2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 03, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.4 Points 71.1
36.9 Rebounds 30.3
9.1 O. Rebounds 8.9
27.7 D. Rebounds 21.4
14.9 Assists 18.4
8.6 Steals 5.7
3.9 Blocks 2.0
13.4 Turnovers 19.0
51.5 % 2PT 50.4 %
34.4 % 3PT 41.7 %
79.1 % FT 65.3 %
94.3 Index 72.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.9 / Bourousis Points 11.1 / Schaffartzik
10.1 / Bourousis Rebounds 5.1 / Traore
2.6 / Bourousis OR 1.6 / Traore
7.6 / Bourousis DR 3.6 / Traore
4.3 / Adams Assists 5.6 / Schaffartzik
1.6 / Hanga Steals 1.8 / Culpepper
1.3 / Bourousis Blocks 0.9 / Traore
2.1 / Causeur Turnovers 3.6 / Westermann
66.7 % / Corbacho 2PT 65.4 % / Traore
50.0 % / Causeur 3PT 54.1 % / Schaffartzik
100.0 % / Adams FT 85.7 % / Westermann
25.1 / Bourousis Index 14.0 / Schaffartzik


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
4-3 Regular Season 2-5
4-3 Overall 2-5


Crew Chief

The Take

The hosts look to grab a Top 16 ticket, while Limoges tries to stay in the race when these teams meet again on Thursday. Laboral Kutxa pounded Limoges CSP 71-107 when then played in Round 3 with Darius Adams delivering a master performance to claim weekly MVP honors. Another Laboral win would be worth a Top 16 spot provided that Olympiacos beats EA7 Milan later Thursday. Laboral is unbeaten at home so far this season and has done so thanks to tremendous interior play, led by center Ioannis Bourousis, who is the league leader in performance index rating (25.1) and rebounds (10.1 rpg.). Laboral is ranked atop the league in defensive rebounds (27.7 rpg.), third in blocks (3.9 bpg.), fouls drawn (23.7) and free throws made (121). However, its perimeter defenders Adam Hanga, Fabien Causuer and Adams are among the reasons Laboral is also second in steals (8.6 spg.) and third in three-pointers made (63). Limoges looks to bounce back after back-to-back loses through its go-to core of guards Heiko Schaffartzik and Leo Westermann, small forward Nobel Boungou-Colo and center Ali Traore. Limoges knows what areas it must improve to take down Laboral, it is second-bottom in the competition in rebounds (30.3 rpg.), leads the league with 19 turnovers per game and has attempted the fewest free throws (98) in the league this season. Even though Limoges has fared well with its outside shooting, it will need Traore and co. to control the paint better to have a shot at winning on the road.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis is the Euroleague leader through Round 7 in average performance index rating with 25.1 per game.

Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding through Round 7 with an average of 10.1 boards per game.

Bourousis moved past Stephane Lasme and into third place in competition history last week with his 16st career blocked shot. With his next rejection, he will tie former Laboral center Mirza Begic for second place.

Fabien Causeur has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Darius Adams was the Turkish Airlines Euroleague MVP for Round 3 of the regular season after leading Laboral to a road win at Limoges with 18 points and 9 assists.

Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Adams has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Kim Tillie was a teammate of Limoges guard Leo Westermann for two seasons at ASVEL Basket between 2010 and 2012.

Limoges CSP

Limoges’s 133 turnovers (19 per game) are the most in the league by nearly 3 per game through Round 7.

Heiko Schaffartzik has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games; he’s made multiple threes in each of his last four.

Ali Traore has been a teammate of Laboral guard Fabien Causeur on the French national team. They played together at both the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Zerbo Frejus was a teammate of Causeur at French club Le Havre during the former’s first two seasons as a professional between 2007 and 2009.

Since he joined Limoges, Yakhouba Diawara has improved in his performance index rating in every game (0, 5, 8, 9).

Nobel Boungou-Colo has recorded at least 1 steal in six of his last seven games.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We are facing a team in a desperate situation. Limoges has a last chance to stay alive against us. They are not an easy team to beat and the first time we met things went our way from the start, but things have changed. They are a strong team and we must know we can be in trouble if our shots do not go in. We have to play a high rhythm and fight because, even if they have a bad day, they can play really well."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It will be a dangerous game because this is the last chance for Limoges to be in the Top 16. We played a good game against them in the first leg and I am sure they want revenge. Our fans will be the key as they have helped us a lot in our last home games. We play better at home. It is really difficult for other teams to come here and steal a win."

