2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 30, 2015 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
69.7 Points 85.4
34.6 Rebounds 38.3
9.0 O. Rebounds 10.5
25.6 D. Rebounds 27.8
15.4 Assists 16.2
5.8 Steals 8.3
1.6 Blocks 3.6
15.1 Turnovers 13.0
50.6 % 2PT 50.8 %
34.1 % 3PT 36.9 %
74.5 % FT 77.9 %
72.9 Index 97.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.9 / Jankunas Points 15.0 / Bourousis
6.5 / Jankunas Rebounds 9.6 / Bourousis
2.0 / Javtokas OR 2.7 / Bourousis
5.3 / Jankunas DR 6.9 / Bourousis
3.9 / Kalnietis Assists 3.9 / Adams
1.0 / Lekavicius Steals 1.5 / Adams
0.4 / Javtokas Blocks 1.1 / Hanga
2.5 / Kalnietis Turnovers 1.8 / Adams
64.5 % / Javtokas 2PT 71.4 % / Corbacho
58.3 % / Lekavicius 3PT 48.3 % / Causeur
100.0 % / Kalnietis FT 100.0 % / Adams
14.7 / Jankunas Index 23.6 / Bourousis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
5-5 Overall 6-4


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The Take

Two traditional powers meet for the first time in three seasons when Zalgiris hosts Laboral Kutxa. It’s a battle of one of the best offensive teams in the competition against one of the worst; Laboral’s 85.4 points per game in the regular season ranked third in the Euroleague, while Zalgiris’s 69.7 was 22nd – and lowest among all Top 16 sides. However Laboral’s offense dipped on the road (77.6 ppg.) where it went 1-4. Both teams have weapons at all positions. Mantas Kalnietis and Olivier Hanlan need to jump start the Zalgiris attack against Laboral’s Darius Adams, Mike James and red-hot playmaker Fabien Causeur. The visitors turn to swingmen Adam Hanga and Jaka Blazic to provide a boost of energy, while Alberto Corbacho can sink it from long range. Zalgiris will likely miss Renaldas Seibutis due to hand injury, which means a heavier workload for Lukas Lekavicius, Martynas Pocius and especially Egaras Ulanovas at the wings. Laboral’s Toko Shengelia and Kim Tillie have athleticism and shooting touch to get opposing defenses thinking, and open up more space inside for Ioannis Bourousis, who is the Euroleague’s performance index rating (23.6) and rebounding (9.6) leader. Zalgiris might take an approach of slowing him down by a committee approach with a frontcourt that features Paulius Jankunas, Brock Motum, Ian Vougioukas and Robertas Javtokas.
Friday, December 25, 2015

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Paulius Jankunas has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Jankunas has recorded at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 44 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Ian Vougioukas has been a teammate of Laboral center Ioannis Bourousis at both the club and national team levels. They played together for Olympiacos during the 2008-09 season and helped the Reds reach the Euroleague Championship Game. They also teamed up for Greece at the World Championships in 2010 and 2014.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis was the Euroleague Regular Season leader in performance index rating with an average of 23.6 per game.

Bourousis was the Euroleague Regular Season leader in in rebounding with an average of 9.6 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 2-for-8 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Jaka Blazic has averaged 12.8 points on the road this season compared to 5.2 points at home.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"Laboral Kutxa has the player who leads the Euroleague this season in Ioannis Bourousis. But their team isn’t just him. Darius Adams, Fabien Causeur, Mike James and many others are big players too. They like active offense and can shoot from outside at a high percentage. We need to set the game on our tempo. Unfortunately, we have lost Robertas Javtokas and we will need to work on a new strategy in our defense."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"A good start is very important, especially on the road. It will be a very demanding game. Zalgiris had a solid regular season. It was able to beat Barcelona on the road which shows what they are capable of. They a tall, talented, strong team. We have to take one game at a time and our goal is to play the best way we can."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"We will be facing a very solid team, which plays fantastic in offense. Ioannis Bourousis is having a very good season, but their backcourt players are also of very high level and can hurt you in many areas. Looking to the stats you can see that Laboral Kutxa plays better at home, so here in Kaunas we need to use our advantages. We need to play our top game and we can be successful. It will be harder without Robertas Javtokas, so other players will need to step up."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We play on the road and must give a double effort. The first Top 16 game is very important. We arrive to this game with confidence after winning twice in the Spanish League this week. We know we have to give 100% and play as a team to compete on the road in the Euroleague."

