2015-16Top 16Round 2
January 08, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Team Stats

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76.6 Points 86.2
35.1 Rebounds 36.5
11.0 O. Rebounds 11.2
24.1 D. Rebounds 25.3
16.4 Assists 21.4
8.5 Steals 6.5
2.2 Blocks 3.8
15.1 Turnovers 14.2
54.2 % 2PT 50.5 %
36.7 % 3PT 45.8 %
76.5 % FT 67.8 %
87.7 Index 99.3

Player Stats

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17.5 / Delaney Points 13.2 / Heurtel
5.8 / Claver Rebounds 6.1 / Dunston
1.9 / Singleton OR 2.5 / Dunston
4.7 / Claver DR 4.5 / Saric
5.5 / Delaney Assists 7.8 / Heurtel
1.5 / Draper Steals 0.9 / Granger
0.9 / Singleton Blocks 1.2 / Dunston
2.8 / Delaney Turnovers 2.8 / Heurtel
69.2 % / Fesenko 2PT 64.1 % / Dunston
50.0 % / Broekhoff 3PT 53.8 % / Saric
88.9 % / Voronov FT 90.9 % / Saric
20.6 / Delaney Index 17.4 / Heurtel


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-0 Top 16 1-0
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
9-2 Overall 7-4


Crew Chief

The Take

After opening the Top 16 with wins, only one of these teams can reach 2-0. Lokomotiv got another big game from Malcolm Delaney to beat Cedevita Zagreb on the road, while Efes outlasted Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on Dario Saric’s last-second jumper. Both teams have athletic and versatile lineups, though Efes separates itself from the rest with its outstanding outside shooting; it tops the league in both three-pointers made (116) and accuracy (45.8%). It all starts in the backcourt with playmakers Thomas Heurtel and Jayson Granger, who can score and create open shots for marksman Jon Diebler. Delaney, Dontaye Draper and Evgeny Voronov will try to keep the Efes backcourt in check. On the wings Lokomotiv has Ryan Broekhoff to match up against Cedi Osman, Birkan Batuk and Furkan Kurkmaz. Former Lokomotiv star Derrick Brown and Saric share time at power forward alongside centers Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus; they will challenge Chris Singleton, Anthony Randolph and Victor Claver. Lokomotiv was 4-1 at home in the regular season and knows the important of home wins in the race to reach the playoffs, so Coach Georgios Bartzokas’s charges will be ready for a truly tough test.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Game Notes

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Lokomotiv allowed the fewest points during the regular season, an average of just 68.3 points per game; Lokomotiv also led the league in steals with 8.7 per game.

Malcolm Delaney leads the league in minutes played this season with an average of 33:29 per game.

Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague appearances.

Victor Claver has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Georgios Bartzokas coached Efes center Bryant Dunston at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2013-14 season. Together they won the Intercontinental Cup and Dunston claimed the first of his back-to-back Euroleague Best Defender trophies.

Dontaye Draper played for Anadolu Efes last season and helped the club win the Turkish Cup; he played under current Efes coach Dusan Ivkovic and alongside much of the current roster.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes was the regular season leader in both three-point shots made (108) and accuracy (46.6%).

Thomas Heurtel was the regular season leader in assists with 7.7 per game.

Jon Diebler was the regular season leader in three-pointers made with 29; he has made multiple three-pointers in all but two this season games.

Jayson Granger has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Dario Saric has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Derrick Brown made his European basketball debut with Lokomotiv in 2012-13 and spent three seasons with the club, during which he led it to the 2013 Eurocup. He played alongside current Efes players Malcolm Delaney, Anthony Randolph, Andrey Zubkov, Evgeny Voronov and Maxim Kolyushkin.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Efes plays at a very high rhythm, with one of the most effective offenses in the Euroleague. They have a lot of talent on the court and a lot of experience on the bench, so we expect a very tough game.2
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"After one lucky first round game in the Top 16, which we won against Crvena Zvezda, we now will play against Lokomotiv Kuban. They had a very good opening last week by winning in Zagreb. First of all we have a difficult trip for this game. It will be a big opportunity to play against a team that has seven wins in a row in both VTB and Euroleague. I expect one good game. We respect our opponent. It will be a good game at the Euroleague level."


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We are excited for the challenge of playing Anadolu Efes and against their efficient offense. It will be a tough and physical game and we have prepared well this week for the game."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"The game against Lokomotiv Kuban is very important for us. It will be a tough away game. Lokomotiv Kuban played well in the regular season. By winning against Cedevita Zagreb on the road, they proved that they improved their game. So we have to be very well prepared for this game, have to do our best, as much as we can and want to return back with a victory."

