2012-13Top 16Round 12
March 21, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 76.5
35.1 Rebounds 33.4
8.8 O. Rebounds 10.5
26.3 D. Rebounds 22.9
16.7 Assists 15.5
6.3 Steals 5.7
3.6 Blocks 2.2
13.1 Turnovers 13.0
57.6 % 2PT 51.1 %
37.6 % 3PT 36.4 %
75.4 % FT 77.4 %
95.0 Index 80.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.2 / Navarro Points 13.1 / Lampe
5.8 / Tomic Rebounds 6.0 / Lampe
1.5 / Jawai OR 1.9 / Lampe
4.3 / Tomic DR 4.2 / Lampe
3.5 / Huertas Assists 4.5 / Heurtel
1.0 / Mickeal Steals 1.1 / Cook
1.3 / Tomic Blocks 0.7 / Pleiss
1.7 / Huertas Turnovers 2.2 / Heurtel
80.0 % / Rabaseda 2PT 75.0 % / Cabezas
54.2 % / Lorbek 3PT 50.0 % / Oleson
96.8 % / Huertas FT 95.5 % / Cabezas
15.9 / Tomic Index 12.7 / Lampe

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
10-1 Top 16 6-5
9-1 Regular Season 4-6
19-2 Overall 10-11

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

The hottest team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Barcelona Regal, looks to wrap up first place in Top 16 Group F when it hosts Spanish League rival Caja Laboral Vitoria on Thursday night. Barca has reeled off nine consecutive Euroleague wins, sits atop its group with a 10-1 record and was the only team to have clinched a playoff berth through 11 Top 16 games. However Vitoria is also fighting for something meaningful. Coach Zan Tabak’s squad is 6-5 and one of five teams battling for the three remaining playoff tickets from the group. Barcelona claimed a 79-90 victory when these teams last met in the Euroleague in January. Pete Mickeal led the way with 23 points against his former team. However Caja Laboral returned the favor earlier this month in the Spanish League behind Nemanja Bjelica.

Barcelona’s greatest strength lately has been its dominant inside play. Center Ante Tomic is enjoying a breakout campaign, while Nate Jawai comes off a brilliant effort and Erazem Lorbek and C.J. Wallace feed off them brilliantly at power forward. With those players locking down the paint, opposing offenses have been suffocated. However Vitoria has experience and confidence against its domestic foe. Center Maciej Lampe posted an impressive double-double against Barca in January and his backup, Tibor Pleiss, has taken several steps forward recently. The versatile duo of Nemanja Bjelica and Milko Bjelica are the ideal counterparts for Lorbek. Vitoria small forward Andres Nocioni has also been hot lately, though he won’t have it easy against Mickeal. Vitoria has many options at guard, with Thomas Heurtel and Omar Cook sharing playmaking duties and former All-Euroleague swingman Fernando San Emeterio and Fabien Causeur doing the same at shooting guard. Another shooter, David Jelinek played 17 minutes in his Euroleague debut last week, and could be in for a bigger role. Barcelona counters with Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada at the point and a combination of scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Alex Abrines at shooting guard.

Though both teams have excellent talent in the backcourts, the play of the big men could be the determining factor on Thursday. The visitors need Lampe or Nemanja Bjelica – if not both – to come up big, while keeping Tomic and co. quiet. A low-scoring game favors the hosts, though Barcelona’s attack is nothing to sneeze at either. What is certain is that both teams will take the floor determined and hungry, which sets up an exciting 40-minute battle.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Game Notes

FC BARCELONA REGAL

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.0 points allowed and 59.9 performance index rating allowed per game. Barcelona also tops the league in performance index rating with an average of 95.0 per game.

Sarunas Jasikevicius is 4 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,159 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Marcelinho Huertas is the Euroleague leader in free-throw shooting this season at 96.7%. Huertas has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague action and 30 of 31 attempts this season.

