2015-16PlayoffsGame 1
April 13, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 BASKET HALL

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.2 Points 79.5
34.2 Rebounds 33.9
10.8 O. Rebounds 10.1
23.4 D. Rebounds 23.8
16.9 Assists 17.7
8.1 Steals 6.5
2.4 Blocks 2.3
14.0 Turnovers 11.6
51.3 % 2PT 52.6 %
37.5 % 3PT 37.5 %
77.4 % FT 73.5 %
86.8 Index 90.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Delaney Points 10.3 / Tomic
6.1 / Claver Rebounds 5.2 / Tomic
2.0 / Singleton OR 2.1 / Lawal
4.3 / Claver DR 3.6 / Tomic
5.8 / Delaney Assists 3.9 / Satoransky
1.5 / Randolph Steals 1.2 / Doellman
0.8 / Randolph Blocks 0.8 / Lawal
2.9 / Delaney Turnovers 1.5 / Arroyo
65.1 % / Zubkov 2PT 67.3 % / Lawal
50.5 % / Broekhoff 3PT 46.2 % / Vezenkov
87.1 % / Delaney FT 100.0 % / Vezenkov
19.5 / Delaney Index 13.4 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
9-5 Top 16 8-6
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
17-7 Overall 14-10

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany

The Take

These teams face each other for the third time ever after splitting home wins during the regular season. Lokomotiv had the best defense in the Top 16 (69.9 points per game), while Barcelona not far behind (75.6). Barcelona forced opponents to shoot with low percentages (50.9% 2FG, 33.8% 3FG), but so did Lokomotiv (52.1% 2FG, 32.5% 3FG), which also allowed fewer two-point (17.6) and three-point (6.9) shots than any other team in the last phase. Barcelona has to find a way to slow down star playmaker Malcolm Delaney, through whom Lokomotiv runs its offense (15.8 ppg., 5.8 apg.). Delaney and Dontaye Draper have to play physical and aggressive against Tomas Satoransky and Carlos Arroyo, in what promises to be an exciting point guard battle. Pau Ribas may see extended playing time against Delaney, in which could be a key to this series. Barcelona has many experienced, sharp shooters such as Juan Carlos Navarro, Brad Oleson, Alex Abrines and Stratos Perperoglou. Lokomotiv is not that deep at the wings, starting Evgeny Voronov and Ryan Broekhoff, bringing Matt Janning off the bench to offer instant offense and often switching Victor Claver to the small forward position to play with a tall lineup. Claver will have the tough mission of guarding Barcelona shooting ace Justin Doellman, in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Chris Singleton and Andrey Zubkov can open the floor with their outside shots against Doellman and Samardo Samuels. Anthony Randolph will try to use his ballhandling, quickness and athleticism against powerful Joey Dorsey while Ante Tomic will be a key as a scorer and a passer from inside as Barcelona tries to apply its experience to counter Lokomotiv's home-court advantage.
Monday, April 11, 2016
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Game Notes

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Georgios Bartzokas coached Barcelona forward Stratos Perperoglou for two seasons at Olympiacos Piraeus from 2012 through 2014. Together they won the 2013 Euroleague, and2013 Intercontinental Cup.

Lokomotiv is the only Euroleague team to have three players – Ryan Broekhoff, Victor Claver and Malcolm Delaney – start every game so far this season.

Malcolm Delaney leads the league in minutes played with an average of 33:27 per game.

Delaney leads the league in fouls drawn with 159 (6.6 per game).

Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 19 of his last 20 Euroleague appearances.

Delaney averaged 18.5 points on 5-of-11 three-point shooting plus 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a pair of regular season games against Barcelona.

Ryan Broekhoff has made at least 1 three-pointer in 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games; he finished the Top 16 having made 8 of 9 shots from downtown over his final three games.

Chris Singleton has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.

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

Victor Claver has been a regular with the Spanish national team since 2009 during which time he’s played alongside Barcelona players Juan Carlos Navarro (five major tournaments including gold medals at EuroBasket 2009 and 2011 and silver medal at 2012 Olympic Games), Pau Ribas (gold medal at EuroBasket 2015) and Alex Abrines (2014 World Cup).