Laboral Kutxa crushes Limoges and gets help to reach Top 16

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz torpedoed Limoges CSP 92-56 on Thursday night at Fernando Buesa Arena, but it wasn’t until later in the locker room that Coach Velimir Perasovic’s squad could celebrate a berth in the Top 16. That only came after Olympiacos Piraeus defeated EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, which ensured that Laboral’s 5-3 record would be enough to play in the next stage. Laboral never trailed in completing a season sweep of the French champs, who dropped to 2-6. The lead reached double figures in the first quarter, was 25 at halftime and touched 40 in the fourth as all but one player scored for the hosts. Darius Adams led them all with 23 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting plus 5 steals. Toko Shengelia scored 11 and Ioannis Bourousis posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Laboral. Leo Westermann paced Limoges with 14 points and Matt Gatens added 9.

First quarter: Adams, Hanga take control early

The hosts won the opening tip and Adam Hanga dumped a pass to Darko Planinic for the game’s first basket. Mark Payne got Limoges going with a basket-plus-foul. Kim Tillie hit a jumper and Adams took a steal in for a layup to put the hosts in charge. Adams picked Westermann’s pocket and after an offensive rebound made it 9-2 with a triple. Yakhouba Diawara responded with Limoges’s first triple. Showtime came early with an Adams-to-Hanga alley-oop slam. After Westermann’s first basket, Tillie scored again, Fabien Causuer drove baseline for a reverse layup and Hanga’s pass carved up the Limoges defense and resulted in a three-point play for Planinic and an 18-7 lead. Hanga intercepted Heika Schaffartzik’s long pass and attack the rim for a wicked dunk. Nobel Boungou-Colo ended the Limoges drough when he set up Frejus Zerbo for a slam, but seconds later Adams connected on his second triple to make it 23-9. Hanga split free throws to stretch the lead to 15. Westermann hit a pull-up jumper and Ali Traore made a reverse layup. Bourousis got going with a bucket inside. After Traore’s next basket, Bourousis’s three-pointer on the first-quarter buzzer made it 29-15.

Second quarter: Shengelia makes his mark

Shengelia came in and soon made an impact with a free throw, but Gatens nailed a triple for the visitors. After Bourousis and Ousmane Camara traded baskets in the paint, Bourousis turned provider as he whipped a pass to Shengelia for a reverse lay-in. Gatens countered with a jumper, but Bourousis’s perfect bounce pass found a cutting Corbacho for a layup. Camara tried to close the gap with a tip-in. After Bourousis split free throws, Westermann started to heat up; he went through the Laboral defense for a finger roll layup and soon after shook off a defender, spun and hit a jump shot. Corbacho kept Laboral in control as he drilled a three from the corner. Shengelia added to the lead from the line. A great Westermann pass set up a Camara slam, but in the closing seconds, Shengelia came up with a steal and sent a lob pass to Adams, who scored, turned around and took the ball away from Westermann and scored again to end the half at 54-29.

Third quarter: Adams pours it on for the hosts

Adams stayed hot into the second half with a deep three. Westermann kept playing hard for Limoges and scored next. Tillie scored on the break and Diawara netted a baseline jumper at the other end. Westermann netted a pull-up jumper and Schaffartzik ran the pick-and-roll with Traore for a layup that made it 59-37. Adams netted a pull-up triple in transition and then took a great dish from Bourousis for a layup. Diaware drilled a three for Limoges, but Adams netted his fifth triple as the hosts continued to cruise. Causeur drove for a layup and Hanga finished with a circus shot on the break as the difference hit the 30s: 71-40. After Payne split free throws, Shengelia banked in a nifty shot. Shengelia rejected Payne in the closing seconds, but Zerbo scored to make it 73-43.

Fourth quarter: Laboral puts it away early

Shengelia used a spin move inside and then a steal and slam to further extend the lead. Westermann scored inside, but Mike James drilled a three for an 80-45 advantage. Gatens netted free throws for the visitors and then followed it with a three-pointer. Jaka Blazic and James sank free throws and Corbacho nailed a three. Ilimane Diop’s first points capped an 11-0 run. Gattens and Mathieu Wojciechowski sank free throws. Wojciechowski added a fast break dunk that ended the scoring at 92-56.

