2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 15, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 KARSIYAKA ARENA

Team Stats

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0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
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Player Stats

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0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
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Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

The new Euroleague season starts when Turkish champion Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir makes history with its competition debut against FC Barcelona Lassa. The visitors arrive for the first time to Turkey’s Aegean coast with a plan to win their Euroleague season opener for eighth time in a row, while the home team hopes to get a boost from the local fans and introduce itself to the Euroleague in style. Despite its rookie status, Karsiyaka has many veteran faces to lead the way. Joe Ragland Can Altintig will handle the point guard duties against the Barcelona pairing of Tomas Satoransky and Carlos Arroyo. On the wings, the hosts turn to Josh Carter, Justin Carter and Kenny Gabriel to challenge Barcelona’s Pau Ribas, Alex Abrines, Stratos Perperoglou and the all-time leading scorer in the Euroleague, Juan Carlos Navarro. Barcelona has mobility at power forward with Justin Doellman, a dominant rebounder in Shane Lawal and one of the best centers in Europe in Ante Tomic, though big man Samardo Samuels is not expected to play. Karsiyaka counters with Juan Palacios, Kerem Gonlum and Colton Iverson. One thing is guaranteed; it will be loud in Izmir. How much the lift from its home fans helps Karsiyaka will be one of the keys to this season-opening duel.
Friday, October 9, 2015

Game Notes

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir

Mert Celep, Kenny Gabriel, Egemen Guven, Inanc Koc, Soner Senturk and Mertcan Solkol are all due to make their Euroleague debuts.

This marks the first meeting between these clubs in any competition.

Joe Ragland was a teammate of Barcelona center Samardo Samuels last season at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.

Kenan Sipahi set a Euroleague career high with 5 assists against Barcelona last season. His effort helped his team, Fenerbahce Istanbul, to an 89-91 overtime win in Barcelona.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Moussa Diagne, Marcus Eriksson, Emir Sulejmanovic and Aleksandar Vezenkov are all due to make their Turkish Airlines Euroleague debuts.

Stratos Perperoglou has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Carlos Arroyo was a teammate of Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir players Justin Carter and Kerem Gonlum last season at Galatasaray.

Shane Lawal has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight Euroleague games.

Justin Doellman has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Pau Ribas has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Ribas has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight Euroleague games.

Ribas has scored at least 10 points in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Juan Carlos Navarro has made at least 1 three pointers in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Navarro needs 3 more steals to catch former Spanish national teammate Jorge Garbajosasfor sixth place all-time. Navarro enters this game with 221 career steals.

Tomas Satoransky has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Brad Oleson has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
"We will play against one of the best clubs of Europe in first game of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Barcelona has traditions and they always play for the championship. They were in a great shape in the Supercup and come to Izmir in their good form. With the home court advantage and our fans we will fight until the buzzer."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We can't forget that their name is maybe not big, but they are the current Turkish champs. They had a great year last year. It's also the first Euroleague game, on the road, and that is always hard. We will probably be facing a great atmosphere. Karsiyaka lost some players, but they had good signings in the preseason and they have a competitive team. They play not your usual defensive game. They want to stop you so you lose the feeling of the game. We are in good dynamics now, we had good practices. However, it is the start of a great competition."


Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
"Playing in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague is something that has been long-awaited in this club. Playing the first game at home against one of the biggest teams in Europe only increases the importance of this game. In these situations the first game is always difficult and Karsiyaka Arena can create the extra pressure for the visiting teams. I don't think it will be an easy game for Barcelona and I am sure that it will be great to watch. We will do everything we can to win, and it will be our first step towards the Top 16."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are good right now. We are getting our rhythm. They key will be playing a good defensive game. If we do that, we will have our options. They are a dangerous team, they proved last year they are a great team. We expect a difficult game, as it's always on the road. We'll see what happens."

