2015-16Top 16Round 10
March 10, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.8 Points 81.9
38.8 Rebounds 36.6
10.3 O. Rebounds 11.7
28.5 D. Rebounds 24.8
15.0 Assists 19.5
7.9 Steals 8.6
3.8 Blocks 4.8
13.6 Turnovers 13.0
51.5 % 2PT 53.3 %
35.1 % 3PT 34.5 %
79.0 % FT 70.5 %
93.5 Index 94.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.3 / Bourousis Points 16.7 / Shved
9.4 / Bourousis Rebounds 6.6 / Augustine
2.1 / Bourousis OR 2.8 / Augustine
7.3 / Bourousis DR 3.8 / Augustine
3.8 / Adams Assists 6.1 / Rice
1.5 / Adams Steals 1.4 / Shved
1.2 / Hanga Blocks 1.1 / Augustine
2.5 / Adams Turnovers 3.1 / Rice
77.8 % / Corbacho 2PT 67.7 % / Augustine
41.2 % / Causeur 3PT 52.4 % / Vyaltsev
100.0 % / Corbacho FT 94.7 % / Koponen
21.9 / Bourousis Index 16.4 / Augustine


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-3 Top 16 5-4
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
12-7 Overall 10-9


Crew Chief
PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

Khimki topped Laboral 76-68 behind 24 points from Alexey Shved and a career-best 13 assists from Tyrese Rice in Round 3. Khimki is the third-best scoring in the Top 16 (84.2 ppg.), but Laboral has one of the best defenses when playing at home (70.5 ppg. in the Top 16) so setting the right game tempo will be critical. Khimki will try to run its offense through Rice and Petteri Koponen to get Shved and Zoran Dragic in the open court. Laboral relies on its point guard duo of Darius Adams and Mike James to play hard on-the-ball defense against Rice. Shved and Dragic will not have it easy against Fabien Causeur and Jaka Blazic, while Adam Hanga faces an intriguing matchup against Tyler Honeycutt as two very good rebounders at the small forward position go face to face. Of course, Laboral must find the way to stop center Ioannis Bourousis, who ranks fifth in performance index ranking this season (21.9) and leads the Euroleague in rebounds (9.4 rpg.). With Toko Shengelia sidelined, Kim Tillie and Davis Bertans will split minutes at power forward against Josh Boone and Sergey Monya. Meanwhile, Ilimane Diop and Darko Planinic will help Bourousis against two very good offensive players, Paul Davis and James Augustine. Laboral leads the Euroleague in rebounds (38.8 rpg.) and Khimki ranks third (36.6), so expect that to be a key to this great game.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.4 boards per game.

Bourousis is 6 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Bourousis is shooting 12 for 25 from downtown (48%) at home this season compared to 4-for-22 shooting (18.2%) from behind the arc on the road.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 straight Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in nine straight Euroleague games.

Ilimane Diop has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight Euroleague games.

Davis Bertans has made at least 3 three-pointers in three of his last four Euroleague games; he is shooting 10 for 18 from downtown (55.6%) over that stretch.

Khimki Moscow Region

Khimki leads the Euroleague this season in blocked shots with 4.8 per game and in steals with 8.6 per game.

Tyrese Rice has recorded at least 1 steal in 14 straight Euroleague games.

Alexey Shved has scored in double figures in each of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Petteri Koponen has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

James Augustine has a performance index rating of at least 10 in every Top 16 game so far this season.

Zoran Dragic has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Dragic has been a teammate of Laboral guard Jaka Blazic on the Slovenian national team over each of the past three summers at either the EuroBasket or World Cup competitions. They also played together during the 2009-10 season for Slovan Ljubljana in the Slovenian League.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"All games are key in the Top 16. Khimki plays great fastbreak, they score easy baskets in transition, where you can see the quality of their backcourt players, who can get advantages and score easily. They steal a lot of balls by intuition and thanks to the athleticism of its players. That's where theybreak the games. We must play a great game if we want to compete against them."
Khimki Moscow Region
"After a good win over Barcelona it looked like we were back on track with energy and enthusiasm but the last VTB United League game with Lokomotiv Kuban showed that there is still a place for a little concern. Nevertheless, we had two days for practice and made good trainings. So now, everything will depend on our mood, our effort and the desire to win. Laboral Kutxa plays really well right now as they crushed Bilbao couple of days ago and struggled with Olympiacos last week. We know coach Perasovic and his combinations. He likes fast basketball with huge energy. If we manage to maintain their rhythm, everything will be on us. If not, there will be problems."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"This game is key because if we win it, it could boost us to the top. Khimki is a team who can score easily, with talented players in the backcourt plus inside they have Augustine, who hurt us a lot in Moscow. One of their virtues is the pick and roll with Rice and Augustine and also Shved's talent. We will need our fans for this game. At home it's always important to create an oppressive atmosphere and the fans are the key to that."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It’s gonna be a good game. We want to win to move to the next round of playoffs. Therefore, we have to put in the last loss against Lokomotiv and do what we did with Barcelona. Laboral Kutxa is a very fast team and we have to make good stops, be focused out there and remember their plays. They have some good shooters and the big guys can make shots also. We should also make runs."

