2015-16Top 16Round 9
March 04, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.1 Points 76.9
33.6 Rebounds 32.7
10.2 O. Rebounds 7.9
23.4 D. Rebounds 24.7
14.7 Assists 17.2
5.9 Steals 5.3
1.4 Blocks 2.1
14.2 Turnovers 12.6
47.5 % 2PT 51.8 %
34.5 % 3PT 40.2 %
77.9 % FT 79.0 %
69.6 Index 83.4

Player Stats

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11.7 / Jankunas Points 11.5 / Wanamaker
5.4 / Jankunas Rebounds 6.4 / Melli
1.8 / Vougioukas OR 1.9 / Radosevic
4.1 / Jankunas DR 5.4 / Melli
4.1 / Kalnietis Assists 4.0 / Wanamaker
0.9 / Lekavicius Steals 1.6 / Wanamaker
0.6 / Vougioukas Blocks 0.6 / Melli
2.4 / Kalnietis Turnovers 2.3 / Wanamaker
57.1 % / Vougioukas 2PT 66.7 % / Staiger
50.0 % / Lekavicius 3PT 50.0 % / Melli
100.0 % / Vene FT 100.0 % / Idbihi
13.3 / Jankunas Index 15.7 / Melli


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-7 Top 16 3-5
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
6-12 Overall 9-9


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The Take

Bamberg recorded its first-ever Top 16 win - after 21 losses - against Zalgiris earlier on in the Top 16, 96-63. The 33-point winning margin was also Bamberg's best in Euroleague play. Bamberg ranks third the Top 16 in three-point shooting (41.2%) and is first in free throw percentage (85.2%, with Zalgiris not far behind at 80.9%). Zalgiris must improve its two-point effectiveness (43.9%) to improve its chances to win the game. Jerome Randle has yet to play in the 2015-16 Euroleague, so Lukas Lekavicius and Kaspars Vecvagars face a tough test against Bamberg's elite point guards - Bradley Wanamaker, Nikos Zisis and Janis Strelnieks, who combined for 43 points in their team's home win against Zalgiris. Darius Miller and Patrick Heckmann give Coach Andrea Trincheiri more options at the wings against experienced players like Renaldas Seibutis and Martynas Pocius. Olivier Hanlan had 17 points in Bamberg, so his team will demand a lot from him and low-post specialist Edgaras Ulanovas. The battle in the paint will be critical, as Bamberg runs its pick-and-roll offense through Daniel Theis, Elias Harris, Leon Radosevic and especially Nicolo Melli, an unselfish big man (3 apg.) with deep range. Paulius Jankunas, Brock Motum and Ian Vougioukas, who comes off his first-ever Euroleague double-double last week, must step up to the challenge and dominate the boards. Expect a great basketball atmosphere at Zalgirio Arena and a highly competitive game, too.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

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

Paulius Jankunas trails the retired Mirsad Turkcan by 11 rebounds for third place on the all-time Euroleague charts. Turkcan retired with 1,287 career boards.

Jankunas needs 10 more points to reach the milestone of 2,000 for his Euroleague career.

Renaldas Seibutis has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Edgaras Ulanovas has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

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.

New signing Jerome Randle is due to make his Euroleague debut.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bamberg’s victory over Zalgiris earlier in the Top 16 was its first win against the team in their nine meetings.

Nicolo Melli is due to play in his 100th Euroleague game this week.

Melli has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Melli has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 28 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nikos Zisis has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"When talking about this game, we have to look back to our first meeting in January. We were always a step or two late in all situations. Our speed and aggressiveness was very low. I think our team realizes that now and we cannot allow for it to happen again. If we aren’t late and behind by a step, then we can look into other areas; which team makes better decisions, who is shooting better that night and so on. We have a new point guard in Jerome Randle, who comes into the game after missing a few weeks with the injury. He just made his debut for us in the Lithuanian league and we will try to incorporate him as much as possible into the team already on Friday."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It’s an extremely important game because we just lost a home game and if we want the flame alive, we need to be ready to have a super-solid performance. Kaunas under Saras is playing with confidence, especially home games. They have two super big veterans in the position four and five and a lot of young talent in the backcourt. They just signed a new player that can be a factor in pick and roll. It’s a scoring point guard: Randell. We have to focus on ourselves and try to perform, try to stay in the game with great concentration, reduce the number of mistakes and be very solid."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"We were practicing really hard before this game. Of course, we remember our last meeting in Bamberg and how bad it was. We want to be much better on Friday. Brose Baskets has a very fluent offense and they can shoot from outside with a great percentage. Strelnieks in my position and other perimeter players are great shooters. So our first task is to stop the flow in their offense and to put handcuffs on their three-point shots. We have to be aggressive in defense."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We know, that this is an important game for us. If we want to take the next step, then this is a key win. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I talked to Nikos Zisis about it. he played there before. It’s really tough to play there, but as long as we stay focused and play our game and our style of basketball – I think we’ll have a good chance."

