2015-16PlayoffsGame 1
April 13, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
81.8 Points 76.0
38.0 Rebounds 33.5
10.3 O. Rebounds 9.7
27.7 D. Rebounds 23.8
15.0 Assists 19.2
7.4 Steals 7.8
3.7 Blocks 2.0
13.8 Turnovers 14.1
51.6 % 2PT 53.5 %
35.8 % 3PT 35.1 %
79.2 % FT 71.6 %
92.6 Index 84.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.8 / Bourousis Points 12.4 / Raduljica
9.2 / Bourousis Rebounds 4.4 / Gist
2.0 / Bourousis OR 1.9 / Kuzmic
7.2 / Bourousis DR 3.6 / Calathes
4.0 / Adams Assists 6.4 / Calathes
1.5 / Hanga Steals 2.0 / Calathes
1.3 / Hanga Blocks 0.5 / Gist
2.5 / Adams Turnovers 2.5 / Calathes
80.0 % / Corbacho 2PT 65.6 % / Diamantidis
40.0 % / Causeur 3PT 42.2 % / Fotsis
100.0 % / Corbacho FT 81.6 % / Raduljica
22.3 / Bourousis Index 13.5 / Calathes


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
9-5 Top 16 9-5
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
15-9 Overall 15-9


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams meet in a replay of their only other Euroleague playoffs series, in 2006, in which Laboral (then Tau Ceramica) became the only road team ever to win the final game of a series. This year, Laboral finished the Top 16 with the fifth-best offense (79.3 points per game), ranking first in both total (37.8) and defensive rebounds (27.6), but last in assists (14.1). Panathinaikos was the second-best defensive team in the Top 16 (73.7) thanks to holding opponents to low true shooting percentage (46.4%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.08). Laboral's rebounding numbers rely on center Ioannis Bourousis, the Euroleague MVP for March, who has been close to unstoppable all season long. Bourousis comes off the bench to attack the boards and score in many ways, leading a frontcourt that also features Ilimane Diop, Kim Tillie, Darko Planinic and Davis Bertans, who opens the floor with his unlimited three-point shooting range. Bourousis must use his experience against Miroslav Raduljica and Ognjen Kuzmic, whose attempts to stop him will be a big key to this game. Tillie and Bertans face a physical test against power forwards James Gist and Antonis Fotsis. Laboral always tries to dominate the defensive boards and run the floor, crossing the halfcourt line as fast as possible to find a quick shot or have more time for a five-on-five offense. Darius Adams and Mike James, two scoring guards with great speed, are at the center of that effort. Dimitris Diamantidis and Nick Calathes must find the right game tempo and prevent James and Adams for running the floor. Panathinaikos relies on MarQuez Haynes, James Feldeine, Vladimir Jankovic and especially Elliot Williams to make the difference at both wings. If Fabien Causeur remains sidelined, Adam Hanga and Jaka Blazic will see most playing time against Williams and Jankovic, with Alberto Corbacho coming off the bench to pull the trigger from downtown. Expect a great crowd at Fernando Buesa Arena, as two Euroleague powerhouses start a long, exciting battle for a Final Four spot.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Laboral eliminated Panathinaikos in the best-of-three Euroleague playoffs in 2006 with a 71-74 victory in Game 3 behind 24 points from Serkan Erdogan.

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding for the season with an average of 9.2 boards per game.

Bourousis enters this series with 246 career Euroleague games played and could become the seventh player to accrue 250 career appearances in Game 4.

Bourousis is shooting 6-for-26 from downtown (23.1%) on the road this season, compared to 19 for 41 shooting (46.3%) from behind the arc at home.

Bourousis has a performance index rating in double figures in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Bourousis has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.

As a stalwart on the Greek national team, Bourousis has played alongside Panathinaikos players Dimitris Diamantidis (four major tournaments, including gold medal at EuroBasket 2005), Antonis Fotsis (six major tournaments, including gold medal at EuroBasket 2005) and Nick Calathes (five major tournaments).

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in 14 straight Euroleague games.

Davis Bertans has been the most accurate three-point shooter in the Euroleague this season; he is shooting 18 for 32 from downtown (56.3%), but has not played in enough games to qualify for the leader board.

His next three-pointer will the 100th of Bertans’s Euroleague career.

Panathinaikos Athens

Panathinaikos and Laboral have split their previous 14 meetings after the Greens won the first four games between the sides. Panathinaikos’s biggest victory over that time was in the 2007 Euroleague semifinal, with the Greens won 67-53 en route to winning the title in Athens.

Nick Calathes leads the league in steals with 2.0 per game; he has recorded at least 1 steal in 19 of his last 20 Euroleague games.

Dimitris Diamantidis needs 26 points to catch former teammate Mike Batiste (2,496 points) for fifth place on the Euroleague career scoring charts.

Diamantidis is 8 rebounds behind Denis Marconato for 10th place on the Euroleague career charts. He enters the playoffs with 961 career boards.