Laboral Kutxa routs Zalgiris in Kaunas

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz started the Top 16 on the right foot with a 68-89 road win at Zalgiris Kaunas on Wednesday. Darius Adams led five Laboral scorers in double figures with 16 points as the visitors took charge early and cruised the rest of the way. Fabien Causeur scored 6 points in a 0-14 first-quarter run that gave Laboral control. The difference reached 27 in the second quarter before Zalgiris closed to 40-55 at the break. Edgaras Ulanovas and Olivier Hanlan helped the hosts rally to within 9 at the end of the third quarter, but Ilimane Diop fueled a 0-10 charge in the fourth to ice the game. Mike James added 15 points, Causeur scored 13, Toko Shengelia 12, Diop 10 and Adam Hanga starred on the defensive end with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Hanlan paced Zalgiris with 16 points, Paulius Jankunas scored 14, Ian Vougioukas 13 and Ulanovas 12 in defeat.

First quarter: Causeur leads 0-14 run that puts Laboral in charge

Diop opened the scoring with an alley-oop slam thanks to Adams’s pass. Mantas Kalnietis drove for a tough layup and then assisted on Vougioukas’s basket-plus foul to give Zalgiris the lead. Shengelia came alive with a slam and a layup to put the visitors on top. After Jankunas scored for the hosts, Adams drilled a three and Causeur converted a three-point play as Laboral went ahead 7-12. Hanga added a three-pointer and after a Zalgiris timeout and turnover, Causeur nailed a triple to make it 7-18 midway through the quarter. Shengelia’s layup capped a 0-14 run. Jankunas tried to spark the hosts with a tough three-point play, but Adams nailed another triple and after Adam Hanga’s mean rejection at one end, Shengelia drove for a layup at the other. Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench and set up Hanga for an easy score. Adams steal and layup took the lead to 19 points. Lukas Lekevicius split free throws after which Causeur’s layup made it a 20-point game. Hanlan’s three-pointer marked the first for Zalgiris. Kim Tillie completed a 14-33 first quarter for the visitors.

Second quarter: Tillie pushes Laboral lead to 27 before Zalgiris fights back

Adams nailed a triple to open the second quarter as the lead continued to grow. Edgaras Ulanovas’s bucket was cancelled out by another Adams three and a Causeur layup. Ulanovas scored again for the hosts and Hanlan added free throws to make it 20-41. Bourousis got his first points with a turn-around hook shot. Jankunas muscled his way to a layup. Killie nailed a mi-range jumper and Mike James hit one from a bit further out. Hanga rose for another big block before assisting Killie on a high-flying basket-plus-foul and a 22-49 lead. After the TV timeout, Vougioukas and Martynas Pocius scored, but Bourousis scored at the other end. Vougioukas scored again in the paint and Ulanovas’s put-back made it 30-51. James drove and finished off the glass to keep Laboral in control. Zalgiris chipped away at its deficit through Vougioukas inside and Pocius from downtown. Albert Corbacho came off the bench to bank in a shot for Laboral, but Halan’s layup and Siim-Sander Vene’s steal and layup brough the hosts within 40-55 at the break.

Third quarter: Ulanovas, Hanlan give Zalgiris hope

An Ulanovas layup gave Zalgiris hope. A jumper by Adams and fast break three-point play by Causeur kept Laboral in charge. Ulanovas remained Zalgiris top weapon with another score inside. Hanga finished a fast break with an alley-oop. Ulanovas added free throws to make it 46-62 midway through the quarter. Layups by Vougioukas and Hanlan had the hosts within 12. Shengelia stole a loose ball and took it in for a slam, but Zalgiris continued to fight back. Jankunas connected from downtown and Hanlan closed the gap to 55-64 with a layup.

