2013-14Top 16Round 12
March 28, 2014 CET: 17:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.1 Points 67.4
33.8 Rebounds 34.7
9.2 O. Rebounds 12.0
24.6 D. Rebounds 22.7
18.2 Assists 11.6
6.7 Steals 6.2
3.6 Blocks 1.9
12.9 Turnovers 15.0
52.8 % 2PT 47.1 %
35.6 % 3PT 34.3 %
67.9 % FT 71.3 %
86.7 Index 65.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Brown Points 15.9 / Bogdanovic
7.4 / Hendrix Rebounds 8.9 / Lauvergne
2.7 / Hendrix OR 3.1 / Lauvergne
4.7 / Hendrix DR 5.7 / Lauvergne
4.9 / Kalnietis Assists 3.6 / Bogdanovic
1.4 / Brown Steals 1.8 / Kinsey
1.2 / Hendrix Blocks 0.4 / Milutinov
2.7 / Kalnietis Turnovers 3.6 / Bogdanovic
58.6 % / Kalnietis 2PT 71.4 % / Andric
57.7 % / Likhodey 3PT 37.9 % / Bogdanovic
100.0 % / Jasaitis FT 100.0 % / Andric
15.8 / Brown Index 16.0 / Lauvergne


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-6 Top 16 3-8
6-4 Regular Season 3-7
11-10 Overall 6-15


Crew Chief

The Take

It’s battle for survival in Krasnodar. Both teams are fighting for one of the last two remaining playoff spots in Group F – and that could be down to one last spot by the time these teams tip off. The hosts need the win to stay at least tied for fourth place. Seventh-placed Partizan is eliminated with a loss. With a 1-9 road record this season, it won’t be easy for the Serbian champs. Complicating matters is the fast that swingman Tarence Kinsey, who scored 32 against Lokomotiv in January, will miss the game. Thus the visitors will lean on the trio of Bogdan Bogdanovic. Sasha Pavlovic and Milenko Tepic on the perimeter, while league-leading rebounder Joffrey Lauvergne holds court in the paint. Lokomotiv has greater depth than the visitors and can use Marcus Williams and Mantas Kalnietis at points guard alongside Anton Ponkrashov, Kurnoslav Simon and Simas Jasaitis on the wings. Aleks Maric and Richard Hendrix control the paint for Coach Evgeny Pashutin, while forward Derrick Brown is a force at both ends. The Lauvergne/Brown duel will be a key for both sides, while Partizan will need center Nikola Milutinov and Dejan Musli to be difference makers too. Prepare to see two intense teams giving 100% in the first game on Friday.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Game Notes

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Eleven different players have appeared in Lokomotiv’s starting lineup this season. No player has started every Turkish Airlines Euroleague game.
Valeriy Likhodey is the league-leader in three-point accuracy this season at 57.7%.
Derrick Brown has recorded at least 1 steal in 10 straight Euroleague games.
Brown has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.
Krunoslav Simon has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.
Simas Jasaitis has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Aleks Maric made his Euroleague debut as a Partizan Belgrade player in the 2009-10 season. Maric was an All-Euroleague First Team selection under Coach Dusko Vujosevic that season, in which he led the club to the Euroleague Final Four and the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles.
Maric was a teammate of Partizan guard Milenko Tepic at Panathinaikos Athens during 2010-11 season. Together they won the Euroleague title.

Partizan NIS Belgrade
Partizan has used 12 different players in its starting lineups this season. Only Joffrey Lauvergne has started every Euroleague game.
Partizan’s 67.4 points per game is the fewest in the league among Top 16 teams.
Tarence Kinsey and Bogdan Bogdanovic are ranked second and third, respectively, among Top 16 scorers. Kinsey has averaged 18.3 points per game; Bogdanovic 18.0 ppg.
Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague appearances.
Bogdanovic has recorded at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.
Kinsey has recorded at least 1 steal in 15 straight Euroleague games.
Joffrey Lauvergne is the Euroleague rebounding leader with 8.9 rebounds per game.
Lauvergne leads the Euroleague in minutes played this season with an average of 33:15 per game. Dragan Milosavljevic is third (31:59), Bogdan Bogdanovic (31:49) fifth and Tarence Kinsey (31:35) seventh.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Partizan believe they belong in the Playoffs and that's what makes them dangerous. They're a young team who loves playing physical and attack the glass. We cannot afford losing the rebounding game. All five of our players on the court must be ready to fight for rebounds if we want to win. In our previous game we managed to limit Bogdan Bogdanovic. It will be very difficult but we need to do it agan - stopping Bogdanovic is the main key to beating Partizan. Kinsey's absence doesn't seem to hurt Partizan that much since they signed Sasha Pavlovic and got Bertans back healthy. Against those players you need to play defense first - not to wait for them to make mistakes but to constantly put pressure on them. We need to move the ball really fast not to let Partizan's bigs adjust to our offense. We've done it successfuly in our recent games and this should bring us victory if executed correctly."


