2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 24, 2013 CET: 20:15
Local time: 20:15 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.9 Points 77.7
33.3 Rebounds 34.5
11.1 O. Rebounds 9.4
22.1 D. Rebounds 25.1
14.6 Assists 15.3
5.6 Steals 7.3
2.4 Blocks 4.2
12.4 Turnovers 13.2
50.0 % 2PT 56.7 %
37.0 % 3PT 34.3 %
78.3 % FT 75.0 %
80.9 Index 91.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.0 / Lampe Points 12.4 / Navarro
5.7 / Lampe Rebounds 6.1 / Tomic
1.9 / Lampe OR 1.5 / Tomic
3.8 / Lampe DR 4.6 / Tomic
4.1 / Heurtel Assists 2.9 / Huertas
0.8 / Bjelica, N. Steals 1.3 / Mickeal
0.7 / Pleiss Blocks 1.6 / Tomic
2.1 / Heurtel Turnovers 1.8 / Huertas
75.0 % / Cabezas 2PT 78.6 % / Rabaseda
54.5 % / Cabezas 3PT 53.8 % / Lorbek
95.5 % / Cabezas FT 100.0 % / Jasikevicius
11.8 / Lampe Index 15.4 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-0 Top 16 3-1
4-6 Regular Season 9-1
8-6 Overall 12-2


Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

In a high-profile, all-Spanish League showdown in Top 16 Group F, Caja Laboral Vitoria welcomes FC Barcelona Regal on Thursday. Vitoria is tied for first place in Group F at 4-0 and has won its last 17 fixtures, including a seven-game winning streak in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Barcelona is tied for third place at 3-1 and has a 6-1 Euroleague road record this season. The teams face each other in the Euroleague for the first time since a thrilling five-game playoffs series in 2009.

Scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro is questionable for the game, which leaves a shadow on both team’s preparations. If he plays, Navarro will offer unlimited shooting range and his legendary one-on-one scoring skills to boost Barcelona. If he is unavailable, however, Joe Ingles and former Vitoria forward Pete Mickeal will see more playing time the wings. Ingles provides great ball handling, shooting range and driving skills, while Mickeal can beat any defender with his post moves, mid-range jumpers and aggressiveness. Youngsters Xavi Rabaseda and Alex Abrines could see extended playing time if Navarro is sidelined. Mickeal faces a tough matchup against explosive small forward Andres Nocioni, in arguably one of the biggest matchups in this game. In swingman Fernando San Emeterio, Vitoria has insurance against Navarro. San Emeterio is a main option in crunch time and knows Navarro well enough to trouble the scoring great at the other end. Brad Oleson and Fabien Causeur add deep shooting range at the wings. Barcelona will increase its chances to win the game if it stops Nemanja Bjelica, whose ball handling, unlimited shooting range and increased self-confidence make him unguardable at times. December bwin MVP Maciej Lampe, defensive center Tibor Pleiss and experienced power forward Milko Bjelica give head coach Zan Tabak plenty of options around the baskets. Pleiss and Lampe must do their best to stop Ante Tomic, who has recorded a performance index ranking of 20 or better in all four Top 16 games until now. Nemanja Bjelica faces an intriguing matchup against Erazem Lorbek, who must use his post skills against him. C.J. Wallace, who comes off a big game against Besiktas JK Istanbul, and center Nate Jawai round out a solid Barcelona frontcourt. Both teams are really deep at point guard. Barcelona can use four-time Euroleague champion Sarunas Jasikevicius, Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada, whose defense and athleticism make him a crucial player for Coach Xavi Pascual. Sada needs to stop Thomas Heurtel, who has been in great shape recently. Pass-first playmaker Omar Cook and veteran point guard Carlos Cabezas will back him up.

Vitoria needs to run its offense through Nocioni and Nemanja Bjelica, control the defensive board to be able to play in transition and prevent Tomic and Lorbek from getting good scoring options in the low post. Barcelona needs Lorbek and Mickeal to step up like they do in every big game, try to play under control all 40 minutes and get Navarro involved if he is ready to play. Expect a great game in front of a wild basketball atmosphere in a sold out Fernando Buesa Arena.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Game Notes


Caja Laboral has now won seven straight Euroleague games.

Brad Oleson has made 10 three-pointers in 16 attempts (62.5%) over his last six Euroleague games. His 50% success rate for the season is the highest of Oleson’s four-year Euroleague career.

