2015-16Top 16Round 10
March 11, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.2 Points 91.6
32.4 Rebounds 35.2
9.4 O. Rebounds 10.2
23.0 D. Rebounds 25.1
18.6 Assists 20.4
6.4 Steals 6.7
2.4 Blocks 3.2
11.2 Turnovers 12.5
53.2 % 2PT 57.3 %
38.8 % 3PT 43.6 %
75.2 % FT 77.7 %
92.5 Index 109.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.4 / Tomic Points 18.6 / De Colo
5.4 / Tomic Rebounds 5.2 / Kurbanov
2.1 / Lawal OR 1.8 / Hines
3.8 / Tomic DR 3.4 / Kurbanov
3.9 / Satoransky Assists 5.9 / Teodosic
1.0 / Satoransky Steals 1.1 / Teodosic
0.8 / Lawal Blocks 1.0 / Hines
1.6 / Satoransky Turnovers 2.6 / De Colo
67.3 % / Lawal 2PT 77.8 % / Korobkov
48.0 % / Vezenkov 3PT 56.1 % / Higgins
100.0 % / Vezenkov FT 100.0 % / Korobkov
14.3 / Tomic Index 23.1 / De Colo

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-5 Top 16 7-2
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
10-9 Overall 16-3

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR, Poland
Umpire
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine

The Take

Two Euroleague giants meet again, for the 27th time. CSKA defeated Barcelona 93-82 in Top 16 Round 3 behind 20 points from Cory Higgins. The addition of Joey Dorsey has allowed Barcelona to get balance, especially on defense. Barcelona had only outrebounded its opponents once in the first half of the Top 16, losing that battle against CSKA by 32-21 in the Russian capital. Ante Tomic remains the main scoring reference in Barcelona's frontcourt, with Justin Doellman and Samardo Samuels offering valuable help. CSKA lost Victor Khryapa due to a hand fracture, so Andrey Vorontsevich will see extended playing time at power forward, while Kyle Hines and Joel Freeland will battle in the paint against Tomic and Dorsey. CSKA is the best scoring team in the 2015-16 Euroleague (91.6 ppg.) and is also first in index rating (109.4). A lot of that has to do with playmaker Milos Teodosic (16.3 ppg.) and combo guard Nando De Colo (18.7 ppg.), who ranks fourth and first, respectively, on the Euroleague scorers board this season. Teodosic - in his 199th Euroleague game - will share point guard duties with Aaron Jackson against Carlos Arroyo and Tomas Satoransky. Pau Ribas will have the tough mission to guard De Colo, Juan Carlos Navarro and Brad Oleson will test their shooting skills against Vitaly Fridzon and Higgins while Stratos Perperoglou faces an intriguing matchup against Nikita Kurbanov, who has been in great shape lately. Expect nothing but a noisy, electric atmosphere at Palau Blaugrana.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Game Notes

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona and CSKA have met in the Euroleague Final Four six times this century, including the semifinals in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (11.2 per game) in the Euroleague this season.

Alex Abrines needs 4 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Abrines has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Joey Dorsey won the Euroleague together with CSKA big man Kyle Hines during the 2011-12 season at Olympiacos Piraeus.

Stratos Perperoglou won the Euroleague together with Hines during the 2012-13 season at Olympiacos.

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top-scoring team with an average of 91.6 points per game. CSKA leads the league through in both three-point shots made (194) and accuracy (43.6%).

Nando De Colo leads the Euroleague in performance index rating this season with an average of 23.1 per game and in scoring with 18.6 points per game.

De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 22 of his last 23 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 22 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 92.7 %, having made 242 free throws out of 261 attempts over 64 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

Milos Teodosic has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last nine Euroleague games. Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 41 of his last 42 Euroleague games.

Teodosic has scored in double figures in each of his last nine Euroleague games.

Teodosic needs 8 more three-pointers to catch retired CSKA star J.R. Holden for fourth place on the list of most three-pointers made in competition history. Teodosic enters this week’s game with 369 career threes.

Kyle Hines has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Vitaly Fridzon is 14 points away from reaching the milestone of 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.

Joel Freeland was a teammate of Barcelona guard Alex Abrines when the latter was a young player coming up with Unicaja Malaga back in the 2011-12 season.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"The last game at home was against Olympiacos and I think we played a good game. CSKA will demand our best level, a level that I think we have already shown during the season. Therefore, we will need our best version to defeat an opponent that plays at a very high level. I hope that the fans come to the arena to help us a smuch as they have done during this season, so far. CSKA is probably the clearest candidate to the title at this moment."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"It will be another difficult road game in our Top 16 group. Barcelona is a great team with a full roster, they are leading the Spanish league and playing good basketball recently. The game is very important for both teams, though for different reasons. We expect it to be a fight, a really tough game. We should approach the game as we did in all our previous games – with motivation, concentration and dedication to our game plan."