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona has committed the fewest turnovers (11.6 per game) in the Euroleague this season.

Juan Carlos Navarro needs 1 more three-point attempt to become first player with 1,500 attempts in a Euroleague career. Navarro has made 570 of them, which is also an all-time best, and has 38.0% accuracy for his 15-year career.

Navarro enters the playoffs with 298 career Euroleague games played and appears set to become the first player to make 300 career appearances in Game 2 of this series.

Navarro scored a season-high 22 points against Lokomotiv in the regular season finale. He shot 5 of 8 from downtown in that game.

Navarro has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Ante Tomic has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tomic averaged 16.5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals for an average index rating of 23 in a pair of regular season games against Lokomotiv.

Tomic enters the playoffs 10 offensive rebounds behind former Barcelona big man David Andersen (301) for 10th place on the Euroleague’s career charts. Tomic enters the playoffs in 13th place with 291 offensive rebounds and must first pass Aleskey Savrasenko (294) and Robertas Javtokas (295).

Stratos Perperoglou was a teammate of Lokomotiv guards Dontaye Draper and Matt Janning last season at Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Monday, April 11, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"First of all we have to enjoy our participation in the playoffs. No one believed at the beginning of the season that we would be going to be one of the best eight teams in Europe, and we're very happy about this. In this series we have to act based on our principles – good defense and unselfish offense. The first game is especially important for us, and we need mental toughness to win it. I’d say mental toughness is overall one of the most important things in this series."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Every game in this series will be a final. We must not think about this as a long series, but that each game at hand is the most important one. We are happy to try to go one step further. Lokomotiv has had a more pleasant journey than us to this point, but that gives us courage. They are versatile and athletic, which allows them to switch positions all the time. I think they play the best defense in the league. We must try to win one game in Russia and try to bring the series back home with an edge."

Players

DELANEY, MALCOLM
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Being on a team that no one expected to do much is big for us. We don’t have any pressure. We just wan’t to come out and have fun and enjoy the playoffs. I think we match up good against anybody. We have Barcelona, they’re a tough team, but If we follow our game plan and do what we supposed to do, I think we’ll be fine."
RIBAS, PAU
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Winning at home and playing well on the road is useless now. We start this playoff series with a different mindset. We have to play each game with one goal in mind: the win. Lokomotiv plays great defense so we must play smart offense. They are athletic and we will have to prepare well to get the edge every time. We mus use our rotations and show them that if they want to beat us, they will have to play well. They should also fear our weapons, because we are Barca. Winning the first game would be a great start, but it wouldn't decide anything. We must take all chances that we get."

8-0 finish gives Lokomotiv first-ever playoffs win

In a battle that went down to the final seconds, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar recorded its first-ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague playoffs win by edging FC Barcelona Lassa 66-61 at home in Game 1 of their best-of-five series on Wednesday. Lokomotiv has a 1-0 lead in the series and hosts Game 2 on Friday. Anthony Randolph led the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Malcolm Delaney added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Lokomotiv. Justin Doellman and Pau Ribas led Barcelona with 13 points apiece and Alex Abrines added 10 for the guests. Doellman had 7 early points to give Barcelona a 3-8 lead. A three-pointer by Delaney capped a 7-0 Lokomotiv run and gave the hosts a 10-8 edge. Ribas and Tomas Satoransky stepped up for the visitors, allowing their team to regain a 17-19 advantage after 10 minutes. A driving layup by Stratos Perperoglou boosted his team's lead to 19-28 midway through the second quarter. Victor Claver and Ryan Broekhoff kept the hosts within 27-33 at halftime. Barcelona led most of the way in the third quarter, but a three-pointer by Matt Janning got the hosts within 1 late in the quarter. A layup by Abrines gave Barcelona a 58-61 lead with four minutes left, but Barcelona was held scoreless in crunch time, while, Chris Singleton, Delaney and Dontaye Draper fueled a final 8-0 push, which Ryan Broekhoff capped with a dunk to give Lokomotiv the lead in the series.