Omar Cook has at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Andres Nocioni scored a season-high 19 points in last week’s victory at Fenerbahce Ulker.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in six consecutive Euroleague games.

Milko Bjelica recorded a career-high 19 points in leading his team at the time, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, to an 88-87 victory over Barcelona in December 2010.


FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 65.6 points allowed per game.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs just 6 more points to become the first Euroleague player to score 3,000 career points.

Navarro needs just 4 more three-pointers to become the Euroleague career leader in three-pointers made. Former teammate Gianluca Basile is the all-time leader in three-pointers made with 421.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 20 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Marcelinho Huertas spent two seasons with Caja Laboral between 2009 and 2011, during which he helped the club win the 2010 Spanish League title. He was a teammate there of current Laboral players Fernando San Emeterio and Brad Oleson.

Huertas has made 11 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Pete Mickeal spent two seasons with Caja Laboral between 2007 and 2009, during which he helped the club reach the 2008 Euroleague Final Four and win both the 2008 Spanish League title and the 2009 Spanish King’s Cup.

Mickeal needs 19 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"This is the most difficult Top 16 for us so far. Barcelona has a great roster who can beat anyone. I think they are performing better in Europe because their effort is concentrated on the Euroleague, where you are forced to win because any mistake can be paid at a high price. I expect a tactical battle where we will try to impose our style. The players are really motivated, we are practicing well and with intensity, something which you must do for the defensive basketball we want to play."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We have a new chance to make a step forward. We have always vouched for defending our home court and then try to pull a few wins on the road. I know we will face a tough atmosphere in a complicated court. Since the arrival of Tabak to the bench, Caja Laboral shows more confidence and moves really well in offensive rebounds. They are a complete team, with lots of talent, with versatile players like their big men being able to shoot from the long range."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We have a good chance to make a statement and get closer to the Playoffs if we win this game. It will be a special night in which we can celebrate our 250th European win, and it would be great to have even one more. Barcelona is a great team. Maybe not as consistent as in other seasons, but who is coming here to get the win. We must stay loyal to our style and we will have half of the job done."
FC Barcelona Regal
"It is a great chance for us to make a statement in the Top 16 if we win the game. It is very difficult to play in Vitoria, where we always have to show our best version to win. This time it will not be different. We already lost there once this season and we must prevent that from happening again. Navarro is a great asset for us but I think we are regrouping in offense in these last games without him."

Mickeal shines, Navarro reaches milestone, FCB Regal rolls past Caja Laboral

FC Barcelona Regal sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by topping previously undefeated Caja Laboral Vitoria 79-90 in front of over 15,000 fans at Fernando Buesa Arena on Thursday. The two teams are now tie for second place in Group F, each with a 4-1 record and behind Montepaschi Siena at 4-0. Barcelona broke Vitoria's 17-game winning streak in both the Spanish League and the Euroleague. Pete Mickeal paced the winners with 23 points on 10-of-11 two-point shooting. Joe Ingles added 12 while Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro each had 11 for Barcelona. Navarro became the first player to reach 3,000 points in Euroleague history. Maciej Lampe led Vitoria with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio added 14 and Nemanja Bjelica 11 for the hosts. Milko Bjelica and Lampe shined early and a layup by Andres Nocioni gave Vitoria a 19-11 margin. Ingles and Erazem Lorbek stepped up to keep Barcelona within 28-27 after 10 exciting minutes. Ingles remained on fire and got some help from Nate Jawai and Lorbek to keep Barcelona ahead, 47-50, at halftime. Tomic and an outstanding Mickeal fueled a 3-14 Barcelona run that allowed the guests to get a 13-point lead, 54-67, late in the third quarter. Vitoria managed to get within 70-71 on a layup by Nemanja Bjelica, but Mickeal led a 2-14 run that Victor Sada capped with a three-pointer, as Barcelona boosted its margin to 72-85 and never looked back. Spanish coaching legend Manel Comas was honored in a pre-game celebration and received a standing ovation that brought him to tears. Comas, who is battling cancer, led the then-called Taugres to its only European title, the 1996 Saporta Cup.

