the visitors, while Mantas Kalnietis had 13, and Krunoslav Simon 12 for Lokomotiv, which made it to the Top 16 in its debut season, but has now lost three in a row.

First quarter: Lokomotiv takes early lead

Tibor Pleiss and Kalnietis traded layups to start the game. Bjelica scored from close range but Williams answered with a long jumper. After Pleiss scored inside again, Williams drove for a layup-plus-free throw and 6-7. Kalnietis followed it up with a fastbreak layup before Thomas Heurtel hit a jumper for the hosts. After Simas Jasaitis scored a layup, Pleiss scored from close range, and Fernando San Emeterio from long range for 13-11. But Williams drove the lane and Derrick Brown hit a fadeaway, before Kalnietis sank a triple for 13-18. Leo Mainoldi hit a jumper on the other end, but Kalnietis added a fastbreak layup and a short jumper to the tally, and 15-22. Hamilton nailed a long jumper for the hosts, but Simon made driving layup and Williams buried a ong buzzer-better for 20-27 at the end of the first.

Second quarter: Williams helps visitors extend lead to 12

A basket from Hamilton opened the second quarter, but a three-pointer from Valeriy Likhodey made it a double-digit margin, 22-32. Nocioni answered with a basket-plus-foul, and Hamilton followed it up with a put-back dunk to lift the crowd and help get Laboral to 29-32. However, Simon and Jasaitis hit back-to-back triples midway through the second quarter, and after Jelinek made a long jumper, Aleks Maric had a put-back and Williams drained a three-pointer on fastbreak for 31-43. Laboral replied with 6 straight points, Adam Hanga drove for a layup, before Jelinek and Nocioni scored on breakaways. Brown hit a triple on the other end, but Jelinek hit a baseline jumper and Nocioni ended the quarter with a follow-up dunk for 41-47 halftime score.

Third quarter: Hamilton rallies the hosts

Simon hit a runner at the start of the third quarter, but Heurtel's long jumper and Bjelica's put-back cut it to 45-49. Williams and Simon nailed long jumpers to extend the lead to 9, but Bjelica hit from downtown and Heurtel added a long jumper for Laboral. After Kalnietis drove to the hoop, Hamilton hit from behind the arc to make it 53-56. After a timeout, Williams got a lucky bounce on his shot, but Hamilton rounded out the scoring in the third quarter with another triple, 57-58.

Fourth quarter: Laboral pulls away with an 18-3 run

Fabien Causeur, in his first game since Round 2, got the hosts back into the lead with a fastbreak layup-plus-foul, and Hanga hit a triple for 63-58. Likhodey answered from downtown for Lokomotiv, and Richard Hendrix scored his first basket of the night, from close range, to get within 1. But Jelinek hit a corner triple after some good ball movement from the hosts, and Hanga drove for an explosive dunk and a 71-64 advantage. It sparked a big run from the hosts. Bjelica extended with 4 free throws with exactly four minutes to go. After Williams snapped an 11-1 run with a pair of free throws, Jelinek sank a triple, and Nocioni made a short turnaround jumper for an 82-66 lead, putting the game out of reach. In the final minute, Bjelica added a big dunk for a 17-point lead. Lokomotiv scored the last 5 points in the game, including a triple from Brown, to cut the final margin.

