2015-16Top 16Round 9
March 03, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

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83.7 Points 77.4
36.1 Rebounds 34.4
11.3 O. Rebounds 10.6
24.8 D. Rebounds 23.8
20.1 Assists 16.9
5.7 Steals 8.1
3.4 Blocks 2.3
13.2 Turnovers 14.7
51.3 % 2PT 52.5 %
41.3 % 3PT 37.8 %
69.6 % FT 76.9 %
95.1 Index 87.6

Player Stats

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11.8 / Saric Points 16.7 / Delaney
5.5 / Brown Rebounds 5.9 / Claver
2.1 / Dunston OR 2.2 / Singleton
3.9 / Saric DR 4.6 / Claver
7.8 / Heurtel Assists 5.7 / Delaney
0.8 / Heurtel Steals 1.7 / Randolph
1.1 / Dunston Blocks 0.8 / Singleton
3.0 / Heurtel Turnovers 2.9 / Delaney
64.3 % / Duverioglu 2PT 69.2 % / Fesenko
50.0 % / Diebler 3PT 48.7 % / Broekhoff
94.3 % / Saric FT 87.5 % / Delaney
15.6 / Heurtel Index 20.4 / Delaney


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-5 Top 16 6-2
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
9-9 Overall 14-4


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JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

In Game of the Week on Thursday, Anadolul Efes Istanbul hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in a game that could leave a major impact on all of Group E. A Lokomotiv victory helps to widen the gap between the top four teams, which includes Lokomotiv in second place, and the bottom four, led by Efes in fifth place. However an Efes win shrinks the gap between second place and fifth place to just two wins. For the latter scenario, the result would go against the two teams current momentums; Efes has lost three in a row, while Lokomotiv has won its last three games. And Lokomotiv center Anthony Randolph has been among the league’s top players in that recent stretch, scoring from all over the court and anchoring a defense that that holds opposing teams to 71.1 points and forces 15.2 turnovers – both best in the Top 16. Offensively, Lokomotiv leads the Top 16 in three-pointers made (11.6 per game), but Efes is third in that category for the season (9.6). Efes is also second in three-point percentage (41.3%) and second in assists (20.1). In their Top 16 round 2 clash in Russia, Lokomotiv won by a single point. Coach Dusko Ivkovic will need reigning two-time Euroleague Best Defender Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus to limit Randolph, even though they both have a significant height disadvantage in that matchup. Former Lokomotiv star Derrick Brown and Dario Saric will square off against Victor Claver at power forward. Malcolm Delaney is the visitors’ first option on offense whether he is playing point guard or shooting guard. He is joined by Evgeny Voronov and former Efes guards Dontaye Draper and Matt Janning in a dynamic backcourt, which will seek to control assists leader Thomas Heurtel and –if available – Jayson Granger at point guard and three-point ace Jon Diebler on the wing. Efes’s young and energetic Cedi Osman and Lokomotiv’s savvy Ryan Broekhoff will play much of the minutes at small forward. On paper, there is little that separates these teams, which makes for a great matchup.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Coach Dusan Ivkovic has used 12 different players in the starting lineup so far this season.

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader in assists with 7.8 per game; He is now the competition’s all-time leader in assists per game too with an average of 5.4 per game. Heurtel has delivered at least 5 assists in every game so far this season.

Dario Saric has made 31 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Jon Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Cedi Osman has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Osman has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Alex Tyus is last in the league among qualified players in free throw accuracy at 46.8%.

Derrick Brown made his European basketball debut with Lokomotiv in 2012-13 and spent three seasons with the club, during which he led it to the 2013 Eurocup. He played alongside current Lokomotiv players Malcolm Delaney, Anthony Randolph, Andrey Zubkov, Evgeny Voronov and Maxim Kolyushkin.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Lokomotiv is the only team to have three players start every game so far this season; They are Ryan Broekhoff, Victor Claver and Malcolm Delaney.

Malcolm Delaney leads the league in minutes played this season with an average of 33:44 per game.

Delaney leads the league in fouls drawn with 118 (6.6 per game).

Delaney was the Top 16 Round 2 MVP after leading Lokomotiv to a come-from-behind 78-77 victory over Efes with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He made 4 of 7 three pointers and 9 of 10 free throws in the victory.

Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague appearances.

Delaney has made 19 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Anthony Randolph comes off a historic performance in last week’s victory over Cedevita. He was the Top 16 Round 8 MVP after recording 28 points on 9-of-10 two-point shooting, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for a performance index rating of 43, which was a new club record and tied for the fifth-best index in Top 16 history.

Randolph has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight Euroleague games.