Pinar Karisyaka Izmir beats FCB Lassa in its debut

In the opening game of the 2015-16 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season, newcomer Pinar Karisyaka Izmir made its debut in the competition a memorable one by downing FC Barcelona Lassa 71-62 in a Group C contest on Thursday. Karsiyaka took the lead for good on the final play of the first half, a basket-plus-foul from Colton Iverson, then opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run, and finished it with a 10-0 spurt for 54-38 margin. The hosts’ lead was never in doubt the rest of the way, as Iverson finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kenny Gabriel posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Carter netted 11, and Joe Ragland had 10 points in victory. Justin Doellman collected 14 points and 7 boards for the visitors, and Stratos Perperoglou scored 11 for Barcelona.

First quarter: Sipahi scores first points, teams trade blows

Kenan Sipahi scored the first basket of the 2015-16 Euroleague season, a triple for the newcomer. Pau Ribas hit a jumper to open Barcelona's account, but Iverson answered with a two-handed slam for the hosts. The teams continued trading blows, as Doellman and Iverson traded jumpers to make it 7-4, and after Alex Abrines hit a mid-range shot, Iverson was at it again, scoring from close range. Carlos Arroyo answered from long distance for the visitors' first triple and Doellman added a put-back that made it 11-11. After a two-minute scoring drought on both ends, Doellman gave Barcelona its first lead, but Iverson answered with a floater, before Joe Ragland drove the lane for a layup and then buried a second-chance three-pointer for a 3-point edge. However, Brad Oleson nailed a corner three to end the first quarter at 18-18.

Second quarter: Karsiyaka battles hard for halftime lead

Juan Carlos Navarro made a jump shot to score his first points of the season, and Aleksandar Vezenkov made a baseline shot inside for a 19-22 edge. Ragland dribbled through Barcelona’s defense, but Perperoglou had a driving layup of his own. Sipahi made a mid-range jumper for Karsiyaka, and a fastbreak dunk from Gabriel put the hosts back in front, 25-24. Karsiyaka held the visitors without a single point for more than four minutes before Ante Tomic split free throws with 89 seconds left in the half. In the final minute, Justin Carter split foul shots, Tomic made a pair, and after a couple of timeouts, Iverson ended the quarter with a second-chance three-point play, giving Karsiyaka a 29-27 halftime edge.

Third quarter: Hosts pull away with 10-0 run

Gabriel and Iverson scored from close range on back-to-back possessions at the start of the third for 33-27. After Sipahi made a steal and assisted Justin Carter for a big dunk, Josh Carter drove the lane for an up-and-under layup and a 37-27 lead. Doellman and Navarro made jumpers for Barcelona, but Justin Carter’s triple restored a 10-point lead. Oleson answered with a sweet runner off the glass, but Iverson matched it with a two-handed dunk. Arroyo’s triple cut the deficit to 44-38, but Kerem Gonlum scored a layup after a give-and-go with Iverson, and Gabriel followed it with a steal and an easy fastbreak layup for a commanding 48-38 advantage. Ragland’s three-pointer extended the margin to 13 points, and Gonlum’s three-pointer in the final seconds of the third made it 54-38.

Barcelona tries to rally, but Karisyaka holds on

Doellman hit from long range to open the scoring in the quarter and after a baseline jumper from Juan Palacios, another triple from Doellman and a fastbreak scored from Perperoglou cut it to 56-46. Gabriel drove for a layup, and after Ribas scored an easy two on a fast break for Barcelona, Gabriel’s put-back dunk made it 60-48. Tomic scored inside midway through the fourth, and a steal and a fastbreak layup from Perperoglou got Barcelona within 60-52. Palacios made a reverse layup for the hosts, but Perperoglou bettered him with a triple from the corner. However, Palacios nailed a shot from mid-range, then Carter drew 3 foul shots and sank all of them for a 67-55 lead with 1:51 left. An alley-oop dunk from Shane Lawal kept the visitors’ hopes alive, and after a timeout Perperoglou scored from close range and Lawal split free throws to make it 67-60 with 44 seconds on the clock. Another Barcelona steal, this one from Doellman, led to Tomas Satoransky sinking 2 free throws, and the visitors almost forced another turnover, but Karsiyaka fought off a full-court press and Gabriel’s huge dunk sealed the deal with 20 seconds to go.

