2014-15Top 16Round 10
March 12, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 CEC NAGORNY

Nizhny rallies to steal 89-85 win from Laboral

After playing for 37 minutes without the lead, Nizhny Novgorod kept its hat in the ring for a playoff spot by rallying to defeat visiting Laboral Kutxa Vitoria 89-85 on Thursday. Nizhny improves to 3-7 in Group E, while Laboral dropped to 4-6 despite having matched the game's highest lead at 66-74 with 7 minutes left. After that, Nizhny used a spark from substitute Evgeny Baburin to get close while Trey Thompkins hit the go-ahead shot during a late 11-0 run that decided the game. Thompkins paced the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds, marking his fifth double-double of the Top 16. Gal Mekel came off the bench with 20 points, while Taylor Rochestie had 14 and 9 assists for Nizhny, which played without injured Tarence Kinsey. Artsiom Parakhouski added 13 points and Baburin 12. For Laboral, Davis Bertans had 21 points to lead five double-figure scorers. Fabien Causeur added 13, Tornike Shengelia and Mike James 11 each, and Darius Adams 10, but the visitors just ran out of steam at the finish.

First Quarter: Laboral shoots its way ahead

Within seconds of tipoff, Rochestie found Thompkins open for a three-pointer and Bertans answered for Laboral with a running hook shot. Adams pulled up for the visitors' first triple and then Bertans did the same to quickly put Laboral in front 3-8. Rochestie fed Semen Antonov for another three from the corner, while Causeur scored on a layup and 1 of 2 free throws to make it 6-11. Parakhouski scored inside for Nizhny before Shengelia struck from the arc. After Rochestie added his name Nizhny's scoring column, Causeur became his team's fourth player to make a three-pointer already, for a 10-17 lead. After a timeout, Nizhny got a free throw from Mekel and a tip-in from Vladimir Ivlev. Mekel then fed Thompkins for a layup, but free throws from Colton Iverson and Adams made it 15-21. Rochestie knocked a basket off the difference before Mirza Begic added a free throw for the visitors on what was Ivlev's fourth foul in less than 3 minutes on the floor. Adams finished the quarter as he started it, from downtown, restoring a six-point lead, 19-25, for Laboral.

Second Quarter: Nizhny keeps coming back

Begic backed down and upped the lead to 19-27 with a hook shot but Mekel got those 2 points back with a layup for Nizhny. Rochestie bettered Begic's single free throw with a back-door layup and 2 free throws of his own to make it 25-28. Begic made another layup in the post before Antonov appeared on the three-point line to cut the deficit to 28-30. Thompkins took the honor of tying the game from the foul line, but it only lasted until Iverson slammed a miss and James downed a fastbreak layup to make it 30-34. Thompkins and Shengelia exchanged strong inside baskets next. Bertans stepped up with a big three-pointer off a broken play, but after a timeout, Thompkins matched him. Adams and Mekel traded near-identical runners from either lane. Bertans drained free throws for a 37-43 difference but goal-tended a shot by Parakhouski at the other end. Laboral turned over what would have been the half's last possession, without a shot, allowing Rochestie to race downcourt and feed Baburin for a buzzer-beating layup and a 41-43 scoreboard at the break.

Third Quarter: Visitors refuse to be passed

Bertans fed Begic inside to start the second half, but Laboral left Thompkins alone on the arc to hit his third three-pointer and close the gap to 44-45. Begic and Mekel traded baskets and Shengelia added his own on a hook off the glass at 46-49. Dueling three-pointers by Baburin and then Causeur tied and untied the score, then Thompkins fed Baburin for an open back-door layup at 51-52. Out of a timeout, Begic hit 1 of 2 free throws, which allowed Rochestie to tie it up 53-53 with a nifty stop-and-pop jumper. James answered with a floater for Laboral that Rochestie copied at the other end. Bertans buried his third three-pointer and then fed Causeur on the break for a sudden 55-60 advantage for the visitors. Causeur and Mekel traded two-pointers in close, and this time Laboral finished the quarter in style as James blasted his team's ninth three-pointer over the buzzer to put Laboral up 57-65 after 30 minutes.

