2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 12, 2016 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 70.5
32.4 Rebounds 33.3
9.8 O. Rebounds 9.6
22.7 D. Rebounds 23.7
18.9 Assists 14.7
6.4 Steals 5.9
2.5 Blocks 1.6
10.4 Turnovers 14.6
53.4 % 2PT 48.4 %
38.0 % 3PT 33.5 %
74.9 % FT 79.4 %
93.5 Index 69.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.5 / Tomic Points 11.7 / Jankunas
5.9 / Tomic Rebounds 5.4 / Jankunas
1.9 / Lawal OR 2.0 / Javtokas
4.0 / Tomic DR 4.2 / Jankunas
3.9 / Satoransky Assists 4.1 / Kalnietis
1.1 / Doellman Steals 0.9 / Jankunas
0.8 / Lawal Blocks 0.6 / Vougioukas
1.4 / Satoransky Turnovers 2.4 / Kalnietis
67.3 % / Lawal 2PT 64.5 % / Javtokas
50.0 % / Vezenkov 3PT 45.5 % / Lekavicius
100.0 % / Doellman FT 100.0 % / Vene
16.0 / Tomic Index 13.7 / Jankunas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-4 Top 16 1-5
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
8-8 Overall 6-10


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams meet for the third time this season after splitting road wins in the regular season. Zalgiris downed Barcelona 88-92 at Palau Blaugrana on December 10 to end a 15-game losing streak against the Spanish powerhouse. It will be a special game for Euroleague legend Sarunas Jasikevicius, who returns to Blaugrana for the first time as head coach. Jasikevicius, a four-time continental champ, helped Barcelona win its first Euroleague title in 2003. Former teammate and Euroleague legend Juan Carlos Navarro will try to stop Zalgiris, getting help at the wings from Brad Oleson, Pau Ribas and Stratos Perperoglou, who may see extended playing time if Alex Abrines is sidelined. Perperoglou faces an intriguing matchup against Edgaras Ulanovas, while Ribas and Oleson must be ready for a tough challenge against Renaldas Seibutis and Marty Pocius. Both teams are short at point guard, with Ribas and Seibutis seeing minutes at that position to help Tomas Satoransky and Lukas Lekavicius, respectively. Zalgiris ranks 15th in rebounds in the Top 16 (31.2 rpg.) and Barcelona is 14th (31.7 rpg.) so improving those numbers is critical for both teams. Ante Tomic had an index ranking average of 19.9 in the regular season and that number has dropped to 9.5 in the Top 16, but he also had a near-perfect game against Zalgiris in the regular season. Tomic will get help from Shane Lawal, Samardo Samuels and Justin Doellman, who has been in great shape lately,against Paulius Jankunas, Siim Sander-Vene, Ian Vougioukas and Brock Motum.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (10.4 per game) in the Euroleague this season by more than a turnover per game.

Juan Carlos Navarro has had some of his best Euroleague performances against Zalgiris, including a career-best performance index rating of 35 in a November 2006 victory in Kaunas. Navarro scored 31 points on 10 of 10 free throw shooting that night. He also netted a career-high 32 points in February 2006 in Kaunas to lead Barca to victory.

Justin Doellman has made 35 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Pau Ribas has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Alex Abrines needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Abrines has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Ante Tomic set a career high in scoring with 28 points against Zalgiris in Round 9 of the regular season. Tomic shot 11 for 11 from the field in posting a performance index rating of 38 in the game, which Barcelona lost by 4 points.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris snapped a 15-game losing streak to Barcelona when it won 88-92 in Barcelona in Round 9 of the regular season. Paulius Jankunas led five Zalgiris scorers in double figures with 17 points in that game.

Ten different players have appeared in Zalgiris’s starting lineup so far this season; only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.

Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons with Barcelona. He was there between 2000 and 2003 and returned for the 2012-13 season. Saras helped Barca win the 2003 Euroleague crown, two Spanish League titles and three Spanish Kings’ Cups.

