2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 03, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 BROSE ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 89.9
34.7 Rebounds 34.6
8.6 O. Rebounds 10.9
26.1 D. Rebounds 23.7
18.6 Assists 19.6
5.1 Steals 8.0
2.7 Blocks 3.1
14.9 Turnovers 13.3
56.4 % 2PT 58.2 %
40.4 % 3PT 42.6 %
71.3 % FT 76.1 %
85.0 Index 108.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.9 / Wanamaker Points 17.4 / De Colo
7.7 / Melli Rebounds 5.4 / Vorontsevich
1.6 / Melli OR 2.4 / Hines
6.1 / Melli DR 3.4 / Vorontsevich
4.1 / Strelnieks Assists 6.1 / Teodosic
2.1 / Wanamaker Steals 1.3 / De Colo
1.0 / Melli Blocks 1.1 / Hines
3.1 / Wanamaker Turnovers 3.0 / Teodosic
100.0 % / Staiger 2PT 100.0 % / Korobkov
56.3 % / Melli 3PT 62.5 % / Kurbanov
100.0 % / Olaseni FT 100.0 % / Fridzon
18.0 / Melli Index 21.1 / De Colo


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-2 Regular Season 6-1
5-2 Overall 6-1


Crew Chief

The Take

Both teams have punched their tickets to the Top 16. Bamberg would need to win by 7 points to pass CSKA in a tiebreak. Four players in this game are in the performance index rating Top 10 this season, two per team. Milos Teodosic (19.1 PIR, 5th) and Nando De Colo (21.1 PIR, 2nd) are set to see extended playing time, as CSKA is without injured playmaker Aaron Jackson. Teodosic and De Colo will not have it easy against Bradley Wanamaker (17.3 PIR, 10th overall), who shares the point guard duties with Janis Strelnieks and Nikos Zisis, who won a Euroleague title with CSKA in 2008. Vitaly Fridzon and Cory Higgins will play key roles at both wings for CSKA. Nicolo Melli (18 PIR, 6th overall) was just chosen as the Euroleague's MVP for November and leads a versatile frontcourt that also includes Daniel Theis, Elias Harris and Leon Radosevic. Former Bamberg big man Kyle Hines, Andrey Vorontsevich and Slava Kravtsov must be ready to take the challenge, as the Bamberg big men share the ball really well. Bamberg has one of the best defenses in the league (68.7 ppg. allowed) and CSKA owns the best offense (89.9 ppg.), so whichever team can impose its rhythm will have more chances to win. Expect a great basketball atmosphere in Brose Arena, where the "Freak City" fans will be in celebratory mood.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Game Notes

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bradley Wanamaker is tied with Dinamo Sassari guard David Logan for the league lead in steals with an average of 2.1 per game through Round 7.

Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.

Wanamaker has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in every Euroleague game this season.

Daniel Theis has a performance index rating in double figures in each of the last six Euroleague games.

Nikos Zisis played two seasons for CSKA between 2007 and 2009. Only forwards Victor Khryapa, Andrey Vorontsvich and Nikita Kurbanov remain from his time at the club. Together they won the Euroleague in 2008.

Zisis was a teammate of Nikita Kurbanov during the 20013-14 season at Unics Kazan.

Janis Strelnieks was a teammate of Nikita Kurbanov during the 20012-13 season at Spartak St. Petersburg.

Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in eight straight Euroleague games.

CSKA Moscow

CSKA is the Euroleague’s top scoring team through round 7 this season with an average of 89.9 points per game.

CSKA is 9-0 all-time against Bamberg. All of those games have come over the past decade.

Kyle Hines began his Euroleague career with Brose Baskets Bamberg during the 2010-11 season. He helped Bamberg to the German League and Cup double that season.

Kyle Hines moved past Darjus Lavrinovic for sole possession of 10th place on the competition’s list of shots blocked last week. He has rejected 125 shots in his Euroleague career. Former CSKA center Aleksey Savrasenko is ninth with 130 career rejections.

Milos Teodosic needs 6 more points to reach the 2,000-point milestone for his Euroleague career. He will become the 17th player to achieve that feat.

Teodosic needs 2 more three-pointers to tie retired CSKA great Trajan Langdon for sixth place on the all-time Euroleague charts with 339 threes.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 31 consecutive Euroleague games.

Teodosic has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.

Teodosic has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Nando De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 13 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.

De Colo is the Euroleague’s career leader in free throw accuracy. He’s shooting 92.99 %, having made 199 free throws out of 214 attempts over 54 games for Valencia Basket and CSKA.

De Colo has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague appearances.