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Partizan never give up. They play with all their heart no matter what the score is, they give their maximum. In a game against Maccabi where they trailed for almost 35 minutes they came back and won that game. For them, every game is as important as the first game. We should be prepared for this relentlessness more than anything."

Brown, Likhodey lead Lokomotiv to key home win

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved its chances of reaching the playoffs from Top 16 Group F by downing Partizan NIS Belgrade 84-73 at home on Friday. Lokomotiv improved to 6-6 and tied Galatasaray Liv Hospital for fourth place. Partizan dropped to 3-9 and was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. Derrick Brown led the winners with 18 points on 6-of-6 two-point shooting plus 7 assists and 3 steals. Valeriy Likhodey added 15 points on 5-of-6 three-point shooting, Simas Jasaitis scored 13, Richard Hendrix 12 and Mantas Kalnietis dished 8 assists for Lokomotiv. Davis Bertans led Partizan with 20 points. Sasha Pavlovic added 13 for the guests. Brown and Krunoslav Simon fueled a 13-2 opening run that allowed Lokomotiv to keep a 16-10 lead after 10 minutes. Pavlovic, Bertans and Bogdan Bogdanovic brought Partizan as close as 33-30, but a three-pointer by Jasaitis and a layup by Brown restored a 38-30 Lokomotiv lead at halftime. Likhodey sank three shots from downtown in a 13-0 run that broke the game open, 51-35, midway through the third quarter. A dunk by Aleks Maric extended the hosts' lead to 67-45 early in the fourth quarter, allowing Lokomotiv to have plenty of time to celebrate an important win. Lokomotiv dished 29 assists, one shy of the all-time Top 16 record, which belongs to Khimki Moscow Region (30, 2012-13) and the second-best this season; Panathinaikos had 31 against Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in regular season action.

First quarter: 13-2 opening run puts Loko in control

Both teams struggled to score early until Hendrix stepped up with a jump hook. Hendrix kept pacing Lokomotiv with a one-handed floater, as Partizan kept accumulating missed shots and turnovers. Brown followed free throws with a wild alley-oop to cap an 8-0 opening run. Partizan missed its first 6 shots until Bogdanovic nailed a mid-range jumper. Simon shined with a reverse layup and soon added a three-pointer that caused Partizan to call timeout down 13-2. Nikola Milutinov hit a jump hook and Bertans struck from way downtown to close within 14-7. The guests tried a taller lineup featuring Bertans, Milutinov and Djordje Gagic together on court and Lokomotiv struggled to find answers on offense. Milenko Tepic split free throws and a wild reverse layup by Bertans kept the guests within 14-10. Free throws by Maric gave Lokomotiv a 16-10 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Partizan reacts, Lokomotiv keeps lead

Kalnietis buried a corner three-pointer early in the second quarter and a two-handed dunk by Brown restored a 21-10 Lokomotiv margin. Likhodey also struck from downtown to cap a 10-0 run. Bertans and Marcus Williams traded triples and a layup by Tepic kept Partizan within 27-15. Pavlovic scored in penetration, but Maric answered with a layup. A three-pointer by Bogdanovic got Partizan within single digits, 29-20. Pavlovic shined with a driving basket, which Hendrix erased with an easy slam. Bogdanovic scored around the basket and a power layup by Joffrey Lauvergne brought Partizan as close as 31-26. After Dejan Musli made free throws, Hendrix dunked again. Bogdanovic scored to keep the guests within 33-30. Jasaitis hit his trademark corner triple and Brown added a buzzer-beating layup to give Lokomotiv some fresh air, 38-30, at halftime.

Third quarter: Likhodey’s threes in 13-0 run break game open

Pavlovic took over with a dunk-and-foul immediately after the break and soon added free throws to keep Partizan as close as 38-35. Lokomotiv was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Likhodey swished a corner three-pointer. Kalnietis provided a highlight with a coast-to-coast layup and another triple by Likhodey ignited the crowd at 46-35. Brown sank his trademark jumper from the top of the key, before Partizan called timeout at 48-35. Likhodey hit another three-pointer which touched the trim, went up and fell down to cap a 13-0 Lokomotiv run. Tepic hit free throws, but Jasaitis nailed a triple. A layup by Bertans made it 54-39. Gagic tried to change things with a dunk, but Jasaitis did better with a reverse layup and another one from beyond the arc. After Gagic scored again, Williams shined with a driving layup. Lauvergne scored for the visitors, but a layup by Brown fixed the score at 63-45.

