2013-14Top 16Round 13
April 03, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.4 Points 80.5
32.5 Rebounds 34.0
8.9 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.6 D. Rebounds 24.0
15.9 Assists 14.8
5.3 Steals 6.5
3.4 Blocks 2.3
13.6 Turnovers 11.8
52.4 % 2PT 56.4 %
33.3 % 3PT 34.5 %
78.2 % FT 75.8 %
79.5 Index 88.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Nocioni Points 15.3 / Bogdanovic
6.9 / Nocioni Rebounds 6.4 / Bjelica, N.
1.7 / Pleiss OR 2.5 / Vidmar
5.9 / Nocioni DR 5.0 / Bjelica, N.
4.9 / Heurtel Assists 4.7 / Preldzic
0.7 / Nocioni Steals 1.5 / McCalebb
1.2 / Nocioni Blocks 0.5 / Zoric
2.4 / Heurtel Turnovers 1.9 / Bogdanovic
60.0 % / Jelinek 2PT 66.7 % / McCalebb
43.6 % / Jelinek 3PT 41.7 % / Mahmutoglu
100.0 % / Causeur FT 91.4 % / Kleiza
15.1 / Nocioni Index 15.7 / Preldzic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-9 Top 16 5-7
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
9-13 Overall 13-9


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PUKL,SASA, Slovenia

The Take

It's a do-or-die game for the guests and a last chance this season for the hosts to please their fans with a Euroleague win. Laboral is out of the playoffs but not out of impact on the race: its victory could send both Panathinaikos Athens and Olympiacos Piraeus to the next round, as Fenerbahce Ulker would be eliminated with a loss. Nemanja Bjelica returns to Vitoria for the first time since joining Fenerbahce. He will see playing time at both forward positions, along with point forward Emir Preldzic and super scorer Bojan Bogdanovic. Bjelica will need his size and ballhandling against Adam Hanga. Likewise, Bogdanovic and Preldzic will not have it easy against Fernando San Emeterio and David Jelinek. The point guard battle will be equally interesting, as Peppe Poeta and Thomas Huertel will try to control the game tempo against lightning quick playmakers Bo McCalebb and Pierre Jackson. The battle in the paint, however, will be the biggest key to this game, as Vitoria runs its offense through frontcourt duo Andres Nocioni and Tibor Pleiss, with three-point threat Leo Mainoldi, athletic big men Lamont Hamilton - back after an injury - and Ilimane Diop helping out. Pleiss and Hamilton must be ready for a physical battle against Luka Zoric and Blagota Sekulic. Nocioni will not have it easy against Linas Kleiza, in what promises to be an intense, fun-to-watch matchup. Expect action and intensity at Fernando Buesa Arena.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
Coach Sergio Scariolo has used 12 different players in Laboral’s starting lineup and 18 players overall this season. No player has started in every game; only Tibor Pleiss and David Jelinek have appeared in every game.
Fabien Causeur has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Andres Nocioni saw his streak of consecutive Euroleague games with at least 1 blocked shot end last week at 10.
Tibor Pleiss has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague games.
Fernando San Emeterio has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Zeljko Obradovic has used 11 different players in his team’s starting lineups this season. No player has started every Euroleague game.
Bo McCalebb has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.
McCalebb has scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.
McCalebb will play the 100th game of his Euroleague career this week. Of the first 99, he wore a Partizan Belgrade uniform for the first 22, then suited up for Montepaschi Siena for the next 32 and has played for Fenerbahce Ulker for the remaining 45.
Nemanja Bjelica played for Laboral Kutxa during the previous three seasons. He has been a teammate of half the team’s current roster.
Bjelica has at least 1 steal in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We face a game against a great team full of talent. They have a stellar backcourt and we must compensate that with big effort on our part, from each player looking for the best in him and competitive pride. That could help us reduce the gap between obth teams as they also play for a spot in the Playoffs. We want to put an end to the Top 16 athome with a win and good image. We want to make the fans com eto the arena so they can see a good basketball game, especially from their team."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We are coming after losing at home against Milano. There is one thing important only: to win this game. That is the only thing."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We have been going ahead in the last games and now we must take a new step forward. It is our last Euroleague game at home this season and wemust win it. We want to gain confidence towards the Spanish League also. We have to win, play as a team, share the ball, play defense. We want to play a good game and serious at the same time. I feel way betterphysically and I think I am in my best moment of the season. I score more and I feel better on court, so I have to use that."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"This is an important game for us. We still have a chance to go to the next level. So we have to do our best and win."