Vitaly Fridzon has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We are playing against the best of the best. I can't remember how often they were in the Final Four in a row. Let's say that we play this game with a different feeling because we are already qualified for the Top 16. We want to compete against the best of the best. We know that we have only a chance of 1 out of 100. But we want to play for this chance. We play at home, the fans will come to the game to see the best team in Europe and we'll play with them. So it will be nice."
CSKA Moscow
"We play against the German champion, the team that won all four games last month, that has the November MVP, Nicolo Melli, that plays at home pushed by a very supportive crowd. We know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will come to Bamberg prepared. Despite the bad luck we have with injuries, we are in a good situation. The team is united and dedicated to what we are doing. We expect tough physical battle and hopefully it will be a battle based on clear game of basketball."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"For sure, we are qualified for the Top 16, but we don't have to be satisfied with that. We have to look game by game to get better and perhaps reach also a better standing in our group. It's fun to play against teams like CSKA. We don't feel pressure. We just want to go out and give our best."
CSKA Moscow
"Brose Baskets is a physical team so we can expect a physical game. We have to match their intensity on both sides of the floor."

CSKA Moscow improves to 10-0 all-time against Bamberg

CSKA Moscow remained undefeated against Brose Baskets Bamberg with an 88-100 victory on the road in a battle of Group B teams already qualified for the Top 16. Nando De Colo scored 27 points and dished 11 assists while Cory Higgins poured in 23 points for CSKA, which improved to 7-1. Kyle Hines added 17 points and Nikita Kurbanov had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bamberg fell to 5-3 despite November MVP Nicolo Melli pacing Bamberg with 16 points. Daniel Theis had 15 points, Janis Strelnieks scored 13, Darius Miller and Brad Wanamaker both chipped in 12 points and Nikos Zisis tallied 10 points in the loss. De Colo decided the game in the third quarter with a personal 1-10 run to build an 11-point lead and Bamberg never got to within 6 points the rest of the way.

First quarter: Eight lead changes in back-and-forth affair

Bamberg coach Andrea Trinchieri made one change to his starting line-up with Leon Radosevic starting for Elias Harris along with Zisis, Brad Wanamaker, Miller and Melli. CSKA Moscow boss Dimitris Itoudis was without injured Aaron Jackson and Higgins replaced him as the only swap along with De Colo, Vitaly Fridzon, Andrey Vorontsevich and Hines. De Colo started the scoring as he got to the basket for a layup and his jumper made it 0-4. Melli got Bamberg on the scoreboard with a three from the left wing. Wanamaker’s long jumper cut the margin to 5-6, but De Colo broke through the defense again for a lay-up and-one for a 5-9 lead. Moscow came up empty on a couple of possessions and Bamberg capitalized with a 7-0 run, including a Melli baseline jumper and a Miller three-pointer from the right wing as Bamberg nosed ahead 12-9. De Colo’s free throws snapped the scoreless streak and he set up Hines’s first basket for a 12-13 lead. The lead switched hands on the next three scores with Wanamaker stripping the ball from De Colo and cruising in for a lay-up to make it 16-15. And the Bamberg point guard added two more foul shots for an 18-15 margin. Moscow reclaimed the lead on a Vorontsevich jumper before Zisis got another tough lay-up to fall to push Bamberg back ahead 20-19. Milos Teodosic however came on and nailed a three-ball and Pavel Korobkov and Nikita Kurbanov tallied in the final minute for a 20-26 CSKA advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Five points the biggest lead in real battle

Strelnieks scored his first points to start the quarter with a three-pointer and his three-point play evened the game at 26-26. CSKA got its first score on a Bamberg defensive lapse as De Colo found Korobkov alone under the basket to make it 26-28. And Coach Trinchieri immediately wanted to talk it over. Zisis came out of the timeout by hitting a jumper, but the CSKA big men answered as Viacheslav Kravtsov scored inside and Kurbanov nailed a three-pointer from the left side for a 30-33 advantage. Strelnieks tied the game with free throws and it was time for a CSKA timeout after Wanamaker sent Theis flying for an alley-oop dunk at 35-33. After De Colo tied the game, Theis put Bamberg back ahead with a free throw. But Kurbanov nailed another three-pointer from the left side and it was 36-41 after Hines completed a three-point play. Patrick Heckmann’s floater was answered by a De Colo jumper before a three-pointer from Bamberg marksman Lucca Staiger trimmed the deficit to 43-44. Vorontsevich came back down at the other end and nailed a triple of his own to make it 43-47. Wanamaker and Melli both scored to keep Bamberg close, but De Colo’s jumper at the buzzer of the second quarter had CSKA up 47-51 at intermission.