Fourth quarter: Loko seals It early

Anton Ponkrashov split free throws early in the fourth quarter. Brown took over with a big block and a dunk by Maric made it a 22-point game. Milutinov slammed in traffic, before Ponkrashov scored again. A layup by Pavlovic got Partizan a bit closer, 69-49. Bertans scored around the basket, but Lokomotiv stayed really active on defense. Brown scored off a steal, but Bertans nailed a three-pointer. A dunk by Hendrix kept the hosts way ahead, 74-54, with over four minutes left. A red-hot Bertans followed a triple with a layup and Lokomotiv called timeout at 74-59. Free throws by Hendrix and a second-chance layup by Jasaitis sealed the outcome, 78-59. Milutinov shined with a tip-in, but even though Partizan never gave up, Lokomotiv kept full control of the game and cruised to a well-deserved win.

Derrick Brown - Lokomotiv Kuban - EB13
Friday, March 28, 2014
Attendance: 5185 (Tentative)
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Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BROWN, DERRICK 36:50 18 6/6 0/2 6/8   5 5 7 3 1 1   1 6 34
6 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 21:18 7 1/2 1/4 2/2       6           1 10
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 21:29 12 5/7   2/2   3 3 2 2 4 1   2 1 13
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 28:37 2 1/3 0/3     4 4 8   3   1 2 6 9
11 LIKHODEY, VALERIY 13:42 15 0/1 5/7     3 3           4   11
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 27:10 13 2/2 3/6   3 4 7 1 2 2     1   17
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 3:10                              
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 MARIC, ALEKS 18:31 9 3/4   3/5   2 2 1   3 1 1 4 4 6
24 PONKRASHOV, ANTON 9:04 3 1/1 0/1 1/2 1   1             1 3
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 20:09 5 1/1 1/5         4   1     2 1 3
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 20/27 10/28 14/19 7 23 30 29 7 14 3 2 16 20 111
        74.1% 35.7% 73.7%
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
Partizan NIS Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 33:04 8 1/4 1/4 3/4 1 2 3 1 1 2   1 3 2 2
7 LAUVERGNE, JOFFREY 24:19 8 4/6 0/2   2 5 7     1   1 1   8
8 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 26:07 13 5/10 0/2 3/3 1 1 2 4       1 4 2 9
10 DALLO, BORIS 4:54               1             1
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 22:52 4 2/4     1 2 3 1         4 1 3
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 26:55 9 2/5 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 5   1       2 12
14 GAGIC, DJORDJE 17:43 7 3/4   1/1 2 3 5 2   4 1   3 3 10
15 MUSLI, DEJAN 11:21 2 0/3   2/2 1 1 2             4 5
18 SALIC, DJOKO 0:07                         1   -1
19 ANDRIC, MIHAJLO 12:35 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 2 1 1     1 1 3
33 BEZBRADICA, NEMANJA 0:07                              
44 BERTANS, DAVIS 19:56 20 4/5 4/7     1 1   1 2 1   3 1 15
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 21/41 6/21 13/14 11 19 30 16 3 11 2 3 20 16 70
        51.2% 28.6% 92.9%

Head Coaches

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Partizan is a good team that loves contact, loves playing physical. But we were able to lead from the start playing aggressive on defense and always moving the ball. Partizan were packing the paint and our shooters Likhodey, Jasaitis and Simon punished them for that. We wanted to build a bigger lead towards the end of the game, but weren't able to maintain the same level of concentration. Still we've beaten a strong team and it's another victory that brings us closer to the playoffs."
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"I want to congratulate Lokomotiv on this win and thank the Krasnodar fans for the warm welcome. Lokomotiv is a better team now. It was obvious in how they defended in pick-and-roll situations. We couldn't do the same, letting Likhodey take open shots far too many times just like in our first game in Belgrade. Our focus is now on the Adriatic League and maybe half of our concentration was reserved for Monday's game against Cedevita. "


Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a classy game. Wish we had more of these. But there are two crucial matches ahead which we should get ready for right away. It's a little pity we couldn't build a bigger lead and lost our pace towards the end for some reason. Still we should be happy with a quality win after a long stretch of losing and winning by 1 point. "
Partizan NIS Belgrade
"Our plan was to win this game. In the first half, we started really bad, but then were able to get back. At the start of the second half, Lokomotiv built a 15-point lead and it was too much for us to overcome. "
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