Jankunas celebrates historic night by beating Bamberg

In a historic night for team captain Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris Kaunas edged Brose Baskets Bamberg 75-73 at Zalgirio Arena. Jankunas scored his 2,000th career point in the second quarter and overtook Mirsad Turkcan for third place in rebound in Euroleague history in the fourth. Jankunas now has 2,007 points and 1,289 rebounds in his career. The victory snapped a four-game slide and boosted the Lithuanian champs’ record to 2-7, while damaging Bamberg’s playoff hopes as the German champs fell to 3-6 – and two wins out of fourth place. Jankunas starred early as Zalgiris took control with a 13-2 first-quarter run. The hosts looked to pull away, but Nikos Zisis shined in a career night to keep Bamberg close throughout. It came down to the final minute; Ian Vougioukas put Zalgiris ahead by 2 with 30 seconds to go and Bamberg missed twice in the closing seconds with a chance to tie. Jankunas finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Vougioukas posted 13 points and 9 rebounds, Jerome Randle debuted with 12 points and 5 assists and Renaldas Seibutis scored 11. Zalgiris outrebounded Bamberg 43-26 – including 18 offensive rebounds, which made up for a disastrous three-point shooting night (1 of 14, 7.1%). In his 248th career Euroleague game, Zisis recorded a personal best with 25 points to lead Bamberg. Bradley Wanamaker added 14 points and Daniel Theis 10 in defeat.

First quarter: Hosts use 13-2 charge to take control

Even though Zalgiris won the opening tip, Wanamaker got the visitors on the scoreboard first with a jumper. Zalgiris extended its second possession with 2 offensive rebounds before Jankunas drew a foul and scored his team’s first points. A Nicoli Melli slam and Jankunas layup kept things even after three minutes. Melli buried a jumper and Janis Strelnieks hit a three-pointer to put Bamberg ahead 4-9. Jankunas remained the focal point for Zalgiris; his pass set up Seibutis for a layup and foul and then the big man tied it with a three. Leon Radosevic sank a jumper and Randle set up Vougioukas inside to make it 11-11 midway through the quarter. Vougioukas battled for an offensive rebound, which he turned into free throws. Fresh off the bench, Brock Motum forced a steal that resulted in a fast break layup by Randle for his first Euroleague points. Bamberg called a timeout to try and stop an 11-2 Zalgiris run. Instead, Zisis missed a layup and Jankunas added 2 free throws. However Zisis found Theis for an alley-oop to end the Bamberg drought. But the momentum remained with the hosts as Kaspars Vecvagars added free throws and Seibutis sank a floater for a 21-13 advantage. Zisis led Elias Harris to the hoop for a layup, but a red-hot Seibutis answered with a jumper. Darius Miller connected twice from the line only to see Randle sink a jumper. Theis’s foul shots in the closing seconds of the quarter made it 25-19.

Second quarter: Zisis, Wanamaker keep Bamberg close

Zisis made a mid-range jumper and Jankunas finished a tough layup in the first minute of the quarter. Miller took a seat with 3 fouls, but Strelnieks made a tough layup to keep the German champs close. Olivier Hanlan put back his own miss for a 30-23 Zalgiris cushion. Wanamaker cut into the deficit with a three-pointer before Theis added a jumper. More than three minutes had passed from Zalgiris’s last basket when Jankunas rejected Radosevic to trigger a fastbreak that Vecvagars finished with a basket-plus-foul. However Wanamaker drove for a layup that made it 33-30. Seibutis’s free throws were matched by a Wanamaker layup. Vougioukas was next at the line for 2 free throws before Zisis hit a pull-up jumper. Edgaras Ulanovas kept Zalgiris in front with an offensive rebound and post-up score. Zisis drew Bamberg back within 3 with free throws. Siim-Sander Vene and Zisis traded jumpers to end the first half at 41-38.

Third quarter: Visitors rally back to tie it, Randle pushes Zalgiris in front

Jankunas sank a jumper to start the second half and Seibutis darted into the paint for a layup. Zisis got Bamberg going with a jumper. Ulanovas scored inside before Zisis got a shooter’s bounce on a triple to bring Bamberg within 4. Jankunas drilled a jumper, but another Zisis triple made it 49-47. Melli blocked Hanlan’s layup, but Motum followed for an easy score. Theis sank free throws, but Bamberg gave the points back up by allowing an uncontested layup to Hanlan. A three by Wanamaker closed the gap to 53-52. Melli split free throws to even the score. Randle restored the Zalgiris lead with a jumper, but Melli found Theis for a slam. Vougioukas free throws and a Randle jumper gave the hosts a 59-55 lead at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Vougioukas free throws are the difference