Fourth quarter: After Zalgiris closes within 9, Diop helps Laboral to victory

A minute went by before James carved up the Zalgiris defense for a reverse layup. Pocius sank free throws before Diop’s tip-in established a double-digit Laboral lead. Corbacho’s three-pointer and foul combined with strong defense gave Laboral even more confidence. Diop added 4 free throws as the lead swelled to 57-76. After Pocius split free throws, James restored a seemingly insurmountable 20-point lead with an alley-oop slam with four and a half minutes to go. Diop scored again underneath as the visitors put the game away. James drove for another basket and Vougioukas scored inside. A triple by James made it 60-85 with two minutes to go to wrap up a convincing win.

Darius Adams 2- Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Attendance: 12793
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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 11:50 2 1/2       1 1 1 1       1 1 4
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 13:25 1   0/1 1/4       1 1 2     2 2 -3
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 26:36 8 1/2 1/3 3/4 1 5 6 2 1 1   1 1 3 13
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 12:20 2 1/5 0/1         1   2   1     -5
12 MOTUM, BROCK 16:34   0/2       2 2   1 3   1 1 1 -3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 24:52 14 4/8 1/3 3/5 1   1 1   2     3 5 8
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 28:08 13 6/11   1/2 4 3 7 1 1   1   3 3 17
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 0:04                              
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 34:04 16 4/11 2/4 2/2 1 3 4 3 2 1   2 2 3 14
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 32:07 12 5/12 0/2 2/2 4 6 10 1   1   1 3 2 11
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 68 22/53 4/14 12/19 14 23 37 11 7 12 1 6 16 20 62
        41.5% 28.6% 63.2%
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 17:49 15 6/10 1/3     2 2 3 1       2 1 14
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 22:25 13 4/4 1/5 2/2 1 2 3 4 1       2 4 19
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 1:15                              
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 24:38 12 6/8 0/1     7 7 1   2 2   2 1 16
8 HANGA, ADAM 38:09 7 2/3 1/1   1 9 10 3 1   4   1 2 25
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 19:36 4 2/3       7 7 3   4     2 1 8
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 5:45   0/2       1 1     1   1   1 -2
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 19:09 10 3/4   4/4 4   4           5 2 10
14 TILLIE, KIM 15:22 6 3/5   0/1   1 1   1 1     5 2 1
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 22:11 16 2/4 4/7     1 1 4 2 3     1 1 15
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 13:41 6 1/1 1/5 1/1   1 1     1       1 3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 89 29/44 8/22 7/8 7 31 38 18 6 12 6 1 20 16 110
        65.9% 36.4% 87.5%

Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"I want to congratulate Laboral Kutxa on winning their first game in the Top 16 stage. We started the game very bad. We wanted to start it with more aggression, but made a lot of mistakes and allowed our opponents to feel their game and run away. We tried to do our best to come back, but it wasn‘t enough tonight. This time Laboral Kutxa was the better team."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We started this game very well. We showed great defense and moved the ball very well. The first quarter was very good, but Zalgiris tried to fight back. In the fourth quarter we were able to take control back in our hands. We won against a strong opponent and we are happy to take a victory here in Kaunas."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"Laboral Kutxa has one of the best teams in offense. They shocked us from the beginning and we had a lot of problems; we struggled to score and stop them. Laboral Kutxa felt their game and it was hard for us to come back. We tried to fight back, but our run cost us a lot of energy and we were not able to catch them in the last quarter."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think the main factor was how we started the game. We started the game good, we made a couple shots and got our confidence. In the end of the game they came back a little bit and were fighting, but we had the strength to keep the game in our hands. And I’m really happy because it was really important for us to start the Top 16 with a win and we did it. Every away game is going to count like double, so it was a really important win for us. Maybe I didn’t score too much, but I was trying to help the team where I can. "
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