2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 30, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 DRAZEN PETROVIC ZAGREB

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.0 Points 75.4
35.0 Rebounds 34.9
10.1 O. Rebounds 10.5
24.9 D. Rebounds 24.4
16.5 Assists 15.5
4.9 Steals 8.7
1.5 Blocks 2.3
13.8 Turnovers 15.5
51.1 % 2PT 53.4 %
33.0 % 3PT 36.4 %
76.4 % FT 76.0 %
78.7 Index 85.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.3 / Bilan Points 16.1 / Delaney
6.8 / Bilan Rebounds 5.6 / Claver
2.3 / Bilan OR 1.9 / Fesenko
4.8 / Babic DR 4.5 / Claver
3.5 / Pullen Assists 5.3 / Delaney
1.0 / Babic Steals 1.6 / Draper
0.3 / Zoric Blocks 0.9 / Singleton
2.9 / Pullen Turnovers 3.0 / Delaney
58.0 % / White 2PT 71.1 % / Fesenko
63.2 % / Pilepic 3PT 51.2 % / Broekhoff
100.0 % / Pilepic FT 85.7 % / Voronov
17.9 / Bilan Index 18.6 / Delaney

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-6 Regular Season 8-2
4-6 Overall 8-2

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANIEL, Spain
Referee
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Umpire
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy

The Take

In its first ever Top 16 game, Cedevita Zagreb hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the Croatian capital. Lokomotiv's point guard Dontaye Draper was the Eurocup MVP when he led Cedevita to the Eurocup Finals in 2011 and now faces his former team for the first time. Lokomotiv's top-ranked defense, which holds opponents to a league-low 68.3 points, starts at the perimeter with combo-guard Malcolm Delaney. Together with backcourt partners Evgeny Voronov, Sergey Bykov and Draper, the group accounts for nearly half of Lokomotiv’s 75.4 averaged points. They will go against Cedevita’s duo of Jacob Pullen and Nemanja Gordic. Cedevita relies heavily on Luka Babic’s all-round performance, while seldom used Henry Walker could be a surprise factor. Cedevita’s three-point sniper Fran Pilepic – the Euroleague leader with 63.2% accuracy from downtown – finds his match in Lokomotiv small forward, Broekhoff who made 56.3% of his three-point shots in the last three games. Andrey Zubkov is another weapon with size and range for the visitors, who are happy to get Anthony Randolph back from injury. Randolph has bolstered a Lokomotiv frontcourt that also features Victor Claver, Chris Singleton and Kyrylo Fesenko. They will battle inside with Miro Bilan who has been dominating in and around the paint on the offensive end. The experienced Luka Zoric and youngster Karlo Zganec provide Cedevita with much-needed energy and hustle in the paint, while a pair of forwards, teenager Marko Arapovic and veteran James White, stretch the floor and can make the difference for the Croatian champs.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Cedevita Zagreb

Jacob Pullen was the Euroleague Regular Season leader in fouls drawn with 57.

Pullen has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague appearances.

Miro Bilan has scored in double figures in each of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Bilan has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Fran Pilepic is a perfect 16 for 16 on free throws in his Euroleague career.

Pilepic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven games; he is shooting 12 for 18 from downtown over that span.

Luka Zoric has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Zoric is due to play in his 100th Euroleague game this week.

James White was a teammate of Lokomotiv guard Sergey Bykov last season at Unics Kazan.

White was a teammate of Lokomotiv guard Aleksey Zozulin during the 2009-10 season at Spartak St. Petersburg.

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar

Lokomotiv allowed the fewest points during the regular season, an average of just 68.3 points per game; Lokomotiv also led the league in steals with 8.7 per game.

Dontaye Draper’s breakout seasons came in a Cedevita uniform between 2010 and 2012. He was the 2010-11 Eurocup MVP and helped Cedevita win the 2012 Croatian Kresimir Cosic Cup. Draper and center Miro Bilan were teammates there during the 2011-12 season.

Draper played alongside Cedevita big men Miro Bilan and Luka Zoric at EuroBasket 2015 last summer. He also teamed with Zoric for Croatia at EuroBasket 2013.

Malcolm Delaney leads the league in minutes played this season with an average of 33:16 per game.

Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague appearances.

Victor Claver has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Saturday, December 26, 2015
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"Our first game in the Top 16 we will play against one of the best teams in our group. Lokomotiv is a very athletically gifted team and it will be very important for us to stop them in transition and make them play us five on five. Malcom Delaney is a great point guard. They often play with Randolph or Singleton at center and it will be very challenging for us to play quality defense against them. Fortunately, our defense has improved in past two or three weeks, but during that period we didn’t play against teams that are athletically as gifted as Lokomotiv."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"I completely disagree with those who say Cedevita is less dangerous than other opponents. They proved in the [regular season] that they can play with anyone and there are no weak teams in the Top 16. It will be a tough game in Zagreb and we must show our best selves."