Paulius Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 22 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Jankunas needs 34 more points to reach the milestone of 2,000 career points in the Euroleague, something only 17 players have done to date.

Ian Vougioukas and Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou have been teammates at both the club and national team levels. They won the 20122 Euroleague and played together for two seasons at Panathinaikos between 2010 and 2012 and have represented the Greek national team at the world championships

Martynas Pocius and Barcelona guard Carlos Arroyo were teammates last season at Galatasaray Istanbul.

Pocius was a teammate of Barcelona center Ante Tomic during the 2011-12 season at Real Madrid.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"I am satisfied with how our guys work in practice, now we just need to transfer it to the games. We need to remove some psychological block which falls on us whenever we face a team with a big name. I believe that anybody can be beaten. I think we have proved it this season too. We have to be brave in Barcelona, we need to avoid careless turnovers, which allow the opponent to run, and then we can fight there."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"We need to stick to the game plan. I think we have worked very positively the last few days. We won the last time in Barcelona, so obviously we would be glad to repeat that. If we manage to fulfill the defensive and offensive tasks, it is doable even if we are facing one of the best teams in Euroleague."

Barcelona downs Zalgiris as Navarro shines again

FC Barcelona Lassa improved to 3-4 in Group F by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 92-86 at home on Friday. Barcelona snapped its two-game losing streak, while Zalgiris dropped to 1-6 at the halfway mark of the Top 16. Juan Carlos Navarro led the winners with 14 points, Pau Ribas added 13, Alex Abrines 12, Samardo Samuels 11 and Tomas Satoransky 10. Renaldas Seibuis led Zalgiris with 19 points, while Edgars Ulanovas starred with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Lukas Lekavicius added 16 points, Ian Vougioukas 14 and Paulius Jankunas posted 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Vougioukas had 6 points in a 0-8 run that gave Zalgiris an early 4-12 lead. Navarro stepped up for Barcelona and a three-pointer by Justin Doellman brought the hosts within 16-19 after 10 minutes. Sasha Vezenkov and Abrines fueled a 9-0 run that caused Zalgiris to call timeout at 29-23. A three-pointer by Satoransky made it a double-digit game, 36-26, but Martynas Sajus and Kaspars Vegvagars brought the guests within 38-31 at halftime. Abrines shined after the break and got plenty of help everywhere to give Barcelona a 65-55 margin after 30 minutes. A dunk by Satoransky sealed the outcome, 73-57, with seven minutes to go, though Zalgiris never quit and pushed Barcelona until the final minutes.

First quarter: Vougioukas puts Zalgiris ahead

Samuels got Barcelona going with a layup, but free throws by Ulanovas and a five-meter jumper by Vougioukas gave Zalgiris its first lead, 2-4. Samuels shined with a backdoor layup, but Vougioukas hit a jump hook and Seibuis downed a jumper off the dribble. Vougioukas kept pushing Zalgiris with another jump hook and a driving layup that caused the hosts to call timeout at 4-12, after a 0-8 run. Navarro rescued Barcelona with a three-pointer and fed Ante Tomic for a close jumper that brought the hosts within 3. Lekavicius hit a one-handed jumper in the lane, which Navarro erased with his trademark bomba. Ulanovas nailed a big three-pointer over Tomic, who answered with a layup at the other end. Sajus scored around the basket, but Doellman did better with a three-pointer that fixed the score at 16-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Barcelona improves defense, takes lead

Tomic split free throws early in the quarter, but an unstoppable Vougioukas buried a baseline jumper for a 4-point Zalgiris lead. Brad Oleson buried a catch-and-shoot triple from the right corner and Martynas Pocius quickly answered with driving layup. Doellman split free throws and Pu Ribas hit two attempts to tie it at 23-23. Sasha Vezenkov came in after a timeout and immediately delivered with a layup off a steal. Shane Lawal split foul shots and Abrines struck from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 29-23, after a 9-0 run. Zalgiris called timeout and Ulanovas nailed a three-pointer, but Oleson quickly answered with a six-meter jumper for a 31-26 Barcelona lead. Tomic and Navarro split free throws and a three-pointer by Tomas Satoransky made it a double-digit game, 36-26. Tomic picked up his third foul a minute before halftime. Sajus scored in the paint but Abrines matched that with free throws. A buzzer-beating triple by Kaspars Vegvagars brought Zalgiris within 36-29 at the break.

