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

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 69.5
33.9 Rebounds 34.8
9.1 O. Rebounds 9.5
24.8 D. Rebounds 25.4
17.6 Assists 15.0
5.1 Steals 5.9
2.4 Blocks 1.5
13.0 Turnovers 14.8
54.4 % 2PT 49.6 %
38.4 % 3PT 33.7 %
76.1 % FT 73.1 %
85.6 Index 71.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Wanamaker Points 12.1 / Jankunas
6.1 / Melli Rebounds 6.0 / Jankunas
2.8 / Radosevic OR 2.0 / Javtokas
4.8 / Melli DR 4.8 / Jankunas
4.2 / Wanamaker Assists 3.6 / Kalnietis
1.7 / Wanamaker Steals 1.0 / Lekavicius
0.8 / Melli Blocks 0.5 / Vougioukas
2.7 / Wanamaker Turnovers 2.5 / Kalnietis
75.0 % / Staiger 2PT 64.5 % / Javtokas
57.9 % / Melli 3PT 53.8 % / Lekavicius
100.0 % / Idbihi FT 100.0 % / Kalnietis
15.1 / Melli Index 14.1 / Jankunas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-1 Top 16 0-1
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
6-5 Overall 5-6


Crew Chief

The Take

Both teams are looking for their first win in Group F. In Bamberg's case, that would be its first Top 16 win ever after 21 consecutive losses. Zalgiris has an 8-0 record against Bamberg, too. Bamberg ranks second in fouls committed (22.4), but third in two-point percentage (54.4%) and fifth in three-point shooting (38.4%) due to its dynamic offense in which everyone passes the ball, led by its three point guards: Janis Strelnieks, Nikos Zisis and Bradley Wanamaker. Zalgiris must try to control the game tempo through Mantas Kalnietis, Olivier Hanlan and Lukas Lekavicius. Zalgiris is last in assists (15.0 apg.) of all Top 16 teams, but is fifth in defensive rebounds (25.4 rpg.) and first in two-point shots made (21.3), mainly thanks to its big men - Paulius Jankunas, Brock Motum and Ian Vougioukas, who are seeing extended playing time while Robertas Javtokas is sidelined. Vougioukas faces a tough test against mobile big man Nicolo Melli while Jankunas and Motum must expect a physical battle against Daniel Theis, Leon Radosevic and Yassin Idbihi. Zalgiris is deeper at the wings, especially if Renaldas Seibutis is back in action. Marty Pocius and Edgaras Ulanovas could be critical to the outcome of this game in their matchups against Patrick Heckmann and Darius Miller. Expect a great crowd, just as always, at Brose Arena.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Game Notes

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Nikos Zisis trails Marcelinho Huertas by 10 assists for 10th place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Zisis enters this week’s game with 617 career assists.

Bradley Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in 12 straight Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nicolo Melli has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Leon Radosevic was a teammate of Zalgiris swingman Renaldas Seibutis during the 2012-13 season at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris owns an 8-0 record all-time against Bamberg. All of those games have taken place in the Euroleague over the past 10 years.

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

Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 43 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Ian Vougioukas has been a teammate of Bamberg guard Nikos Zisis on the Greek national team. They teamed up at both the 2010 and 2014 Basketball World Cups.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"This is the most important game in our Euroleague campaign so far. Because we are in the group of death. Because we are coming from a great game, but a loss in Madrid. And because we play at home. The deal we have with our players is to try to protect the home court and try to win the home games. We’ll come from a tough week, we were playing Sunday and Tuesday, but this cannot be an excuse. We need to put all our energy on the court. We play against a team with a lot of European experience. They won the Euroleague. Every year they play good, they play in the Top16. They have a lot of first-level players. And they have a bunch of young guys with a lot of talent. Because in Lithuania the main sport is basketball, it’s a basketball land. So all the young players have already a lot of experience. It will be a very tough game. But we play at home and it is a must-win game for us. If we want just to keep the flame of the hope alive, just to play the next games with a kind of hope, we need to win this game."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Brose Baskets started the Top16 with a convincing style of play. They lost to Real in Madrid only in the last possession. On the other hand, we had a terrible game last week. Brose Baskets is driven by consistent input by their guards. Wannamaker, Zisis and Strelnieks are building the game scenario for them, while Radosevic and Theis are helping a lot under the basket. They are solid as a team and play very disciplined. Anyway, we are going to Bamberg to play our best game and to grab a win."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Kaunas is a team with a lot of experience. They play a lot with their big guys: Jankunas, Motum and Vougioukas. We have to be prepared defensively and play our basketball. The last game in Madrid showed that we can compete with every team."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I played in Germany last season, so I know that their basketball is on the rise. And Brose Baskets are the champions of Germany. It is always hard to play in Bamberg. This team can control the game tempo, their roster is solid and they have an experienced coach. "

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
Attendance: 6661
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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%
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 Coaches

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."
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. "


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."
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. "
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