2014-15Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Laboral runs away from Neptunas for new season's first victory

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria held serve at home to win the first game of the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines Euroleague by 88-69 over visiting Neptunas Klaipeda in Group D on Wednesday. Laboral lived up to the honor of starting the Euroleague season with the only game of the night at home by pulling methodically away from Neptunas to comfortable leads in the second half. Neptunas had hung tough in the first half of its Euroleague debut, but couldn't stop a trio of all-around Laboral performers with more experience. Davis Bertans debuted for the hosts with 20 points, including 4 of 7 three-point shooting, and had 2 blocked shots. Thomas Heurtel scored 13 points, dished 10 assists, matching his Euroleague career high, and made 4 steals. And Fernando San Emeterio has 12 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Heurtel had more assists and Bertans more blocks than the entire Neptunas team. Donatas Zavackas paced the visitors with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Simas Galdikas had 11 and 5, respectively, but otherwise Neptunas struggled to do much.

Bertans goes deep for 20-15 Laboral edge

San Emeterio scored the first basket of the new Euroleague season for Laboral on a one-hander inside, but soon Zavackas gave Neptunas a 2-3 lead from long distance. Tornike Shengelia and Bertans, the latter with a monster one-handed dunk on the break, soon had Laboral back in front. Deividas Gailius re-took the lead for Neptunas with a put-back dunk and fastbreak layup before Bertans drilled a triple and Ryan Gomes entered to hit his first Euroleague shot for a 12-7 Laboral lead. Valdas Vasylius came on and scored twice after a timeout, but Bertans struck again from downtown to make it 15-11. Mustafa Shakur and Martynas Mazeika finished drives to get Neptunas within 16-15 before Gomes canned a deep two-pointer and Heurtel finished the quarter with his own jumper to put Laboral ahead 20-15.

Neptunas stays close, then Laboral finishes strong

Arnas Butkevicius opened the second-quarter scoring for Neptunas, but was answered with a jumper by Gomes. Bertans soon returned and drilled his third triple, but Zavackas backed in for a basket to keep Neptunas close. Shengelia rejoined the scoring from long distance to make it 28-21 for the hosts, but defenses took over for the next few minutes, with only Mazeika hitting 3 free throws. Kim Tille scored in close to get Laboral unstuck and then San Emeterio was left alone to make a three-pointer and lift Laboral's lead to its biggest yet, 33-24. Neptunas refused to wilt, however. Galdikas downed 2 free throws before dunking a nice feed from Shakur at 33-28. Zavackas answered free throws by Shengelia with an easy layup, but again Heurtel ruled the end of the quarter, feeding Colton Iverson for an easy dunk and a 37-30 halftime advantage for Laboral.

San Emeterio, Laboral keep Neptunas at bay

Gailius and Mazeika made nifty drives to open the second half for Neptunas, but between them, Bertans measured and buried his fourth three-pointer. When D.J. White put-back a miss and Heurtel's no-look pass found Shengelia alone on the break, Laboral suddenly had its biggest edge, 44-34. Heurtel added a layup, forcing a Neptunas timeout, after which Zavackas rallied the visitors with free throws followed by a long triple to make it 48-39. Bertans dropped a mid-range jumper to restore a double-digit lead and soon Orlando Johnson became Laboral's fourth three-point striker to make it 53-40. Egidijus Dimsa came on for 2 layups and Butkevicius hit a free throw to lower the difference again to 53-45. Johnson and Doron Perkins hit 4 of 4 free throws before Justus Sinica dropped the third triple of the game for Neptunas. San Emeterio made a tough layup and Kim Tille traded free throws with Mindaugas Girdziunas as Laboral kept its double-digit lead, 61-50, after 30 minutes.

Heurtel pushes Laboral out of reach

Tille's short jumper and a gutsy drive by San Emeterio upped the difference to its widest of the game, 65-60, to start the fourth quarter. Vasylius followed up a miss for Neptunas, but soon Laboral pulled away as the French connection of Heurtel and Fabien Causeur hooked up for a triple. Galdikas kept getting to the free throw line but Heurtel kept driving his team in front as the lead surpassed 20 points. Neptunas could do nothing after that but match baskets the rest of the way. Heurtel completed his performance with a 10th assist to Iverson and his own three-pointer, all of which was more than enough for Laboral to walk home with a solid 88-69 victory to start the season.