First quarter: Doellman helps visitors start strong

Doellman got Barcelona going with a five-meter jumper and soon added a three-pointer for a 0-5 lead. Lokomotiv was held scoreless for more than two minutes until Randolph stepped up with a layup-plus-foul. Doellman kept pushing Barcelona with a mid-range jumper and a free throw by Joey Dorsey boosted his team's lead to 3-8. Delaney fed Claver for an uncontested dunk and Randolph swished a five-meter jumper to bring Lokomotiv within 7-8. Delaney buried a three-pointer in transition to cap a 7-0 Lokomotiv run. Doellman stepped up with a fast break slam to even the score at 10-10. Abrines took over with a jump hook and Satoransky followed that with a coast-to-coast layup that gave Barcelona some fresh air. Randolph and Sergey Bykov made free throws, but Ribas improved on them with a three-pointer and a one-handed floater. A three-point play by Chris Singleton made it 17-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Barcelona improves defense, extends lead

Ante Tomic beat the shot clock with a fall-away jumper early in the quarter and Samardo Samuels added a power layup that made it a 6-point game. Lokomotiv kept missing open three-point shots, so Broekhoff tried to change things with a dunk in transition. Tomic hit a jump hook off a high post pick and a free throw by Samuels boosted the guests' lead to 19-26. Perperoglou took over with a wild driving layup, as Lokomotic kept struggling to find the way to the basket. The hosts improved their ball circulation with Delaney back on the floor. Claver stepped up with his trademark corner three-pointer and Matt Janning added free throws to bring Lokomotiv within 24-28. Carlos Arroyo and Draper exchanged three-pointers and a reverse layup by Doellman gave Barcelona a 27-33 margin as both teams headed back to the locker rooms.

Third quarter: Randolph keeps Lokomotiv in the game

Broekhoff made free throws immediately after the break, but Juan Carlos Navarro found Tomic for a layup and a 29-35 Barcelona lead. Randolph nailed a five-meter jumper and hit foul shots to tie the game at 35-35. Barcelona struggled to find good options on offense, as Lokomotiv's defense forced the guests to take late, off-balance shots. Abrines rescued Barcelona with a three-pointer and Doellman added a fast break layup for a 5-point edge. After Navarro buried a six-meter jumper, Randolph and Abrines exchanged three-pointers. A jumper by Delaney brought Lokomotiv within 40-45. Tomic hit a jump hook that Claver matched with a backdoor layup. Ribas hit a jumper, but Delaney singlehandedly brought the hosts as close within 3. After Randolph split foul shots, Ribas’s free throws kept Barcelona ahead. Janning nailed a three-pointer, but a buzzer-beating jumper by Sasha Vezenkov fixed the score at 50-53.

Fourth quarter: Drama infused till the final minute

Singleton sank a mid-range jumper early in the quarter and a put-back basket by Broekhoff completed the hosts' comeback at 54-53. Samuels stepped up with an off-balance basket, which Singleton matched with a turnaround jumper. Ribas found space for an uncontested driving layup that put his team back in charge, 56-57, with six minutes to go. Lokomotiv called timeout, but Ribas kept pushing Barcelona with a mid-range jumper. Draper shined with a six-meter jumper off the dribble that Abrines erased with a driving layup for a 58-61 Barcelona lead. Singleton scored around the basket and Draper sank a mid-range jumper off the dribble, after which Barcelona called timeout with 1:34 left. Ribas stepped out of bounds and Doellman missed down low, before a layup by Delaney gave his team a 64-61 lead. Abrines missed from downtown and a dunk by Broekhoff sealed Lokomotiv's first-ever Euroleague playoffs win in style!