Players

SATORANSKY, TOMAS
FC Barcelona Lassa
"I am happy to stay in Barcelona. I want to help the team and the first chance to do so will be against CSKA. It is one of the most difficult and important games of the season. CSKA is playing at a high level and we'll have to prepare mentally for this duel. De Colo and Teodosic are probably the strongest pair of guards in the competition, so the key will be stopping them."
LAZAREV, IVAN
CSKA Moscow
"The home game against Barcelona was memorable for me, it is marked my Euroleague debut and finished with a remarkable victory. We had roster problems at that time and we have them again: we will miss our captain Victor Khryapa who was playing very well recently. Still we will stay united. We will try to play as aggressive defense as we did in Moscow and make life difficult for Barcelona leaders."

Doellman's heroics let Barcelona stop CSKA in OT!

In a miraculous final 10 seconds, Justin Doellman grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat as FC Barcelona Lassa revived its playoffs hopes by shocking CSKA Moscow 100-98 in an overtime thriller on Friday. Doellman hit a three-point shot to tie the game with 4.4 seconds left, then stole and buried the game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift Barcelona to a crucial victory that had looked impossible just moments before. Barcelona raised its record to 5-5 and ties Khimki Moscow Region for Group F's fourth and final playoff spot. CSKA fell to 7-3 and a first-place tie with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz, its next opponent. Barcelona led 47-38 at halftime, but CSKA roared back to go up 70-79 with under 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Ante Tomic and Carlos Arroyo shared Barcelona's next 13 points before Tomas Satoransky sent the game to overtime with free throws. CSKA led by 91-95 in OT on Milos Teodosic's three-pointer with 1:26 left, and by 95-98 after he sank free throws with 10 seconds remaining. But Doellman only needed half of that time to make game-tying and game-winning shots that will be remembered a long time in Barcelona. Tomic led the winners with 21 points, while Satoransky added 19, Stratos Perperoglou 15, Doellman 12 and Juan Carlos Navarro 11. Doellman was the game's top rebounder with 10, too. Nando De Colo exploded for a career-high 30 points to go with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for CSKA. Teodosic was right behind him with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Kyle Hines scored 17 points and Andrey Vorontsevich 15 in a losing effort.

First quarter: High rhythm, many lead changes

Justin Doellman got Barcelona going with a three-pointer from the right wing but De Colo struck twice from downtown for a 3-6 CSKA lead. Just as in the game in Moscow, CSKA started Ivan Lazarev at center, this time to guard Joey Dorsey down low. Satoransky joined the three-point shootout before a one-handed floater by Vorontsevich put CSKA back ahead, 6-8. Satoransky hit another one from beyond the arc, De Colo quickly scored in penetration and Joel Freeland dunked to boost CSKA's lead to 9-12. Doellman slammed after a midcourt steal and Perperoglou bettered Freeland's turnaround jumper with a three-pointer. A wild fastbreak slam by Satoransky restored a 16-14 lead. Tomic split free throws but Teodosic nailed both of his and added a layup for a 17-18 CSKA lead. Perperoglou scored down low and Pau Ribas matched Hines's close jumper with foul shots. A put-back layup by Hines and a buzzer-beating fall-away jumper by Vitaly Fridzon gave CSKA a 21-24 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Perperoglou, Oleson put Barcelona ahead

Perperoglou shined with a backdoor layup early in the second quarter that Brad Oleson followed with a triple to put Barcelona back ahead, 26-24. Perperoglou kept pacing the hosts with consecutive fastbreak layups that forced CSKA to call a much-needed timeout at 30-24, after a 9-0 run. Teodosic buried his trademark catch-and-shoot three-pointer from the top of the key, Tomic scored in the paint and Hines brought CSKA a bit closer, 32-28. Tomic shined with a big basket in the low post but De Colo hit a technical free throw and Nikita Kurbanov nailed a baseline jumper for a 34-31 score. Teodosic buried a mid-range shot which De Colo followed with free throws to complete CSKA's comeback, 34-35. Navarro stepped up with a three-pointer and Oleson downed a jumper for a 39-35 Barcelona edge. Freeland split foul shots and De Colo scored down low but three-pointers by Oleson and Navarro boosted the hosts ahead by 45-38. A final basket by Satoransky - illegally blocked by Hines on its way down - fixed the score at 47-38 as both teams headed to the locker rooms.

