2015-16Top 16Round 12
March 23, 2016 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.4 Points 80.7
38.8 Rebounds 33.5
10.2 O. Rebounds 10.0
28.6 D. Rebounds 23.5
15.0 Assists 18.2
7.8 Steals 6.5
3.8 Blocks 2.4
13.6 Turnovers 11.3
52.0 % 2PT 52.6 %
35.1 % 3PT 38.7 %
79.7 % FT 74.3 %
94.2 Index 92.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.2 / Bourousis Points 10.6 / Tomic
9.5 / Bourousis Rebounds 5.5 / Tomic
2.0 / Bourousis OR 2.1 / Lawal
7.5 / Bourousis DR 3.8 / Tomic
3.8 / Adams Assists 3.8 / Satoransky
1.6 / Hanga Steals 1.2 / Doellman
1.2 / Hanga Blocks 0.8 / Lawal
2.5 / Adams Turnovers 1.6 / Satoransky
77.8 % / Corbacho 2PT 67.3 % / Lawal
40.0 % / Causeur 3PT 48.0 % / Vezenkov
100.0 % / Corbacho FT 100.0 % / Vezenkov
21.8 / Bourousis Index 14.3 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-4 Top 16 6-5
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
13-8 Overall 12-9


Crew Chief

The Take

This will be a pivotal game for both teams. Laboral will reach the playoffs with a win if CSKA Moscow beats Brose Baskets Bamberg, or alternatively if Bamberg downs CSKA and Real Madrid defeats Olympiacos. Laboral already beat Barcelona 78-81 on the road in January behind 24 points from big man Ioannis Bourousis, who is the league’s leading rebounder (9.5 rpg.). With Bourousis’s help, Laboral leads the Top 16 in rebounds (39.2 rpg.), though Kim Tillie, Ilimane Diop and Davis Bertans also boost the hosts' frontcourt. Bourousis faces a tough challenge against defensive stopper Joey Dorsey and skilled center Ante Tomic, while Tillie and Bertans must use their range and size against Justin Doellman and Samardo Samuels. Though Pau Ribas is out, Alex Abrines has returned to action and Juan Carlos Navarro may play in Vitoria, too, to help Brad Oleson and Stratos Perperoglou on the wings. Perperoglou faces a tough matchup against do-it-all swingman Adam Hanga, while Navarro, Abrines and Oleson will test their scoring skills against Fabien Causeur and Jaka Blazic. Laboral is second-bottom in assists (14 apg.) in the Top 16 and more ball circulation from guards Darius Adams and Mike James could help them against Barcelona’s stingy defender, Tomas Satoransky. Laboral has the best Top 16 defense in terms of opponents' shooting percentages (46.9% 2FG, 31.8% 3FG), so Barcelona needs to be very efficient on offense through Satoransky, Doellman and Tomic to have a real chance.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.5 boards per game.

Bourousis is 3 three-pointers away from reaching 100 for his Euroleague career.

Bourousis is shooting 5-for-24 from downtown (20.8%) on the road this season, compared to 14 for 29 shooting (48.3%) from behind the arc at home.

Bourousis has a performance index rating in double figures in eight straight Euroleague games.

Bourousis played briefly for Barcelona at the end of the 2005-06 season.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 16 straight Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Davis Bertans has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games: he is shooting 14 for 24 from downtown (58.3%) over that stretch.

Velimir Perasovic has coached Barcelona center Ante Tomic on the Croatian national team.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (11.3 per game) in the Euroleague this season.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs 7 three-point attempts to become first player with 1,500 attempts in Euroleague career. Navarro has made 568 of them, also an all-time best, and has 39.04% accuracy for his 15-year career.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs 5 free throws to become first player to make 800 foul shots in his Euroleague career. He is in first place all-time, one free throw ahead of second-place Vassilis Spanoulis, who has made 794.

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.

Stratos Perperoglou has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Perperoglou has been a teammate of Laboral center Ioannis Bourousis over the years on the Greek national team, including most recently at EuroBasket 2015 last summer.