Delaney, Broekhoff lead Lokomotiv’s come-from-behind win over Efes

Malcolm Delaney led a comeback from 9 back in the fourth quarter and Ryan Broekhoff buried the game-winning three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining as Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar edged Anadolu Efes Istanbul 78-77 on Friday night in Group E. Efes led by double figures in the second quarter and fended off Lokomotiv comebacks to hold a 9-point edge early in the fourth quarter. But Delaney scored 12 of his 25 points in the final stanza to bring the hosts back. The end was full of drama with five lead changes and four ties in the final five minutes. The game went to the buzzer when former Lokomotiv star Derrick Brown, playing his first game at Basket Hall in a foreign uniform, missed a last-second three that would have win it for Efes. Lokomotiv improved to 2-0 in the Top 16 with the victory, while dropping Efes to 1-1. Delaney added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a great all-around effort. Anthony Randolph posted 16 points and 9 rebounds and Victor Claver scored 12 for the winners. Thomas Heurel paced Efes with 16 points and 6 assists, Derrick Brown tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds and Cedi Osman contributed 11 points and 8 boards in defeat.

First quarter: Brown leads Efes to great start against former team

Randolph opened the scoring on the offensive glass before Alex Tyus started Efes off with a jump hook. Brown’s fast break layup gave the visitors their first lead and Jayson Granger’s baseline drive finished with a reverse layup and a 2-6 advantage. Claver stepped up for the hosts with a slam and a layup to tie it before Evgeny Voronov’s basket-plus-foul on the break put Lokomotiv on top. Randolph rejected Tyus inside, but after a wild pass from Delaney, Efes went ahead through a Birkan Batuk three-pointer. Baskets by Tyus and Osman put the visitors up 5. Voronov showed great footwork to finish on the break. Granger made it 10-16 with a pull-up three. Randolph missed an uncontested slam, after which Osman extended the Efes lead with free throws. Andrey Zubkov countered with a triple from the top of the key, but Thomas Heurtel’s great bounce pass to a cutting Brown resulted in a slam-and-foul for a 13-21 lead. Dontaye Draper made a three at the first-quarter buzzer, but the referees’ review showed that the basket was late.

Second quarter: Delaney comes alive, but Heurtel keeps visitors on top

Heurtel first shot was a three-pointer for a double-digit lead. Delaney connected from downtown for his first points. After Osman scored in transition, Sergey Bykov nailed a three from the corner to make it 19-27. Heurtel set up Bryant Dunston for a slam and Osman stretched the lead to 12 with a three off an inbounds pass. After a Lokomotiv timeout, Zubkov scored inside and Delaney scored from the line to make it 23-31 midway through the quarter. Heurtel again found Dunston going down the lane, though this time the big man was fouled and split the foul shots. Granger and Randolph traded jumpers before Heurtel made a scoop shot. Despite free throws by Randolph and Claver, Brown’s put-back and Dunston’s finish inside kept the visitors in control at 28-40. Bykov scored a tough basket under the backboard and Delaney added a free throw. Heurtel and Randolph traded threes and Delaney ended the half with another to make it 37-43 at the break.

Third quarter: Lokomotiv comes back to tie it

Tyus banked a shot high off the glass for the first basket of the second half. Claver followed up a Voronov miss and Randolph nailed a three to bring the hosts within 3. Osman saved a loose ball to Tyus for a basket-plus-foul, but Delaney kept the pressure on with 2 free throws. Randolph scored in the paint to bring Lokomotiv within 46-47. Jon Diebler nailed his first three of the night, but Efes missed a chance to add to its lead when Tyus missed twice from the line. Claver scored inside to close the gap to 2 and Delaney tied the game with a jumper. Both offenses cooled off, but Granger restored an Efes edge, 50-52, with free throws. Osman drove for a pretty layup to double the advantage, but Claver countered with a high-arching triple. However free throws by Dunston and a three from Brown set up by a brilliant Heurtel assist left Efes on top 53-59.

