2015-16Top 16Round 2
January 08, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BROSE ARENA

Bamberg celebrates first Top 16 victory in style!

The wait is finally over as Brose Baskets Bamberg broke through in dominant fashion to its first-ever Top 16 victory by racing past Zalgiris Kaunas 96-63 at home on Friday. Bamberg had lost its previous 21 games in the Top 16 and all eight games it had played in the past with Zalgiris. The 33-point winning margin was also Bamberg's best in Euroleague play, one point better than its last regular season victory against Dinamo Sassari, while its 96 points matched the club's Euroleague best, too. Among six double-digits scorers, Jan Strelnieks paced Bamberg with 19 points, while Nikos Zisis had 18 and Nicolo Melli a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds. Darius Miller added 13 points, Patrick Heckmann 11 and Daniel Theis 10. Brad Wanamaker dished 9 of Bamberg's 27 assists as compared to 11 for Zalgiris, which got 17 points from Olivier Hanlan and 12 from Ian Vougioukas.

First quarter: Bamberg on fire early, makes 67% of shots

Head coach Andrea Trinchieri made one change in his Bamberg lineup with Elias Harris replacing Leon Radosevic alongside Brad Wanamaker, Zisis, Darius Miller and Melli. Zalgiris coach Gintaras Krapikas kept his same first five with Mantas Kalnietis, Marty Pocius, Edgaras Ulanovas, Paulius Jankunas and Vougioukas. Bamberg jumped ahead early 8-0 on driving layups from Zisis and Wanamaker and jumpers from Melli and Miller while Zalgiris came up empty-handed on its first six possessions - leading to a Zalgiris timeout. Ulanovas finally got the guests on the scoreboard with a lefty score at the 6:02 minute mark. Kalnietis followed with a three, but Melli matched him at the other end. Miller added a three-pointer of his own and Melli’s three-point play pushed the Bamberg advantage to 18-9. Brock Motum came off the bench and scored for Zalgiris, but Daniel Theis returned the favor over Motum and a Zisis jumper made it 22-11. Olivier Hanlan was able to hit 2 free throws for the guests, but Zalgiris could not get defensive stops and Harris threw down a dunk for a 24-13 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zalgiris has no answer for Bamberg efficiency

Zisis opened the quarter with 2 free throws and Zalgiris went inside to Vougioukas, who scored back-to-back baskets to keep the visitors close at 28-17. But Zisis came back at the other end with a three and Patrick Heckmann hit a driving layup as the lead went up to 33-17. Bamberg continued to have an answer for every Zalgiris score and more as Theis matched Kalnietis’s free throws and Janis Strelnieks scored inside after a Jankunas put-back. The Bamberg advantage grew to 40-21 on Miller’s corner three-pointer midway through the quarter, resulting in a Zalgiris timeout. Vougioukas came out of the break with a score inside, but Coach Krapikas’s men could not slow down Bamberg on offense with Strelnieks driving to the basket. And Melli’s steal and dunk pushed the margin to 44-23. A Strelnieks triple extended the cushion to 47-25 before Zalgiris got back-to-back scores through Pocius and Hanlan to trim it to 47-29. Zisis free throws had Bamberg ahead 49-29 at the break.

Third quarter: Zalgiris comeback try denied

Zisis opened the scoring in the second half with Hanlan answering at the other end. Bamberg failed to convert a couple of times offensively and Zalgiris used a 2-9 spurt with Ulanovas nailing a three and Motum and Kalnietis both scoring around the basket to close the gap to 54-40. Miller stopped the surge and Wanamaker nailed a three-pointer to make it 59-42 only to see Motum hit back at the other end from three-point range. Bamberg followed with a series of stops on defense while Wanamaker sent Theis flying above the rim for a super dunk and hit 2 free throws himself. Miller soon downed a layup as the advantage was back to 20 points - 66-46. The margin was 69-48 after a Strelnieks three-pointer before 2 Hanlan free throws and a Motum basket made it 71-52 with 10 minutes left.