Anthony Randolph - Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - EB15
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER)
Attendance: 7235
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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
0 DELANEY, MALCOLM 32:25 11 3/5 1/4 2/6   5 5 7   1     2 6 17
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 22:59 9 4/7 0/4 1/1   1 1   2 1     3 2 3
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 28:14 17 3/7 1/3 8/9 1 9 10 1 1 3 1   2 8 26
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 29:03 7 2/3 1/3   1 1 2 3         2   7
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 28:47 7 2/4 1/2   2 4 6 1   2 1   2 1 9
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 9:53 2     2/2   1 1           2 3 4
12 JANNING, MATT 14:51 5 0/1 1/2 2/2   2 2 1         3 1 4
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 4:30     0/1     1 1             1 1
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 29:18 8 3/4 0/4 2/2 2 1 3 2 1       1 1 9
Team                                
Totals 200:00 66 17/31 5/23 17/22 6 25 31 15 4 7 2 0 17 23 80
        54.8% 21.7% 77.3%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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 24:05 13 5/9 1/3     1 1 1 1     1 3 1 7
6 DORSEY, JOEY 7:21 1     1/2   4 4     1     1 1 3
8 RIBAS, PAU 22:19 13 4/8 1/2 2/2   2 2 2 1 2     3 1 9
10 ABRINES, ALEX 26:22 10 2/5 2/5   2 3 5     1     3   5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 13:04 2 1/1 0/3     2 2 3   2     2 3 3
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 17:32 2 1/2 0/2     2 2 8   2     2 2 7
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 8:01 2 1/2     1   1             1 3
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 14:28 5 2/3   1/2 2   2     1     2 4 6
24 OLESON, BRAD 10:36     0/2   1 1 2           1   -1
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 22:28 3 0/1 1/2   1 5 6 4         2   9
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 8:16 2 1/4 0/1     5 5     1     1   1
44 TOMIC, ANTE 25:28 8 4/8   0/2 3 2 5 1 1 1   1 3 4 8
Team           3 1 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 61 21/43 5/20 4/8 13 28 41 19 3 13 0 2 23 17 62
        48.8% 25% 50%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a very tough game for both teams, the typical first game of a playoffs series. We were nervous in the first half; that is why although we created many open shots, having patience on offense, we were very nervous and we didn't make them. With these percentages, around 20% from three and around 30-34 from two, we were 6 points down at halftime. We said in the locker room that we had to calm down and keep playing our game. We were very consistent, very patient in this game, just waiting for our time. When we had it, we were very decisive to do what we know well. Obviously, Barcelona is a great team. They have very experienced players and that is why they punished us 10 points at the end of some special offenses, some out of bounds plays that gave them some baskets. They also had many offensive rebounds, but even in this situation, we allowed 8 points in the fourth quarter, which was, for me, crucial to finish the game with a win. I have to say congratulations to the team, the players and the fans. There was a great atmosphere, a great Euroleague playoffs game. Both teams very much want to go on to the Final Four. Right now, I have to say we have to control our emotions. Win or lose, this is what you want to do - control your emotions, analyze the mistakes you make and try to avoid them in the upcoming game."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Lassa
"First of all, congratulations to Lokomotiv Kuban for its win. It was a game in which we have the feeling that it was in our hand and slipped away in the final moments. I think that, in general terms, it was a typical playoffs opener, with a lot of nerves on both sides, which made the game a little bit imprecise. On the other hand, both teams played good defense. That is why we are two of the best defenses in the competition. Even with this, we dominated the game for the best part of it until the final moments, in which small details made us lose the game: two missed two easy shots and a final action in which Delaney hit a layup. We felt that we had the game under control and that Carlos [Arroyo] was leading us in this game. When you lose, you can always look back and think you could have won with different decisions, but we thought we had a good control of the game. I think we played good during some parts of the game, but were not at out level in the fourth quarter. I have a lot of respect for Lokomotiv and its coach. It is a very, very difficult opponent."

Players

RANDOLPH, ANTHONY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"I think it was a good game. Both teams came out to play and it was a tough defensive game. We were lucky we got stops towards the end of the game and made some big shots. Basketball is a game of runs and ups and downs. All that matters is that when the final buzzer sounds, who wins the game. I think they have a lot of pressure on them and all we have to do is keep playing basketball."
RIBAS, PAU
FC Barcelona Lassa
"This is an opportunity that we missed. We made bad decisions in the end and that made us lose the game. It was a balanced game in which any team could have won but it is clear that we have to bounce back and play better on Friday to get a win we couldn't get today. Win or lose, the mentality would have been the same for our next game and this is what we will do. This is FC Barcelona and we can beat any team, anywhere if we play well on offense and defense. It was hard for us today on offense and not everything we prepared went well. We will work until Friday to see which details did not go well in order to play better offense. We have to come back and try to win Game 2; the team will be mentally prepared to do things better. Game 2 is a key one in the series."
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