Third quarter: Great offense helped hosts pull away

Ulanovas made free throws immediately after the break and Jankunas added a put-back layup that made it a 3-point game. Abrines stepped up with a bomb from downtown and a six-meter jumper that restored a 43-35 Barcelona margin. Doellman nailed a jumper from the elbow, which Seibutis matched with a six-meter shot. Ribas downed a three-pointer from the top of the key and added a floater to boost his team's lead to 50-37. Lekavicius hit a jumper and Jankunas bettered Lawal's put-back slam with a triple to make it 52-42. Navarro made free throws and a three-pointer by Seibutis got Zalgiris within single digits. Satoransky split foul shots and Navarro sank a triple, which prompted the guests stop the game at 58-45. Lekavicius buried a corner triple and Seibutis split free throws, but Lawal kept Barcelona comfortably ahead, 60-49. After Vougioukas hit a jump hook, Stratos Perperoglou downed a triple and free throws by Satoransky made it a 14-point game. Lekavicius brought Zalgiris a bit closer, 65-55, after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Zalgiris’s late rally falls short

Jankunas took over with an off-balance layup early in the quarter. Doellman split free throws and a driving layup by Perperoglou boosted the hosts' margin to 68-57. Navarro nailed a three-pointer off the dribble and a huge fast break dunk by Satoransky prompted Zalgiris to call timeout at 73-57. Lekavicius hit another corner triple and a backdoor layup by Seibutis gave Zalgiris hope at 73-62. Perperoglou downed a turnaround jumper and a fast break layup by Satoransky kept Barcelona in control at 77-62. Seibutis and Vougioukas hit free throws and Lekavicius added an acrobatic layup, but Samuels kept the hosts comfortably ahead, 80-67. Seibutis returned to the foul line for two more and Vougioukas split attempts, but it was already too late for Zalgiris, as Barcelona kept full control of the situation until the final buzzer.

Juan Carlos Navarro - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB15
Friday, February 12, 2016
Attendance: 6286
By Quarter1234
FC Barcelona Lassa16222727
Zalgiris Kaunas19122431
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FC Barcelona Lassa16386592
Zalgiris Kaunas19315586
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 30:16 7 1/1 1/2 2/4   8 8 2 1   1   1 5 20
8 RIBAS, PAU 20:02 13 1/4 1/1 8/8   1 1 5         2 5 19
9 LAWAL, SHANE 18:59 5 2/3   1/2 4 4 8 1   1     3 2 10
10 ABRINES, ALEX 25:00 12 1/2 2/2 4/4   1 1 1   3     4 3 9
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 19:05 14 1/1 3/6 3/4       3 1 2       2 14
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 24:53 10 2/2 1/1 3/4 1 1 2 3 1 2     2 3 14
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 9:44 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 1 1       1 1 4
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 8:46 11 4/6   3/6           2     3 4 5
24 OLESON, BRAD 15:28 5 1/2 1/1         5   1     1   7
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:32 7 2/4 1/3 0/1       1     1   2 2 4
44 TOMIC, ANTE 12:15 6 2/3   2/4   4 4 1   1   1 5 3 4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 92 18/30 10/17 26/37 6 23 29 23 4 12 2 1 24 30 113
        60% 58.8% 70.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 14:41   0/1 0/1     2 2   1       4 1 -2
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 25:23 16 4/8 2/3 2/2   2 2 3 1 2     5 4 14
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 11:06 2 1/1 0/2         1         1 1 1
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 25:41 19 4/4 2/4 5/6 1 1 2 4 1 2     5 3 19
12 MOTUM, BROCK 8:45         1 1 2     1         1
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 26:29 11 3/7 1/3 2/3 4 3 7   1 2     4 2 8
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 24:25 14 6/11   2/4   5 5 1     1   4 7 17
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 5:40 4 2/2     1   1     1     3 1 2
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS 14:14 3 0/3 1/2         1       1 2   -3
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 14:35   0/3 0/2         1 1     1     -4
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 29:01 17 2/4 3/4 4/4 4 4 8 3 3 1     2 5 30
Team                     2         -2
Totals 200:00 86 22/44 9/21 15/19 11 18 29 14 8 11 1 2 30 24 81
        50% 42.9% 78.9%

