2018-19Top 16Round 3
January 16, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PABELLON FUENTE DE SAN LUIS
Balkans: SPORTKLUB1
Africa: FOX SPORTS 2
Spain: TELEDEPORTE (Delayed)

Records

8-2 Regular Season 6-4
2-0 Top 16 1-1
10-2 Overall 7-5

Referees

Crew Chief
MANTYLA, PETRI
Umpire 1
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Umpire 2
TRAWICKI, TOMASZ

The Take

Three-time champion Valencia is on a six-game winning streak in the competition and wants to keep its great momentum going through its best players, such as Will Thomas, Matt Thomas and Bojan Dubljevic, the competition's all-time top scorer. Zvezda comes off a loss against Unicaja Malaga and is ready to challenge one of the powerhouses in the competition, led by Joe Ragland, Billy Baron and Stratos Perperoglou. It is an already critical showdown in the playoff race in Top 16 Group G, so expect a good atmosphere at Pabellon Fuente de San Luis.

Marquee matchup

Joe Ragland is playing some of his best basketball in Zvezda, using his driving skills and step-back jumpers to make the difference in most games. Ragland is averaging 14.4 points and 6.4 assists this season for a performance index rating of 15.9. Valencia has a good number of reliable point guards, but Ragland will likely see most of his minutes against Sam Van Rossom (10.3 ppg., 55% 3FG, 5.6 apg.), an experienced playmaker who knows the competition inside out.

Did you know?

Zvezda has won in each of its last two visits to Valencia. It beat Valencia 68-77 in 2014 and 82-86, both in EuroLeague action. In the two teams' only EuroCup showdown at La Fonteta, Valencia edged Zvezda 82-80 behind 19 points from Vule Avdalovic. Marko Keselj played the game for Zvezda, briefly joined Valencia in the 2012-13 season and returned to Belgrade in 2017.

Keys to victory: Valencia

Valencia is shooting the ball extremely well this season, both inside (59%) and outside the arc (40.3%). That has helped the team rank second in assists (21.3 apg.) and that ball circulation, with Will Thomas and Dubljevic as its main frontcourt players, but with everyone involved on offense, will be critical to winning the game. Alberto Abalde and Matt Thomas must be ready for a big defensive battle against Billy Baron, a sharpshooter with unlimited range.

Keys to victory: Zvezda

Zvezda has been able to stop its opponents in the paint, limiting them to just 49.7% whooting in two-pointers and 32.6% from downtown. Being able to get good looks and keep Valencia to lower shooting percentages will give Zvezda a good chance to win if it locks down the defensive rebounds. With Mouhammad Faye still out, Mike Zirbes and Michael Ojo must step up on rebounding duty and stop Dubljevic down low.

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com
Valencia Basket
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 GARCIA, SERGI G 1.89 21
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO F 2.02 23
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS F 2.09 26
8 DIOT, ANTOINE G 1.93 29
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM G 1.88 32
10 THOMAS, WILL F 2.03 32
13 TOBEY, MIKE C 2.13 24
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN C 2.05 27
16 VIVES, GUILLEM G 1.92 25
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA G 1.90 36
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO F 1.99 35
21 THOMAS, MATT G 1.96 24
30 SASTRE, JOAN F 2.01 27
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON F 2.01 33
50 GALARZA, JON F 1.95 21
51 SOLER, JAVIER F 1.99 18
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
# Player Pos. H. Age
1 RAGLAND, JOE G 1.81 29
2 RADANOV, ALEKSA G 2.02 20
3 COVIC, FILIP G 1.80 29
4 KESELJ, MARKO F 2.08 31
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS F 2.03 34
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN F 2.02 23
9 NENADIC, NEMANJA F 1.97 25
10 LAZIC, BRANKO G 1.95 30
11 FAYE, MOUHAMMAD F 2.08 33
12 BARON, BILLY G 1.88 28
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN G 2.00 24
14 RISTIC, DUSAN F 2.14 23
22 SIMANIC, BORISA F 2.09 20
33 ZIRBES, MAIK C 2.07 28
50 OJO, MICHAEL C 2.16 26

Player Stats

Thomas, W. / 12.8 Thomas, M. / 12.3 Dubljevic, B. / 10.7
Ragland, J. / 14.4 Baron, B. / 13.8 Perperoglou, S. / 10.0
Faye, M. / 7.7 Ojo, M. / 4.5
Ragland, J. / 6.4 Baron, B. / 3.0 Covic, F. / 2.5
Labeyrie, L. / 0.6
Ojo, M. / 1.1 Simanic, B. / 0.8 Faye, M. / 0.7
2PT
Tobey, M. / 67.3 % Thomas, W. / 65.7 % Labeyrie, L. / 63.3 %
Ojo, M. / 71.7 % Zirbes, M. / 64.3 % Ragland, J. / 63.0 %
3PT
Van Rossom, S. / 55.0 % Thomas, W. / 51.9 % Dubljevic, B. / 48.4 %
Baron, B. / 53.2 % Perperoglou, S. / 42.2 % Dobric, O. / 39.1 %
FT
Baron, B. / 81.8 % Ragland, J. / 76.3 %
PIR
Van Rossom, S. / 16.1 Thomas, W. / 15.9 Dubljevic, B. / 14.4
Ragland, J. / 15.9 Baron, B. / 15.3 Faye, M. / 13.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
84.2 Points 81.8
32.1 Rebounds 35.6
9.6 O. Rebounds 11.3
22.5 D. Rebounds 24.3
21.3 Assists 19.1
7.5 Steals 6.4
1.5 Blocks 3.6
59.0 % 2PT 56.3 %
40.3 % 3PT 39.5 %
80.3 % FT 68.8 %
100.9 PIR 93.8