James Gist is 4 blocked shots away from reaching 100 for his Euroleague career.

Antonis Fotsis is 5 blocked shots away from reaching 100 for his Euroleague career.

Fotsis needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the milestone of 300 in his Euroleague career.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"In front of us there is a chance that many of our players never had in their careers. We weren't one of the favorites to get this far at the beginning, but we'll try to take that chance and, since we are already here, we'll try to get to the Final Four. Panathinaikos is a team with athletic capabilities and they also play very smart, with some determinant players in static play. They have a deep roster that could win the Euroleague. With the new signings during the season, their level has only increased and they are a fearsome team to anyone."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Everybody knows what we have to do during the playoffs series. We must be ready to fight for every ball, for every possession, for every rebound. For all these small details that make the difference. This is the time of truth and the team who will make all these will win the series. Our opponents are really good and from our side we must be ready to fight and play smart with confidence."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We are all happy to be in the playoffs: the team, the club, the fans and the city. The most important things is that we must be prepared and follow our coach's instructions and then, only think about the first game. Only that one. We must give it all. We have to go with our souls for each rebound, we must play hard in defense and jump more. We need to put lots of energy onto the court and play serious defense. And on top of that, we will need our fans to help us for thewhole 40 minutes."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We are in the Playoffs and now the situation is different than in the Top 16 or the Regular Season. We must go game by game, handle our emotions and stay focused. We know that our opponents are very good, they will play at their home and they are enthusiastic so we have to be calm and ready to play smart and fight."

Laboral Kutxa steamrolls Panathinaikos in series opener

Laboral Kutxa Laboral Vitoria set the tone in its playoffs series against Panathinaikos Athens with an 84-68 victory on Wednesday at Fernando Buesa Arena. The visitors led early, but Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench to help Laboral to a slim lead after 10 minutes. That difference grew to double figures in the second quarter before Darius Adams took charge with 12 third quarter points, including a wild three that bounced high off the rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run as the difference grew to 20. Panathinaikos fought back in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the outcome. Adams finished with 20 points and Bourousis scored 15 for the winners. Mike James added 11 points and 6 assists, Adam Hanga netted 10 and Kim Tillie collected 11 rebounds. Miroslav Raduljica led Panathinaikos with 21 points, but scored just twice in the second half after dominating early. MarQuez Haynes added 11 points and Nick Calathes dished 11 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Bourousis sparks hosts off the bench

Elliot Williams got off to an ideal start by drawing a foul from Tillie on his first touch and draining a deep three on his second. Adams evened it with a triple before Raduljica overpowered Ilimane Diop inside. After the Panathinaikos center split free throws, Hanga used his speed to blow by defenders and get a layup. Raduljica added more free throws and sent Diop to the bench with 2 fouls in less than three minutes. Adams kept the hosts close with a layup, but Raduljica sank a hook shot. However a Davis Bertans three tied it at 10-10 and a Tillie tip-in gave Laboral its first lead. James Gist’s turnaround jumper and Ognjen Kuzmic’s hook over Bourousis came on Calathes’s fourth assist. Hanga rejected Antonis Fotsis on the break as neither team found the basket for more than two minutes. Bourusis ended the drought with a basket-plus-foul, but free throws by Raduljica put Panathinaikos ahead again. Bourousis’s triple with 13 seconds left in the quarter gave the hosts an 18-16 advantage.

Second quarter: Blazic’s threes help Laboral to double-digit lead

Raduljica extended his strong start with another hook shot. A three by Jaka Blazic gave Laboral the lead once more. After the unstoppable Raduljica added a tip-in, Hanga nailed a triple for a 24-20 Laboral lead. James added a three with a hand in his face and Alberto Corbacho followed on the fast break to score after Sasha Pavlovic rejected Blazic. Down 9, the Greens turned to Raduljica, who scored with another hook. Darko Planinic came in for Bourousis and took a dish from James for a layup and a 31-22 advantage midway through the quarter. Blazic connected from downtown as the hosts took a double-digit lead. Raduljica attacked the glass for a put-back slam, but Planinic netted 3 free throws over two possessions as the lead grew. Vince Hunter came off the bench to make an impact at both ends with an offensive rebound and a blocked shot, but also missed twice from the line. Gist used a spin move to bring the Greens within 37-27 with a minute left in the half. Bourousis countered with a pretty move of his own. Gist split free throws to end the half with the visitors trailing 39-28.

