2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 11, 2016 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.9 Points 77.2
38.9 Rebounds 33.5
10.4 O. Rebounds 8.1
28.5 D. Rebounds 25.4
15.6 Assists 17.6
8.1 Steals 5.3
3.8 Blocks 2.1
13.6 Turnovers 12.7
51.6 % 2PT 52.8 %
34.6 % 3PT 39.4 %
80.4 % FT 77.9 %
94.8 Index 85.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.7 / Bourousis Points 11.3 / Wanamaker
9.3 / Bourousis Rebounds 6.5 / Melli
2.2 / Bourousis OR 2.0 / Radosevic
7.1 / Bourousis DR 5.4 / Melli
3.9 / Adams Assists 4.3 / Wanamaker
1.7 / Adams Steals 1.7 / Wanamaker
1.2 / Hanga Blocks 0.7 / Melli
2.3 / Adams Turnovers 2.5 / Wanamaker
77.8 % / Corbacho 2PT 66.7 % / Staiger
50.0 % / Shengelia 3PT 50.0 % / Melli
100.0 % / Corbacho FT 100.0 % / Idbihi
21.4 / Bourousis Index 16.3 / Melli


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-2 Top 16 3-3
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
10-6 Overall 9-7


Crew Chief

The Take

These teams meet for the first time since 2006. Laboral is on a three-game winning streak - against CSKA, Barcelona and Madrid, no less - and has based its success on defense. Laboral has the second-best defense in the Top 16 (73.9 ppg. allowed) and leads the phase in two-point (47.5%) and three-point (26.8%) shooting percentage allowed. Those numbers help Laboral to lead the Top 16 in defensive rebounds (29.7 per game), with Bamberg a distant second (26). Controlling the boards will be critical, as Laboral also allows more rebounds (38.3) than any other team in the Top 16. Ioannis Bourousis will be the man to stop for Bamberg, but Ilimane Diop, Kim Tillie and Davis Bertans - now opening the floor at power forward - will see extended playing time with Toko Shengelia sidelined. Daniel Theis and Leon Radosevic will try to stop Bourousis down low, while Nicolo Melli will try to make his team circulate the ball. Bamberg plays with twin point guards at all times, so Nikos Zisis, Janis Strelnieks and Bradley Wanamker must try to control the game tempo against two aggressive, physical playmakers in Darius Adams and Mike James. Laboral relies on Jaka Blazic, Fabien Causeur and Adam Hanga to make the difference at the wings. Hanga faces an exciting matchup against Darius Miller, while Causeur will test his shooting skills against Strelnieks and Lucca Staiger. Expect a great basketball atmosphere at Fernando Buesa Arena.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.3 boards per game.

Bourousis is shooting 9 for 15 from downtown at home this season compared to 4-for-19 shooting from behind the arc on the road.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 straight Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Jaka Blazic has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Ilimane Diop has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Davis Bertans has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bradley Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in five straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Strelnieks has made 22 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Nikos Zisis has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Zisis and Laboral Kutxa center Ioannis Bourousis have been long time teammates on the Greek national team, including most recently at EuroBasket 2015 last summer. They were on the squads that won the gold medal at EuroBasket 2005 and bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009.

Leon Radosevic was a teammate of Laboral Kutxa center Ioannis Bourousis during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons at EA7 Emprorio Armani Milan.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Brose Baskets is a smart team on hte court, that takes its time in offense, They have patience and they score at the end of possessions. They have quality players who never get nervous. We must play good defense to stop their pick and pop. We must focus on defending long offensive plays and never concede offensive boards because they know how to do that well. They are a great team and we have a difficult test in front of us."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Laboral Kutxa Vitoria had a very tough schedule and they’re still on top of the ranking, playing two games on the road against Real and Barcelona and winning both. So – with Fenerbahce in the other group – they are the hottest team in Euroleague, the most intense team in Europe at the moment. They play with unbelievable tempo, intensity and it’s very hard to play at their arena. Because they are able even to play stronger, to run more. For us it’s a very, very hard task. We need to find solutions to their rhythm and we need to be extremely smart. It’s very important that we find a good grocery store, where we can buy experience for this game. Because experience could help us a lot in this game.“


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We play at home and we must win the game no matter what. If we lose, the wins at Real Madrid and Barcelona are worthless. Brose Baskets is a serious team that we must respect. They have the talent and the quality. For us it will be a bit strange because they play long in offense and they are patient. Teams like that have hurt us in the past."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"It’s a very tough game. First of all: it’s a road game and all road games in Euroleague are very tough. Second, Vitoria is together with CSKA right now the best team in our group. They are more in shape than anybody else. So, it won’t be easy, they are playing very intense. Furthermore: playing at their arena will be very, very difficult."