Tornike Shengelia - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria - EB14
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), MARICIC,SASA (SRB)
Attendance: 7689
By Quarter1234
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria20172427
Neptunas Klaipeda15152019
End of Quarter1234
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria20376188
Neptunas Klaipeda15305069
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WHITE, D.J. 12:20 2 1/4   0/2 1 3 4   1 2       1 1
4 IVERSON, COLTON 17:19 7 2/4   3/4 1   1             3 8
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 11:13 3   1/2   1 1 2 1 2       2   5
6 GOMES, RYAN 16:26 8 4/5 0/4     7 7 1   2     3 2 8
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 23:07 12 2/3 1/2 5/6 1 6 7 1     1   2 3 19
8 PERKINS, DORON 6:43 2 0/1   2/2   2 2 1         2 1 3
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 TILLIE, KIM 10:48 4 2/6           1         5 1 -3
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 33:30 12 4/6 1/1 1/2   4 4 4 3 2     1 4 21
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 33:17 13 4/6 1/1 2/3   3 3 10 4 2     2 5 28
33 JOHNSON, ORLANDO 7:49 5 0/3 1/2 2/2   1 1           3 1  
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 27:28 20 4/6 4/7   1 3 4 1 1 2 2   3   18
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 88 23/44 9/19 15/21 6 31 37 20 11 10 3 0 23 21 110
        52.3% 47.4% 71.4%
Head coach: CRESPI, MARCO
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
Neptunas Klaipeda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 28:35 7 2/4 0/4 3/4   1 1         1 3 2 -1
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 14:40 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 2 2
9 NACIUS, RAIDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SINICA, JUSTAS 13:41 3   1/4     1 1               1
12 DIMSA, EGIDIJUS 15:16 4 2/3 0/2     3 3   1 1     3 1 2
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 21:49 6 3/6 0/5   1 3 4 1 2 3   1 2 2 1
21 GALDIKAS, SIMAS 22:38 11 2/4   7/8 2 3 5 1 1 2   1 2 4 14
22 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 25:20 7 3/6 0/2 1/1   4 4 4   3     2 1 6
30 BELIAUSKAS, LAURYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 25:40 17 2/4 3/5 4/5 3 4 7   2 2     2 3 20
42 VASYLIUS, VALDAS 16:20 8 4/6 0/2 0/3 2 2 4           5 3 3
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 16:01 4 1/2   2/6   3 3 1   1     2 5 5
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 19/35 4/26 19/29 10 26 36 8 6 13 0 3 22 23 56
        54.3% 15.4% 65.5%
Head coach: MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS

Head Coaches

CRESPI, MARCO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We had to win this game whatever it took and when you are in that position, when the win is a must, it's never hard to play well and easy. I'm satisfied because of three factors, mainly. First of all, because they hit just four times from the three-point line, and we knew that they have many players able to hit from downtown. Second, Heurtel has played a very good game, looking for team's best, trying to make the team play together. And third, I think that Davis Bertans and Fernando San Emeterio did a good job defensively, especially on the weak side when we tried to put pressure on the ball. We controlled the game more than we did in previous days, we played a more intense defense on the ball, denying any good shots. We cannot play well right now, but we can and we must play serious, and I saw a lot of players tonight doing their best to play serious."
MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"I want to congratulate Laboral Kutxa's team first, as today they were better. They didn't surprise me, they are a good team. We fought until we burnt, it was our first game in the Euroleague, we are getting used to long trips and lack experience this competition. We are a shooting team, and we depend on our emotions. On defense, we allowed a lot of easy points because of the physical difference. We committed too many simple mistakes on defense. We can improve and play better. We lost a very important player inside because of personal reasons and we now need a starting center. I think we will be stronger at home, with a full gym and full crowd. We will try to win all the games at home."

Players

SHENGELIA, TORNIKE
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was important for us to be able to break our bad streak. It’s always very important to start the Euroleague season with a win, and we also needed it to gain some confidence. I’m not at 100% yet, but my ankle is ok, and I feel my physical strength is improving. Each day, each game, the team is feeling better, with more players being on the same page, both offensively and defensively. We will be a good team, it’s just a matter of time. It’s something you have to deal with, as 80% of the players are new to this team. It will take time but I’m sure we will improve."