Players

BABIC, LUKA
Cedevita Zagreb
"Playing in the Euroleague Top 16 is a big success for our club and for Croatian basketball, but now we need to prove that we belong here. We want to be competitive and we can’t be happy just being here. Lokomotiv is a great team. They finished Group C at the top and their defense holds opponents to a league-low 68.3 points per game, which says a lot. It is a pleasure to watch that team play on TV and now it is our time to show our fans that we can play like that and that we can play against the best teams in Europe."
ZUBKOV, ANDREY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Cedevita deserves a lot of respect. They beat Anadolou Efes and Laboral Kutxa in the [regular season], and won't make it easy for us either. We won our last three games and it might be the best way to get ready for our first Top 16 game this year."

Delaney, Lokomotiv rule on the road in Zagreb!

The first meeting ever between host Cedevita Zagreb and Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar was one to remember for the visitors and their leader, Malcolm Delaney, who dominated en route to a 75-89 victory to start the Top 16 in Group E. The road win confirmed Lokomotiv's status coming out of the regular season and Delaney's as one of the competition's top performers. Delaney posted career highs of 31 points and a 41 performance index rating, matching the second-best of the season so far. His 24 points in the first half pushed Lokomotiv to take over the scoreboard after Cedevita had led 27-22 early in the second quarter. Delaney was content to dish most of his 8 assists after halftime, with Chris Singleton heating up for 16 points for the winners. Delaney shot incredibly, too, making 6 of 6 two-pointers, 5 of 9 threes and 4 of 5 free throws. Ryan Broekhoff and Victor Claver added 9 points each for Lokomotiv. Cedevita got 14 points from James White, 12 each from Luka Zoric and Miro Bilan, as well as 11 from Jacob Pullen.

FIRST QUARTER: Cedevita outguns Delaney

Delaney hit 3 of 3 free throws to start the game for Lokomotiv, and though Luka Babic couldn't convert either of his for the hosts, White tied the score up with a single shot from the arc. Babic put Cedevita ahead with a second-chance layup before Delaney fired in a triple to put Lokomotiv up 5-6. Bilan awoke with a three-pointer and then couldn't be stopped. As Delaney and Evgeny Voronov hit two-pointers in close, Bilan matched them and assisted Fran Pilepic for an open corner triple and a 15-10 Cedevita lead. Delaney was Lokomotiv's answer, with another triple, but Marko Arapovic continued Cedevita's dominance on the offensive boards with a put-back at 17-13. Delaney merely went to the corner and blasted his third triple to give him 14 points already. Pullen added free throws to the Cedevita lead before White stole and dunked in the open court for a 21-16 advantage for the hosts after 10 minutes.

SECOND QUARTER: Delaney keeps Lokomotiv rolling into lead

Zoric became Cedevita's sixth scorer with a baseline jumper before Delaney continued his run with another triple. Broekhoff now became just Lokomotiv's third scorer, drilling from the corner, to narrow the gap to 23-22. After a timeout, Zoric downed a dish from Nemanja Gordic before White made a second-chance basket count for a 27-22 lead. Delaney was unconscious still, burying his fourth triple before settling for a closer jumper to pull the visitors within 29-27. Broekhoff did the honors with his second triple of putting the Lokomotiv in front again, 29-30. After Singleton and Henry Walker exchanged 2 points each, Dontaye Draper blasted his first triple. And after Bilan hit in close, Draper was back with another shot from the arc, forcing a Cedevita timeout at 33-38. Arapovic got a basket back for the hosts, but Andrey Zubkov appeared at the arc to make Lokomotiv's 10th three-pointer at 35-41. White was able to match that with a layup-plus-free throw combination, and then Pullen split free throws to make it 39-41. Zubkov found Singleton for a dunk and again for an unlikely layup with a foul shot at 39-46. Sergey Bykov pulled up for a jumper and Lokomotiv's biggest lead thus far before Pullen found Arapovic for a layup. But even when a last-second shot fell out, Delaney's incredible half wasn't done, as he tipped in the miss to give himself 24 points and fix the scoreboard at 41-50 in favor of the guests.