Laboral Kutxa crushes Bamberg to keep pace atop Group F

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz recorded its fourth consecutive win in Group F by thrashing Brose Baskets Bamberg 90-64 at home on Thursday. Laboral improved to 5-2, while Bamberg dropped to 3-4. Ioannis Bourousis led the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds in just 18 minutes. Mike James added 16 points, Davis Bertans scored 12 and Darius Adams 11 for the victors. Bradley Wanamaker led Bamberg with 11 points and Daniel Theis added 10 for the visitors. Bamberg shook off a slow start as a three-pointer by Nikos Zisis brought the guests within 10-9. Bourousis came on and immediately delivered with 10 quick points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer that gave his team a 26-13 lead after 10 minutes. James took over early in the second quarter and his first three-pointer broke the game open, 40-23. Jaka Blazic and Adam Hanga kept Laboral way ahead, 49-30, at halftime. Nothing changed after that, as even when Bamberg got within 52-40 behind an outstanding Theis, Bourousis helped the hosts to a 72-46 at the end of the third quarter, enough to control the game until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Bourousis gives hosts double-digit lead

Hanga got Laboral going with free throws and a jumper by Kim Tillie soon gave the hosts a 4-0 lead. Nicolo Melli sank a mid-range jumper, which Ilimane Diop erased with a wild alley-oop slam. Wanamaker scored in transition and a put-back layup by Leon Radosevic tied it at 6-6. Adams struck from downtown, as both teams played with great intensity and got many defensive stops. Fabien Causeur split free throws and a corner three-pointer by Zisis brought Bamberg within 10-9. Causeur kept pushing Laboral with a triple off a timeout and Bourousis erased Elias Harris's jump hook with a put-back layup. Bourousis ignited the crowd with a three-pointer and matched Wanamaker's driving basket with another layup. Bertans took over with a layup-plus-foul and a buzzer-beating triple by Bourousis boosted Laboral's lead to 26-13 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Laboral pulls away

James took over with a put-back layup early in the quarter. Patrick Heckmann made free throws, but Bertans did better with a catch-and-shoot triple from the right corner. Heckmann answered from downtown, but free throws by James kept Laboral way ahead, 33-18. Heckmann insisted with another shot from beyond the arc and free throws by Zisis brought Bamberg a bit closer. James kept pushing the hosts with a driving layup and Darko Planinic scored off a spin move in the low post to restore a 37-23 Laboral lead. A wild three-pointer by James caused Bamberg stop the game at 40-23. Wanamaker hit a one-handed jumper in the lane, but Jaka Blazic split free throws and added a fast break layup that broke the game open at 43-25. An unstoppable James scored in penetration, but Melli did better with a bomb from downtown. Blazic nailed an off-balance jumper and Hanga matched Zisis's mid-range shot with a big basket to fix the halftime score at 49-30.

Third quarter: Bourousis, Bertans keep Laboral in control

Hanga downed a corner triple immediately after the break, but Wanamaker quickly answered from downtown to make it 52-33. Daniel Theis made free throws and soon added a two-handed slam that gave Bamberg hope at 52-37. Adams stepped up with a driving layup that Janis Strelnieks bettered with a three-pointer. Melli made free throws, but Bourousis returned to the floor and immediately delivered with a put-back basket, which Adams followed with an eight-meter triple as Bamberg stopped the game at 59-42. Radosevic hit a jump hook, but Bertans found Bourousis for a layup and Adams struck again from downtown to make it a 20-point game. Bertans found space for a wide open triple and Adams sent a behind-the-back assist to Bourousis for a two-handed dunk that ignited the crowd at 69-44. Bamberg went scoreless for more than three minutes until Theis took over with a dunk, but a buzzer-beating triple by Bertans boosted Laboral's lead to 72-46.

