2015-16Top 16Round 14
April 07, 2016 CET: 18:45
Local time: 19:45 ZALGIRIO ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.5 Points 80.0
33.9 Rebounds 33.6
10.3 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.5 D. Rebounds 23.5
14.8 Assists 18.0
5.6 Steals 6.5
1.6 Blocks 2.3
13.7 Turnovers 11.3
47.5 % 2PT 52.9 %
32.5 % 3PT 37.6 %
80.3 % FT 74.6 %
70.4 Index 91.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Jankunas Points 10.7 / Tomic
6.1 / Jankunas Rebounds 5.3 / Tomic
1.8 / Vougioukas OR 2.1 / Lawal
4.7 / Jankunas DR 3.7 / Tomic
4.1 / Kalnietis Assists 3.8 / Satoransky
0.9 / Lekavicius Steals 1.2 / Doellman
0.6 / Vougioukas Blocks 0.8 / Lawal
2.4 / Kalnietis Turnovers 1.5 / Satoransky
58.8 % / Vene 2PT 67.3 % / Lawal
51.6 % / Lekavicius 3PT 48.0 % / Vezenkov
90.9 % / Vecvagars FT 100.0 % / Vezenkov
15.5 / Jankunas Index 14.1 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-11 Top 16 7-6
5-5 Regular Season 6-4
7-16 Overall 13-10

Referees

Crew Chief
MANTYLA, PETRI, Finland
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
HORDOV, TOMISLAV , Croatia

The Take

This is the teams' fourth meeting this season - and a critical one for the guests. A Barcelona victory clinches third place and would automatically eliminate both Brose Baskets Bamberg and Olympiacos Piraeus, who play later Thursday and Friday, respectively. Barcelona can only fail to qualify if it loses while Bamberg, Khimki Moscow Region and Olympiacos Piraeus all win. Accordingly, while it's the last game of this Euroleague campaign for the hosts, Barcelona aims for a victory that would secure a playoff berth and prolong its season. Barcelona will likely rely on its point guard duo, Tomas Satoransky and Carlos Arroyo, to make the difference in this game. Satoransky must use his size advantage against Jerome Randle, while Arroyo won't have it easy against Kaspars Vecvagars and Lukas Lekavicius. Renaldas Seibutis and Edgaras Ulanovas will see most of the playing time for Zalgiris on the wings. Ulanovas will try his low post skills against Stratos Perperoglou, while Seibutis must battle hard on defense to guard Alex Abrines or Brad Oleson, who will see extended playing time if Juan Carlos Navarro joins Pau Ribas on the injured list. Zalgiris has a lot of experienced big men such as Paulius Jankunas, Ian Vougioukas and Brock Motum. Jankunas faces an interesting matchup against Justin Doellman, while Motum and Vougioukas will have to be ready to slow Joey Dorsey and Ante Tomic at the center position. Barcelona needs to use its size advantage and experience, but nothing will be easy in the always amazing Zalgirio Arena.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Zalgiris Kaunas

Zalgiris snapped a 15-game losing streak to Barcelona when it won 88-92 in Barcelona in Round 9 of the regular season. Paulius Jankunas led five Zalgiris scorers in double figures with 17 points in that game.

Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius played four seasons with Barcelona. He was there between 2000 and 2003 and returned for the 2012-13 season. Saras helped Barca win the 2003 Euroleague crown, two Spanish League titles and three Spanish Kings’ Cups.

Twelve different players have appeared in Zalgiris’s starting lineup so far this season; only Edgaras Ulanovas has started every game.

Edgaras Ulanovas has made 22 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Paulius Jankunas needs 2 offensive rebounds to become third player to reach a total of 400 for his Euroleague career.

Martynas Pocius, who entered the Top 16 as a 32.6% three-point shooter in his Euroleague career, has missed 15 consecutive three-point attempts.

Martynas Pocius and Barcelona guard Carlos Arroyo were teammates last season at Galatasaray Istanbul.

Pocius was a teammate of Barcelona center Ante Tomic during the 2011-12 season at Real Madrid.

Ian Vougioukas and Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou have been teammates at both the club and national team levels. They won the 20122 Euroleague and played together for two seasons at Panathinaikos between 2010 and 2012 and have represented the Greek national team at the world championships

Vougioukas has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Kaspars Vecvagars has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

FC Barcelona Lassa

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

Justin Doellman has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action. He is the league leader in free throw accuracy for the season at 94.6% (35 of 37).

Juan Carlos Navarro needs 4 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 38.0% accuracy for his 15-year career.

Navarro has had some of his best Euroleague performances against Zalgiris, including a career-best performance index rating of 35 in a November 2006 victory in Kaunas. Navarro scored 31 points on 10 of 10 free throw shooting that night. He also netted a career-high 32 points in February 2006 in Kaunas to lead Barca to victory.