Fourth Quarter: Never-say-die Nizhny steals it

Parakhouski got back those 3 points with a basket-plus-free throw to start the fourth quarter. Laboral answered with a fastbreak finished by Bertans. Mekel's put-back and a free throw by Parakhouski again cut the distance, to 63-67. That's when Iverson took over, rocking the rim for consecutive put-back dunks forcing a Nizhny timeout at 63-71. Thompkins climbed off the bench and drilled a three-pointer, but Bertans went the other way and matched it. Mekel lined up his own shot from the arc, however, to make it 69-74. Shengelia's 2 free throws for Laboral were bettered by Mekel's 3 of 3 for Nizhny, after which he fed Baburin for a huge triple that made it 75-76. Bertans fed James for a layup and Shengelia got to the free throw line on an offensive rebound to lift the visitors' lead to 75-80. Rochestie made a great backdoor pass to Baburin for a reverse layup that got the Nizhny crowd excited. After the hosts won a jump ball that led to Roshestie hitting a runner at 79-80, Dimitry Khvostov forced a Laboral turnover and Thompkins scored from the baseline for Nizhny's first lead, 81-80, since 3-2 in the game's first minute. Another jump ball won by Parakhouski saw him put back a miss at 83-80 with 1 minute left. The referees used instant replay to award Nizhny an offensive rebound that Parakhouski turned into 3 points to make it 86-80, the end of an 11-0 run for the hosts. Bertans went 3 for 3 at the free throw line with 16 seconds left. Mekel made 1 of 2 at 87-83. James shot a perfect 2 of 2 free throws with 10.8 seconds left, making it 87-85. After a timeout, Thompkins was fouled and made his 2 shots, as well, keeping it a two-possession game at 89-85 with 9.6 seconds left, which is where the scoring ended with Nizhny's great 32-20 final quarter spelling the difference for the victors.

Trey Thompkins - Nizhny Novgorod - EB14
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL)
Attendance: 1492
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria25182220
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria25436585
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 23:45 12 3/4 2/3   1 2 3   3 1     3 1 13
8 MEKEL, GAL 23:08 20 6/11 1/1 5/7   1 1 7   2   1 5 3 16
9 PARAKHOUSKI, ARTSIOM 27:02 13 5/14   3/4 7 2 9 2 2 1 3 1 2 4 19
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 2:47 2 1/1     1   1           4   -1
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 20:29 6 0/2 2/3   1 5 6     1 2   3   7
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 21:57   0/2     1 1 2 1           1 2
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 32:42 14 6/14 0/4 2/2   1 1 9           3 15
23 SAVELYEV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KUKSIKS, RIHARDS 14:04   0/1       1 1           1   -1
31 KRIVOSHEEV, MAKSIM 2:30   0/1                     1   -2
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 31:36 22 3/7 4/6 4/4   10 10 1   1     4 4 26
55 GOLOVIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 89 24/57 9/17 14/17 13 26 39 20 5 7 5 2 23 16 98
        42.1% 52.9% 82.4%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ADAMS, DARIUS 25:04 10 1/3 2/5 2/2 1 4 5 4   4     1 3 12
3 JAMES, MIKE 21:14 11 3/8 1/3 2/3 1   1 2   2   1 4 3 2
4 IVERSON, COLTON 24:34 8 3/5   2/2 4 7 11     1 1 2 2 4 17
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 33:17 13 3/6 2/3 1/3   2 2 2   2     1 3 11
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 32:12 11 2/9 1/2 4/4 4 3 7 1 1     2 2 5 13
10 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 TILLIE, KIM 3:08                   1     2   -3
15 BEGIC, MIRZA 15:10 11 4/5   3/6   5 5     1 1   1 3 14
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 11:52           4 4               4
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 33:29 21 2/4 4/10 5/5   2 2 3   1     3 2 16
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 85 18/40 10/23 19/25 12 27 39 12 1 12 2 5 16 23 88
        45% 43.5% 76%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"I want to say it was good teamwork and good patience. I don't remember exactly, but for 35 minutes or more, it was a Laboral Kutxa lead. But with patience, discipline and a little bit of luck, we changed the game. Like I said from the beginning, it's not important against who we play. In any game, we are not the favorite. We have to enjoy the basketball, play as hard as possible, wait for our moment and use that moment."
NAVARRO, IBON
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"I think we lost this game because we lacked the aggressiveness that we usually have. We also were not calm even though we were always in front and this is also the reason we lost."

Players

THOMPKINS, TREY
Nizhny Novgorod
"We won by playing defense, stopping their transition and not giving them open threes in the fourth quarter. They have great shooters, and we did a great job of making sure we kept them contained. I stayed focused, my teammates had confidence in me. They told me to keep shooting, so I guess I had to keep shooting."

We played good defense in the fourth quarter and always believed we could win. I finally made some three-point shots. I have to give credit to my teammates who kept believing in me and gave me opportunities to score.