2019-20Regular SeasonRound 3
October 18, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
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Records

2-0 Regular Season 1-1
2-0 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
JAVOR, DAMIR
Umpire 1
PASTUSIAK, PIOTR
Umpire 2
THEPENIER, HUGUES

The Take

FC Barcelona will be going for a third straight win to stay perfect in the regular season as it welcomes EuroLeague returnee ALBA Berlin. The hosts will look to stay on the winning momentum they have entered while ALBA, in its second straight road game, will try to bounce back from a dramatic loss in Istanbul last week against Anadolu Efes.

Return of the master

ALBA head coach Aito Garcia Reneses will return to coach a game in Palau Blaugrana for the first time since May of 2016. Aito coached FC Barcelona for 17 seasons between 1985 and 2002, and he probably remains the most iconic coach of that team ever. He won several continental titles with Barcelona and put the name of the team in the first line of the European stage, but together they never managed to win the EuroLeague. Now, Aito comes back to the place that was his home for the longest time.

History lesson

Barcelona and ALBA have meet six times prior in the EuroLeague and the Catalan team won five of those contests. The last time they played against each other was in the Top 16 of the 2014-15 season, also in Palau Blaugrana, as the hosts went on to win by 92-82. That was also ALBA's last season in the EuroLeague before coming back for 2019-20.

Marquee matchup

Malcolm Delaney and Peyton Siva will be the protagonists of a notorious point guard duel in the backcourt. Delaney was a late signing for Barcelona in the summer but he is already averging 8.0 points and 4.5 assists after two rounds. Siva, who had serious injuries last season, started this campaign also injured but in his comeback last week against Efes he already showed he is ready for battle: 10 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Keys to victory: Barcelona

Barcelona seems to be unstoppable in this start to the season as the big signings of the summer are meeting the expectations. Niko Mirotic leads the team in points and rebounds, while Brandon Davies excels on those fronts and also assists. As long as Barcelona's big men keep peforming the way they have been doing these last weeks, the hosts will have reasons to expect a good result from the game.

Keys to victory: ALBA

ALBA started the season with two outstanding performances, and the team is clearly on the rise. To succeed in such a tough trip, the German squad will need to stay true to its offensive style (95.0 ppg. and 25.5 apg.) and count on Siva, Rokas Giedraitis, Marcus Eriksson - who also returns to what was once his home - and Landry Nnoko. However, with such a talented team as Barcelona, a shootout could be a double-edged sword, so defense must be a key goal for the visitors to have chances in Barcelona.

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Euroleague.net
FC Barcelona
# Player Pos. H. Age
0 DAVIES, BRANDON C 2.08 28
3 PANGOS, KEVIN G 1.86 26
5 RIBAS, PAU G 1.94 32
8 HANGA, ADAM F 2.00 30
10 SMITS, ROLANDS F 2.07 24
14 PUSTOVYI, ARTEM C 2.18 27
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE C 2.08 27
21 ABRINES, ALEX F 1.98 26
22 HIGGINS, CORY G 1.95 30
23 DELANEY, MALCOLM G 1.91 30
24 KURIC, KYLE F 1.93 30
30 CLAVER, VICTOR F 2.08 31
31 BOLMARO, LEANDRO G 1.98 19
32 MARTINEZ, SERGI F 2.02 20
33 MIROTIC, NIKOLA F 2.08 28
44 TOMIC, ANTE C 2.17 32
ALBA Berlin
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 MASON, MAKAI G 1.85 24
3 SIVA, PEYTON G 1.82 28
5 GIFFEY, NIELS F 2.00 28
6 DELOW, MALTE G 1.94 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS G 2.01 25
9 MATTISSECK, JONAS G 1.94 19
10 SCHNEIDER, TIM F 2.08 22
11 BRENNEKE, LORENZ F 2.04 19
15 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN G 1.90 25
16 NIKIC, KRESIMIR C 2.13 20
25 OGBE, KENNETH G 1.98 24
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS F 2.00 27
32 THIEMANN, JOHANNES C 2.05 25
34 CAVANAUGH, TYLER F 2.06 25
35 NNOKO, LANDRY C 2.08 25
43 SIKMA, LUKE F 2.03 30
44 PENO, STEFAN G 1.93 22