Marcelinho spent two seasons with Caja Laboral between 2009 and 2011, during which he helped the club win the 2010 Spanish League title. He was a teammate there of current Laboral players Fernando San Emeterio and Brad Oleson.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in 12 straight Euroleague games.

Pete Mickeal spent two seasons with Caja Laboral between 2007 and 2009, during which he helped the club reach the 2008 Euroleague Final Four and win both the 2008 Spanish League title and the 2009 Spanish King’s Cup.

CAJA LABORAL VITORIA

Caja Laboral Vitoria needs 3 more three-pointers to become the first team to make 2,000 three-pointers.

Maciej Lampe has scored in double figures in nine straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Lampe had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Barcelona earlier this season with 21 points on 12 of 14 free throw shooting plus 11 rebounds and 3 assists for a career-high 35 index.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Nemanja Bjelica starred with 9 points and 13 rebounds in leading Vitoria to a 67-69 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish League earlier this month.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

Milko Bjelica recorded a career-high 19 points in leading his team at the time, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, to an 88-87 victory over Barcelona in December 2010.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"There is still one goal ahead of us: winning thie group. We have our first chance this week against a top-notch rival. This is an important moment for us. We have the vision that we are doing things well in the Top 16, but there's always a tomorrow and what you did before that is completely useless. We go from positive to negative too fast. Every game is important and we have to get out there with the right mentality."

Players

HUERTAS, MARCELINHO
FC Barcelona Regal
"The team is really eager to welcome Caja Laboral at Palau Blaugrana, because we lost to them two weeks ago in the Spanish League. We also want to seal thefirst place in Group F as soon as possible, and it would be great to finish the Top 16 with no losses."

Barcelona downs Vitoria to clinch first in Group F

FC Barcelona Regal became the Top 16 Group F champion by topping Caja Laboral Vitoria 83-74 in an all-Spanish League showdown at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Barcelona won its 10th straight game and improved to 11-1 to seal first place in Group F with two games remaining. Vitoria dropped to 6-6, but retains its chances to make it to the playoffs in what promises to be a close race until the end of the Top 16. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 16 points, Ante Tomic tallied 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro recorded 14 points and 6 assists and C.J. Wallace came off the bench for 13 points in 13 minutes on perfect shooting. Maciej Lampe carried Caja Laboral with 21 points, Andres Nocioni added 11 and Thomas Heurtel 10. Barcelona shined on defense early and Wallace had 6 points late in the first quarter to give the hosts a 18-12 edge after 10 minutes. Barcelona's second unit - Victor Sada, Wallace and Marko Todorovic - took over in the second quarter to extend their team's lead to 15 before it settled at 42-32 at halftime. A rain of three-pointer and an unstoppable Lampe allowed Vitoria to rally and get a 52-53 edge late in the third quarter. However Lorbek and Navarro fueled a 9-0 run that gave Barcelona a 5-point lead entering the fourth quarter. The visitors kept it close and came within 2 with less than two minutes to go, but the hosts finished strong to clinch the win. A minute of silence took place before the game to honor former Barcelona player Joan Todoli, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 69.

First quarter: Wallace, defense list Barcelona

Juan Carlos Navarro got Barcelona going with a three-pointer from the top of the key. Vitoria was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Fabien Causeur stepped up with a fast break layup. Marcelinho Huertas fed Ante Tomic for a backdoor layup, as Lorbek headed to the bench with 2 quick fouls. Barcelona kept missing open shots and a close basket by Milko Bjelica kept Vitoria within 5-4. Pete Mickeal got the crowd involved with a coast-to-coast layup off a steal, as the guests kept struggling to find the way to the basket and took many off-balance shots. Nemanja Bjelica tried to change things with a put-back layup, but a jumper by Tomic restored a 9-6 Barcelona lead. Tibor Pleiss shined with a tip-in that brought Vitoria within 9-8. C.J. Wallace struck from downtown and Victor Sada ignited the crowd with a layup-plus-foul. Thomas Heurtel followed a layup with a six-meter jumper. Free throws by Wallace gave the hosts an 18-12 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Sada, Todorovic extend hosts' lead