Bourousis posts another double-double as Laboral Kutxa routs Khimki

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz took another important step towards the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs by downing Khimki Moscow Region 98-83 in front of over 12,000 fans at Fernando Buesa Arena on Thursday. Laboral improved to 7-3 in Group F, while Khimki dropped to 5-5. Ioannis Bourousis posted 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for his 10th double-double of the season for Laboral, while Darius Adams and Fabien Causeur shined with 17 points apiece. Davis Bertans added 13 points and Adam Hanga 12 for Laboral. Alexey Shved led Khimki with 19 points and 6 assists. Paul Davis added 18 points, Petteri Koponen 15 and Tyrese Rice dished 10 assists for Khimki, which was without Tyler Honeycutt and James Augustine. Hanga shined early to give Laboral a 7-5 lead. Josh Boone stepped up for Khimki and three-pointers by Shved, Koponen and Egor Vyaltsev gave the guests a 21-24 lead after 10 minutes. Laboral found its regular go-to guy in Bourousis, who got help from Jaka Blazic to help the hosts regain the lead, 38-37. Boone and an unstoppable Davis allowed Khimki to get a 45-46 edge at halftime. Causeur had 12 points in the third quarter and an incredible buzzer-beating triple by Mike James made it a double-digit game through three quarters. Bertans shined at both ends early in the fourth as Laboral boosted its margin to 85-66 and never looked back.

First quarter: Three-pointers put Khimki ahead

Both teams struggled to score early until Hanga took over with a three-point play. Sergey Monya answered from downtown, but he didn't find much help around. Khimki tried a more athletic lineup with Josh Boone at center. Ilimane Diop and Boone exchanged free throws and an acrobatic basket by Adams restored a 7-5 Laboral lead. Shved struck from downtown to give Khimki its first lead, 7-8. Hanga kept pushing Laboral with a backdoor layup, but back-to-back baskets by Davis put the guests back ahead, 9-12. Petteri Koponen buried a three-pointer, but free throws by Hanga brought the hosts within 4. Adams took over with a coast-to-coast layup that Egor Vyaltsev bettered with a bomb from downtown. Davis Bertans joined the three-point shootout, but a layup by Boone gave Khimki a 16-20 lead. Adams hit a big triple and Adams erased Shved's driving basket with a backdoor layup. Boone scored down low to make it 21-24 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Davis keeps visitors in charge

Bourousis scored around the basket early in the quarter. Davis swished a jump hook and had a huge block, which allowed Zoran Dragic to score at the other end for a 23-28 lead. Hanga ignited Laboral's crowd with a coast-to-coast layup that a red-hot Davis matched with a tip-in. Bourousis hit one from beyond the arc and bettered Davis's layup with another triple that brought the hosts as close as 31-32. Jaka Blazic made free throws, which Dragic erased with a layup. Bertans and Shved traded shots from way downtown and a layup by Blazic put Laboral back ahead, 38-37. Boone kept pacing Khimki and a layup by Causeur tied it at 40-40. Bourousis hit a turnaround jumper, but Koponen matched it with free throws and a jumper by Tyrese Rice put the guests back in charge, 42-44. Blazic buried a three-pointer, but a layup by Davis fixed the halftime score at 45-46.

Third quarter: Causeur shines as Laboral takes off

Shved downed a mid-range jumper right after the break, as Laboral was held scoreless for two minutes. Davis buried his trademark mid-range jumper off the baseline, which Causeur bettered with a three-pointer to make it 48-50. Causeur insisted from downtown and Adams ignited the crowd with a huge dunk that prompted Khimki to call timeout at 53-50, after an 8-0 run. Davis tried to change things with free throws, but Causeur erased those with a backdoor layup and Hanga added a wild three-point play that gave Laboral a 6-point lead. Kim Tillie nailed a catch-and-shoot three-pointer, which Causeur followed with free throws to make it a double-digit game, 63-52. Rice drew a couple of fouls and hit all 4 free throws to give Khimki fresh air. Bourousis scored around the basket and free throws by Causeur and Blazic set a 69-57 Laboral lead. Koponen took over with a four-point play, but Mike James banked in an 11-meter, buzzer-beating shot on the third-quarter buzzer for a 72-61 Laboral lead.

