2016-17Regular SeasonRound 23
February 24, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BROSE ARENA
Germany: TELEKOM BASKETBALL CHANNEL2
Serbia: SPORTKLUB 3
Greece: NOVASPORTS 4HD
Turkey: BeIn Sports 4
Israel: SPORT 5 LIVE
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Baltic: VIASAT

Records

8-14 Regular Season 9-13
8-14 Overall 9-13

Referees

To be announced soon

The Take

Two sides using their last bullets to become playoff teams will be squaring off on Friday when Brose Bamberg (8-14) hosts Zalgiris Kaunas (9-13) in Freak City. This direct duel between the 10th and 11th in the standings could be precious air for the winner and another nail in the coffin for the loser as the regular season relentlessly gets to its final stages. Zalgiris is ahead by a mile in their head-to-head historic record, 1-10, as it also won their last meeting in Round 9 by 86-72 in Kaunas. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 23 points and 9 boards while Daniel Theis netted 15 for Bamberg. Darius Miller leads the hosts (13.0 ppg.) helped by Nicolo Melli (12.0 ppg. and 7.8 rpg.) and Janis Strelnieks (11.7 ppg.) while veteran Jankunas is the main man for Zalgiris (12.5 ppg. and 6.1 rpg.), followed by Brock Motum (11.2 ppg.) and Kevin Pangos (8.5 ppg.). Both teams average less than 80 points per game, and they also have virtually identical numbers in defense (80.0 ppg. vs. 80.5 ppg.) so, on paper, it will be a game as balanced as they come. The psychological factor will likely play a main role in this duel as Bamberg comes from losing five of the last six games, while Zalgiris is on a roll lately having won three of its last four encounters, even if the loss arrived in the last round. The guests will try to exploit their superiority under the glass against the weakest team under the boards (only 30.6 rpg.), but the hosts are the second best team in the league from beyond the arc (40.6%) and third in 2-point shots (55.2%) and hopefully won't be needing those rebounds. Do not dismiss the magic atmosphere in Freak City, which could play a role in this play and become the sixth player that Bamberg needs to get back to the winning ways. The race for the playoffs will step up to another level on Friday night in Bamberg.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Euroleague.net
Brose Bamberg
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN G 1.96 29
4 MELLI, NICOLO F 2.05 26
6 ZISIS, NIKOS G 1.97 33
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ G 1.91 22
8 STAIGER, LUCCA G 1.96 28
10 THEIS, DANIEL C 2.04 24
12 LO, MAODO G 1.91 24
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS G 1.91 27
14 VEREMEENKO, VLADIMIR C 2.11 32
16 OLINDE, LOUIS F 2.05 18
20 HARRIS, ELIAS F 2.03 27
21 MILLER, DARIUS F 2.03 26
22 McNEAL, JEREL G 1.91 29
25 KRATZER, LEON C 2.12 20
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK F 1.98 24
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON F 2.08 26
Zalgiris Kaunas
# Player Pos. H. Age
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.88 24
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS G 1.80 22
6 VALINSKAS, PAULIUS G 1.91 21
7 VARNAS, MARTYNAS G 1.96 20
9 WESTERMANN, LEO G 1.97 24
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS G 1.96 31
12 MOTUM, BROCK F 2.08 26
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS F 2.05 32
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS C 2.11 36
21 MILAKNIS, ARTURAS G 1.95 30
23 LIMA, AUGUSTO C 2.08 25
44 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS C 2.08 32
55 HARTENSTEIN, ISAIAH F 2.10 18
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS F 1.98 25

Player Stats

Miller, D. / 13.0 Melli, N. / 12.0 Strelnieks, J. / 11.7
Jankunas, P. / 12.5 Motum, B. / 11.2 Pangos, K. / 8.5
Melli, N. / 7.8 Theis, D. / 4.6
Jankunas, P. / 6.1
Theis, D. / 1.0 Melli, N. / 0.8 Miller, D. / 0.6
Lima, A. C. / 0.8
2PT
Theis, D. / 67.8 % Causeur, F. / 61.8 % Strelnieks, J. / 58.1 %
Kavaliauskas, A. / 62.0 % Motum, B. / 60.2 % Lima, A. C. / 58.9 %
3PT
Staiger, L. / 50.0 % Melli, N. / 46.9 % Strelnieks, J. / 45.9 %
Pangos, K. / 44.3 % Motum, B. / 42.1 % Milaknis, A. / 40.7 %
FT
Zisis, N. / 96.7 % Miller, D. / 93.5 % Strelnieks, J. / 89.2 %
Westermann, L. / 92.3 % Ulanovas, E. / 87.3 % Jankunas, P. / 86.5 %
PIR
Melli, N. / 18.2 Strelnieks, J. / 12.8 Miller, D. / 11.1
Jankunas, P. / 15.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 78.0
30.6 Rebounds 34.8
7.0 O. Rebounds 11.8
23.6 D. Rebounds 23.0
18.0 Assists 18.5
5.0 Steals 5.1
3.0 Blocks 1.9
55.2 % 2PT 51.7 %
40.6 % 3PT 37.1 %
81.2 % FT 81.0 %
86.3 PIR 81.7

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
80.0 Points 80.5
33.5 Rebounds 29.7
10.0 O. Rebounds 8.8
23.5 D. Rebounds 20.9
15.9 Assists 17.4
6.0 Steals 7.9
2.3 Blocks 3.4
51.1 % 2PT 53.2 %
37.1 % 3PT 37.0 %
79.5 % FT 78.4 %
89.1 PIR 92.1
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Brose Bamberg vs. Zalgiris Kaunas

· Brose Bamberg won the German Cup by holding off FC Bayern Munich 71-74 in the final on Sunday. Fabien Causeur scored 18 points and Daniel Theis posted 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for Bamberg.