Fourth quarter: Plenty of time for Laboral celebrations

Darius Miller, who had been scoreless until this point, hit a mid-range jumper early in the fourth quarter. The outcome was clear, but both teams played hard. Bourousis scored in the low post and free throws by Blazic made it 76-48. Laboral started to run the game clock down, as Wanamaker stepped up with a quick basket. Harris buried a three-pointer, but a jumper by James restored a 78-53 lead. James struck from downtown, but Harris matched that with a layup-plus-foul. After Tillie dunked, Harris and Planinic traded layups and Theis scored again, but everything was said and done and Laboral had plenty of time to celebrate its fourth consecutive win,.

Ioannis Bourousis 2- Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz - EB15
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Attendance: 10239
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz26232318
Brose Baskets Bamberg13171618
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz26497290
Brose Baskets Bamberg13304664
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 20:50 16 4/9 2/3 2/2 3 3 6 3 1 1     1 2 20
4 DIOP, MAMADOU 1:45     0/1                       -1
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 24:57 4   1/3 1/2   2 2 2   1 1   1 3 7
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 12:02 8 3/4   2/2   2 2     3     2 2 6
8 HANGA, ADAM 26:55 7 1/3 1/1 2/2 1 5 6   1   3   1 2 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 18:03 18 6/9 2/4   2 9 11   1   1     2 28
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 15:27 7 2/3   3/4   2 2     1     1 2 7
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 12:04 2 1/2     1 3 4   1   1 1 3 1 4
14 TILLIE, KIM 28:21 5 2/5 0/1 1/2 2 1 3 1 4 4     3 3 4
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 19:10 11 1/4 3/6     1 1 5 2 2   1   2 12
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 10:56     0/1     1 1 1             1
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 9:30 12 1/1 3/4 1/1   1 1 1   1     5 1 8
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 90 21/40 12/24 12/15 12 30 42 13 10 13 6 2 17 20 115
        52.5% 50% 80%
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
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 24:58 7 1/3 1/1 2/2   4 4 2   2   1 3 4 9
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 21:44 7 1/4 1/3 2/2   2 2     1     2 3 4
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 5:37     0/4         1 1       1   -3
10 THEIS, DANIEL 18:58 10 4/8 0/2 2/2 3 1 4 2 2 3   2 3 1 5
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 27:08 11 4/8 1/1     3 3 3 1   1 1 1   13
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 23:01 5 1/2 1/3   2 1 3 5           1 11
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 17:58 8 2/4 1/1 1/1 1 5 6           2 2 12
21 MILLER, DARIUS 25:51 4 2/7 0/3     3 3 2   2 1 2 4 1 -5
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 21:31 8 0/1 2/2 2/2 1   1   1 3     3 2 5
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 13:14 4 2/6     1   1   1 2     1 3 2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 64 17/43 7/20 9/9 9 21 30 15 6 13 2 6 20 17 56
        39.5% 35% 100%

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We are all happy for this win. Before the game we didn’t think things could go this way, because we played against a team that plays very serious basketball and that got very far in this competition. I think we played one of our best games so far this season, not only offensively, but also defensively. Many players were very hot tonight, we were very accurate. We cannot think that we did something already, especially in this group. You can think that having four games at home is a good thing, and it is, but that doesn’t give you the win. There are a lot of games ahead for all of us and many combinations can happen. "
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Congratulations to Laboral Kutxa, they deserved the win tonight. We weren’t able to match their intensity. We started soft, we missed open shots and that affected our psychology. We didn’t have any chance to win this game. We played very bad, but all credit goes to our opponent. We weren’t able to match their physicality; they stole the ball from our hands five times. It’s always hard to play against them here and that’s the final result we got tonight. They killed us. To play Euroleague games on the road you must be able to resist physically; if you don’t do that you will melt down and that’s what happened. Tonight I feel I have to stick with my players, because this is what I thought could happen to us before the Top 16 started, as we are unexperienced. I don’t point the finger to any of my players. We will learn from this game."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It was a good victory for us. We played hard, we shot the ball well and executed very well. We stayed at our tempo, we got this win at home and it is a big one for us, especially in this group with so many big teams. To have got five wins so far is a very good thing for us. If we had taken this group at the beginning of the competition, we would point out six or seven teams able to play the Final Four. We don’t want, and we cannot stop here. Playing with this crowd is always a great thing, it’s a great atmosphere. The more fans come, the harder it is to play against us and beat us. "
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"What I can say about the game… there is not much to say about what we saw tonight. Laboral Kutxa dominated the game from the very beginning, and they deserved the win. They totally controlled the rhythm of the game, so the only thing I can say is congratulations to them."
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