September 21, 2014
Last 16 Round 2 - January 15, 2013 CET: 18:30 Local time: 19:30 - ARENA RIGA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-1 Last 16 0-1
3-3 Regular Season 6-0
3-4 Overall 6-1

Referees

Crew Chief
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany
Referee
CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY, Ukraine
Umpire
SHARRO, LAHDO, Sweden

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.6 Points 81.9
27.6 Rebounds 35.7
8.7 O. Rebounds 10.1
18.9 D. Rebounds 25.6
14.1 Assists 16.7
5.3 Steals 8.0
2.0 Blocks 1.9
14.6 Turnovers 10.4
56.0 % 2PT 48.9 %
39.7 % 3PT 35.9 %
79.2 % FT 72.6 %
78.4 Index 93.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / Janicenoks Points 13.9 / Hamilton
5.4 / Berzins Rebounds 7.3 / Hervelle
2.0 / Kavaliauskas OR 2.7 / Hervelle
4.1 / Berzins DR 4.6 / Hervelle
5.3 / Rowland Assists 4.6 / Zisis
1.3 / Berzins Steals 1.9 / Hervelle
0.7 / Berzins Blocks 0.9 / Hamilton
2.4 / Rowland Turnovers 1.9 / Zisis
65.5 % / Daniels 2PT 64.3 % / Pilepic
100.0 % / Strelnieks 3PT 75.0 % / Hamilton
100.0 % / Bertans FT 100.0 % / Moerman
16.7 / Rowland Index 16.7 / Hamilton

THE TAKE

Two teams who suffered slim defeats in the opening week of the Last 16 meet in a big game this week. VEF Riga of Latvia takes on Uxue Bilbao in the Latvian capital with plenty at stake. Riga went very close to overturning Valencia in Week 1, thanks to an amazing shooting performance in which it nailed 13 of its 26 three-pointers. That was the highest figure from outside of any team, but was counteracted by allowing its opponents to shoot 60% percent inside the arc. In contrast, Bilbao struggled from downtown in its game against Nymburk and ended up conceding 85 points. Both sides will need to improve defensive performance in order to progress from the Last 16. Riga’s EJ Rowland and Bilbao’s former Euroleague winner Nikos Zisis will face off at point guard in a crucial duel for setting the tempo, while scoring aces Kristaps Janicenoks and Kostas Vasiliadis will matchup in a critical duel. Under the glass, Riga’s Kaspars Berzins and Anatans Kavaliauskas will have a tough task fighting with Axel Hervelle –who grabbed 12 rebounds against Nymburk- and Lamont Hamilton. Many bench players have the potential to make the difference, like Will Daniels, Dairis Bertans and Donatas Zavackas for the home team, and Milovan Rakovic, Adrien Moerman, Raul Lopez and Roger Grimau for the visitors.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
"We will play against a Bilbao team that is really strong, deep at every position and well-coached. We are expecting a difficult game, because Bilbao Basket is a really tough matchup, but surely it will be an exciting game for the fans."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
"The game against VEF Riga is an importat one for our team with the situation in our group. VEF playes fast and aggressive, and depends a lot on its outside shooters. We have seen that in recent games they have been averaging about 25 points from fastbreaks, so we have to stop their running. We will have to control the pace of the game and defend well."

Players

JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS
VEF Riga
"Bilbao is somewhat similar to Valencia, our previous Eurocup opponent, if we look at the quality of their roster. Only difference is that Bilbao play at a little bit slower pace and plays more pragmatic. They have great players, who are experienced, they play smart basketball and execute very well. We have to win this game as we are targeting next round."
Earl Rowland - VEF Riga - EC12 (photo Mikus Klavins, VEF Riga)VEF Riga sent a message that echoed all around the Eurocup Last 16 by downing Uxue Bilbao Basket 99-76 in Group J on Tuesday. VEF improved to 1-1 in Group J and Bilbao dropped to 0-2. E.J. Rowland paced the winners with 30 points on 8-of-11 two-point shots and 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. He had 23 points after the break in an outstanding second-half exhibition. Gatis Jahovics added 16, Donatas Zavackas had 11 while Kristaps Janicenoks got 10 for VEF. Kostas Vasileiadis led 5 Bilbao players in double digits with 20 points. Raul Lopez added 15, Alex Mumbru and Lamont Hamilton each had 13 and Roger Grimau got 10 for the guests. VEF opened the game with an 8-0 run but Bilbao quickly bounced back to get its first lead, 9-10. Jahovics and Rowland allowed VEF to get a 25-21 lead after 10 minutes. VEF led all the way in the second quarter and Antanas Kavaliauskas gave VEF a nine-point lead, 50-41, near halftime. Bilbao used a 0-10 run that bridged between both halves to regain a 50-51 lead after the break. VEF found a go-to guy in Rowland, who got some help from Bertans and Jahovics to make it a 14-point game, 75-61, after 30 minutes. An outstanding Rowland allowed the hosts to seal the win, 86-66, with under 6 minutes left, giving all VEF fans plenty of time to celebrate a big win.