Navarro has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Alex Abrines has made 21 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Ante Tomic set a career high in scoring with 28 points against Zalgiris in Round 9 of the regular season. Tomic shot 11 for 11 from the field in posting a performance index rating of 38 in the game, which Barcelona lost by 4 points.

Tomic has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"FC Barcelona is a very good three-point shooting team. We need to force them to put the ball on the floor. While in the other end we need to find ways for our advantages in the offense. Despite the losses in this super tough group I am happy about the spirit and working ethic of my guys. Even if some games were meaningless, the players always fought and gave their maximum. Looking back the last game at home of regular season against Panathinaikos, if we had won we would be in different group and maybe the things would be different now."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Zalgiris is a dangerous team. They have been competing very well despite not having options to advance. They have a strong physical presence and they play with intensity, and I am sure that they will wanto to close this Euroleague run with a home win."

Players

JANKUNAS, PAULIUS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"We have played FC Barcelona already three times this season. We know them quite well. Like most of Spanish teams they like to run and play fast tempo basketball. We have a goal to improve our game and also we want to end our Euroleague season with a win. It would be nice gesture for our fans who have supported us in great fashion this season."
DOELLMAN, JUSTIN
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are in a group with many good teams and this means it's always difficult to win. But that's part of the game and I hope we can beat Zalgiris."

Ribas's second-half effort lifts Barcelona into playoffs

FC Barcelona Lassa advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs and locked up third place in Top 16 Group F by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 59-66 on the road on thursday. Barcelona finished the Top 16 with an 8-6 record. The result also eliminated Olympiacos Piraeus and Brose Baskets Bamberg from playoff contention. Zalgiris finished Group F with a 2-12 record. Pau Ribas returned from injury to lead the winners with 14 points, all in the second half. Joey Dorsey added 12 and 13 rebounds, while Juan Carlos Navarro had 10 points for Barcelona. Kaspars Vecvagars led Zalgiris with 13 points, a new Euroleague personal best. Paulius Jankunas added 11 and 9 rebounds and Renaldas Seibutis had 10 points for the hosts. Jankunas and Seibutis shined early to give Zalgiris a 14-7 lead. A 0-7 run, which Alex Abrines capped with a fast break layup, tied the game at 16-16 after 10 minutes. Zalgiris found a new go-to guy in Edgaras Ulanovas, who got help from Seibutis to give the hosts a 34-28 lead at halftime. Ribas struck three times from downtown to give Barcelona a 48-49 edge through three quarters. Barcelona improved its defense when it mattered and a step-back jumper by Ribas and a dunk off a steal by Abrines sealed the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Zalgiris strikes first, Barcelona recovers

Joey Dorsey got Barcelona going with a layup, which Paulius Jankunas bettered with a three-pointer for a 3-2 Zalgiris lead. Tomas Satoransky split free throws and a turnaround jumper by Jankunas put the hosts back in charge. Justin Doellman hit a jumper off a screen, but Renaldas Seibutis bettered that with a bomb from downtown and added a fast break layup, after which Barcelona called timeout down 10-5. Dorsey tried to change things with a power layup, but Jankunas hit his trademark jumper from the elbow and a big basket by Siim Sander-Vene boosted Zalgiris's lead to 14-7. Dorsey stepped up with a put-back slam and soon added a two-handed dunk to bring Barcelona within 3. Dorsey split free throws and a driving layup by Alex Abrines tied it at 14-14, after a 0-7 run. Ian Vougioukas buried a jump hook, but a driving layup by Satoransky tied the game again at 16-16 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts improve defense, take lead

Jerome Randle buried a five-meter jumper early in the quarter, as Barcelona was held scoreless for more than two minutes. Juan Carlos Navarro stepped up with his trademark bomba, which Brock Motum erased with a reverse layup. Ante Tomic shined with a driving layup to tie it at 20-20. Jankunas scored around the basket before Edgaras Ulanovas took over with a put-back basket - and the free throw that came with it – for a 25-20 Zalgiris lead. Navarro struck from downtown and erased Motum's layup with another bomba to bring his team within 2. Ulanovas hit foul shots and a fast break layup by Seibutis made it 31-25. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket until Doellman took over with a fast break layup. Dorsey split free throws, but Jankunas and Seibutis pushed Zalgiris to a 34-28 advantage at halftime.