· Zalgiris Kaunas recaptured the Lithuanian Cup with a dominant second half to defeat Lietkabelis Panevezys 84-63. Kevin Pangos and Brock Motum scored 14 points apiece and Pangos also delivered 7 assists to pace the winners.

· Zalgiris defeated Bamberg 86-72 in Round 9 as Paulius Jankunas collected 23 points and 9 rebounds and Kevin Pangos made a career-high 6 three-pointers on 12 attempts for 19 points and 6 assists. Daniel Theis had 15 points in defeat. Zalgiris set a season-high with 19 offensive rebounds, while making 11 three-pointers and shooting 17 of 18 from the free throw line in that game.

· Zalgiris center Robertas Javtokas blocked a career-best 5 shots in leading Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius to a 56-72 road win at Bamberg in March 2006.

· Zalgiris swingman Renaldas Seibutis scored a career-high 24 points against Bamberg in a November 2012 game.  

· Renaldas Seibutis collected a career-high 10 rebounds against Bamberg in a December 2012 game.

· Bamberg big man Leon Radosevic was a teammate of Zalgiris guard Renaldas Seibutis at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius during the 2012-13 season.

· Bamberg guard Nikos Zisis set career bests in scoring and performance index rating against Zalgiris in Kaunas last season. Zisis scored 25 points, drew 10 fouls and was perfect on 5 free throw attempts for an index rating of 35. Zalgiris won the Top 16 Round 9 game 75-73.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Brose Bamberg

Roster

Coach Trinchieri has used 12 different players in his starting lineups so far this season; only Nicolo Melli has started every game.

Leon Kratzer will be making his EuroLeague debut with his first appearance this season.

Streaks

Darius Miller has hit at least 1 three-point shot in nine straight and 22 of his last 23 EuroLeague games.

Nikos Zisis has made 21 consecutive free throws in EuroLeague games.

Janis Strelnieks has hit at least one three-point shot in nine straight EuroLeague games. He is 23 for 43 (53.5%) from downtown over that stretch.

Nicolo Melli has collected at least 1 steal in 11 of his last 12 EuroLeague games.

Rankings

Nikos Zisis ranks fourth all-time in EuroLeague appearances with 275.

Zisis is in eighth place all time in the EuroLeague in assists with 772. Juan Carlos Navarro sits in seventh place with 791 and counting.

Nicolo Melli is the EuroLeague’s leading rebounder this season with 7.8 per game. He is also ranked fourth this season with an average performance index rating of 18.2.

Darius Miller is the EuroLeague’s co-leader this season with 49 three-point shots made.

Records/Milestones

Fabien Causeur needs 18 points to reach 1,000 for his EuroLeague career.

Causeur is 1 steal shy of reaching 100 EuroLeague steals in his career.

Nicolo Melli needs 4 steals to reach 100 for his EuroLeague career.

Nikos Zisis needs 10 free throws to catch Dejan Bodiroga for 15th place on the EuroLeague career free throws made charts with 443. He enters Round 21 tied with 433 free throws made and tied with Sani Becirovic for 17th place. Louis Bullock (437) is 16th.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Roster

Both Kevin Pangos and Paulius Jankunas have started every EuroLeague game this season for Zalgiris.

Streaks

Paulius Jankunas has had a performance index rating in double figures in 12 straight games.

Arturas Milaknis has made at least 1 three-point shot in 15 of his last 16 EuroLeague games.

Rankings

Paulius Jankunas is tied with Fran Vazquez for sixth place on the all-time list with 254 EuroLeague appearances.

Jankunas is ranked 11th on the all-time scoring list with 2,351 points. He has scored the fifth-most career-points among active players.

Jankunas is ranked second on the EuroLeague all-time charts with 435 offensive boards.

Robertas Javtokas enters Round 23 ranked seventh on the all-time list for blocked shots with 144. CSKA big man Kyle Hines is sixth with 148 and counting.

Records/Milestones

Leo Westermann is 18 points shy of reaching 500 for his career.

Paulius Jankunas needs 37 points to enter the top 10 on the EuroLeague career scoring list. He has 2,351 points for 11th place; J.R. Holden (2,388) is 10th.

Robertas Javtokas needs 14 rebounds to reach 800 for his EuroLeague career.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
1 - 10
Brose Bamberg Zalgiris Kaunas
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
Brose Bamberg
Home record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 1-4
Away record vs. Zalgiris Kaunas: 0-6
Zalgiris Kaunas
Home record vs. Brose Bamberg: 6-0
Away record vs. Brose Bamberg: 4-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2016-17 24 November 2016 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 86 - 72 Brose Bamberg
2015-16 04 March 2016 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 75 - 73 Brose Baskets Bamberg
2015-16 08 January 2016 Top 16 Brose Baskets Bamberg 96 - 63 Zalgiris Kaunas
2013-14 19 December 2013 Regular Season Brose Baskets Bamberg 80 - 84 Zalgiris Kaunas
2013-14 14 November 2013 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 91 - 81 Brose Baskets Bamberg
2012-13 04 April 2013 Top 16 Zalgiris Kaunas 90 - 81 Brose Baskets Bamberg
2012-13 14 February 2013 Top 16 Brose Baskets Bamberg 87 - 88 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 15 December 2011 Regular Season Brose Baskets 68 - 82 Zalgiris Kaunas
2011-12 10 November 2011 Regular Season Zalgiris Kaunas 81 - 70 Brose Baskets
2005-06 26 January 2006 Regular Season Zalgiris 86 - 65 GHP Bamberg
2005-06 01 December 2005 Regular Season GHP Bamberg 72 - 79 Zalgiris