November 27, 2014
Regular Season Round 7 - November 26, 2014 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - OLYMPIC CENTER VENTSPILS

Records

Ave.   Ave.
2-4 Regular Season 6-0
2-4 Overall 6-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal
Referee
BARDERA, REGIS, France
Umpire
JURAS, JASMINA, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
70.8 Points 81.0
31.3 Rebounds 34.8
6.8 O. Rebounds 9.2
24.5 D. Rebounds 25.7
15.8 Assists 17.8
5.0 Steals 7.8
2.3 Blocks 4.2
13.3 Turnovers 12.3
45.8 % 2PT 53.1 %
41.1 % 3PT 41.7 %
71.1 % FT 75.5 %
74.5 Index 97.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.5 / Chatman Points 16.7 / Brown
5.7 / Chatman Rebounds 5.2 / Kurbanov
1.7 / Grant OR 1.8 / Kurbanov
5.2 / Chatman DR 3.7 / Brown
5.8 / Chatman Assists 4.7 / Miles
1.3 / Grant Steals 1.0 / Randolph
0.8 / Grant Blocks 1.2 / Randolph
2.3 / Chatman Turnovers 2.5 / Brown
77.8 % / Grazulis 2PT 70.0 % / Hendrix
100.0 % / Grazulis 3PT 66.7 % / Randolph
100.0 % / Meiers FT 100.0 % / Hendrix
21.8 / Chatman Index 19.5 / Brown

THE TAKE

In the opening game of Round 7 on Tuesday, the only remaining winless team in the competition Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-6) welcomes PAOK Thessaloniki (4-2), which aims to get back to ita winning ways after last week’s home defeat. In their Round 2 encounter, PAOK was dominant en route to an 85-66 win. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (4-2) welcomes Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (2-4), looking for a season sweep of the Montenegrin champion, which would put Karsiyaka on the verge of qualifying to the Last 32. Meanwhile, Latvian champion Ventspils (2-4) welcomes unbeaten group leader Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (6-0) which qualifies for the Last 32 either with victory in this game, or a Buducnost loss.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"We have already proved that we can play well against Lokomotiv. I foresee that the game will be close and tough, and we all hope that it will end with our success and we will celebrate a victory on our home court. Right now we can't say that this is the game that should be won because we have no way back but we also don't want to push our luck with the remaining games after this one. That's why we will be fully concentrated, we will take the court and fight. We know that we are playing against a very strong team, a team that probably could play in Euroleague but we are not interested in that, we need do our job in the defense, to stop their leaders and not allow them to score on fast breaks. Adding Kristaps Janicenoks to the roster was a great deal, but we can't put all faith and hope in him and think that he will play for 100% because Kristaps hasn't played since te beginning of this season. It will take some ime but - nevertheless - his role on the team will be with great value."

Players

VAIROGS, AKSELIS
Ventspils
"We really want win, so we have to try and play well on our home court and for our fans, we have to show that we have character, ardour, and then also the victory will be on our side. At the end of the game on the road, we didn't believe in ourselves. On this level, even the slightest doubt in your power will be used against you by your rival him taking over the game. That is what happened in Krasnodar. We have worked hard for this not to happen again, but we know that Lokomotiv has not come here to enjoy the sights of our city, they also want to win. We are getting ready, we will be fighting and trying to beat this powerful rival of ours."
Undefeated Lokomotiv spoils Chatman’s record night

Mire Chatman - Ventspils - EC14 (photo Ventspils)

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar bested Ventspils 60-69 to celebrate a Last 32 berth that had been formally clinched a night earlier, while also spoiling Mire Chatman record-setting night. Chatman became the Eurocup’s all-time leading scorer in the first quarter, surpassing the retired Todor Stoykov. Lokomotiv improved to 7-0 with the win, while Ventspils dropped to 2-5. Derrick Brown paced the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikita Kurbanov added 10 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting. Harvey Grant paced Ventspils with 17 points, Chatman finished with 12 points, 4 assists and 3 steals, while Zanis Peiners netted 11 in defeat. Ventspils led late in the second quarter and trailed 34-35 at halftime. Brown helped Lokomotiv open a small lead early in the third quarter before Eugeny Voronov sparked a 0-7 run to make it 52-63 early in the fourth and Ventspils never got closer than 8 the rest of the way.