Walter Hodge - Laboral Kutxa - EB13
Friday, December 20, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 10819 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAINOLDI, LEO 10:32 2 1/1 0/1   1 2 3 1         2   3
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 15:58 11 4/5 0/1 3/3 2 3 5 2   1   1 3 2 13
7 VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 HANGA, ADAM 24:07 9 2/2 1/3 2/2   4 4 1 1       3 3 13
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 18:00 14 2/5 3/6 1/2 1 4 5 1 1 1 1 1   3 16
15 HODGE, WALTER 21:48 3 0/2 0/2 3/4 1 1 2 1 1 2     4 3 -1
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 15:33 3 0/3 1/2         2   1   1 1   -2
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 14:47 6 3/6       4 4   1 1 1   2 1 7
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 20:03 6 3/5 0/1   1 4 5 4 1 1     1 1 12
25 JELINEK, DAVID 24:47 12 3/4 2/4   1 2 3 1 1       3 1 12
51 BJELICA, MILKO 20:43 15 3/5 1/2 6/6 2   2 1   3     1 5 16
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 13:42 3 1/2 0/1 1/1   1 1 1         1 1 3
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 22/40 8/23 16/18 9 27 36 15 6 10 2 3 21 20 94
        55% 34.8% 88.9%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 3:51 2   0/1 2/2           2       1  
5 BROWN, DERRICK 28:17 7 2/5 1/2 0/2   4 4 1 1 3     2 2 4
6 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 33:30 19 5/9 2/6 3/5 2 3 5 4 1 3     3 3 16
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 23:47 2 1/6     2 3 5 2   1 1   4 1 1
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 27:46 13 5/8 1/1 0/1   3 3 1 1 3   2   1 10
11 LIKHODEI, VALERII 14:44 7 0/1 2/3 1/2 1 4 5           5 1 5
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 10:51 5 1/1 1/2                     3 7
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 11:39 2 0/3 0/1 2/4 2 1 3 1         1 3 2
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 1:43                              
22 MARIC, ALEKS 14:34 2 1/2     1 2 3       1   1 2 6
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 29:18 12 2/7 2/4 2/4 1 1 2   2 1 1   4 4 7
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 17/42 9/20 10/20 11 23 34 9 5 13 3 2 20 21 62
        40.5% 45% 50%
Head coach: PASHUTIN, EVGENY

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We finished the first phase of the Euroleague in second place in our group, which I think is a great achievement. We must feel pretty happy about that, especially looking at all the problems we had to overcome and the high quality of all the team we left behind. We were able to beat the group leader twice and I think this reward is a well-deserved one. Tonight we beat a very strong team, very talented and very strong physically. The change between our defensive performance and our ball circulation in the first and the second half made the difference tonight. It allowed us to reduce the margin first, get the lead later, and escape in the end."
PASHUTIN, EVGENY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a hard game. As hard as we expected it was going to be here. In the first two quarters we were able to show up good defense and we were able to control the game, but after halftime we couldn’t stop the pick-and-roll with Lamont Hamilton. We committed some mistakes in defense, while they put more pressure on the ball, and started to play better as we began to lose our focus and our game. We didn’t execute well. The proof is the score before halftime and the score after halftime. We must work more on our defense for the Top 16, because what we are going to face there will be really tough. Laboral Kutxa played better tonight and deserved the win. All teams in the Top 16 are tough, but so they were in this group. Most of the games were very tight, and we will find the same thing from now on. We must be prepared for a long journey, ready to play team defense, team offense, and play smart, because every game will be like a final for us."

Players

HANGA, ADAM
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"This win was very important for us to face the next games both in the Spanish League and in the Top 16. Now we must focus on this weekend’s game, and after Christmas we will be able to think more of what we will face in the Top 16. I feel better as the days go on, and so the team does. I feel better with my knee. I think this was my first dunk here, but after all it’s just 2 points, like any other basket. The key was our defense in the second half. In the first one we didn’t play good defense, but after the break we put much more intense and played tougher. That’s why we improved so much in the third and fourth periods."
SIMON, KRUNOSLAV
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It’s hard to say what happened and why our game was so different after halftime. In the first two quarters we played a good game, but even though we managed to score so many points, we finished the first half up by 6 only. In the second half they put much more pressure, they played great defense and deserved the win tonight. Looking ahead, it could look like our group is easier at first sight, but it’s not that way. Every team on the Top 16 is a great team and we face 14 more games that will be very difficult, but I hope we can fight for one of the first four spots in our group."
WILLIAMS, MARCUS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We started the game off really good, playing aggressive and moving the ball. In the second half they changed the defense on us, denied our access to the paint forcing us to play a lot of one on one. And it's really hard to win this way against such a strong team. All we need to do is to treat the Top 16 now like a new beginning and get back to winning in the new stage."