Regular Season Round 9 - December 10, 2014 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - SVYTURIO ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-5 Regular Season 3-5
3-5 Overall 3-5

Referees

Crew Chief
HIERREZUELO, DANI, Spain
Referee
ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS, Greece
Umpire
KOLJENSIC, MILOS , Montenegro

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.0 Points 81.5
35.1 Rebounds 35.8
9.4 O. Rebounds 9.6
25.8 D. Rebounds 26.1
15.1 Assists 15.9
7.4 Steals 4.5
1.4 Blocks 2.0
14.5 Turnovers 11.6
52.6 % 2PT 50.2 %
31.9 % 3PT 36.9 %
68.4 % FT 76.9 %
74.5 Index 90.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / Gailius Points 17.4 / Erceg
5.4 / Zavackas Rebounds 6.1 / Gonlum
1.6 / Zavackas OR 2.3 / Aldemir
3.8 / Zavackas DR 4.3 / Erceg
3.5 / Shakur Assists 4.8 / Arroyo
1.6 / Gailius Steals 0.9 / Erceg
0.4 / Butkevicius Blocks 1.3 / Aldemir
2.3 / Shakur Turnovers 2.3 / Guler
70.0 % / Galdikas 2PT 75.0 % / Aldemir
60.7 % / Zavackas 3PT 51.0 % / Erceg
100.0 % / Girdziunas FT 96.8 % / Erceg
14.9 / Zavackas Index 17.5 / Erceg

THE TAKE

A Top 16 spot could be decided in this clash. Neptunas cannot clinch a Top 16 berth this week, but a loss coupled with a Laboral Kutxa Vitoria victory on Friday would eliminate Neptunas and usher Galatasaray into the Top 16. Galatasaray bested Neptunas last month in Istanbul, but is winless on the road this season. Neptunas is 3-1 at home. Neptunas has shored up its frontline through Keith Benson, who will team with Simas Galdikas in the paint against Kerem Gonlum, Ian Vougioukas and newcomer Patric Young. Forwards Deividas Gailius and Donatas Zavackas are Neptunas’s top scoring options and point guard Mustafa Shakur organizes the attack. Shakur will square off against Galatasaray leader Carlos Arroyo, while Zavackas faces stretch 4 Zoran Erceg. A big effort from guard Pietro Aradori would be a significant boost to the visitors in this game that should be hotly contested till the final buzzer.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Quotes Head Coaches

MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"It will be a very important game for both teams. We must win one or both games to be going to the Top 16. I think we will have our options if we play a serious game. Galatasaray is a team with a lot of experienced players from the top level. They have extraordinary individual quality player Carlos Arroyo. Arroyo controls the tempo of the game and we must make life hard for him."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"Despite all the difficulties, we are here to win. Neptunas played good basketball especially in their home with their fans' support. We will do our best to win and stay close to the Top 16 goal."

Players

MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"Galatasaray is a very good team where anybody can be dangerous. Will try to play a good game but are also aware that will not be an easy task. We will try to play another good Euroleague game and to make another surprise."
ARADORI, PIETRO
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We know it will be a tough game and we should take control of the game if we want to win. Tomorrow will be the most important game of this season and We need this win to keep alive our Top 16 goal."

Game Notes

Neptunas Klaipeda
Coach Kazys Maksvytis used the same starting lineup for the first six Euroleague games this season: Mustafa Shakur, Martynas Mazeika, Deividas Gailius, Donatas Zavackas and Simas Galdikas. Only Shakur and Gailius have started in each of the past two weeks.
Neptunas is second-to-last in the league in shots blocked with 11 over eight games.
Keith Benson leads the Euroleague in rebounding on a per-minute basis with a prorated average of 17.2 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Donatas Zavackas has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.
Mindaugas Girdziunas is a perfect 12 for 12 from the free throw line this season.
Deividas Gailius has made at least 1 three-pointer in sven straight Euroleague games.
Gailius has a steal in every Euroleague game so far this season.
Mustafa Shakur has averaged 12.3 points, 4 assists and 2.3 steals for a performance index rating of 13.3 in home games this season, but 6.8 points, 3 assists, 0.3 steals and an index rating of 3.3 on the road.
Arnas Butkevicius has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight Euroleague games.
Martynas Mazeika, Deividas Gailius and Egidijus Dimsa were teammates of Galatasaray guard Martynas Pocius on the Lithuanian team at the 2009 World University Games.