Player Stats

Mirotic, N. / 20.5 Kuric, K. / 12.0 Davies, B. / 10.0
Giedraitis, R. / 15.0 Eriksson, M. / 15.0 Nnoko, L. / 13.0
Mirotic, N. / 7.0 Davies, B. / 4.5 Claver, V. / 4.0
Sikma, L. / 7.0 Cavanaugh, T. / 7.0 Nnoko, L. / 6.0
Davies, B. / 5.0 Delaney, M. / 4.5 Higgins, C. / 3.0
Hermannsson, M. / 10.0 Sikma, L. / 3.5 Giffey, N. / 3.0
Higgins, C. / 2.0 Bolmaro, L. / 2.0 Delaney, M. / 1.5
Siva, P. / 2.0 Eriksson, M. / 1.0 Ogbe, K. / 0.5
Mirotic, N. / 1.0 Davies, B. / 1.0 Claver, V. / 0.5
Nnoko, L. / 1.0 Giffey, N. / 0.5 Schneider, T. / 0.5
2PT
Oriola, P. / 66.7 % Mirotic, N. / 62.5 % Tomic, A. / 62.5 %
Mason, M. / 100.0 % Nnoko, L. / 92.3 % Giffey, N. / 75.0 %
3PT
Oriola, P. / 100.0 % Smits, R. / 100.0 % Kuric, K. / 66.7 %
Sikma, L. / 80.0 % Mattisseck, J. / 66.7 % Eriksson, M. / 57.1 %
FT
Mirotic, N. / 100.0 % Bolmaro, L. / 100.0 % Claver, V. / 100.0 %
Giedraitis, R. / 100.0 % Giffey, N. / 100.0 % Ogbe, K. / 100.0 %
PIR
Mirotic, N. / 21.5 Davies, B. / 15.5 Claver, V. / 13.0
Giedraitis, R. / 18.0 Eriksson, M. / 17.0 Nnoko, L. / 16.5

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 95.0
39.0 Rebounds 41.5
12.0 O. Rebounds 12.5
27.0 D. Rebounds 29.0
20.5 Assists 25.5
7.0 Steals 4.5
3.0 Blocks 3.0
46.3 % 2PT 50.0 %
44.7 % 3PT 45.8 %
91.7 % FT 91.3 %
98.5 PIR 116.5

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
63.5 Points 85.5
35.0 Rebounds 30.5
12.5 O. Rebounds 8.0
22.5 D. Rebounds 22.5
19.0 Assists 23.5
5.5 Steals 5.0
2.0 Blocks 3.5
45.0 % 2PT 51.8 %
27.7 % 3PT 39.1 %
82.6 % FT 77.5 %
68.0 PIR 99.0

Head Coaches

GARCIA RENESES, AITO
ALBA Berlin
"Barca has a very good team this year with really important new players. For our young team this game in Barcelona is a good opportunity to learn without being worried about the final score."

Players

SIVA, PEYTON
ALBA Berlin
"Our Spanish coaches will have to shake a lot of hands there, but I am looking forward to my fist game in Barcelona, too. I also look forward to meet Kyle Kuric, with whom I played in college. Chances to beat this strong opponent are small, but we will go there to compete and play or game."

FC Barcelona vs. ALBA Berlin

· The last time these teams played, on February 16, 2015, Barcelona needed overtime at home to beat ALBA by 92-82 in Round 8 of the Top 16. Barcelona holds a 5-1 advantage in games against ALBA in EuroLeague play this century.

· ALBA set a club record (which has since been matched) with 43 rebounds in a home game against Barcelona in February 2003. Svetislav Pesic was on the Barcelona bench for that game.