Laboral Kutxa wins final home game, eliminates Fenerbahce Ulker

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria bid farewell to its home floor in style by hitting 13 three-pointers and knocking Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul out of the playoff race with a 95-73 victory on Thursday night at Fernando Buesa Arena. With its second consecutive win, already-eliminated Laboral improved to 4-9 in Group E, while Fenerbahce dropped to 5-8. The hosts took the lead for good at the end of the first quarter and behind Andres Nocioni and Tibor Pleiss built a 47-38 halftime lead. After the break, Laboral came out with a 13-1 run fueled by Thomas Heurtel, opening up a 21-point margin and never looked. Pleiss collected 15 points plus 10 rebounds, and Nocioni also scored 15 in victory. Heurtel had 14 points and dished 10 assists, and Fernando San Emeterio also netted 14. Lamont Hamilton, back after missing almost two months with an injury, had 11 points in 14 minutes, while Adam Hanga chipped in with 10. Bo McCalebb scored 19 points for Fenerbahce. Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points, while Linas Kleiza had 9 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Laboral gets it going from downtown

Luka Zoric and Heurtel traded jumpers to open the scoring, and were followed by Bogdanovic with another jumper for Fenerbahce and a driving layup from San Emeterio for the hosts. After a steal and a dunk from Nemanja Bjelica at 4-6, Laboral went in front with a triple from Fabien Causeur. Bogdanovic used another turnover from the hosts for a fastbreak basket, but Pleiss scored from close range and Heurtel from mid-range for an 11-8 Laboral lead. Fenerbahce answered with three-pointers from Emir Preldzic and Melih Mahmutoglu, and Oguz Savas scored a layup to make 12-16. But Lamont Hamilton, back after missing almost two months with an injury, answered from downtown. Then, with a fastbreak from San Emeterio and a three-pointer from Nocioni, Laboral led 20-18 after the first quarter.

Second quarter: Hosts take off behind Pleiss, Nocioni

Pleiss scored inside to start the second quarter, and after a reverse layup from Preldzic, the hosts snapped a basket-for-basket trend as another triple from Nocioni and a tip-in from Pleiss helped Laboral to 29-21. McCalebb replied with an explosive slam, and followed it with a layup, but Giuseppe Poeta sank a triple, then fed Adam Hanga for a reverse alley-oop dunk, before Nocioni hit his third three-pointer at 37-29. Hanga and Linas Kleiza traded layups, and Kleiza hit a long jumper for the visitors to make it 40-34. But Pleiss scored a pair of tough baskets from close range, and while McCalebb drove for a layup on the other end, San Emeterio's transition three-pointer made it 47-38 at halftime.

Third quarter: Heurtel paces Laboral to a huge lead

Heurtel nailed a triple and drove for a fastbreak layup to start the second ahlf, before Leo Mainoldi finished another fastbreak and made it 54-38. After a timeout from visiting coach Zeljko Obradovic, triples from San Emeterio and Heurtel capped a 13-1 run, making it 60-39. Zoric scored a basket-plus foul and a layup on a breakaway for Fenerbahce, but Pleiss made a fastbreak dunk and Hamilton fought his way for a layup-plus-foul and a 65-44 advantage. McCalebb went coast-to-coast for a layup, but Laboral scored at will, extending the difference to 77-50 with Mainoldi and Hamilton hitting triples, and Nocioni adding a pair of baskets. Before the end of the quarter, Izzet Turkyilmaz got himself on the scoreboard with a tip-in, but Laboral was well ahead, holding a 78-54 lead.

Fourth quarter: Vitoria bids farewell to fans with romp

Nocioni and Hanga extended the difference to 82-54 before Bogdanovic hit a three-pointer. Bjelica also added a triple for the visitors, but Causer and Hanga made it 88-60. The pace and scoring slowed with McCalebb the only scorer in almost three minutes of the quarter, before San Emeterio and Heurtel scored from close range, and David Jelinek hit one from deep to make it 95-66, the biggest margin of the night. McCalebb scored 5 more late points, but the winner was long decided.