Fourth quarter: Bamberg keeps pedal to the metal

Strelnieks opened the fourth with a three-pointer with Melli adding a jumper and Theis free throws to make it 78-52. Zalgiris finally scored in the quarter on a Hanlan triple with 7:42 minutes left in the game. But Zisis nailed a three-pointer at the other end and Strelnieks followed a short time later by converting a four-point play and hitting a jumper for an 87-57 advantage with 5 minutes left. Melli's free throws upped the cushion to 32 points before Pocius and Siim-Sander Vene got it down to 89-61 with 3 minutes to play. Heckmann added 7 points in the final 2 minutes to send the fans into joyous song with their first Top 16 win and biggest Euroleague margin of victory ever!

Janis Strelnieks - Brose Baskets Bamberg - EB15
Friday, January 8, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 6661
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Zalgiris Kaunas13162311
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Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 28:25 15 4/4 1/2 4/5   10 10 1 2 2     4 5 25
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 24:37 18 4/6 2/2 4/4   3 3 5   1     3 6 26
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 1:06                              
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 1:06                 1           1
10 THEIS, DANIEL 22:34 10 3/5   4/5 2 6 8 2     1 1 1 4 20
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 25:39 7 1/4 1/2 2/2       9 2 2   1 3 4 12
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 25:14 19 3/3 4/7 1/1   3 3 4   1     2 2 22
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 11:31 2 1/4     1 2 3 2         2   2
21 MILLER, DARIUS 30:44 13 3/4 2/3 1/2   2 2 1   3     1 1 10
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 16:38 11 4/5 1/2     4 4 2       1 2   12
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 12:26 1 0/1   1/2   1 1 1         3 1 -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 96 23/36 11/18 17/21 4 33 37 27 5 10 1 3 21 23 131
        63.9% 61.1% 81%
Head coach: TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
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 10:59 2 1/3 0/1                   1 1 -1
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 4:33   0/1 0/1             1         -3
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 18:32 4 2/4 0/3     3 3     1     3 1 -1
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 24:04 8 1/1 1/4 3/4   1 1 8   1     2 2 12
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 7:37   0/2           1         3   -4
12 MOTUM, BROCK 19:31 9 3/4 1/2                   4   3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 24:53 6 2/7 0/2 2/2 3 3 6   2 1     3 7 10
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 24:30 12 4/10   4/4   1 1       3   2 4 12
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 4:29         1   1     1          
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 31:37 17 4/11 1/1 6/6 1 3 4 1       1 4 5 15
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 29:15 5 1/4 1/1   2 5 7 1   3     1 1 7
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 63 18/47 4/15 15/16 7 17 24 11 2 8 3 1 23 21 51
        38.3% 26.7% 93.8%
Head coach: KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS

Head Coaches

TRINCHIERI, ANDREA
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I just know that the last two minutes the whole arena had a standing ovation. It’s the first win in the Top 16 for our organization. You can say whatever you want. This doesn’t bother me. But this team, the legacy of this team, is bigger than the scoreboard. The way they played, the way they carry the name Brose Baskets Bamberg everywhere is bigger than the scoreboard. I can just be proud of my team playing this way. Every play a different player as a leader. Very unselfish team - 27 assists. We played 34 minutes of excellent basketball - offense and defense. And we go home with the first win. For sure it won’t be enough. This doesn’t change anything in the Group of Death. But if we have one small flame of hope, just to have the credit to play the Top 16, I believe this small flame of hope is still burning. I am proud of all my players."
KRAPIKAS, GINTARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We have had problems understanding that the games of the second stage are much harder and much more aggressive, much more contact. For sure I was missing this kind of game tonight. There was no contact, it was easy points for the home team. We let them run how they wanted to run. And the result is what we have. "

Players

STRELNIEKS, JANIS
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Just two numbers - 63 points. I think we did a great job on defense. And 27 assists. That says everything. It was a team effort. We did a great job as a team. We stopped their big guys in the paint and didn’t let the shooters shoot the ball."
SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"This is our problem a couple of games now. When we give up easy starts for the opponents, they keep going and define the rhythm that we cannot find in ourselves in the game. The loss is really sad for us and too big. We fought, but that didn’t reflect in the result of the game. We’re disappointed, that’s the only thing you can say. "