2019-20Top 16Round 2
January 15, 2020 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 DIMITRIS TOFALOS ARENA

Promitheas end skid for first Top 16 win

Promitheas Patras snapped a three-game losing streak in knocking off EWE Baskets Oldenburg 81-70 for its first victory in the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16. Loukas Mavrokefalidis led the way with 19 points for Promitheas, which improved to 1-1 in Group F. Chris Babb chipped in 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists, Octavius Ellis and Dimitris Agravanis both had 12 points and Langston Hall added 10 points. The Greek side took control with a 16-5 run in the third quarter. Rasid Mahalbasic collected 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for Oldenburg, which had its two-game winning streak ended. Robin Amaize picked up 16 points off the bench for the visitors.

Mahalbasic started with 4 points as Oldenburg opened an 0-6 lead. Ellis finally got Promitheas on the board with a three-point play after more than 3 minutes of action. Babb added a three-pointer and three-point play in a 14-4 surge to move ahead 14-10. Amaize and Rickey Paulding both hit from long range in keeping Oldenburg close at 17-16. Babb scored again in helping the lead move to 23-17 before two Justin Sears baskets made it 24-20 after 10 minutes. Promitheas kept Oldenburg scoreless for nearly the first 3 minutes in moving ahead 28-20. Amaize’s three-pointer stopped the rot for the visitors before both teams swapped triples - Hall and Babb for Promitheas and Philipp Schwethelm and Mahalbasic for Oldenburg, which got a score from Tyler Larson to close within 38-35. Babb nailed his third triple of the first half as Promitheas surged back ahead 42-35 only to see Schwethelm hit a buzzer-beater to make it 42-38 at the break.

Karsten Tadda’s three-pointer opened the scoring in the second half, but was matched by Agravanis after nearly 3 minutes and Ellis foul shots made it 47-41. Hall added a triple to increase the gap to 50-43. Mahalbasic tried to keep Oldenburg in it with 7 straight points to make it 54-48. Mavrokefalidis came up with 9 points in a row and Agravanis nailed another triple for Promitheas in a 16-5 run for a 66-51 cushion, which was 68-53 after 30 minutes. After Leonidas Kaselakis hit the first basket of the fourth quarter, Braydon Hobbs and Amaize drained threes with the latter adding two more baskets as Oldenburg edged to within 74-63. Agravanis answered for the hosts with a three and Mavrokefalidis continued his strong game with foul shots for an 81-68 lead.

Pivotal performer

Loukas Mavrokefalidis was outstanding in his second game with his new team as he picked up 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 7-of-7 free throws to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 20 minutes off the Promitheas bench.

Much-needed return

Promitheas guard Langston Hall was a big help as well in his return to the court after missing the last three games - all Promitheas losses - as he collected 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Telling numbers

Promitheas shot 60.0 percent on two-pointers while outrebounding Oldenburg 36-24. Oldenburg also only had 3 free throws; it made 2 of them.

What's next?

Promitheas will remain at home and take on Umana Reyer Venice on Tuesday, January 21. Oldenburg faces another road game as it will head to Germani Brescia Leonessa the next night.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis - Promitheas Patras (photo Promitheas) - EC19
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Referees: PERUGA, CARLOS; MAJKIC, MARIO ; KARTAL, ERSAN
Attendance: 1836 (Tentative)
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Promitheas Patras
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 HALL, LANGSTON 21:14 10 1/4 2/4 2/2   3 3 4   5       3 10
2 BABB, CHRIS 40:00 16 3/4 3/6 1/1   4 4 5 1 1     2 3 22
3 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR 29:37 3 1/1 0/3 1/2 2 4 6 2 1       1 3 10
4 KAFEZAS, CHRISTOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIS 31:22 12 1/4 3/7 1/2 2 5 7 2 1 1     3 3 13
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 20:13 19 6/9 0/1 7/7 2 4 6 2 1 4     4 4 20
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 10:25 2 1/1 0/2   1 1 2           2    
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 22:45 5   1/2 2/2   4 4 3 2       2 2 13
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIS 6:11 2 1/1                         2
32 ELLIS, OCTAVIUS 18:13 12 4/6   4/5 2 2 4 1   5 1   2 5 13
72 MANTZOUKAS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
77 BAZINAS, ATHANASIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 81 18/30 9/25 18/21 11 28 39 19 6 17 1 0 16 23 105
        60% 36% 85.7%
Head coach: GIATRAS, MAKIS
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
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MOORE, ARMANI 16:59   0/2 0/1   1   1           3 1 -4
3 HOBBS, BRAYDON 27:21 5 1/1 1/4     3 3 5   2     2 2 8
5 SEARS, JUSTIN 7:59 6 3/4     1 1 2     1     3 1 4
9 TADDA, KARSTEN 19:44 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2   1       2 1 5
11 MCCLAIN, KEVIN 7:46 2 1/1 0/1                   1    
15 KESSEN, MARCEL 7:51 1 0/2   1/2   1 1 1   1       1  
21 AMAIZE, ROBIN 21:30 16 2/4 4/7   1   1   2 1     2 2 13
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 24:23 5 1/2 1/1   1   1   1 1     1   4
24 MAHALBASIC, RASID 27:36 18 7/13 1/1 1/1 2 6 8 4 2 4   1 4 7 24
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 20:46 8 1/1 2/9     2 2   1       2   2
45 BOOTHE, NATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 LARSON, TYLER 18:05 4 2/4 0/2     3 3 5   1     3 1 5
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 70 19/36 10/28 2/3 7 19 26 15 7 11 0 1 23 16 63
        52.8% 35.7% 66.7%
Head coach: DRIJENCIC, MLADEN

Head Coaches

GIATRAS, MAKIS
Promitheas Patras
"It was an important game for us in this stage. The guys did a great job on the court and we really thank the fans of Promitheas who came out. The players played as a Promitheas team. We were concentrated on defense. We had some turnovers in the first half, but we improved that and we won the game. "
DRIJENCIC, MLADEN
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"I think the team had a good attitude on the court. They played what we had prepared for this game and if we had a little better percentage from the three-point line, we would have been closer in the score. Our best shooter had 25%, the second one had 22% and if we had made only 3 shots more, we would have been much closer in the game. The problem with the scoreboard and the game-clock was a problem for us and made our players a little under-focused. In the second half, it was a better situation and we were more focused on the game. In the first half, we faced a matchup problem with Chris Babb, who scored 14 points. In the second half, we did a better job, so he scored only 2 points. In the first half, we had a problem with Mavrokefalidis, it was hard for us to match up, but in the second half, we played better defense and did a better job. In the second half, we did not score some open three-point shots, which helped the opponent win. I am sure that in our court we are a better and more competitive team."

Players

AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIS
Promitheas Patras
"I think it was very important. We have to take care of our home court. We played good the whole game and played great defense. We received some cheap baskets, but that is basketball. The team today showed heart. We played very good as a team on defense and offense and we finally got our first victory and we deserved it. But now we need to continue."
MAHALBASIC, RASID
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"We didn’t find our rhythm against a strong Patras team. Today they deserved the win. That said, I think you have to give credit to my team. We fought hard to get back into the game but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to succeed at the end."
HOBBS, BRAYDON
EWE Baskets Oldenburg
"Shots weren‘t falling when it matters the most. Sometimes you have those games. Patras was strong on defense, which caused some problems for us."
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