One Team - Laboral Kutxa Vitoria vs. Limoges CSP - EB15
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Attendance: 9137
By Quarter1234
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz29251919
Limoges CSP15141413
End of Quarter1234
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz29547392
Limoges CSP15294356
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 21:36 9 0/3 1/3 6/6   2 2 3   1     1 4 11
4 DIOP, MAMADOU 2:55     0/1     1 1     1     1   -2
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 23:06 7 3/5 0/1 1/1   1 1 3     1   1 2 10
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 14:29 2 1/3       3 3 1   1     1 2 4
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 21:17 11 4/7 0/1 3/4 2 1 3 2 2 1 1   1 2 14
8 HANGA, ADAM 20:27 7 3/3 0/1 1/2   4 4 2 2       1 2 14
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 18:39 10 2/6 1/1 3/4 2 8 10 6   2   1 2 3 19
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 16:01 4 0/1 0/2 4/4 2 4 6 2   1       3 11
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 11:08 5 1/2   3/4 2 3 5   1   1   3 3 10
14 TILLIE, KIM 14:27 6 3/5 0/1   1 2 3     1     1   4
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 18:24 23 4/5 5/9   1 1 2 1 5 2   1 1 1 23
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 17:31 8 1/1 2/5     1 1     1     2   3
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 92 22/41 9/25 21/25 13 32 45 20 10 11 3 2 15 22 125
        53.7% 36% 84%
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
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 23:12     0/6   1   1 3   2     1 1 -4
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU 10:58 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   3 3     1     2 1 4
6 DANIELS, WILL 3:13   0/1       1 1 1 1       1   1
8 GATENS, MATT 17:31 9 1/3 1/1 4/4 2   2 1 1     1 1 2 11
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 25:12 14 7/9 0/2     2 2 3   6   1 1 1 8
11 PAYNE, MARK 24:04 5 2/5   1/3   3 3 1 1 1   1 2 3 4
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 18:01 6 3/6   0/1 1 3 4     1     1 1 5
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 19:03   0/1 0/1   1 2 3 4   2     2 4 5
24 TRAORE, ALI 15:46 6 3/8       3 3 1 1 2 1   3   2
29 DIAWARA, YAKHOUBA 24:14 8 1/5 2/4     4 4   1 1 1   4 1 4
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 18:46 4 2/6     1 3 4     1     4 1  
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 56 20/45 3/15 7/10 7 24 31 14 5 18 2 3 22 15 40
        44.4% 20% 70%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"I think we came out very focused, we were able to shoot well and built a solid advantage from the very beginning. We kept working had in the second half and once the differences got bigger, the game was easier for us. We played aggressive, we stole many possessions, and we shot the ball well. There is not much to say but that we need to keep working on maintaining this momentum. It's not easy to play this way, but the players feel motivated and I hope this situation persists. Sometimes you can get relaxed in a game like this, but tonight we avoided that, and Limoges didn't played its best game and that helped too."
Limoges CSP
"It's a shame how we played this game. This is not how a Euroleague team must behave. We showed no respect and we have to give excuses to Limoges, to our supporters, to the spectators that came here to watch the game tonight. They were faster, stronger, from position one to five. We weren't able to match that, we were not able to compete against them in any of the games we played."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We had a great start, played aggressive, intense basketball and that allowed us to build a solid margin in the first half. After the break, the game was almost broken already. We tried to keep playing our game, doing the right things and I think we managed to achieve that. We deserved this win. I hope we can keep protecting our home court for long, we feel great playing here, confident. We came out just thinking about our game, not about other teams or games in the group. The job we are doing so far is good, and that's the reward we are getting. Our intensity didn't let them feel comfortable, and that gave us room to play the way we like. Our defensive job was very good, I think."
Limoges CSP
"We played against a better team tonight, and that’s all. They were ready, we were not. We are the sixth team, sometimes you have what you deserve. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. We have to ask if we are real men, real players, and get up and fight. Tonight we showed we were not ready. But this game is over, and we have 24 hours to recover and face out next game on Saturday. We don't know what will happen, but if you are able to fight, to play hard, and compete, we will see. "
No results found.
Spain: ETB HD
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: SPORTKLUB HD
France: beIN
Israel: SPORT 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina: SPORTKLUB HD
Montenegro: SPORTKLUB HD