2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 26, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BEAUBLANC

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.5 Points 74.2
30.8 Rebounds 36.8
8.8 O. Rebounds 10.7
22.0 D. Rebounds 26.2
18.0 Assists 15.7
5.8 Steals 4.8
2.2 Blocks 1.2
19.3 Turnovers 13.3
51.1 % 2PT 52.8 %
41.2 % 3PT 28.5 %
63.4 % FT 76.5 %
71.5 Index 78.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.3 / Traore Points 17.0 / Pullen
5.8 / Traore Rebounds 7.8 / Bilan
1.7 / Traore OR 2.5 / Bilan
4.2 / Traore DR 5.3 / Bilan
4.7 / Schaffartzik Assists 3.7 / Gordic
1.8 / Culpepper Steals 1.0 / Pullen
0.8 / Traore Blocks 0.3 / White
3.8 / Westermann Turnovers 3.0 / Pullen
68.9 % / Traore 2PT 71.4 % / Pilepic
51.7 % / Schaffartzik 3PT 50.0 % / Pilepic
100.0 % / Boungou-Colo FT 100.0 % / Babic
11.8 / Traore Index 18.5 / Bilan

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-4 Regular Season 3-3
2-4 Overall 3-3

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Referee
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece
Umpire
KARTAL, ERSAN, Turkey

The Take

This will be a critical game for the outcome of the group. Limoges leads the Euroleague in turnovers (19.3 per game), ranks low in total rebounds (30.8 rpg.) and is also making fewer free throws (8.7 per game) than any other team. Limoges, however, is fourth in three-point shooting percentage (41.2%) and beat Cedevita in Zagreb last month 80-84. Cedevita is fifth in rebounds (36.8 rpg.) and fourth in two-pointers made (21.8 per game), but lacks three-point shooting accuracy (28.4%). If Randy Culpepper remains sidelined, Heiko Schaffartzik and Leo Westermann will see most of the playing time against scoring guard Jacob Pullen, the No. 4 scorer (17 ppg.) in the competition. Another key matchup is expected in the paint, where Miro Bilan (18.5 PIR, sixth overall) faces a tough, physical test against big men Ali Traore and Frejus Zerbo. Mark Payne has missed his team's last two games, so Matt Gatens, Nobel Boungou-Colo and Yakhouba Diawarwa will split playing time at the wings against Luka Babic, Henry Walker and James White. Cedevita must get going in transition to get its many scorers involved. Limoges relies on Schaffartzik and Westermann to dominate the game tempo and expects its fans to give the team the home-court advantage it needs.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Limoges CSP

Heiko Schaffartzik has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Nobel Boungou-Colo has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Boungou-Colo has averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 assists, 5 rebounds and 1.7 steals for a performance index rating of 22.7 in three career games against Cedevita last season.

Leo Westerman was a teammate of Cedevita guard Nemanja Gordic at Partizan Belgrade during the 2012-13 season. Together they helped Partizan win the Adriatic and Serbian League crowns.

Mark Payne was a teammate of Luka Zoric at Unicaja during the 2011-12 season. Payne made his Euroleague debut that season.

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 14 for 14 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Miro Bilan and Fran Pilepic starred last season for Cedevita in a 102-83 regular season victory over Limoges. Bilan scored a Euroleague career-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Pilepic made 5 of 7 threes en route to 21 points.

Nemanja Gordic was a teammate of Strasbourg big man Ali Traore at Lottomatica Rome during the 2010-11 season.

James White has posted a performance index rating of at least 10 in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"This is a very important game to us and it is crucial to them. Fans are great in Limoges. It is always a pleasure to play there, but it also puts pressure on the hosts. We must play smart and play like a team. We have learned a lot from our previous game against Limoges. They were shooting great in that game, but we also made many mistakes on defense. In our next game we must control opponent’s offensive rebounds, which wasn’t the case in our previous two games against Metalac Farmakom and Olympiacos. We must play great on defense and put as much pressure as possible on their guards."