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
75.6 Points 76.5
29.3 Rebounds 31.8
9.2 O. Rebounds 11.6
20.2 D. Rebounds 20.3
17.8 Assists 17.5
6.3 Steals 7.3
2.3 Blocks 2.0
54.4 % 2PT 49.7 %
36.0 % 3PT 32.6 %
73.8 % FT 80.6 %
80.6 PIR 77.8

Head Coaches

PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"The EuroCup and the Top 16 are things where home games are worth triple. Especially against strong rivals as Zvezda. they are a big, physical team and we'll have to pay attention to that. We will have to watch those spaces, so we will have to defend as a team. They changed a little bit, but that was to maintain the physical level. Joe Ragland took a decisive step forward and he's one of the best point guards in Europe right now."

Players

SASTRE, JOAN
Valencia Basket
"Important game for us to take another step forward. We know it will be a difficult game because they are physical and talented. We must make good use of the fact of playing at home. We need to defend our home court because winning on the road is extremely difficult. All games and all possessions in the Top 16 are important."

Valencia Basket vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

· This will be the third time that these two teams meet in the EuroCup.

· Valencia dominates their series with a 2-0, as it won both times in the 2008-09 season.

· This will be the first time that these two teams play each other in almost 10 years.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Valencia Basket

Streaks
Sam Van Rossom has dished at least 3 assists in his last 11 EuroCup games.
Van Rossom has racked a PIR of at least 10 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Bojan Dubljevic has collected at least one steal in his last 7 EuroCup games.
Dubljevic has scored at least 10 points in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Dubljevic has racked a PIR of at least 12 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Career Highs
Sam Van Rossom posted his career high in Index rating with 28 for Ostend against Zvezda on January 22, 2008.
Sam Van Rossom posted his career high in Points with 25 for Ostend against Zvezda on January 22, 2008.
Sam Van Rossom posted his career high in Total rebounds with 6 for Ostend against Zvezda on December 4, 2007.
Rankings
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 100 steals total for his career.
Valencia Antoine Diot ranks 13th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 279 assists total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks 27th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 90 steals total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks fifth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 355 2-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1335 points total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 468 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 212 offensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 286 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 376 defensive rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 588 rebounds total for his career.
Valencia Bojan Dubljevic ranksfirst on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1528 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Guillem Vives ranks 17th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 229.1% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 10th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1133 index rating points total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 14th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 269 assists total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks 15th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 87.6% free throws % total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks first on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 222 3-pointers made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 241 free throws made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 385 field goals made total for his career.
Valencia Rafa Martinez ranks second on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 1233 points total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks 12th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 279 assists total for his career.
Valencia Sam Van Rossom ranks ninth on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 242.6% assist-turnover ratio total for his career.
Valencia Basket Bojan Dubljevic is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  48.3% .
Valencia Basket Bojan Dubljevic is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  5.7 per game.
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  60.9% .
Valencia Basket Mike Tobey is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  67.3% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  57.9% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assist-turnover ratio with  620.0% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  55.0% .
Valencia Basket Sam Van Rossom is ranked seventh among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  5.6 per game.
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked 11th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  65.7% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked 12th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  61.8% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  51.8% .
Valencia Basket Will Thomas is ranked fifth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with  63.3% .

Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade

Streaks
Joe Ragland has dished at least 3 assists in his last 10 EuroCup games.
Billy Baron has hit at least one three in his last 9 EuroCup games.
Stratos Perperoglou has hit at least one three in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Perperoglou has racked a PIR of at least 11 in his last 5 EuroCup games.
Career Highs
Filip Covic posted his career high in Minutes with 33 for FMP against Valencia on November 25, 2008.
Marko Keselj posted his career high in Assists with 4 for s.Oliver Baskets against Valencia on November 20, 2012.
Rankings
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Billy Baron is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average free throws % with  81.8% .
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Billy Baron is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with  2.7 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Billy Baron is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with  53.2% .
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Joe Ragland is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goals made with  5.4 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Joe Ragland is ranked 14th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points  with  14.4 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Joe Ragland is ranked 15th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with  4.2 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Joe Ragland is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average assists with  6.4 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Maik Zirbes is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  64.2% .
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Michael Ojo is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with  1.0 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Michael Ojo is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with  71.7% .
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Michael Ojo is ranked third among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with  71.7% .
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Mouhammad Faye is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with  2.3 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Mouhammad Faye is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with  5.3 per game.
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade Mouhammad Faye is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with  7.6 per game.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
2 - 0
Valencia Basket Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Valencia Basket
Home record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-0
Away record vs. Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade: 1-0
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
Home record vs. Valencia Basket: 0-1
Away record vs. Valencia Basket: 0-1

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2008-09 03 March 2009 Last 16 Pamesa Valencia 82 - 80 Crvena Zvezda
2008-09 27 January 2009 Last 16 Crvena Zvezda 73 - 85 Pamesa Valencia