Nate Jawai dunked early in the second quarter, but a turnaround jumper by Lampe kept Vitoria within 20-14. Jawai took revenge with a two-handed slam. Nemanja Bjelica followed an off-balance triple and the free throw that came with it with another three-pointer to bring Vitoria within 22-21. Sada hit a jumper and Wallace downed one from beyond the arc to give Barcelona a 27-21 edge. Sada fed Wallace for a layup. Lampe dunked, but a jumper by Tomic boosted Barcelona's lead to 31-23. Omar Cook found Lampe for an uncontested slam, which Marko Todorovic erased with a put-back basket. A layup by Joe Ingles made it a double-digit game, 35-25. Fernando San Emeterio scored around tshe basket, but Navarro did it from downtown to cause Coach Zan Tabak stop the game at 38-27. Huertas found Todorovic for a backdoor layup and a one-handed jumper by Tomic broke the game open, 42-27. A three-pointer by Nemanja Bjelica and a buzzer-beater jumper by San Emeterio brought Vitoria within 42-32 at halftime.

Third quarter: Vitoria rallies, Barcelona holds on

Lampe nailed a running hook immediately after the break and a driving layup by Milko Bjelica made it a six-point game. Wallace finished a three-chance Barcelona offense with a jump hook, which Nocioni erased with a wild dunk in transition. Tomic scored down low before Causeur and Ingles traded corner three-pointers. Huertel buried his own shot from downtown. Lampe rolled off a high post pick to score, forcing Coach Xavi Pascual to stop the game at 49-46. A three-pointer by Milko Bjelica tied the game, 49-49, after an 0-8 run. Navarro rescued Barcelona with a seven-meter bomb, but Nocioni buried a six-meter jumper and a layup by Lampe completed Vitoria's comeback, 52-53. Navarro struck again from downtown and a jump hook by Lorbek gave the hosts some fresh air. Lorbek swished back-to-back five-meter jumpers to cap a 9-0 run, before a three-pointer by Nocioni fixed the score at 61-56 through three quarters. s