Players

PILEPIC, FRAN
Cedevita Zagreb
"We learned a lot of lessons from our previous game against Limoges. We let them shot too many open shots in that game and Westermann and Boungou-Colo really played great. We can’t afford ourselves to give them so many open shots and we must watch out for their offensive rebounds. I think Croatia as a great sports country deserves to have a team in Euroleague Top 16 and we will do our best to advance from our group."

Cedevita flies up the standings with road win at Limoges

Cedevita Zagreb took a huge step towards a place in the Top 16 with a pivotal 69-78 road win over Limoges CSP on Thursday night. It was Cedevita’s third win in four road games this season, and improved its record to 4-3 for a share of second place in Group B. Cedevita also wins any potential tiebreaker with Limoges as it overcame a 4-point loss from Round 2 in dropping the French champs to 2-5. The visitors never trailed in the contest, opening the game with an 0-11 lead. Behind Luka Babic, Cedevita opened a 16-point lead in the third quarter before Heiko Schaffartzik led a rally by Limoges. However, the hosts never came closer than 6 points and Babic and Jacob Pullen sealed the outcome. Luka Babic had a career-high 19 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, while Miro Bilan and Luka Zoric each added 10 in victory. Schaffartzik was all over with 17 points on 5-for-8 three-point shooting, 11 assists and 6 rebounds for Limoges. Diawara scored 13, and Leo Westermann added 10 points in defeat.

First quarter: Cedevita starts strong, Limoges rallies back

Cedevita stormed out of the gate. Bilan started things with a pair of free throws and a basket from close range. Babic made a steal and raced for a dunk. James White added a driving layup, then got a no-look pass from Bilan to sink a corner triple for a 0-11 start. Limoges did not score for more than four minutes until Schaffartzik hit from long range. Diawara followed, scoring from close range and long range. Then Schaffartzik nailed another from downtown to tie the game at 11-11. But Cedevita regained the lead with a three-pointer from Henry Walker. Limoges went to the free throw line often, but Zoric had a put-back and Pilepic a runner before Ousmane Camara and Zoric traded basket to make it 18-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Visitors pull away for a double-digit lead

Diawara scored inside to open the quarter, but Zoric knocked down a turnaround jumper and Pilepic hit a triple that made it 20-25. Diawara and Marko Arapovic traded baskets, before consecutive triples from Pullen and Pilepic opened 23-33 margin. Nobel Boungou-Colo hit it from way downtown, but Pullen answered with an easy driving layup. Westerman banked in a long runner to help cut it to 30-35, but Arapovic made a runner, then buried a triple that gave Cedevita a 10-point advantage. Westermann scored 4 more points, but Babic made a baseline dunk and Bilan scored inside to restore a double-digit lead, 34-44. Schaffartzik made a corner triple, but Nemanja Gordic made a difficult driving layup to keep Limoges at bay. Camara had a put-back for Limoges, however, Arapovic got to the free throw line in the final second and made both to give Cedevita a 39-48 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Cedevita takes commanding lead

Babic opened the second half with a driving layup. Boungou-Colo hit a triple for the hosts, but Babic hit back-to-back threes for Cedevit to make it 42-56. Frejus Zerbo and Walker traded baskets inside, before Babic fed Bilan for an easy layup and. Schaffartzik and White traded three-pointers, before Limoges kept the visitors scoreless for 2:30 minutes to end the quarter, while Camara made free throws and Matt Gatens raced for a layup to beat the clock and cut it to 51-63 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Limoges rallies, but Babic seals the deal

In the opening two minutes of the fourth, Zoric and Babic each made a pair of foul shots, with Schaffartzik knocking down a triple in between, 54-67. Camara and Zoric traded layups, and Schaffartzik continued to be on fire for Limoges, hitting a jumper and cutting it to 58-69. The hosts’ defense stepped up, holding Cedevita scoreless for more than two minutes, but Limoges did not manage to score themselves either, until Diawara buried a triple and Gatens followed, racing for a fastbreak layup to make it an 6-point contest. After a Cedevita timeout, Babic led a breakaway and finished it himself with a big dunk, and Bilan added free throws that put the margin back into double figures with four minutes left to play, forcing Limoges to call a timeout. Traore scored a layup, then blocked a layup attempt by Arapovic to keep Limoges with the momentum. Traore cut it to 67-73, but Pullen made a runner with 90 seconds to go. Traore scored inside again, but Babic put the game away with a wide-open triple with 69 seconds remaining, sealing the outcome.