Andres Nocioni - Laboral Kutxa - EB13
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Attendance: 11284 (Tentative)
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MAINOLDI, LEO 20:41 5 1/1 1/3     4 4 3 1       2 1 10
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 17:56 15 3/5 3/3     4 4 2 1   1   2 1 20
6 POETA, GIUSEPPE 13:00 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2 3 1 1     1   6
8 HANGA, ADAM 18:38 10 4/6   2/2   2 2     1 2   1 4 14
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 13:59 11 1/7 2/4 3/5         2       2 3 4
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 2:26                         1   -1
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 24:26 14 4/4 2/3         1 1       3 3 15
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 23:35 15 7/15   1/2 5 5 10 1   3     4 5 15
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 24:09 14 4/6 2/3     4 4 10   1         24
25 JELINEK, DAVID 11:05 3   1/1           1       2   2
30 VAN OOSTRUM, DEVON 2:51     0/1     1 1     1     2   -3
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 27:14 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 2 2 2     2 4 9
Team                           1   -1
Totals 200:00 95 25/46 13/21 6/9 6 22 28 22 9 9 3 0 23 21 114
        54.3% 61.9% 66.7%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 30:48 19 7/11 0/2 5/6 1   1 3 2 5     4 4 13
5 JACKSON, PIERRE 3:16                              
7 ONAN, OMER 4:00 1 0/1 0/1 1/2       1         2 1 -2
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 20:42 5 1/4 1/4     3 3 3 2 2   1 1 1 4
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 22:03 5   1/3 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 1 4
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 19:14 9 3/7 0/2 3/3 3 8 11     1     4 3 12
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 4:49 2 1/1     1   1     1     1   1
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 14:26 4 1/3   2/2 3 1 4           2 3 7
22 ZORIC, LUKA 22:10 9 3/9   3/3 4 3 7     2   1 3 2 6
33 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 31:49 14 2/5 1/4 7/8   2 2 2   2     2 5 12
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 26:43 5 1/3 1/2   2 2 4 4 2 2   1 1 2 10
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 19/44 4/18 23/26 14 23 37 14 6 16 0 3 21 22 70
        43.2% 22.2% 88.5%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a great win for us. All the players contributed and we like that the fans had the opportunity of enjoying a brilliant win in our last game at home, capping a decent second leg. We had a great assist-to-turnover ratio, we played very good defense and I especially liked our approach at the beginning of the third quarter. When we were expecting a strong start from Fenerbahce, we came out with decisiveness, willing to hit first, and that gave us the opportunity of opening up an almost-definitive gap. We faced a great team tonight, with great players and a great coach, and that adds credit to our win."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"I want to congratulate Laboral Kutxa tonight for their win because they were better than us from the beginning to the end. Talking about basketball, and talking about any basketball team, one key aspect is motivation. And I saw my team played without any motivation. I feel terrible for the way we played tonight, especially for how the key players performed. They didn't care if the difference was 20 or 30, if they turned the ball over, if the opponent had the ball or took an open shot. You try to change things, rotate players and use the bench, but it's a problem when you cannot find the right fit. I feel really disappointed because I think my team is very selfish. I told them that, too, in the locker room, so they know my opinion. I don't surrender, though. We are in a difficult moment, and we have to do everything we can. But if you play like this, then nothing you can do will help. I will fight till the end, as we have a tough challenge in the Turkish League. I know there are people in the club who support me and that really want to do something big in this club. We have 25 million people who are supporting this organization and because of that I feel especially disappointed."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It's true that if we had won a couple of more games at home we would be chasing the playoffs, but what is done is done. Everything is in the head, and we must look forward. We played this game with a lot of energy, for the pride of the club, for the fans, and for ourselves. Now, we feel better to face what is coming in the future. I feel comfortable here; I understand my role, to provide the team with my energy coming off the bench. After a long time without playing, and later getting injured, I feel great now and happy to be able to help this team."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"The team's mood is not good, obviously. Even though I'm new here and I don't really know everyone well, I saw a lot of guys tonight that don't feel good at all. It was a big blow for us, but we must keep playing the Euroleague till it’s over. We got a slow start, we didn't have a good approach coming into the game, and we didn' feel well or play good as a team. The Euroleague is very different from what I experienced in the States. It's more physical and there are a lot of great players over here. For me especially, it was difficult, coming here in the middle of the season but I'm still learning as a player, as a person and as a teammate."
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