Third quarter: Adams pours in 12 points as difference soars to 20s

Panathinaikos got a great start to the second half with a basket from Calathes. The same player’s steal soon led to a Williams slam. However Hanga and Adams scored at the rim – and Adams added a bonus free throw – to make it 44-32. Calathes added a jumper, but Hanga’s triple further extended the difference. Laboral dominated the offensive glass with Planinic finishing a four-chance possession. Tillie’s tip in was followed by a wild Adams three that bounced high off the back rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run for a 20-point advantage. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Calathes fed Gist for an alley-oop, but Bourousis countered with free throws and Hanga rejected Gist as the hosts remained in total control. After a put-back by Kuzmic, Adams and Haynes traded threes. Adams scored again and tacked on a free throw after a technical on the Greens’ bench for a 62-42 lead. After Bourousis free throws, Haynes made his second triple and Hanga limped off the floor. Baskets by Pavlovic on the offensive glass and Williams at the buzzer made it 64-49.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos run proves too little, too late

Adams stayed hot with his fourth three at the start of the fourth quarter and James threw down a ferocious two-handed slam to restore a 20-point difference. Raduljica finally scored his first basket of the second half with a fast break layup. Tillie netted a triple and James rejected Calathes as Laboral remained in charge. Calathes set up Raduljica for another basket inside, but the Greens did not appear to have the urgency needed to fight back from a 20-point deficit. Caalthes sent a behind-the-back assist to Hunter on the break. Calathes set up Hunter for another dunk and Haynes hit a baseline jumper to make it 73-60 and give the visitors some hope with five minutes to go. James responded with a big three. Haynes added another jumper, but time was not on the Greens’ side. A three-point play by Bourousis with 2:40 to go all but sealed the outcome at 79-62. Hunter finished another alley-oop and James Feldeine finished a tough layup, but the local fans were already celebrating the victory.

Darius Adams - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Attendance: 10936
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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 25:12 11 1/2 2/4 3/3 1 1 2 6     1   1 3 19
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 12:44 7 2/5   3/4 2 2 4 1   3   1 4 2 2
8 HANGA, ADAM 22:53 10 2/4 2/4     2 2 1 1 1 2     4 15
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 24:31 15 3/4 1/2 6/8   6 6 2   3 2   3 6 21
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 26:53 7 0/3 2/4 1/2 2 3 5 1 1 1   1   2 8
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 2:45           1 1     1     2   -2
14 TILLIE, KIM 25:40 7 2/4 1/2   6 5 11   1 3     2 1 12
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 26:07 20 3/5 4/12 2/3   1 1 4 1 2     2 4 15
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 7:13 2 1/1 0/1   2 1 3           1   3
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 26:02 5 1/1 1/4     5 5 2     1   1   9
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 84 15/29 13/33 15/20 14 27 41 17 4 14 6 2 16 22 103
        51.7% 39.4% 75%
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 16:58 11 2/3 2/4 1/2               1 1 2 7
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 16:32 2 1/2     2   2 2     1   2   4
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 10:36     0/1     2 2 1         3   -1
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 10:59 2 1/2       1 1         1 1    
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 20:31 21 8/13   5/6 3 3 6 2 1 1     2 7 28
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 19:01 2 1/3 0/3     1 1 4   1     2 1  
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 8:59   0/2 0/3     2 2 1   1     1 1 -3
14 GIST, JAMES 24:40 7 3/6 0/1 1/2   2 2         1 1 1 3
15 CALATHES, NICK 27:18 5 2/4 0/3 1/2 2 2 4 11 2 3   1 4 1 9
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 10:19 4 2/3     1 2 3   1       3   4
22 WILLIAMS, ELLIOT 25:35 7 2/7 1/4   2 1 3     2   1   1  
32 HUNTER, VINCE 8:32 7 3/4   1/2 1 3 4       1 1 2 2 9
Team           4 3 7               7
Totals 200:00 68 25/49 3/19 9/14 15 22 37 21 4 8 2 6 22 16 67
        51% 15.8% 64.3%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think it was a game in which we put a lot of energy, but it's also true that they were not as accurate as they usually are. We won showing courage, especially in the second quarter when we got the lead and started believing we could win this game. We had a more or less comfortable end of the game, but I'm sure that it won't be that way on Friday. We played a good game, and they didn't. We played well in defense, we rebounded well, played intense and we managed to control the turnovers after a bad moment in the first quarter. Aggressiveness and intensity were key tonight, and helped us a lot."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We just didn't respond to their physical game, they are a team with many athletic abilities and even though we prepared for that and we tried to do things the right way, we were not capable of it. Every time we lowered the advantage, they came up with big threes. They scored 13 three pointers. It's huge in a game like this. Without a good shooting night you cannot play a game like this. We must play the next one with a knife between the teeth; I need to see fire in our eyes if we want to win this round because it's the only way to go to the Final Four. "


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We made the 1-0 in the series and we must continue this way to get the next one. It was a good win tonight, but we need to get three games, so we must stay focused, avoid mistakes and play hard."
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We started with a lot of energy and playing very hard in defense, which was a key factor in tonight's game. We managed to stop them on those things they wanted to do, and we rebounded pretty well too. We must come here on Friday with the same energy, the same will and be eager to play. We cannot think it's going to be easy, so we need to play serious as we did today. Now it's time to review the mistakes we made tonight so we don't make them again on Friday. "
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a tough game for us and a tough night. We knew it was going to be that way, but we made so many mistakes and this cannot happen in games like this. This is the playoffs and there are more games ahead to recover. Of course we know that if we want to win the next one, we must play different."
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