Kavaliauskas got VEF going with an easy basket and Kaspars Berzins added back-to-back triples for an 8-0 lead. Mumbru answered from downtown and added a put-back basket in a 1-10 Bilbao run that gave the guests their first lead, 9-10. Janicenoks and Hamilton traded baskets, Will Daniels found his first points and a layup by Mumbru restored a 13-15 Bilbao edge. Janicenoks buried a triple and Jahovics added 5 unanswered points but Vasileiadis and Lopez kept Bilbao within 21-19. Dairis Bertans downed a jumper and Rowland matched Lopez's free throws with a layup that fixed the score at 25-21 after 10 minutes. Kavaliauskas scored in the low post early in the second quarter and got some help from Daniels and Rowland to make it an eight-point game, 31-23. Grimau hit a turnaround shot, igniting a 0-6 run that Vasileadis capped with a running jumper. Lauris Blaus scored down low but Grimau took over with an acrobatic basket and Vasileadis struck from downtown for a 35-34 score. Zavackas joined the three-point shootout, Bertans added a driving layup and a tip-in by Jahovics boosted the hosts' lead to 42-36. Vasileiadis and Zavackas traded triples and even when Lopez scored again, Rowland and Kavaliauskas gave VEF a 50-41 margin. A buzzer-beating triple by Vasileiadis kept Bilbao within 50-44 at halftime.

Hamilton banked in a turnaround shot right after the break, igniting a 0-7 run that Mumbru capped with a corner triple for a 50-51 Bilbao edge. VEF did not panic, however, as Rowland and Jahovics fueled a 6-0 run that put the hosts back ahead, 57-51. Mumbru scored in the low post but Rowland quickly bettered that with a three-pointer. Vasileiadis answered from downtown, Rowland scored again and free throws by Jahovics restored a 64-56 VEF lead. Lopez swished a close shot but Bertans and Rowland led a 5-0 VEF run that made it a double-digit game, 69-58. Hamilton rescued Bilbao with a three-point play but Janicenoks and Rowland shined with back-to-back triples for a 75-61 VEF margin after 30 minutes. Grimau hit a floating jumper early in the fourth quarter that a red hot Rowland followed another shot from downtown with a fast break dunk that broke the game open, 80-63, with 8 minutes left. Janicenoks scored around the basket, Hamilton did better with a three-point play but back-to-back baskets by Rowland and Kavaliauskas sealed the outcome, 86-66, midway through the fourth quarter. Bilbao did not give up, as Vasileiadis and Lopez fueled an 0-6 run to get the guests a bit closer, 89-73. By the time Rowland took over with an another off-balance three-pointer, however, everything was said and done already, as VEF had cruised to a big win.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR), SHARRO, LAHDO (SWE)
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
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Uxue Bilbao Basket21231715
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Uxue Bilbao Basket21446176
Head coach: BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
# 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 ROWLAND, EARL 28:33 30 8/11 4/5 2/6 1 2 3 1 3   1   1 7 36
6 PLAVNIEKS, KRISTAPS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JAHOVICS, GATIS 22:08 16 3/3 1/1 7/7 1 3 4   3 2     2 4 23
11 STRELNIEKS, ARTURS 4:51                         3   -3
12 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 28:54 10 2/3 2/5         4   4       3 9
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 20:04 6 0/1 2/3   1 4 5 1 1 2     5   4
15 DANIELS, WILL 17:46 8 2/4 0/1 4/6 2 2 4     1     1 4 9
20 BLAUS, LAURIS 12:03 2 1/1           3   1     4    
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 22:21 9 3/7   3/4 1 7 8 1       2 4 4 11
32 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 25:32 11   3/3 2/4   3 3   1 2     2 2 11
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 17:48 7 2/5 1/3     4 4 6   1     2   9
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 99 21/35 13/21 18/27 6 28 34 16 8 14 1 2 24 24 111
60% 61.9% 66.7%
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: KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
# 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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 21:15 2 1/4 0/2   1 1 2 4   1     2 2 2
7 RAKOVIC, MILOVAN 10:04           1 1 1 1       3    
8 PILEPIC, FRAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 22:42 13 5/7 0/2 3/5 1 2 3 1 1 1 1   3 6 15
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 27:48 13 3/6 2/4 1/1 1 4 5 3 2 3     3 2 14
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 26:49 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 2   2 1   5 1 1
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 9:56   0/1 0/1             1     1   -4
24 SANCHEZ PEREZ, SERGIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 20:24 15 5/8 1/3 2/2       2       1 4 7 14
33 SAMB, MAMADOU 7:14           1 1           2   -1
34 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 37:42 20 1/2 4/7 6/6   3 3   1 4       4 20
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 16:06 10 5/8       1 1 1   2     1 2 8
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 76 21/39 7/20 13/16 4 20 24 14 5 14 2 1 24 24 72
53.8% 35% 81.3%
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Head Coaches

BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
"First of all, I will like to congratulate all VEF fans. We played really well and did that as team at both ends. Playing as a team was one of the biggest keys to this game. We have to rest and get ready for the next games. All the important games are still ahead of us."
KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
"Congratulations to VEF Riga. They were much better than us and deserved to win. Their three-point shooting percentage was a big factor in this game. E.J. Rowland made a huge difference with all the shots he made."

Players

JAHOVICS, GATIS
VEF Riga
"It is always nice to get a win against a strong opponent and do it so convincingly as we did tonight. We won because of our offense, which was good throughout the whole game. We also improved our defense in the second half, which led us to this great win."
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