· ALBA head coach Aito Garcia Reneses spent much of his basketball career with Barcelona, serving as a player, assistant coach, head coach and general manager while winning the Saporta Cup, two Korac Cups, nine Spanish Leagues and four Spanish Cups.

· ALBA's Marcus Eriksson joined Barcelona in 2011, played in their system and played two seasons for the first team from 2015 to 2017, including his EuroLeague debut. He was a teammate there of current Barcelona players Pau Ribas, Victor Claver and Ante Tomic.

· ALBA point guard Stefan Peno grew up in the Barcelona system and made his professional and EuroLeague debut there. He was a teammate of current Barcelona players Victor Claver and Ante Tomic.

· ALBA's Luke Sikma and Barcelona's Pierre Oriola were teammates at Valencia Basket during the 2016-17 season. They won the Spanish League title together.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Euroleague.net

FC Barcelona Lassa

Roster
Leandro Bolmaro made his EuroLeague debut in Round 2.
Thomas Heurtel is sidelined with a knee injury.
Kevin Pangos has been sidelined at the start of the season with a toe injury.

Streaks
Adam Hanga has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine games.
Cory Higgins has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 appearances.
Alex Abrines has made at least 1 three-point shot in six straight and 11 of his last 12 appearances.
Malcolm Delaney has scored in double figures in 14 of his last 15 games. 
Delaney has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 of his last 15 games.

Rankings
Cory Higgins ranked second in scoring last season with 14.9 points per game.
Higgins was fourth in three-point accuracy last season at 49.0%.
Brandon Davies ranked sixth in scoring last season with 14.2 points per game and seventh in average PIR at 16.8.
Thomas Heurtel ranked sixth last season in assists with 4.8 per game.

Records/Milestones
Ante Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 1,441 rebounds. Ioannis Bourousis is third with 1,603.
Tomic ranks fourth all-time with 488 offensive rebounds. Paulius Jankunas is third with 500 and counting.
Tomic is the only player with at least 1,000 two-point baskets. He has 1,074.
Thomas Heurtel ranks third all-time in assists with 1,173. Dimitris Diamantidis is second with 1,255.
Ante Tomic needs 2 blocks to become only the 10th player with 150 blocks this century.

ALBA Berlin

Roster
ALBA has registred 17 players for EuroLeague action, so at least five must sit out every game.
Marcus Eriksson missed Round 2 game.
Peyton Siva and Mason Makai returned to action in Round 2 and made their respective EuroLeague debuts.

Streaks
Marcus Eriksson has made 16 consecutive free throws in games.
Eriksson has made at least 1 three-point shot in 16 of his last 17 games.

Rankings
Marcus Eriksson was fourth in free throw accuracy last season at 93.94%.
Peyton Siva led the 7DAYS EuroCup in scoring with 15.2 points and in assists with 7.9 per game last season.
Luke Sikma ranked third in the 7DAYS EuroCup last season with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Euroleague.net

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
5 - 1
FC Barcelona ALBA Berlin
* overall record in EuroLeague since 2000
FC Barcelona
Home record vs. ALBA Berlin: 3-0
Away record vs. ALBA Berlin: 2-1
ALBA Berlin
Home record vs. FC Barcelona: 1-2
Away record vs. FC Barcelona: 0-3

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2014-15 27 February 2015 Top 16 FC Barcelona 92 - 82 ALBA Berlin
2014-15 02 January 2015 Top 16 ALBA Berlin 80 - 70 FC Barcelona
2008-09 26 February 2009 Top 16 Alba Berlin 57 - 75 Regal FC Barcelona
2008-09 12 February 2009 Top 16 Regal FC Barcelona 85 - 69 Alba Berlin
2002-03 12 February 2003 Regular Season Alba Berlin 66 - 80 FC Barcelona
2002-03 05 December 2002 Regular Season FC Barcelona 81 - 74 Alba Berlin