Brown scored on the first possession for Lokomotiv, but it didn’t take long for Chatman to make history with a three-pointer from the wing to become the Eurocup scoring king. However the Ventspils offense stalled as Brown scored on the offensive glass and Alexey Zhukanenko delivered a triple to make it 3-9. Grant tried to ignite the hosts, but Brown and Zhukanenko boosted Lokomotiv’s lead to 8. Chatman split free throws and assisted Peiners. A second Peiners basket made it 10-15 after 10 minutes. Artis Ate sank a three to bring the hosts within 2, but Lokomotiv went on a 0-7 spurt to lead in which Maxin Kolyushkin assisted Nikita Balashov inside and Kurbanov for a three-pointer. Peiners and Chatman each recorded three-point plays to keep Ventspils within 5. Grant scored twice inside to close the gap to 25-28. Despite another basket by Brown, Venspils remained on the offensive as Chatman added another free throw and assisted Andrejs Grazulis on the break for a layup before Akselis Vairogs tied the game at 30-30. Maxim Grigoryev reacted with a Lokomotiv three-pointer, but baskets by Grant and Troy Barnies gave the hosts a 34-33 lead. Free throws from Brown gave the visitors a 34-35 edge at the break.

Brown and Grant traded points in the first few minutes of the second half. A Kurbanov triple made it 38-44, but Harvey kept Ventspils in the picture and Peiners slam made it 43-46. After a series of free throws at both ends, Kurbanov’s triple left Lokomotiv ahead 45-52 through three quarters. Chatman and Peiners rallied Ventspils to within 4, but a Voronov jumper triggered a 0-7 push in which the guard scored twice more to lead 52-63. Vairogs hit back from downtown, but Lokomotiv found answered as Brown hit free throws and Zhukanenko scored on the offensive glass to keep the hosts from getting any closer than 8 en route to victory.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LOPES, LUIS (POR), BARDERA, REGIS (FRA), JURAS, JASMINA (SRB)
Attendance: 1900 (Tentative)
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Head coach: STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
# 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 BARNIES, TROY 21:27 4 2/5 0/1 0/3   1 1 2 1         2 3
8 LEJASMEIERS, DAVIS 9:22           2 2               2
13 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 30:54 5 1/3 1/5     5 5 1   1     2 1 3
14 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 2:13     0/1                   1 1 -1
15 ATE, ARTIS 14:09 4 0/2 1/2 1/2 1   1     1     2 1 -1
21 BUTJANKOVS, ARTJOMS 8:13   0/2     1   1     1     1   -3
22 GULBIS, MARIS 15:49 1 0/1   1/1 1 1 2     1     3 1 -1
24 GRAZULIS, ANDREJS 14:04 2 1/1     1 1 2 2   2     2 1 3
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 12:41 11 5/6 0/2 1/1   2 2 2         5 1 8
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 33:09 12 3/5 1/4 3/8 1 1 2 4 3 2 1   1 6 15
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 10:09 4 1/2   2/2 1 1 2     1 1   3 3 5
45 GRANT, HARVEY 27:50 17 5/10   7/10 5 2 7   3 1 2   2 8 26
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 60 18/37 3/15 15/27 11 19 30 11 7 10 4 0 22 25 62
48.6% 20% 55.6%
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: BAZAREVICH, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
# 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
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 14:48 3 0/2 1/3     4 4 1       1 1   2
5 BROWN, DERRICK 29:51 21 5/10 1/1 8/10 3 7 10 2 1 2   1 2 8 30
11 MILES, AARON 33:16 8 4/8     2 1 3 4 1 2   1 2 1 8
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM 14:54 2 1/4 0/1     2 2 5   1   1 3    
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA 10:48 2 1/2   0/4   1 1           4 3 -3
18 VORONOV, EUGENY 27:29 8 4/5 0/2     1 1   1 3     3 2 3
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 13:33 7 3/5   1/2 1 1 2 1         5 3 5
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY 22:18 8 2/3 1/2 1/2 2 3 5   1 2     3 2 8
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 33:03 10 0/2 3/4 1/2   4 4 3         3 3 13
Team           4   4               4
Totals 200:00 69 20/41 6/13 11/20 12 24 36 16 4 10 0 4 26 22 70
48.8% 46.2% 55%
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Head Coaches

STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"It is not the first time we have lost like this. This time the key thing was that we lost too many points with missed free throws. I think it is not so much physically, it is more in the heads of the players; we have to understand that each point counts in games like this. We have to be more aggressive and give more effort. "
BAZAREVICH, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We knew that we have to be prepared for this game, because Ventspils almost beat us when they were playing in our court. Basically, I am satisfied with our team’s performance, because many crucial players were injured. The game was close, but starting from the second half we started to perform better inside and players did a good job from the perimeter and it helped us to win. "

Players

CHATMAN, MIRE
Ventspils
"This was a tough game. I think it is a good achievement to prevent a team of such a high level from scoring more than 69 points. Today was not our day, especially in rebounds and free throws. I did not score many free throws, which I think was crucial for the result. "
BROWN, DERRICK
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"It was a tough game and a tough fight. We did our job and I wish luck to Ventspils further. I am motivated in whatever game I play, however I knew that today I had to play against Chatman, who is a very experienced and good player. "
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