Fourth quarter: Bertans takes over as hosts cruise to victory

Davis and Bourousis exchanged baskets early in the quarter and a driving layup by James gave Laboral a 13-point lead. Koponen nailed another three-pointer, but free throws by Bertans kept the hosts way ahead at 78-66 with seven minutes left. Bourousis took over with a layup and Bertans turned defense into offense with a huge block on Koponen and a put-back slam at the other end that broke the game open at 82-66. Khimki tried to speed up the game tempo without much success and Bertans buried an outstanding step-back triple for an 85-66 lead. Shved followed free throws with a driving layup to make it 85-70. Both teams fought now for point difference, since Khimki had registered an 8-point home win in Top 16 Round 3. James took over with a dunk and Causeur hit a triple, but so did Shved and Vyaltsev. Vyaltsev insisted from downtown, but Adams and Tillie capped a near-perfect win.

Darius Adams - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Attendance: 12189
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz21457298
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 19:06 7 2/4 1/1   1 3 4 2   1       1 11
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 28:24 17 2/7 3/5 4/4 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 4 4 13
6 PLANINIC, DARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 HANGA, ADAM 26:38 12 4/5 0/1 4/4 1 6 7   1 3 1   4 5 17
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 30:33 16 5/8 2/4 0/2 2 11 13 6 1 3     1 4 29
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 22:47 9 1/3 1/3 4/4   1 1     1   1 3 2 3
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 9:27 2 0/1   2/2 2   2     1     2 1 1
14 TILLIE, KIM 22:23 5 0/1 1/1 2/2   2 2 2 2 1 1     2 12
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 23:05 17 6/8 1/6 2/2 1 5 6 3 1 3     3 1 15
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 17:37 13 1/1 3/4 2/2 2   2 1   2 1   3 1 12
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 98 21/38 12/25 20/22 10 33 43 15 6 17 3 2 20 21 115
        55.3% 48% 90.9%
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 RICE, TYRESE 33:06 6 1/3 0/2 4/4   4 4 10   3     2 3 14
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 29:50 19 4/8 3/7 2/2       6 1     1 1 5 21
3 DRAGIC, ZORAN 16:13 4 2/4 0/2   1   1   1 1     3   -2
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 BOONE, JOSH 27:43 9 3/6   3/4 1 5 6         1 4 3 9
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 27:35 15 1/5 3/5 4/5   2 2 2 1 2   1 1 4 13
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 13:16 9   3/5             1     3 2 5
10 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ILNITSKIY, STANISLAV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 24:43 3 0/2 1/3     4 4 2 1   1   5   2
33 HONEYCUTT, TYLER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 DAVIS, PAUL 27:34 18 8/17   2/2 3 2 5   3 1 1   4 2 15
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 83 19/45 10/24 15/17 8 20 28 20 7 9 2 3 23 19 82
        42.2% 41.7% 88.2%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think that it was clear that we struggled for the first two quarters. We played an open game then and we didn't feel comfortable. Both teams scored a lot, were very accurate, and both defenses were less aggressive and intense than we usually like to play. In the third quarter the team was much better, we managed to allow just 15 points, and thanks to a 4-point play in the last seconds from a very talented team that possesses a great potential. That was very important. We played a great second half. Some players that were not so good in the first one reacted in the second and found the accuracy they missed before. "
Khimki Moscow Region
"First of all I want to congratulate Laboral Kutxa. They got a great victory. For sure Coach Perasovic did a great job. We managed to follow our game plan in the first half, doing the things we wanted to do, but we didn't have energy for 40 minutes. We lost control of the game and they made difficult shots in some moments. They proved they are a very strong team."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"There is not much to say. I feel very happy; we managed to win a very difficult game against a very good team. That's the main point tonight. We played much better defense in the second half. We raised our intensity, defended harder, rebounded better and some other things we usually do and that tonight we missed in the beginning. When you face such a great team like this you have to put a lot of pressure on the ball. I want to play the [playoffs]. It's a dream for me."
Khimki Moscow Region
"It’s not the first time this has happened this season. Many times we came apart in the third quarter and it was that way again today. We were up by 5 and then we let the game go. We have to add another gear to our game, to fight for every ball, to stay in the game for longer. We allowed them to score 98 points, and it's very hard to win on the road that way. We had a lot of problems again in defense, teams scored a lot of points against us. We need to do a better job in the defensive end. It's true that we missed James Augustine because of the injury, James is playing very good this season and of course it's important for us, but the eight guys we played today must fight every minute. It all starts in the defensive end, we got a lot of talent and we know that we are always going to find points, but we have to do a better job on defense."
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