THIRD QUARTER: Zoric gets Cedevita closer

White's triple for Cedevita and a running hook shot for Claver of Lokomotiv got the second-half scoreboard rolling. Bilan hit 1 of 2 free throws before Pullen went full-court for a layup at 47-52. Anthony Randolph answered with a high-arching layup for Lokomotiv. Great ball movement by the visitors then found Broekhoff for a triple to make it 48-57. When Delaney zipped a pass inside to Claver for an easy basket, Lokomotiv had the game's first double-digit lead, 48-59, and Cedevita needed another timeout. Dzanan Musa hit a free throw for Cedevita and Pullen fed Zoric for a dunk, but Randolph matched the latter to finish a fastbreak for a 51-61 score. Delaney, quiet since halftime, banked in a jumper but Musa did him one better with a corner triple at 54-63. Gordic and Zoric connected for a nice back-door reverse layup as Cedevita pulled within 56-63 after 30 minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Lokomotiv takes it home

Zubkov settled down Lokomotiv by quickly scoring a triple and a two-pointer to open the fourth quarter, restoring a double-digit lead, 56-68. Pilepic found Bilan for a layup that Singleton matched with a baseline jumper before a steal sent Delaney ahead for a slam and a 58-72 lead. Walker spun for a fine basket in close then hit free throws that he drew with an unsportsmanlike foul on Zubkov. Singleton and Pullen hit dueling three-pointers before Voronov's free throws preserved the 12-point lead at 65-77. Delaney kept it going with a lefty layup high off the glass and a free throw, which meant that Pullen's three-pointer only got Cedevita within 68-80. Singleton put back a rebound and drilled a baseline jumper at 68-84 with 2:30 to play, leaving little doubt about the outcome except the final difference, 75-89.

Malcolm Delaney 2- Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar - EB15
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA)
Attendance: 4067
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Cedevita Zagreb21201519
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar16341326
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Cedevita Zagreb21415675
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar16506389
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 28:40 11 1/3 2/7 3/4   1 1 6   3   1 3 3 6
4 WHITE, JAMES 28:56 14 3/8 2/2 2/3 2 5 7   3 1     2 3 18
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 17:12 3   1/3                     1 2
9 BABIC, LUKA 18:35 2 1/1   0/2   2 2 1   2     1 1 1
11 ZGANEC, KARLO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 WALKER, HENRY 21:09 9 1/3 1/3 4/6 3 2 5 3 1       1 4 15
13 MUSA, DZANAN 13:49 6 1/1 1/2 1/2   2 2 1   1     1 2 7
15 BILAN, MIRO 22:18 12 4/6 1/1 1/5 2 2 4 1 2 1 1   2 3 14
18 MAZALIN, LOVRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GORDIC, NEMANJA 12:48   0/1           4   2     1    
21 ZORIC, LUKA 17:42 12 6/8     2 2 4     1 1   2 2 14
35 ARAPOVIC, MARKO 18:51 6 3/4 0/3   3   3 2   1     2   4
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 75 20/35 8/21 11/22 13 19 32 18 6 13 2 1 15 19 84
        57.1% 38.1% 50%
Head coach: MRSIC, VELJKO
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
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 35:42 31 6/6 5/9 4/5 1 1 2 8   1     1 7 41
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 20:00 16 6/10 1/3 1/1 3 1 4 1 2   1 1 3 2 16
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 14:40 4 2/5 0/1     1 1   1 1     1 1 1
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 17:22 6 0/2 2/6   2 2 4 3 1 2   1 4   1
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 29:08 9 3/3 1/3   1 7 8 3 2 4       2 18
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 12:21 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 3         2   2
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 18:31 4 1/2 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 2 1       3 1 5
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 11:54 8 1/2 2/3     2 2 2   1     2 1 8
44 FESENKO, KYRYLO 8:18   0/1       1 1     2     1 1 -2
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 32:04 9   3/7   2 3 5 3         2   11
Team           6   6               6
Totals 200:00 89 20/32 14/36 7/8 16 21 37 25 7 11 1 2 19 15 107
        62.5% 38.9% 87.5%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

MRSIC, VELJKO
Cedevita Zagreb
"Lokomotiv deserved this win. They are athletically very gifted and they were much quicker than us. We missed 11 free throws today and maybe we would have a better chance if we had executed our free throws better. We need to use this loss as a lesson. In our next game in the [Adriatic] League we will play against another Euroleague team, Crvena Zvezda Telekom, so we need to keep working hard. We saw today two different levels of the teams at this moment. Kuban played much better. They are much more athletic. We couldn't respond in any aspect of the game to them. We have to learn from this to practice better and be better in the next game. They are a very strong team. We weren't smart in our offense. We suffered from their defensive system. We had a lot of turnovers. So we have to learn from this."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"This is a historic arena and we enjoyed playing here. Many great players played here and this was an opportunity for us to show our abilities. We didn’t exist defensively in the first half, but in the second one we started to play much better. Every away game in the Euroleague is difficult and we must approach every game carefully."

Players

WHITE, JAMES
Cedevita Zagreb
"Lokomotiv Kuban is one of the best teams in Europe. We didn’t play well enough on defense. Malcolm Delaney is their best player and we didn’t play good defense on him. Compared to the regular season in the Euroleague, the Top 16 is another level of basketball and we need to play much better."
DELANEY, MALCOLM
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"In the first half we didn’t play defense like we usually do, but we were better in the second one. I felt good today and I was aggressive right from the start. I played really good in the first half. The shots were falling in and I kept shooting. I am really happy because of this win."
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