Pau Ribas played three seasons in Vitoria between 2009 and 2012. He was a member of the club’s 2010 Spanish League-winning squad.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"This will be a game in which we will have to give it all. It will be tough and we'll have to play with rhythm and we will all have to understand that we cannot turn the ball over. Barcelona gets to the game in a good moment, they have a deep roster and they are an ordered team that never ad libs and that stays always in the game. They are a fearful team, but we beat them twice and we have the right to dream."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are eager to play this game. We want to get rid of a burden we have been carrying throughout the Top 16, which was the home loss to Laboral Kutxa. That put us in a tough siatuation in the group, and we have dragged that until now. We get to the game with the idea of winning after the consecutive home losses. We play in a complicated court against a team that always makes it hard for us. We know the game will be hard, and if we do not win we'll have a decisive game at home against Brose Baskets. This is a great chance but also a great challenge. A win would put us in a good situation."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Barcelona is one of the best teams in Europe. They are a talented team that plays very tactical and which has many players that can prove decisive. We must be solid and stay focused. Everyone must be motivated because the playoffs are at stake, and that would mean being among the best in Europe. We need our people because they help us a lot and with their support we can win."
FC Barcelona Lassa
2We had a good last two weeks and we have to keep playing that way. We had hard times on the road but we gained confidence. At home we have only had good feelings and good results. Control, tempo are keys of the game. Their guards control the tempo very well and we'll have to stop players like Bourousis and Hanga."

Laboral Kutxa closes in on playoffs after beating Barcelona again

In an all-Spanish clash that opened Top 16 Round 12, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz held off FC Barcelona Lassa 75-71 at Fernando Buesa Arena on Wednesday night. Laboral improved to 8-4 in Group F after sweeping Barcelona and Coach Velimir Perasovic’s side can qualify for the playoffs if either CSKA Moscow beats Brose Baskets Bamberg on Thursday, or Real Madrid defeats Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday. Meanwhile, Barcelona dropped to 6-6. The teams traded blows in the first quarter and a half, but Ioannis Bourousis and Mike James fueled a 15-3 run that put Laboral up by 9 points late in the second quarter and helped it to a 40-33 halftime lead. A 7-0 third quarter run pushed the margin to double digits, and James and Bourousis were at it again, increasing the difference to 58-45 early in the fourth. But Alex Abrines hit 3 three-pointers to cut it to 63-58, then a three from Stratos Perperoglou tied the game at 65-65. But the visitors never went in front, as Jaka Blazic and Kim Tillie made key baskets down the stretch to help Laboral hold on. Bourousis paced the winners with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. James had 14 points and 5 assists, while Adam Hanga contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in victory. Tillie finished with 10 points for Laboral which played without its starting point guard Fabien Causeur. Tomas Satoransky had a career-high 20 points with 6 assists, and Abrines netted 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Barcelona. Ante Tomic had 10 points in the losing effort.

First quarter: Teams trade blows early on

Adam Hanga opened the scoring with a pair of foul shots, and after Tomas Satoransky made a runner for Barcelona, Darius Adams hit a step-back triple to make it 5-2. Joey Dorsey answered with a dunk, and after Darko Planinic fought for a put-back for the hosts, Satoransky scored from close range and Doellman on a fast break to give the visitors their first lead, 7-8. Kim Tillie drove the baseline for a layup, but Stratos Perperoglou hit a long jumper and Ante Tomic made one from close range to give Barcelona a 9-12 edge. The visitors kept Laboral scoreless for three minutes before Hanga took it coast-to-coast for a layup. Tomic and Ioannis Bourousis traded baskets from close range, and Carlos Arroyo and Mike James exchanged jumpers that made it 15-16 at the end of the quarter.

Second quarter: Bourousis and James fuel Laboral’s run

Bourousis hit a three-pointer, and after Alex Abrines nailed a jumper with his shoe on the three-point line, Bourousis made a basket inside to give Laboral a 21-18 lead. However, back-to-back threes from the same spot in the right corner from Satoransky and Abrines gave Barcelona a 21-24 advantage. After a timeout, Davis Bertans buried a three-pointer, but Satoransky had a quick answer with a running floater on the other end. After Doellman and James traded a pair of foul shots, Alberto Corbacho put back a free throw miss by Jaka Blazic, and a tip-in from Bourousis made it 32-28, prompting a Barcelona timeout. Hanga extended the margin with a three-pointer. Tomic banked in a shot for Barcelona, but James made a jumper and a triple to extend it to 40-31. Tomic made a baseline spin move to score inside again. After a scoreless final minute of the quarter, Laboral held a 40-33 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Laboral opens double-digit lead

Perperoglou opened the scoring in the second half by driving for a layup and Brad Oleson fed Satoransky for an easy two. Hanga went baseline for layup for the hosts, but Oleson dished it behind the back for another easy Satoransky layup to make it 42-39. Dorsey had a big dunk for Barcelona, too, but Blazic made a jumper, James followed it with a triple, and Tillie battled for a tip-in and the first double-digit lead of the night. After a Barcelona timeout, Oleson hit a long jumper and Barcelona kept the hosts without a basket for almost three minutes. But Laboral kept getting chances with offensive rebounds, and an Abrines technical allowed Laboral to open a 54-43 with a huge dunk by Bourousis after an assist from James. Tomic scored inside on the other end, but James fed Bourousis again just before the buzzer, making it 56-45.