Third quarter: CSKA streaks away with De Colo’s personal 1-10 run

Theis missed free throws to start the second half, but Miller got Bamberg on the board first after the break with a three-pointer. And Melli’s offensive rebound and put-back had the hosts up 52-51. Vorontsevich nailed a three-ball for Moscow’s first points. Miller tied the game for a seventh time, but Hines converted a three-point play and De Colo continued his superb showing with a three-pointer for a 57-62 lead. De Colo increased the margin to the biggest in the game at 6 points with a free throw after a technical foul on Trinchieri to make it 57-63. And then De Colo pushed the margin to 58-69 with back-to-back three-pointers, completing a personal 1-10 run. Bamberg continued to score, but could not get defensive stops. Higgins hit 4 free throws and a jumper and Kurbanov added 2 foul shots as Bamberg could not cut the deficit to less than 9 points and trailed 70-79 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Bamberg only able to cut the deficit to 6

Kurbanov started the fourth for CSKA and was answered by Theis before Melli’s three-pointer cut the gap to 75-81 - with Itoudis reacting immediately with a timeout to stop any momentum. Higgins responded straight away with a three-pointer and 2 Hines free throws had the CSKA margin back up to 11 points - 75-86. Zisis came back with a jumper and Theis trimmed the margin to 80-88 with six minutes to play. But Hines split free throws and hit a layup and Higgins hit a driving layup to push the lead to 80-93 with five minutes left. Higgins continued his hot second half with a three-pointer to increase the lead to 82-96. Strelnieks and Radosevic scored to get the game down to 87-98. But by the time Theis split foul shots to make it 88-98, there was only one minute left.

One Team - Brose Baskets Bamberg vs. CSKA Moscow - EB15
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Attendance: 6800
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Brose Baskets Bamberg20272318
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Brose Baskets Bamberg20477088
CSKA Moscow265179100
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 32:07 16 3/6 2/3 4/4 2 3 5   1 1 1   3 6 21
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 30:05 11 5/8 0/2 1/2   3 3 2 1         4 15
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 2:10 3   1/1                       3
10 THEIS, DANIEL 23:30 15 4/7 1/2 4/8 2 4 6   1 1 1   4 5 15
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 30:46 12 3/9 0/3 6/6   3 3 9 2       3 5 19
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 24:32 13 3/7 1/1 4/4   2 2 2 1 1 1   3 2 13
20 HARRIS, ELIAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 MILLER, DARIUS 24:54 12 2/2 2/3 2/2   1 1 4   1     3 2 14
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 13:40 2 1/2 0/1   1   1 1     1   4   -1
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 5:37           1 1               1
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 12:39 4 1/4   2/4 2 1 3       1   3 2 2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 88 22/45 7/16 23/30 7 19 26 18 6 4 5 0 23 26 103
        48.9% 43.8% 76.7%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 29:38 27 7/9 3/5 4/4   2 2 11   2   1 3 3 33
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY 4:36     0/1     2 2           1    
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:23 3 0/2 1/7     1 1 5       2 3   -4
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 17:00 2 1/1 0/1     1 1 1 1 1     2   1
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 11:57     0/1     1 1           4   -4
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 9:34 6 3/4     1 3 4     1   1 2   5
15 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 1:57 2 1/1               1         1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 25:47 8 1/2 2/4     3 3 2   1     3 1 7
22 HIGGINS, CORY 23:57 23 3/6 2/4 11/12   1 1 1       1 4 9 23
30 KULAGIN, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 23:42 12 1/2 2/2 4/4   10 10 1   2     2 4 22
42 HINES, KYLE 28:29 17 5/6   7/8   5 5 1   1     2 6 24
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 100 22/33 10/25 26/28 4 29 33 22 1 10 0 5 26 23 110
        66.7% 40% 92.9%

Head Coaches

Brose Baskets Bamberg
"If we are smart we can learn. If we put our ego in front of the team we will not learn. We played against a Final Four team and there is a gap. And tonight we saw the gap. To play these kinds of games, you need 12 ready players, and we didn’t have 12 ready players. We need everybody. Our defense was very disappointing. We were caught up by emotions. De Colo started hitting big shots and we were frustrated. We were horrible on defense. Some of that goes to credit to CSKA, because they scored big shots. But if you want to compete against such a big team, you need to play defense. We were not at the right level. This is simply what happened."
CSKA Moscow
"Congratulations to my team. We were the better team and we deserved to win against a very good team and a great crowd. They have an amazing crowd, who pushes the team to another level. It’s always a pleasure coming here and playing in this atmosphere. We knew where Bamberg had some vulnerable spots and we used that. In the second half we contested more of the shots and got our defensive stops. The team is united despite the big absences and we showed that we are strong. I have to thank all my players."


Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It was a clear win for CSKA. They played better than us. When you receive 100 points at home in a Euroleague game, you have no chance. It was all decided there. Our defense wasn’t at the level we want it to be. We will see what we did wrong and prepare for the following games. "
CSKA Moscow
"It was a special game for me to come back here and play in front of such a great crowd at Freak City. They always have an amazing crowd and an amazing atmosphere here. It’s a great victory for us especially because they are a great team and don’t lose many games here. So for us with the circumstances it was definitely a good team win. "
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