First quarter: Navarro makes history in exciting start

Milko Bjelica got Vitoria going with a jump hook, which Mickeal bettered with a three-pointer for a 2-3 Barcelona lead. Milko Bjelica and Sada traded close baskets, as Barcelona could not run its offense through a double-teamed Tomic. Lampe swished a mid-range shot and a corner triple by Thomas Heurtel gave Vitoria a 9-5 lead. Navarro answered from downtown and a dunk by Andres Nocioni brought the crowd to its feet at 13-8. Milko Bjelica shined with a backdoor layup, which Navarro improved on with a second triple - which allowed him to reach the 3,000-point mark. Lampe made free throws and a power layup by Nocioni made it an 8-point game. Nate Jawai tried to change things with foul shots and Ingles struck from downtown to bring Barcelona within 19-16. Lampe scored in the low post, Jawai, Fabien Causeur and Lorbek made free throws and another triple by Ingles tied it at 23-23. Lampe made free throws, Nemanja Bjelica bettered Lorbek's jump hook with an off-balance three-pointer and Marcelinho Huertas kept Barcelona within 28-27 at the end of an extraordinary first quarter .

Second quarter: Ingles, Lorbek give Barcelona the lead

Both teams struggled to score early in the second quarter until Omar Cook swished a three-pointer for a 31-27 Vitoria lead. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket until Sarunas Jasikevicius fed Tomic for a slam. San Emeterio stepped up with a layup-plus-foul, but Ingles kept Barcelona within 34-31. Ingles kept pushing the guests with consecutive coast-to-coast layups, which caused Vitoria to call timeout at 34-35. Lorbek nailed a jump hook that San Emeterio erased with free throws. Tomic scored in the post, but Cook buried another shot from beyond the arch to tie it at 39-39. Tomic shined with a layup in transition and C.J. Wallace joined the three-point shootout to give Barcelona some fresh air, 39-44. San Emeterio took over with an acrobatic basket. Navarro made foul shots and a three-pointer by Brad Oleson kept the hosts within 44-46. Jawai dunked, San Emeterio downed a catch-and-shoot triple and a layup by Mickeal fixed the halftime score at 47-50.

Third quarter: Mickeal leads a 3-12 run as Barcelona takes off

Tomic swished a jump hook right after the break and Navarro bettered Milko Bjelica's free throws with a bomb from downtown that made it a 6-point game. Nocioni scored in the low post, but Mickeal erased that with a five-meter jumper and soon sank a tough shot to boost the guests' lead to 51-59. Laboral could not find the way to the basket and Tomic gave Barcelona its first double-digit lead, 51-61. Lampe made free throws and didn't find any help around midway through the third quarter. Meanwhile, Mickeal kept pacing Barcelona with back-to-back layups to give his team a 12-point lead, 53-65. Lampe tried to ignite Vitoria's comeback but a jump hook by Jawai forced the hosts to call another timeout at 54-67. San Emeterio took over with a driving layup and Lampe made more foul shots to bring Vitoria within single digits, 58-67. San Emeterio nailed an off-balance shot but a jumper by Jasikevicius gave Barcelona a 60-69 lead after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Visitors wrap it up with time to spare