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Zoran Erceg has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.
Erceg has made 28 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Carlos Arroyo has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.
Arroyo has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games.
Pietro Aradori has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Vladimir Micov needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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Gailius, Shakur lead Neptunas to fourth win

 

 

In a critical battle which went down to the final minutes, Neptunas Klaipeda greatly improved its chances to get to the Top 16 from Group D by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 82-72 at home on Wednesday. Neptunas recorded its fourth home win in improving to 4-5, while Galatasaray dropped to 3-6. Deividas Gailius paced the winners with 23 points. Mustafa Shakur added 16 while Arnas Butkevicius had 11 for Neptunas. Zoran Erceg led Galatasaray with 24 points and a recovered Vladimir Micov added 12 for the hosts. Gailius and Martynas Mazeika fueled an early 7-0 run that allowed Neptunas to hold on to a 22-18 lead after 10 minutes. Galatasaray tried a tall lineup with Erceg at small forward, which paid off right away. Erceg followed back-to-back triples with a layup to give the guests a 27-28 edge. Butkevicius and an outstanding Gailius helped Neptunas regain the lead, 40-37, at halftime. A 0-6 run that Guler capped with a layup gave Galatasaray a 40-43 edge after the break. Gailius and Valdas Vasylius took over from downtown to make it a nine-point game, but Erceg and Ender Arslan kept the guests within 63-60 through three quarters. A huge dunk by Gailius gave Neptunas a 72-65 margin midway through the fourth quarter and Galatasaray never recovered, allowing Neptunas to celebrate a truly historic win.

First quarter: Early run puts hosts ahead

Sinan Guler got Galatasaray going with a driving layup, which Mustafa Shakur matched with a two-handed slam. Deividas Gailius struck from downtown and a driving basket by Martynas Mazeika gave Neptunas a 7-2 lead. Vladimir Micov made free throws, but a layup by Shakur restored a 9-4 Neptunas edge. Guler kept pacing the guests with a three-point play. Keith Benson made free throws and a fast break layup by Gailius boosted the hosts' lead to 13-7. Zoran Erceg sank foul shots, which Benson erased with a slam. Micov took over with an off-balance basket and bettered Simas Butkevicius's layup in transition with a corner triple to get Galatasaray closer, 17-14. Shakur answered from beyond the arc and a close basket by Donatas Zavackas made it an 8-point game. A layup by Patric Young and a baseline jumper by Erceg brought the guests within 22-18 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Galatasaray goes big, Neptunas holds on

Ender Arslan hit an off-balance shot early in the quarter, but Valdas Vasylius answered with a power basket. Galatasaray tried a tall lineup with Erceg, Kerem Gonlum and Ian Vougioukas together on court. Butkevicius nailed a three-pointer, which Erceg copied at the other end to make it 27-23. Erceg, comfortable at small forward, stayed on fire with a catch-and-shoot seven-meter bomb and a close basket, which put the guests back ahead, 27-28. After Butkevicius split free throws, Erceg hit his two attempts and Gonlum gave Galatasaray a 28-32 edge. Butkevicius and Carlos Arroyo exchanged three-pointers before a fast break slam by Shakur ignited the crowd at 33-35. Gailius nailed his trademark step-back jumper and matched Arroyo's free throws with another basket that tied it at 37-37. Gailius buried a three-pointer for a 40-37 Neptunas lead at halftime.

Deividas Gailius - Neptunas Klaipeda - EB14

Third quarter: Gailius keeps Klaipeda fans happy

Young took over with a big slam immediately after the break and he followed that with an acrobatic basket to put Galatasaray back ahead, 40-41. Guler shined with a wild driving basket, which caused Neptunas to call timeout at 40-43. After Zavackas struck from downtown, Guler scored again in penetration. A layup by Shakur tied it at 45-45. Zavackas kept pushing Neptunas with a layup. Young scored around the basket before Edigijus Dimsa put Neptunas back ahead, 49-47. Gailius nailed a corner triple, as Galatasaray struggled to score. Arslan split free throws and a layup by Benson gave Neptunas fresh air at 54-48. Gailius picked up a loose ball and nailed one from beyond the arc, but Young and Marty Pocius gave the guests hope at 57-52. Gailius buried his fourth triple and Vasylius hit another from the same spot to make it a 9-point game. Erceg and Arslan joined the three-point shootout to bring the visitors within 63-60.