Third quarter: De Colo, Vorontsevich rescue CSKA

De Colo hit a mid-range jumper immediately after the break and Hines added a one-handed dunk to get CSKA within 47-42. Doellman and Hines traded jumpers and Tomic banked in a close shot to keep Barcelona way ahead, 51-44. Teodosic followed a running jumper with free throws to make it a three-point game, 51-48. Tomic hit foul shots that Hines matched with a put-back layup. Satoransky and Kurbanov exchanged layups but De Colo got CSKA as close as 55-54. Satoransky ignited the crowd with a bomb from downtown but Vorontsevich found De Colo for a layup to keep CSKA within 58-56. Satoransky took over with a follow-up layup but Vorontsevich bettered that with a triple and De Colo added a put-back basket that gave CSKA a 60-61 lead. A red-hot Vorontsevich insisted from downtown to boost the guests' margin to 60-64 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Down to the final seconds!

Joey Dorsey sent the crowd to their feet with a two-handed slam early in the fourth quarter. Fridzon quickly answered with a driving layup that Navarro improved with a three-point play that kept Barcelona within 65-66. De Colo shined with a wild driving layup that Navarro matched with a one-handed floater, his "la bomba" shot. Hines and Dorsey split free throws and an acrobatic layup by Carlos Arroyo let Barcelona regain the lead, 70-69. Teodosic stepped up with back-to-back layups and a three-pointer by De Colo gave CSKA fresh air at 70-76, with under 6 minutes left. Vorontsevich beat the shot clock with a critical triple that capped a 0-10 run for the guests. Arroyo hit a close jumper and Tomic added free throws to give Barcelona hope at 74-79. Vorontsevich and Hines made free throws but a layup by Tomic kept the hosts within 76-82. Vorontsevich - who else? - scored down low but Arroyo did better with a triple. Tomic scored around the basket in the next-to-last minute, De Colo and Teodosic missed at the other end and free throws by Arroyo brought Barcelona within 83-84 with 14.2 seconds to go. Hines split free throws and CSKA fouled Satoransky with 10 seconds left. He hit both attempts and Teodosic missed from downtown seconds before the final buzzer.

Overtime: Doellman decides it in the last seconds!

Hines shined with a layup-plus-free throw early in overtime and Teodosic added a free throw for a four-point CSKA lead, 85-89. Tomic made free throws, however, and Perperoglou added a layup that tied it again, 89-89, with 3 minutes left. CSKA struggled to score for 2 minutes until an open corner three-pointer by De Colo put the guests back ahead, 89-92. Tomic returned to the foul line and hit both attempts but Teodosic did better with a wild bomb from downtown for a 91-95 CSKA lead in the next-to-last minute. Tomic came up big with a reverse in the low post before a free throw by De Colo kept CSKA ahead, 93-96, with 19 seconds left. Perperoglou and Teodosic exchanged free throws before Barcelona got the ball back with 9.5 seconds left, after a timeout. Arroyo found Doellman open and he nailed a three-pointer to tie with 4.2 seconds left. CSKA was out of timeouts, so when Teodosic tried to inbound to Hines, Doellman intercepted the pass, picked up the ball and nailed the game-winning jumper. CSKA failed to score at the buzzer to conclude a truly unbelievable night at Palau Blaugrana!