Fourth quarter: 5 lead changes and 4 ties come in final five minutes

With the pressure on, both teams struggled to score. Chris Singleton missed twice from the line and Brown made him pay with 2 free throws. Ryan Broekhoff’s steal led to his first basket, but Brown answered straight away with a three-pointer to make it 55-64. After a Lokomotiv timeout, Singleton powered through Ahmet Duverioglu for a basket-plus-foul. Randolph banked in a shot to get the home team within 4. Delaney further narrowed the gap with free throws to make it 62-64 with five minutes to go. Dario Saric stepped up with a tough layup, but Delaney countered with a pull-up triple. Delaney then gave Lokomotiv its first lead since the first minute with a pair of free throws. Diebler and Delaney traded threes as the arena got loud. Dunston was fouled and left with an arm injury, but his replacement Batuk missed twice from the line. However Saric got the rebound, Heurtel was fouled behind the three-point line and sank 3 free throws for a 70-72 Efes lead. Singleton split free throws and Delaney forced Lokomotiv ahead with a shot off the glass. Heurtel stripped the ball from Randolph and split free throws to tie it. TIt was still even at 75-75 with 45 seconds left after free throws by Draper and Heurtel. Broekhoff nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining. Heurtel sank free throws and Efes fouled Draper, who missed 2 free throws with 15.7 seconds remaining. Efes got the ball last and tuned to Brown, who missed a last-second three, which allowed Lokomotiv to celebrate the come-from-behind win.

Victor Claver - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - EB15
Friday, January 8, 2016
Attendance: 4788
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar13241625
Anadolu Efes Istanbul21221618
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar13375378
Anadolu Efes Istanbul21435977
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DELANEY, MALCOLM 38:44 25 2/4 4/7 9/10   5 5 5   5     2 8 30
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 18:40 4 1/5   2/5 4 1 5 1 3 1     3 4 6
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 31:19 16 4/8 2/5 2/2 2 7 9 2   2 1   2 1 18
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 23:21 2   0/1 2/4   4 4 2 1 2     4 2 2
5 KANYGIN, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 23:47 12 4/5 1/1 1/2 1 5 6 1   1     2 2 16
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 17:56 5 1/3 1/7     1 1 4 1       2 1 2
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 14:36 4 2/6   0/1   2 2   1       2 2 2
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 6:14 5 1/1 1/3   1   1           1 1 4
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 25:23 5 1/2 1/3     2 2 2 2 1     3   4
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 78 16/34 10/27 16/24 10 27 37 17 8 12 1 0 21 21 86
        47.1% 37% 66.7%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 14:01 8 4/6   0/3   1 1     2   1 1 2 2
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 0:23                              
5 BROWN, DERRICK 27:49 15 3/7 2/3 3/3 2 9 11 4   3     1 4 25
6 OSMAN, CEDI 21:13 11 3/4 1/3 2/2 2 6 8 1 1 1     3 2 16
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 13:35 3   1/3 0/2   1 1 1 1 1     3   -2
9 SARIC, DARIO 15:09 2 1/3 0/3   1 2 3     1     2   -3
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 32:08 9 2/4 1/6 2/2   3 3 3 1 1     1 2 9
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 28:35 16 1/2 2/4 8/9   4 4 6 1 4     3 5 21
33 DIEBLER, JON 24:06 6 0/1 2/2     1 1           5 2 3
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 20:38 7 2/5   3/4 1   1 1           3 8
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 2:23                         2 1 -1
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 77 16/32 9/24 18/25 6 28 34 16 4 13 0 1 21 21 79
        50% 37.5% 72%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"I congratulate our players and fans for this performance. We were so nervous before this game. It was the first one at home in the Top 16 for us and we had to play against very talented and experienced team. For us it was a big issue that Dontaye Draper couldn’t practice at all this week, because of his hand injury. So he played 23 minutes today without any practice. We didn’t play well, we missed many free throws, open shots, layups. I counted five or six layups that we missed without an opponent close to us. Sometimes we commited turnovers without any pressure. But finally we found the way to win this crucial and very difficult game. It was the personality and character of some players and maybe a little changes in our defense that carried us. We changed our tactics in pick-and-rolls and I think it stopped their ball movement. We were effective with this. It gave us confidence. And even though we missed 2 important free throws from Dontaye, we were lucky to win this game."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a very very exciting game, which I think we contolled well except for the second and fourth quarters, when we allowed 24 and 25 points. It was exciting game, but we made crucial mistakes on defense, on boxouts and rebounds, commited turnovers and in the fourth from plus-6 we lost by one point. The season is very long, it’s just Round 2. I think in this game we had a psychological advantage, but weren’t ready to take the win, which was given to us. We have to learn from this and continue to hard work."


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We played against a very good team. They have a deep roster, you know our roster isn’t as deep, but we played tough for 40 minutes and in the fourth quarter we got a chance to get some stops and that kind of changed the momentum of the game, got the crowd into it. It was a tough game, but we’re a tough team, we stick together no matter what and that’s how we win games."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It’s a tough, tough moment right now. We controlled the game and it all came down to mental possessions at the end of the game. We couldn’t capitalize on them. We’ve been in such situations before. It’s just tough. "
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