Fourth quarter: 7-0 closing run seals Barca victory

Lorbek scored again early in the fourth quarter, but Lampe buried a close jumper to keep Vitoria within 63-58. Barcelona struggled to score and free throws by San Emeterio and Lampe brought the guests even closer, 63-61. An unstoppable Lorbek ignited the crowd with a three-pointer, as Barcelona improved its defense, forcing Vitoria to use long possessions. Xavi Rabaseda also struck from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 69-61 with seven minutes to go. Lampe scored down low and traded layups with Tomic. Lampe further trimmed the difference to 4 from the line. But a Lorbek jumper and Jawai’s strip of Lampe inside restored the hosts’ control. Sada buried a long jumper with 3 seconds left on the shot clock to make it 75-67. A pair of buckets from Nocioni made it a 5-point game with three minutes to play. Heurtel silenced the Barcelona crowd with a big three from the corner with 99 seconds remaining, 76-74. Navarro restored a two-possession edge with free throws. After Nemanja Bjelica missed from downtown, he fouled Tomic on the last second before the shot clock expired. Tomic boosted the Barca lead to 6. When Heurtel missed a quick layup, the outcome was clear and Lorbek wrapped it up with a three with 21 seconds left.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO)
Attendance: 4773 (Tentative)
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FC Barcelona Regal18241922
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria12202418
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FC Barcelona Regal18426183
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria12325674
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 23:27 8 3/5 0/2 2/3   2 2 3   2     1 3 8
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 17:48   0/1 0/4     2 2 6   2       2 3
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 29:11 14 0/2 4/8 2/2 1 1 2 6   2       5 19
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 9:34   0/1 0/1     1 1 3   2     1 2 1
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 8:30 4 2/2     2 2 4               8
18 WALLACE, C.J. 13:08 13 2/2 2/2 3/3 1 2 3 1 1 1     1 3 19
20 INGLES, JOE 20:02 5 1/1 1/3   1 3 4 1         2   6
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 11:05 3   1/1     1 1 1         4   1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 18:45 16 5/7 2/4     4 4 2   1   1 3 1 14
32 JAWAI, NATE 11:48 4 2/3     1   1   1 1       2 6
33 MICKEAL, PETE 8:53 2 1/1             2 1         3
44 TOMIC, ANTE 27:49 14 6/10   2/2 1 7 8 4   1 1   1 1 22
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 83 22/35 10/25 9/10 8 26 34 27 4 13 1 1 13 19 112
        62.9% 40% 90%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 21:15     0/2     2 2 3         1   2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 26:25 11 4/7 1/3     3 3   1 1     2 2 9
11 BJELICA, MILKO 14:04 7 2/4 1/1     1 1 1   1 1   1 1 7
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:48 6 2/6 0/3 2/2       2   2   1 3 2 -3
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 9:18 2 1/3 0/1   1 5 6             1 6
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 18:45 10 2/3 2/3   1 1 2 3   1     2 1 11
25 JELINEK, DAVID 8:06 3   1/2                   2    
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 30:42 21 9/11 0/1 3/4 3 3 6 1   2     2 2 22
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:56 9 1/3 2/6 1/1 1 3 4   2 1     4 2 6
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 21:41 5 1/2 1/2         2 1 3     2 1 2
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 74 22/39 8/24 6/7 6 20 26 12 4 11 1 1 19 12 64
        56.4% 33.3% 85.7%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy with this win, which means winning our Top 16 group, achieving one of the goals we had this season. It was a good game for fans - good basketball, 83 points despite missing some open shots and making mistakes that could have given us 10-to-15 extra points. We limited Baskonia to a performance index rating of 65 and dished 27 assists. We started the third quarter without a good defensive spirit. Caja Laboral's three opening baskets after the break were in one-on-one actions. When Caja Laboral got close again, we worked well and passed the ball really well, took the lead and got the win. We had a good game from our power forwards, C.J. Wallace, Marko Todorovic and Erazem Lorbek. We have to get ready, avoid losing competitiveness and try to win both [remaining] games. We are eight days away from our next Euroleague game, but our work will be focused on the playoffs."
TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We made a lot of mistakes in the end, when we were in the game and had a chance to win. We struggled to control the boards during the game and missed too many layups. Our missed shots cost us 10-to-15 easy points. With this, it is not enough to beat Barcelona at Palau Blaugrana. Barcelona played well today. You need much more to beat Barcelona here. I hope we still have chances to get to the playoffs. Just as today, the intention is to our last two games, at home and in Russia. Rebounds and pick-and-roll with their shooting guards were key. We knew we had to defend that pick-and-roll, but I expected to control the boards much easier."

Players

LORBEK, ERAZEM
FC Barcelona Regal
" We made it. We are satisfied with today’s game. We still have games to play. Every game is very important for us to get in top shape for the playoffs. It was a really tight game. The players know each other. Tactically we know each other. We played many games against each other. So no team could escape. I think everybody contributed to this win."
RABASEDA, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"Truth to be told, winning our Top 16 group was one of our goals before the season. We wanted to do a good job and try to get first place. We managed to do it two games before the end of the round. We are happy and looking forward to finding out our opponent. Sometimes things don't go as everyone would like and this is what happened today - the second unit did a good job. Sometimes things roll and everyone adds and it is positive. Some others, you have to take care of the dirty work and the team must respond the way it did today. Defense was the key, especially in the fourth quarter."
LAMPE, MACIEJ
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We started good. Then they started scoring and we couldn’t score. The game just ended so it’s hard to say. They played very good tactically. At the end we should have played longer and more under control when we still had a chance to win. We’re still in it and we need to focus on the next game."
PLEISS, TIBOR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"I think this was a very important game for us. They scored some really important shots. We missed some really important shots. We have two more games that are really important for us. I think we have to fight; we have to find ourselves. We have to give everything for the next game. We have to prepare for the next game and have a chance to win the next game. "
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