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are happy with this win. We played well on offense, other than in the opening five minutes. We missed a lot of free throw attempts but had good shooting percentages otherwise and played really well on offense for 35 minutes, too. It was hard for us defensively: Zalgiris felt confident. But we managed to keep a seven-point lead for a big while. Winning is the most important thing and climbing a bit in this group's standings. The first leg of games is over and we stop for the Copa del Rey now, but our first game after that is at home against Olympiacos, which will have a lot of time to prepare this game. That will be a key game, very important for our future. It is very important to keep winning at home in the Top 16. All players have good and bad moments and I hope Ante Tomic will have a good game on Sunday. He is getting better every day and has to carry on. Like I said, all players have good and bad moments. Carlos Arroyo may see some playing time this weekend. The team has played well in the last couple of games, getting a index ranking of 100-plus in each of them. We are playing well on offense and have to improve on defense. We allowed a lot of points in the last two games. Our next game, against Olympiacos, is very, very important and we have to prepare it well no matter what we do in the Copa del Rey. We have to finish that competition and immerse ourselves in the Euroleague again. Olympiacos is a tough, competitive opponent and we have to know how to play big games. We know we have to play really well to beat teams like Olympiacos, CSKA and Madrid at home."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"First of all, congratulations to FC Barcelona and Xavi Pascual for this win. In general terms, I think we played quite well against a very good opponent. They got the lead in the second quarter due to small details and the lack of experience of some of our players. I am happy in general terms because we fought hard and gave a good image. Barcelona played much better than in our regular season game at Palau, in which they didn't take us seriously. They had the need to win, started the game at full speed and this is why I am happy with the way we played because truth to be told, Barcelona played quite well. They were a different team, more aggressive than in the regular season game. We have to keep giving our best in each game, in each practice and by the end of the game we will value the players that we have. There is nothing better for us than playing in this group, because it will give our young players very valuable experience. A lot of our young players will grow playing against the best players and the best teams in Europe."


FC Barcelona Lassa
"We let them back in the game there at the end. We made stupid mistakes, but it's part of basketball and we got the win, which is the most important thing. We are a big team, everybody can play here, and that's the best part about it, as we have so many weapons. We've got to win more. If we lose we'll be out of the competition. So, we've go to win."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We didn't have a brilliant game, defensively, but I believe that the good work we did on offense was enough to win. We missed 11 free throw attempts and if we have made them, the game would have been very different. This was a very important game for us. A home loss tonight would have forced us to have a near-perfect second half of the Top 16, as you probably need eight wins to qualify. The fact that we won again is good for our confidence, especially now, right before the Copa del Rey."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It was too late probably to rally. Barcelona does not give you chances to come back easy when they are 15 points up. We tried to recover, had nothing to lose, and the margin at the end became smaller. Little details made the difference until the fourth quarter when we minimized the score. But we still lost, no matter by how many points."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We were prepared to play aggressive from the beginning, but in some moments we did not play like that. After the break we came with new orders and tried to play like coach said, with more aggressiveness. It helped, but we still have many things to do, and many things to improve. It's good to play better and better, but we have to start winning. It is good to play better, but playing better and losing is not what we want. We want to win."
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