Ryan Broekhoff has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Broekhoff has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Georgios Bartzokas coached Efes center Bryant Dunston at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2013-14 season. Together they won the Intercontinental Cup and Dunston claimed the first of his back-to-back Euroleague Best Defender trophies.

Dontaye Draper played for Anadolu Efes last season and helped the club win the Turkish Cup; he played under current Efes coach Dusan Ivkovic and alongside much of the current roster.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"For the first time in Top 16 we have a Game of the Week in Istanbul. I think that this game absolutely deserves to be the game of the week. Lokomotiv Kuban is in very good shape and they play very good basketball. We have experience, we have played well in Krasnodar in the first game against Lokomotiv Kuban and have lost with the last shot. But this game is absolutely a different game. We have to play good, aggressive defense and must control their high percentage of three poitns shots. In Top 16 they are at the top with 93 three pointers made and have a percentage of % 40. We have to be ready to create mismatches to them."
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We have to get ready for a resilient fight. Andolou Efes will do all it takes to improve their standings and they surely have enough talent, experience and knowledge to do that. But we should just not think about the standings, about playing on the road, about recent victories and tough calendar ahead and just play the game the way we know we can."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This will be a very important game for us at home. After now we will play all the remaining Top 16 games in Istanbul. We must turn this into an advantage, and must grab the most wins in six games and want to qualify for the playoffs."
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Anadolu Efes is real strong at home, and they obviously need this win. They're not a team that can be satisfied with their position in the standings and they're more than capable of improving it. But on our team everybody knows that when we play our game we are really good. We should maintain the level of play we demonstrated in our recent games and be mentally prepared for a tough game."

Delaney, Randolph lead Lokomotiv past Efes in Istanbul

Riding a three-game winning streak and the competition’s best defense, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar went on the road to defeat Anadolu Efes Istanbul 61-76 in Game of the Week on Thursday. Lokomotiv improved to 7-2 and will be no lower than second place in Group E after Friday’s game, while Efes dropped its fourth straight to fall to 3-6. Anthony Randolph was all over the place from the start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as Lokomotiv took control early on. Malcolm Delaney joined in the second quarter to help build a 28-38 halftime lead. The margin quickly grew to 13 points in the third, and Efes never came closer than 6 points rest of the way as it did not have an answer for Lokomotiv’s defense, while Victor Claver, Delaney and Randolph made plays for the visitors on offense. Delaney finished with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Randolph had 17 with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Claver scored 14 with 9 rebounds. Thomas Heurtel was the lone Efes scorer in double figures with 17 and also had 7 rebounds. Jayson Granger and Cedi Osman contributed with 9 points apiece in defeat.

First quarter: Randolph scores 10 to pace visitors early

Randolph opened the scoring with a fastbreak layup and after Ryan Broekhoff made a runner, Randolph's basket inside and a put-back made it 0-8. Efes did not score for almost four minutes before Heurtel banked a floater of the glass. Bryant Dunston followed with a pair of baskets inside, including a dunk, before a corner triple from Matt Janning made it 6-11. Heurtel answered with a three-pointer, and his foul shots put the hosts in front 12-11. The same player banked one in on a breakaway, and Alex Tyus scored inside to make it 16-13. But Randolph answered with a pair of long jumpers, including a tough turnaround buzzer-beater that made it 16-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Lokomotiv pulls away behind Delaney

Chris Singleton and Delaney opened the quarter with back-to-back triples, and after Jayson Granger knocked one down for Efes, Delaney buried another to make it 19-26. Efes answered with close range baskets from Tyus and Derrick Brown, before Furkan Korkmaz nailed a three to tie the score at 26-26 midway through the quarter. But Sergey Bykov made a fastbreak layup for Lokomotiv, and Singleton scored from close range. Andrey Zubkov continued the run with a pair of layups, each after an assist from Delaney, who then made free throws to open a 10-point lead. Heurtel snapped the 0-10 run by banking in from short range, but Bykov’s free throws made it 28-38 at halftime.

Third quarter: Visitors’ lead reaches 13 points

Granger’s coast-to-coast layup started the second half, but Claver scored on a back-door cut after Delaney’s inbound pass. Granger made a driving layup, but Janning answered with a jumper and Claver buried a triple to open a 32-45 advantage. Brown scored a put-back, but Claver replied by driving the lane for a two-handed dunk. Osman hit a triple for Efes, before Dario Saric hit from long range and close range to cut within 42-49. Delaney’s fastbreak dunk pushed the margin back to double figures, before Granger made a floater for the hosts, reducing the deficit to 44-53.