Radosevic started the quarter with 2 free throws, then committed his fourth foul, stole a ball from Vougioukas and fouled out with an offensive foul. Baskets by Vene and Randle boosted the Zalgiris lead to 6. Vene grabbed Randle’s missed three and scored and Seibutis added a free throw to cap a 7-0 spurt for a 66-57 lead. Zisis revived Bamberg with a jumper and then a three-point play. Randle and Zisis traded jumpers. After a timeout, Melli nailed a three from the elbow to get within 68-67. Vougioukas made 3 free throws over two possessions and sent Theis to the bench with 5 fouls. Jankunas scored in the paint for a 6-point lead with three minutes remaining. Zisis sank 2 free throws and Patrick Heckman did the same. Wanamaker’s tough layup with 1:45 left evened the score at 73-73. Vougioukas put the hosts ahead with free throws with 30 seconds left. Zisis missed a layup in the closing seconds and Zalgiris collected the rebounds, but Ulanovas traveled with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Bamberg one last chance, but Strelnieks missed a layup at the buzzer.

Paulius Jankunas - Zalgiris Kaunas - EB15
Friday, March 4, 2016
Attendance: 9195
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RANDLE, JEROME 26:41 12 6/10 0/4         5 1       2 1 9
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 17:32 7 3/4   1/2 2 2 4 1 1 1     3 2 9
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 6:44   0/1 0/1     1 1 1 2       1 1 2
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 29:34 11 4/7 0/3 3/5   1 1 3   2   1 2 5 7
12 MOTUM, BROCK 12:04 2 1/2 0/1   2 1 3   1 1     1   2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 27:01 17 5/9 1/2 4/4 3 10 13 2   2 1 1 2 4 27
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 23:23 13 1/7   11/12 5 4 9 2   2     1 9 23
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS 13:22 5 1/3   3/3                 4 2 1
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 15:56 4 2/6 0/1   3   3     1   2 4   -5
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 27:43 4 2/3 0/2   3 4 7     2     3   3
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 75 25/52 1/14 22/26 18 25 43 14 5 11 1 4 23 24 80
        48.1% 7.1% 84.6%
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
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 32:24 8 2/5 1/3 1/2   6 6 3 1   2   3 3 14
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 27:12 25 7/10 2/4 5/5 1 1 2 4   1       10 35
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 9:32     0/5                   1   -6
10 THEIS, DANIEL 16:08 10 3/5 0/1 4/4 1 4 5     3 1   5 3 8
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 30:49 14 4/5 2/4     3 3 2 2 5     1 2 14
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 28:21 5 1/2 1/2     3 3 3   2     4   3
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 6:51 2 1/2               1     1   -1
21 MILLER, DARIUS 5:40 2     2/2         1       3 1 1
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 23:08 2 0/2   2/2   1 1 1 2   1   1 2 6
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 19:55 5 1/3   3/4   3 3 1 1 1   1 5 2 2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 19/34 6/19 17/19 3 23 26 14 7 13 4 1 24 23 79
        55.9% 31.6% 89.5%

Head Coaches

Zalgiris Kaunas
"We are very happy for the victory tonight. To win a game in this group is very hard. The game was exactly what we expected. We had a solid lead, but we lack experience and the final minutes of the game are always hard. A few times we were in control of the game, but we were not able to finish it calmly. The most important thing is the victory. Brose Baskets plays well as a team, so we wanted to let play just one player, not five, and that‘s why Nikos Zisis was hot and scored 25 points. Honestly I thought we were going to play overtime when Janis Strelnieks had a good opportunity to tie the game, but he missed and I‘m happy for the win tonight. "
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It‘s a mistake to think about a missed shot when you lose a close game. An open shot is not a bad decision, but we were not good enough and not even decent enough on the glass. When you let your opponent to grab 18 offensive rebounds, you can‘t play. So I‘m surprised that we finished a game with a single possession difference. We had just 3 offensive rebounds and they outplayed us in rebounding. It was a tough game. We had foul trouble, but we found a way to come back, but made some bad turnovers in the last quarter. Nevertheless, I have no regrets for my players’ desire and will. My big regret is my team’s toughness on rebounding."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"It was a close game and we never thought that we have the win in our pocket. We had a 9-10 points lead, but we knew Brose Baskets always plays till the last second. We played in front of our fans and improved a lot from the last meeting against Brose Baskets, which allowed us to win tonight. "
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"I want to congratulate Zalgiris. It was a tough game. We had our chances, but our opponents took 18 offensive rebounds. They had 17 more rebounds than us. We lost by 2 points and I think poor rebounding cost us the game. We fought hard; we tried to play without our important player, Darius Miller. When you play on the road in the Top 16 and opponents grab 18 offensive rebounds, I think it is very hard to win a game."
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