Fourth quarter: Neptunas seals critical victory

Erceg scored in the low post early in the quarter, but Mindaugas Girdziunas matched that with a mid-range jumper and free throws by Butkevicius gave the hosts a 67-62 edge. Erceg fired in a big three-pointer, however Vasylius and Girdziunas made free throws and a huge dunk by Gailius brought the crowd to its feet at 72-65 with less than sven minutes left. Galatasaray could not find answers on offense until Micov shined with a one-handed floater in the lane. Shakur scored in penetration and a tip-in by Simas Galdikas seemed to seal the outcome at 76-67. Erceg made free throws, but he didn't find much help around. Mazeika split foul shots and Shakur beat the shot clock with a wild three-pointer that gave Neptunas its first double-digit lead, 80-69. Galatasaray kept trying, but the Neptunas fans in Klaipeda had plenty of time to celebrate yet another historic win.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANI (ESP), ANASTOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS (GRE), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE)
Attendance: 5669
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Head coach: MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS
Neptunas Klaipeda
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 19:42 3 1/5 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 3 1 1   1 1 4 5
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 15:20 3 1/2 0/1 1/1   1 1 3         1 1 5
10 SINICA, JUSTAS 8:50   0/1 0/2         1         1   -3
12 DIMSA, EGIDIJUS 5:56 2 1/1                     2    
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 25:05 23 4/4 5/9   1 7 8     4     4 4 23
15 SARAKAUSKAS, VYTAUTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GALDIKAS, SIMAS 16:36 4 2/3     1 1 2 2   1     4   2
22 SHAKUR, MUSTAFA 24:40 16 5/8 2/4     4 4 3 1 1     2 1 17
34 BENSON, KEITH 17:28 6 2/4   2/2 1 3 4       2     1 11
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 26:49 7 2/4 1/2 0/1 4 1 5 2 2 1     2 1 10
42 VASYLIUS, VALDAS 13:11 7 1/2 1/2 2/2   2 2   1 1       2 9
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 26:23 11 1/3 2/2 3/4 1 2 3 1         4 2 10
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 82 20/37 11/23 9/12 9 24 33 15 5 9 2 1 21 16 90
54.1% 47.8% 75%
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
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 30:15 9 4/6   1/2 3 5 8     2     2 4 14
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 36:36 12 2/5 2/3 2/2   4 4 2 1 1   1 2 6 17
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 40:00 24 3/5 4/7 6/6   4 4   1 1     2 4 25
11 JAWAI, NATE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GONLUM, KEREM 11:41 2 1/3     2 3 5     1         4
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 5:00   0/1       1 1           1   -1
17 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 14:58 3 0/1 1/6   2   2 1       1 1 1 -1
21 ARADORI, PIETRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 25:51 5 0/4 1/5 2/2   1 1 5   1     4 3 1
32 GULER, SINAN 22:13 9 4/8 0/2 1/1   2 2 1   2 1   3 1 3
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 13:26 8 2/4 1/3 1/2       3   1     1 2 6
35 URAL, GOKTURK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           5 3 8     1     1   6
Totals 200:00 72 16/37 9/26 13/15 12 23 35 12 2 10 1 2 17 21 74
43.2% 34.6% 86.7%
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Head Coaches

MAKSVYTIS, KAZYS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"I am glad we took an important victory on the road to the Top 16. It seems our nerves were better than our opponents. We had more strength at the end of the game. Our amazing fans were the sixth player on the court."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We knew that Neptunas at home plays differently. They are playing with more energy. Tonight Shakur did a great job in defense; he stopped our main guard Arroyo. Our opponent played better and justly won tonight. "

Players

GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"This is great. We want to go to the Top 16 and make history for the city and our club. We gave 150% today and won the game. We are very, very happy. We played with big energy. We were 100% focused from the beginning of the game until the end."
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