Fourth quarter: Lokomotiv closes it out in style

Tyus scored a put-back to open the fourth-quarter scoring, and after Delaney made a tough baseline jumper, Osman bettered it with a corner triple to make it 49-55. After a timeout, Claver nailed a triple, then drove for a reverse layup and a double-digit lead. Heurtel replied with a three-pointer, but a Coach Dusan Ivkovic’s technical allowed Delaney to make 3 of 3 from foul line and open a 52-63 cushion with 5:48 to go. Neither team scored for more than three minutes, before Saric split free throws and ended his streak of 32 consecutive made free throws. After a timeout, Granger missed both foul shots for Efes, before Randolph’s short turnaround jumper made it 53-66, sealing the deal with two minutes to go. Before the game’s end, Delaney and Heurtel traded baskets and Broekhoff hit a triple, extending his personal streak to 11 games with at least one three-pointer, 57-72. Randolph scored inside, and drove cost-to-coast for a layup-plus-foul, before Osman rounded out the scoring with a three-pointer.

Malcolm Delaney - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - EB15
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Attendance: 4139
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar17385376
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 16:59 6 3/4   0/2 2 4 6   1       1 2 11
3 BAYKAN, OGULCAN 3:44                              
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 7:47   0/1       1 1 1         2   -1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 20:50 4 2/5 0/2   2 2 4     2 1   3   -1
6 OSMAN, CEDI 29:10 9 0/3 3/5   3 4 7 1   2     2 1 9
9 SARIC, DARIO 25:03 8 1/2 1/4 3/4   6 6 2 1 1   1 2 3 11
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 11:26 3 0/1 1/1 0/2       1   2     3 2 -2
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 18:27 9 3/6 1/4 0/2   2 2 3   2   1 2 3 4
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 31:24 17 4/7 2/4 3/4 1 6 7 3 1 5   1 2 6 20
33 DIEBLER, JON 18:53   0/1 0/4     1 1 1   2     2 2 -5
41 KOSUT, EMIRCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 16:17 5 2/4   1/2 1   1     1   1 4 1 -2
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 61 15/34 8/24 7/16 12 28 40 12 3 17 1 4 23 20 49
        44.1% 33.3% 43.8%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DELANEY, MALCOLM 36:01 19 3/7 2/6 7/7   5 5 6 2 4     1 8 27
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 20:09 5 1/4 1/2   2   2     2   1 3 3  
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 23:17 17 8/13 0/2 1/3 2 4 6 1 1 2 2   2 4 18
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 22:10   0/1 0/4         2 2   1   1   -1
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 29:48 14 3/5 2/4 2/2 3 6 9 2   2 1   2 2 20
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 13:38 5 1/2   3/4   2 2 2 1       3 3 8
12 JANNING, MATT 22:02 7 1/3 1/3 2/2   1 1           2 2 4
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 9:33         2   2           2 1 1
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 6:46 4 2/2       1 1               5
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 16:36 5 1/2 1/2     5 5 1 1       4   6
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 76 20/39 7/23 15/18 9 26 35 14 7 12 4 1 20 23 88
        51.3% 30.4% 83.3%

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"This game was the Game of the Week. Lokomotiv Kuban was the better team on court and they deserved to win the game. We played very bad. This was our worst game of the season. We had a bad February. After losing three games in a row, this game was a big opportunity to come back for us. Our preparations were good, but I take responsibility. The team was very stressed and did not react. After opening the game 0-8, we tried hard and then tied the game at 26-26. After that the 12-2 run for Lokomotiv was very bad for us. All our trying was not enough to come back. Our main problem for us as technical point was reading mismatches. We had 11 turnovers in mismatches. This was our main problem. Our game control was bad. We had at the end 12 assists and 17 turnovers. Bad game for us. Kuban was the better team. I apologize to our fans."
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Great win for us. We have a record in Top 16 of seven wins and two losses. Congratulations for this to my players. My players did not lose concentration and were focused very well. Before the game we were aiming to stop Efes’s weapons in offense. Our priority was on Diebler, who is a very good three-point shooter. And we stopped him. We showed a very good defensive performance as a team. We succeeded in keeping Efes at 61 points on their home court. Every one of my players did an excellent defensive job. Efes is a good offensive team, so a 15-point win is very good for us. A 7-2 record is a very good success in the Top 16, but we won’t change our mentality. We will keep working hard."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We played very bad. Before the game we knew how crucial this game was. We showed a bad performance on the court."
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We knew it was important for us if we are trying to advance to the playoffs. This is a team we were pretty confident against whole week in preparations. We didn’t play as well against them at home in the first game. So we just knew if we fix few things we can get another win. We are happy with performance we had today. Next week against Fenerbahce will be tough game. We are two of the best teams in Euroleague. The first game we had control of the game for three quarters and almost whole fourth quarters. But they just showed how strong they are. This time we just need to learn from mistakes we made at the end of that game, and hopefully we can get a win at home."
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