Luka Babic - Cedevita Zagreb - EB15
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), KARTAL, ERSAN (TUR)
Attendance: 4420 (Tentative)
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Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 37:44 17 1/2 5/8   2 4 6 11         3 3 30
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU 0:14                              
6 DANIELS, WILL 10:00 2 0/1 0/1 2/2           1     1 1 -1
8 GATENS, MATT 10:30 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 1 1 1     1   4
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 30:04 10 2/3 0/1 6/6   6 6 4 1 2     2 7 22
10 FAUCHE, VINCENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PAYNE, MARK 6:50     0/1             2     1 1 -3
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 17:19 9 3/5   3/4 2 3 5     2     4 2 7
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 29:51 6 0/3 2/3 0/2 1   1 3 3 1     1 3 8
24 TRAORE, ALI 14:15 6 3/7     1   1     4 1 1 3 2 -2
29 DIAWARA, YAKHOUBA 30:33 13 3/7 2/5 1/2       2   1       3 9
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 12:40 2 1/3     1 2 3     2   1 1   -1
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 69 15/33 9/20 12/16 9 18 27 21 5 17 1 2 17 22 76
        45.5% 45% 75%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE
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
Cedevita Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 PULLEN, JACOB 22:48 7 2/2 1/3     2 2 4   3     2 4 10
4 WHITE, JAMES 35:09 8 1/3 2/5     3 3 2 1 3 1   3 1 5
6 KATIC, TONI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 9:32 8 1/2 2/2                   3   4
9 BABIC, LUKA 35:19 19 4/6 3/6 2/2 1 5 6 2 2 1     2 3 24
11 ZGANEC, KARLO 12:58         1   1     2     4 1 -4
12 WALKER, HENRY 11:30 5 1/1 1/5     1 1 2 1 2 1   1   3
13 MUSA, DZANAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BILAN, MIRO 23:23 10 3/4   4/4   3 3 1   2     2 4 13
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 17:12 2 1/3 0/3     1 1 2         1 1  
21 ZORIC, LUKA 12:16 10 4/5   2/2 2 2 4   2 1     2 1 13
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 19:53 9 2/4 1/2 2/2 3 1 4 2 1     1 2 2 12
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 78 19/30 10/26 10/10 7 19 26 15 7 14 2 1 22 17 81
        63.3% 38.5% 100%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"This is a tough road court, it is not easy to win in Limoges. I played a lot of games here, and this is my first official win. We accomplished the both things we wanted. We won and did it by more than 4 points, too. So Limoges needs to win one more game than us to be better than us in the standings at the end. We are happy we won, but need to get better at few things. We had our share of mistakes, but did not lose our head, even when they got within 6 points. But to win better teams, we got to be tougher. This was the best game for Luka Zoric since he joined Cedevita, and that is like another win for us. A lot of guys had small but important roles, like Zganec in the first quarter, Arapovic in the first half, and Walker in certain parts of the game."

Players

WESTERMANN, LEO
Limoges CSP
"They were the better team today. It is tough for us because we have many injuries and it was not easy for us to prepare for this game. Cedevita was much better. They played good basketball and that is why they won. This game was very important for both teams, and now Cedevita is on its way to the Top 16, while for us it is pretty much over."
BABIC, LUKA
Cedevita Zagreb
"First of all, we played as a team tonight and that was a key to this game. We did all tactical details we agreed on doing before the game. I want to congratulate the team and the entire club."
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