Justin Doellman - FC Barcelona Lassa celebrates - EB15
Friday, March 11, 2016
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 6778
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FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 32:38 12 3/7 2/4   3 7 10   4 1     3 1 17
6 DORSEY, JOEY 15:46 3 1/2   1/2 1 5 6   1 2   1 5 3 3
8 RIBAS, PAU 11:35 2 0/2 0/1 2/2   1 1 1   1   1 3 2 -2
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 25:53 11 2/4 2/6 1/1       3   1   1 3 5 8
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 30:08 19 4/6 3/6 2/2 4 2 6 3   1     1 4 25
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 3:59         1   1           1    
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 6:48                 1         1 2
24 OLESON, BRAD 26:47 8 1/1 2/6     2 2 3 1       3   7
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 15:25 9 2/6 1/2 2/2       6 1 1 1   3 1 9
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 27:10 15 5/8 1/5 2/4   4 4 2 1 2 1 1 1 3 13
44 TOMIC, ANTE 28:51 21 6/9   9/10 2 4 6 2   1     5 5 24
Team           3 1 4     1         3
Totals 225:00 100 24/45 11/30 19/23 14 26 40 20 9 11 2 4 28 25 109
        53.3% 36.7% 82.6%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 35:21 30 6/11 4/6 6/9 1 6 7 3 2 4     1 6 33
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 2:43   0/1                     2   -3
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 36:31 23 5/8 2/6 7/8 2 5 7 6   5   1 4 7 25
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 17:34 4 2/2 0/3   2 1 3 3         2 2 7
9 JACKSON, AARON 6:16   0/1 0/1         1         1   -2
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 3:59     0/1     1 1     1     1   -2
13 LAZAREV, IVAN 3:00                         2 1 -1
19 FREELAND, JOEL 12:26 5 2/3   1/2   4 4 1     1   1 1 9
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 41:00 15 2/2 3/7 2/2 2 4 6 4 1   2   3 2 23
22 HIGGINS, CORY 16:35   0/1               2     3   -6
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 19:57 4 2/5 0/1     3 3   2     1 2 2 4
42 HINES, KYLE 29:38 17 6/9   5/9 4 1 5 1   3 1   3 5 16
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 225:00 98 25/43 9/25 21/30 12 27 39 19 5 15 4 2 25 26 106
        58.1% 36% 70%
Head coach: ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Amazing game. Very beautiful for the fans. And we are very happy for this win. Congratulations to our fans. I would like to thank them for their support and the amazing basketball atmosphere we had. My players gave everything they had, there was nothing left in the tank. They put it all in the floor, playing with maximum intensity and good concentration in a difficult game. We fought, never looked back and believed we could win. That faith allowed us to force overtime and win the game. We played really well in the first half, but had a bad start in the third quarter, and we paid a high price for that throughout the second half. We saw our lead erased in five minutes and it was a different game. We didn't give up, though. Vorontsevich played really well and almost broke the game, but we kept our chances open. It was a very beautiful game to watch. I am sure it will be one of the best games of the season. We looked for Justin off a timeout and everything worked well - a nice pass from Arroyo for him to shoot the three. We put pressure, closed the passing lines and Justin had a lot of intuition, hitting a fantastic shot. We were celebrating and De Colo had the chance to score, there was 1.8 seconds left. Still, we are happy with the final outcome."
ITOUDIS, DIMITRIS
CSKA Moscow
"Kyle [Hines] said everything about the game and how it went. We dominated in the first quarter, did what we wanted, and had many turnovers in the second quarter. They opened it with a 9-0 run and we were limited to just 14 points. We showed character in the third quarter and in the second half, on offense and defense. We came back strong, took the lead and pretty much had the lead until the end of regulation. We had the ball to win the game at the end of regulation and it was pretty much the same in overtime. We made crucial mistakes, gave up open looks, but this happens in such a tough game. We will come out of this stronger, smarter, more focused and more dedicated. This is a competitive group, a competitive league. Congratulations to Barcelona for the win, I give them credit. We will continue tougher, stronger and smarter for our next game."

Players

TOMIC, ANTE
FC Barcelona Lassa
"It was a pretty intense game. I think we saw very good basketball from both teams. We fought, gave everything and deserved to win today. I only saw Justin's first basket, I didn't see the second one. I don't know what happened! I guess he stole the ball and hit a quick shot. It is incredible, I don't know what to say. Hitting two shots in such short period of time is unbelievable. The most important thing is that we won and have options to make it to the playoffs. Every win is important and this one has to give us a boost to keep winning."
NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
FC Barcelona Lassa
"It was a great game, it really had everything and we really needed to get a win like this, in overtime. The interaction with our fans at Palau Blaugrana was great. I would say that you always have to keep the faith and think you can win. Justin was awesome in the end and now we have to move forward with a lot more confidence, and I hope to have a great atmosphere against Real Madrid on Thursday. I have seen a lot of things in my career, but you don't see things like this any often - and it is great that we got the win in the end!"
DOELLMAN, JUSTIN
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Incredible feeling. There at the end, my teammates found me. I was able to hit that three, tied the game. And was able to steal the ball and hit the game-winner. Anything's possible. You have to believe until the end. God gave me that one, and thank god for the ability to play. It's a big victory and it keeps us in the hunt. We'll see what happens. Heckuva atmosphere. These fans are great tonight. It was a lot of fun... Carlos found me to hit that three-point shot and ie the game, then got the steal and hit the game winner! It is the second time I hit a game-winner this season and it is a great feeling to celebrate it with my teammates. It is a lot of fun to be out there. It was a matter of faith, of course. It was a very incredible game, very physical and everybody contributed. We proved we can play with everybody. This win gives us the opportunity to continue to play. It gives us one more win, gets us closer to the playoffs. We still have a lot of games left."
HINES, KYLE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a tough loss. We had many turnovers in the second quarter, but improved in the third quarter, in which we had the opportunity to do our proper plays, our correct plays, which is positive for us. It was a tough ball game and I have to give credit to Barcelona for fighting, but the loss was on us. We made critical mistakes at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime to let the game slip out of our hands."
JACKSON, AARON
CSKA Moscow
"It’s not a definitive loss, but we take every loss personal, especially when we fought so hard in the second half to come back and win the game. We kind of messed up a couple plays towards the end of the game and they took full advantage of it. We gotta give big credit to Barcelona, they were really resilient and made big plays to win the game. "
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