Third quarter: Ribas rescues Barcelona

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Navarro buried one from beyond the arc. Kaspars Vecgavars answered from downtown, but a tip-in by Dorsey and a close basket by Satoransky brought Barcelona within 37-35. Satoransky kept pushing the visitors with a three-point play that put his team back ahead at 37-38. Seibutis and Vene made free throws to restore a 41-38 Zalgiris lead midway through the quarter. Abrines provided a highlight with a driving layup off the baseline and Ribas followed with a three-pointer in transition, which prompted the hosts to call timeout at 41-43. Randle tried to change things with a jumper of the dribble and free throws by Vougioukas put Zalgiris back ahead, 45-43. Ribas insisted from downtown and erased Vecvagars's three-pointer with another one from beyond the arc to give Barcelona a 48-49 edge.

Fourth quarter: Visitors pull away and hold on

Carlos Arroyo hit a jumper early in the quarter, which Stratos Perperoglou followed with a big basket off the baseline for a 48-53 Barcelona lead. Zalgiris kept struggling to score against Barcelona's physical defense until Ulanovas stepped up with a fast break layup. Randle scored off an inbounds steal, but Perperoglou matched that with foul shots and Ribas buried another triple to make it 52-58. Vecvagars answered from downtown, but a floating layup by Arroyo and a free throw by Perperoglou kept the guests out of trouble, 55-61. Vecvagars shined with a driving basket, but didn't find much help. A step-back jumper by Ribas practically sealed the outcome at 57-63 with 49.4 seconds left. Zalgiris called timeout, but Abrines collected a steal off the inbound pass and dunked to signal to the Barcelona fans that it was time to celebrate.

Pau Ribas - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB15
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 9090
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Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RANDLE, JEROME 26:39 6 3/8 0/1     1 1 1 2 3     1 1 1
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 18:24 4 1/1   2/2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1   1 1 7
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 3:07                   1         -1
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 28:06 10 2/7 1/3 3/4   3 3     1     1 4 7
12 MOTUM, BROCK 15:58 4 2/3 0/1   1   1     2   1 2   -2
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 29:29 11 4/13 1/1   2 7 9 2 4 1     3 2 15
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 10:47 4 1/4   2/2   4 4 1   1     3 3 5
18 SAJUS, MARTYNAS 4:04   0/1                 1 1 1   -2
19 LIPKEVICIUS, VYTENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS 22:30 13 2/4 3/5     1 1 1         3 1 9
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 11:48     0/1     1 1 1   1     2   -2
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 29:08 7 2/6   3/3 1 5 6 4 1 1 2   5 5 15
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 59 17/47 5/12 10/11 6 25 31 11 8 13 4 2 22 17 55
        36.2% 41.7% 90.9%
Head coach: JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
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 24:30 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   8 8   1 2       3 12
6 DORSEY, JOEY 24:55 12 5/5   2/9 6 7 13   3 3 1   2 8 25
8 RIBAS, PAU 16:09 14 1/3 4/4   1 1 2         1   1 14
10 ABRINES, ALEX 21:24 6 3/6 0/1     3 3 1 2     1 2   5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 17:09 10 2/6 2/3         1   1     2 1 4
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 25:17 8 3/5 0/3 2/3 1 1 2 5   1   1 2 2 7
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 15:30   0/2 0/1     4 4               1
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 OLESON, BRAD 6:42   0/1           1   2         -2
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 14:43 4 2/4 0/1         2 1 2     2    
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 18:36 5 1/5 0/3 3/4   4 4   1 1   1 3 5 2
44 TOMIC, ANTE 15:05 2 1/3       1 1     3 1   4 2 -3
Team           3 2 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 66 20/43 6/17 8/18 11 31 42 10 8 17 2 4 17 22 68
        46.5% 35.3% 44.4%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It‘s disappointing that we couldn‘t finish our Euroleague season with a victory. The guys fought hard and I couldn‘t ask more from them. It‘s very hard to stop FC Barcelona and allow them to score just 66 points. The guys gave everything they had, but we had some chances which weren‘t realized. We had open shots and for the most part of the game we were in front, but couldn‘t keep our lead."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"First of all we are happy for this win because it‘s very important for us and now we clinched a spot in the playoffs. This game wasn‘t very good for us. We made a lot of turnovers. In the first half we made 11, but in the second half we showed balanced defense and offense and took a victory at the end of the game."

Players

ULANOVAS, EDGARAS
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I think tonight two equal teams faced each other. We were prepared for the battle against FC Barcelona. We didn’t have the chance to make the playoffs, but despite that we fought hard and wanted to win, but at the end of the game our opponents made some important shots and we couldn‘t respond. They stayed calm at the end of the game and grabbed an important victory."
DORSEY, JOEY
FC Barcelona Lassa
"The key reason for the victory was rebounding. We missed a lot of open shots in the first half and Zalgiris played good defense. In the second half shots started to fall for us, we controlled the boards and felt our game, which allowed us to grab a victory here in Kaunas."
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