Lampe split free throws and added a backdoor layup early in the fourth quarter to get the crowd involved at 63-69. Nemanja Bjelica struck from downtown and Lampe soon brought Vitoria as close as 68-69. Sada shined with an acrobatic alley-oop layup, as Barcelona adjusted its man-to-man defense. Nemanja Bjelica scored off a steal, but a turnaround jumper by Mickeal gave Barcelona some fresh air at 70-73. Mickeal stayed on fire with another basket and a three-pointer by Lorbek capped a 0-7 run and boosted the guests' margin to 70-78 with over four minutes left. Nocioni nailed a baseline jumper, Tomic made free throws and an acrobatic layup by Mickeal sealed the outcome, 72-82, with three minutes to go. Sada swished a corner three-pointer to cap a 2-14 run. Vitoria kept trying, as Nemanja Bjelica and Nocioni split free throws, but Barcelona kept using long possessions and did not find any trouble to cruise to a very important road win.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Attendance: 15068
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 23:40 6   2/6     3 3     1     2   2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 20:17 9 4/5 0/5 1/2           1 1   2 2 2
11 BJELICA, MILKO 19:03 8 3/3 0/2 2/2   1 1           2 1 6
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 5:21     0/1     1 1     1     1   -2
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 19:43 14 4/8 1/3 3/5 1 2 3 2   1     1 3 12
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 9:15           1 1           2   -1
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 10:59 2 1/3 0/1   1 3 4 3   1     1 2 6
24 OLESON, BRAD 25:58 6 0/2 2/4   1   1 2   2     2 1 2
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 30:45 21 3/6 1/3 12/14 3 8 11 3 1       2 8 35
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 20:57 11 2/5 2/4 1/2 3 2 5 1 1       1 2 13
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 14:02 2 0/4   2/2   1 1   1 1     3 2 -2
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 79 17/36 8/29 21/27 10 24 34 11 3 9 1 0 19 21 75
        47.2% 27.6% 77.8%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 18:23 9 3/4 1/1     2 2 3 2 2     2 1 12
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 16:59 2 0/1 0/2 2/2   4 4 4   2     1 5 9
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 23:19 11 0/2 3/5 2/2       1   2     1 3 8
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 17:24 2 1/1 0/2         1   1     2   -2
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WALLACE, C.J. 14:16 3   1/2     1 1 3         1   5
20 INGLES, JOE 14:18 12 2/2 2/5 2/2   2 2   2       2 1 12
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 1:27           1 1               1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 25:44 9 2/6 1/1 2/2   5 5 3         3 2 12
32 JAWAI, NATE 16:58 8 2/3   4/4 2 2 4 3         3 2 13
33 MICKEAL, PETE 28:10 23 10/11 1/4     5 5   1       3 2 24
44 TOMIC, ANTE 23:02 11 4/7   3/4   4 4     2   1 4 3 7
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 90 24/37 9/22 15/16 3 27 30 18 5 9 0 1 22 19 103
        64.9% 40.9% 93.8%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Barcelona dominated the game from almost the very beginning, so I can’t say they didn’t deserve the win. We didn’t do a good job in defense tonight. We are not a team that can compete at this level and win games if we exchange baskets with the opponent. We cannot win a game if we allow 50 points in the first half. We were able to come within 1 point in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough. We must realize we must focus on our defense to be able to win at this level; we need to do the things we practice over the week. We didn’t tonight, and we lost."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We feel pretty happy for this win tonight. This is one of those games you really want to experience, in this court, with this great atmosphere. We had some bad experiences here in the past, but today we did our job and we did it well. The first quarter wasn’t good for us, we weren’t able to compete, but after that we improved and I think we did good work for the rest of the game. We played a very good third quarter, and were able to build a solid 9-point advantage. They managed to reduce the deficit quite quickly in the beginning of the fourth quarter; we lost control, but we managed to find patience. We also found good references in offense, who provided us with points to seal the win. I said from the very beginning that this group was quite tough. There are like seven teams that can be candidates to make it to the Final four. The new format of the Top 16 makes this competition more exciting and very tough for all the teams."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It has been painful, but I think we lost this game deservedly. They played a very serious game tonight, and when they took control at the end of the first half, they never looked back. We were unable to do the things we planned. We wanted to hurt them with the same things we did in our previous game in the Spanish League, we wanted to play hard defense and run the court as much as we could, but we committed a lot of turnovers, we played without control sometimes and that allowed them to make fastbreaks and get easy baskets. I’m not worried about the end of our winning streak, I think we must worry about the bad game we played tonight, especially in defense. We must use the next game to get back on the right track."
FC Barcelona Regal
"I came out focused on protecting the jersey I play for. We were not playing so good in the beginning of the season and that affects me, the way we play. This is where my motivation came from today and that’s why I feel great because we seized the opportunity and we have to not let it go back. I think we are in a moment when the team can only go higher. They came out very strong, like they always do, because they are a great team. We played against them a lot of time in the past, and we were very motivated. We know that we can play more physically in the Euroleague and I think we did a great job tonight playing physical basketball, and we also made shots. We made shots and we scored 90 points, which is quite difficult to do here. We also played good, tough defense, and was also one of the keys that gave us the win today."
FC Barcelona Regal
"Being the first player to break the 3,000-point mark in the Euroleague means a lot to me. It means I’m doing great things in this competition, and makes me especially proud. I hope this doesn’t stop here and more points will come in the future. It was tough for me to play tonight after two weeks out, but I’m happy in the end. I played 23 minutes and I feel especially happy because of the attitude of all the guys. Caja Laboral was coming from a very good winning streak and being able to break it says a lot about ourselves. I think this will show us the right way . It was a very good first half, both teams played great offense, but we were able to take control in the second half and even though they came within 1 point in the last period, we didn’t panic and controlled better the pace of the game."
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