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir celebrates - EB15
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Attendance: 4579
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Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 RAGLAND, JOE 22:25 10 2/6 2/4     3 3 3   1       1 10
3 PALACIOS, JUAN 22:19 8 4/7     2 3 5     1   1 4 1 5
4 IVERSON, COLTON 21:46 16 7/12   2/3 4 4 8 2   2   1 1 3 19
5 BAYGUL, MUHAMMED 5:21   0/1     1 1 2 1   1     2   -1
10 ALTINTIG, CAN 8:06   0/1       1 1 1 1       1   1
11 CARTER, JUSTIN 33:06 11 1/7 1/3 6/7   6 6 1 2 1 2   5 7 14
12 KOC, INANC 0:03                              
21 GONLUM, KEREM 8:16 5 1/2 1/3     3 3 1         2   4
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 27:39 12 5/5 0/3 2/2 2 8 10     1 1   3 1 17
23 CARTER, JOSH 25:20 4 2/3 0/3         3 1       2 2 4
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 25:39 5 1/6 1/1     2 2 6 1 4     1 1 5
34 SENTURK, SONER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 23/50 5/17 10/12 12 32 44 18 5 11 3 2 21 16 82
        46% 29.4% 83.3%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK
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 27:52 14 4/6 2/5   2 5 7 2 2 1   1 1 2 19
8 RIBAS, PAU 21:10 4 2/5 0/3     2 2 4       1   1 4
9 LAWAL, SHANE 16:54 5 1/2   3/4 2 2 4 1 1   2   1 3 13
10 ABRINES, ALEX 16:13 2 1/4 0/3   1 4 5 1   2     2 3 1
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 15:09 4 2/5 0/4     1 1   1 1         -2
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 18:30 3 0/1 0/2 3/4 1   1 2 1 1     2 2 2
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 7:45 2 1/3                   1 1 1 -1
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 4:23 1     1/2                   1 1
24 OLESON, BRAD 20:38 5 1/1 1/6     4 4 1   1     2 3 5
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 14:14 6 0/2 2/4   1   1     3     2 1 -1
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:47 11 4/5 1/2     2 2 1 1       3 1 11
44 TOMIC, ANTE 21:25 5 1/5   3/4 1 5 6   1 1     2 3 7
Team           6 4 10     1         9
Totals 200:00 62 17/39 6/29 10/14 14 29 43 12 7 11 2 3 16 21 68
        43.6% 20.7% 71.4%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
"Unbelievable win for us. I told my before the game it will not be easy for us. They are a really big club, with many very experienced players. But we are a good team, and with our fans, we can beat anybody. "
FC Barcelona Lassa
"First of all, congratulations to Pinar Karsiyaka for its great game and its win. It was the best team tonight. We had a bad night and this is game that, in general, we must forget about. We had very bad three-point shooting percentage and were out of the game in many moments, but especially at the end of the third quarter, where Karsiyaka took a big lead. The third quarter was decisive, we had 6 turnovers in that period. Our start and end of the third quarter decided the game. We lost control of our emotions and our focus. We had a very strange game. This hadn't happen to us before. Fan support was very important for us not playing a good game."


Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
"We played hard. We are at home, we got great fans. We just have to play hard. We know they are tough team to play, they have a great system, great coach, great players. We just played our system, played hard, and held the home-court advantage."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"There was a lot of noise but we are used to playing in this kind of atmosphere. It is a tough loss that we can't forget. We have to learn from this, keep getting better and start winning on the road in the Euroleague. A lot of things happened today - a lot of turnovers, lack of inspiration on offense and of course, our third quarter, which we didn't start well, they got the lead and it was tough to come back. The only good thing is that we have many games ahead of us and we have a lot of chances to bounce back from this."
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