Fourth quarter: Laboral staves off a Barcelona rally

James drove for a dunk, but Abrines nailed back-to-back three-pointers to cut it to 58-51. Bourousis nailed a triple and after Arroyo made a floater, Tillie scored from close range for a 63-53 advantage. Laboral had a possession to increase the lead, but Satoransky made a steal and raced for a huge dunk before Abrines nailed his third triple of the quarter, cutting the deficit to 5 midway through the fourth quarter. After a timeout, a Barcelona steal led to a layup by Oleson, but Bourousis made a quick answer on the other end. Satoransky hit a jumper, and Perperoglu a triple that tied it at 65-65. But Blazic immediately answered with a three-pointer. Abrines had a pair of put-backs, but Tillie scored four points, including a short jumper that made it 72-69 with 1:50 to go. Satoransky made 2 foul shots, but Blazic drove for a layup with a minute to go to keep Laboral’s margin at 3 points. The hosts made a defensive stand, and Hanga’s late free throw iced the win.

Ioannis Bourousis - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Attendance: 12789
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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 23:02 14 3/5 2/4 2/2       5 1 1       3 18
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 9:17 2 1/2     1   1     1     1    
8 HANGA, ADAM 36:32 11 2/4 1/5 4/6 1 6 7 2 1   2   1 6 20
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 30:43 22 6/9 2/6 4/5 1 6 7 3 1 3 1   3 3 23
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 31:52 8 2/4 1/2 1/2 2 2 4 1 1 2     3 2 7
12 DIOP, ILIMANE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 TILLIE, KIM 19:37 10 4/7   2/2 5 1 6     1     4 2 10
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 21:36 3 0/3 1/4     3 3 3 1 4       1 1
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 12:26 2 1/1 0/1   2 2 4           1   4
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 14:55 3   1/2     2 2     1     3    
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 75 19/35 8/24 13/17 12 24 36 14 5 14 3 0 16 17 84
        54.3% 33.3% 76.5%
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
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 18:56 4 1/2 0/2 2/2   3 3 1   2     3 4 4
6 DORSEY, JOEY 23:51 4 2/5   0/2 1 5 6 1 1     2 5 3 3
10 ABRINES, ALEX 27:04 18 3/5 4/5   2 1 3 1       1 1   17
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 31:49 20 7/10 1/4 3/4   3 3 6 3 1     3 5 26
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 5:07   0/1               1         -2
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 DIAGNE, MOUSSA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 OLESON, BRAD 31:37 4 2/3 0/2   1 1 2 5           2 10
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 17:27 4 2/6 0/2     2 2 1   1     2   -2
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 28:00 7 2/3 1/5   1 3 4 1 1 2     2 1 5
44 TOMIC, ANTE 16:09 10 5/8     1 2 3 2   3     2 1 8
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 71 24/43 6/20 5/8 9 22 31 18 5 11 0 3 18 16 73
        55.8% 30% 62.5%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It was a very intense game; both teams had a lot at stake. All the work we have been doing so far in this competition is paying off. We are very close to getting to the next stage, but there are still two games and they are important. This win was important for us too because we came from a very tough loss at home. That put us in our place, as we have to know that if we won't give our best, we can get humiliated. I have to thank our fans because they didn't punish us after the game against Unicaja and supported us today in a great way. We played with a lot of energy and even though we committed some mistakes that helped Barcelona come back in the game, we managed to play calm in the end and get this win."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"I want to congratulate Laboral Kutxa for their win tonight. It was a very balanced game in the first quarter. In the second quarter we went through a bad moment that allowed them to build a solid advantage and enter the last quarter with a 7-point deficit. We were not effective in the last minutes, and committed a few defensive mistakes, missed some easy shots that prevented us from capping our comeback and winning the game."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I don't know what to say at this moment. We are very happy. Our target was to make it to the playoffs and we are now very close to achieving that. It's a big step ahead for us especially after the last defeat we got here against Unicaja. That shows we have character and pride. We must keep working as there are still two more games and we want to stay this way."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"I think we lost this game because we were unable to play well for 40 minutes. We struggled both in offense and defense in some moments, even though when we found ourselves down by 10 points we managed to react and play well. In the end we committed some crucial mistakes at both ends, we didn't know how to play those minutes and the game was decided against us. "
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