September 03, 2014
Quarter Final Round 2 - March 12, 2013 CET: 20:30 Local time: 20:30 - BILBAO ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-1 Quarter Final 1-0
4-2 Last 16 3-3
6-0 Regular Season 3-3
10-3 Overall 7-6

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
BISSANG, JOSEPH, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.1 Points 82.8
34.9 Rebounds 35.2
9.7 O. Rebounds 9.7
25.2 D. Rebounds 25.5
15.1 Assists 14.9
7.9 Steals 4.4
1.9 Blocks 2.8
11.6 Turnovers 12.7
50.7 % 2PT 56.1 %
32.6 % 3PT 36.5 %
76.6 % FT 82.8 %
88.5 Index 90.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / Vasileiadis Points 17.0 / Ray
6.5 / Hervelle Rebounds 9.1 / Bryant
2.3 / Hervelle OR 1.6 / Bryant
4.2 / Hervelle DR 7.5 / Bryant
3.6 / Zisis Assists 4.0 / Guenther
1.2 / Hervelle Steals 0.6 / Jeter
0.8 / Hamilton Blocks 0.9 / Nankivil
2.0 / Mumbru Turnovers 2.3 / Guenther
63.6 % / Pilepic 2PT 73.9 % / Schwethelm
50.0 % / Rakovic 3PT 47.1 % / Guenther
91.7 % / Lopez FT 100.0 % / Esterkamp
13.6 / Hamilton Index 19.3 / Bryant

THE TAKE

Uxue Bilbao Basket will host ratiopharm Ulm on Tuesday night, with a chance to avenge the 85-81 loss suffered at the hands of the German side in the opener of their two-game series last week. The home team must win by over 4 points in order to make it through to the semifinal. Eurocup first-timer Ulm needs to prevent that, and will pursue the easiest way to the semis: by repeating its Game 1 victory over Bilbao. Defense was the trademark for Bilbao on its journey to the quarterfinals, keeping its opponents to fewer than 70 points in the final three Last 16 games. Understandably, its focus will be on defense as it looks to contain one of the best and most versatile Eurocup offenses. The first worry for Bilbao’s defense will be stopping the MVP of the Week from Game 1, Ulm big man John Bryant, who is a danger both underneath the basket and from downtown. Offensively, the Spanish side needs to improve its two-point shooting percentage after struggling inside during the first game. In the backcourt, Nikos Zisis and Kostas Vasiliadis are the key duo for the home team; the former is full of big-game experience, the latter Bilbao's main scorer and go-to-guy for points. For Ulm, Per Guenther and Allan Ray play much the same role as the Bilbao duo and their respective matchups will be decisive with a semifinal spot up for grabs. The winner between them will face the victorious team in the series between BC Budivelnik Kiev and Spartak St. Petersburg.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
"I have no doubt that the team will be motivated. We have the opportunity to move forward with the support of our fans. The experience of the first game, a clash with many ups and downs, will be good. We need to better manage the game because there were many streaks for both teams and it's something that impacted us. We must improve our work in the low post with Bryant and not let them shoot alone as in the second having in Ulm."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
"I expect a tough game – just like we saw in Ulm. Bilbao will be prepared and we won't be surprised if they try to double team John Bryant even more often. We have to minimize our turnovers – which will be tough, because of a very strong Bilbao defense. We also have to find ways to attack the basket more than we did in the first game. I expect Roul Lopez on the floor. This will give Bilbao another dimension talking about their offensive power and they way they push us on defense."

Players

GUENTHER, PER
Ratiopharm Ulm
"We are very happy that we can play such an important game like the Eurocup quarterfinal. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that we earned a chance to reach the semifinals just because we won the first match. I'm sure Bilbao will concentrate even more on John Bryant than they already did in Ulm. That will open up the field for the rest of the team and we have to use our chances. Bilbao is for sure the strongest team we faced in the completion so far. But I still believe in our chance to reach the semis!"
Lamont Hamilton - Uxue Bilbao Basket celebrates - EC12 (photo Bilbao Basket - Aitor Arrizabalaga)Uxue Bilbao Basket is headed back to the semifinals for the third time in as many Eurocup seasons after it crushed visiting ratiopharm Ulm 101-78 in the second and last game of their quarterfinal series on Tuesday. Ulm had won Game 1 by 4 points at home, which meant that Bilbao won the series by a 19-point margin. Bilbao used exceptional scoring to outgun Ulm. Its 57 halftime points broke the previous quarterfinals record of 55 scored by Estudiantes Madrid back in 2003. Its final 101 points were the most at this stage since the same 2003 season, when Estudiantes also had 101 and Valencia set the quarterfinals record of 105. In the semis, Bilbao will play the winner of the Budivelnik Kiev vs. Spartak St. Petersburg series that finishes Wednesday. The semifinals are March 19 and 27, and Bilbao will play Game 2 at home regardless of its opponent. On Tuesday, it seemed as though Ulm would be the scoring sensation as its 6 three-pointers yielded a 28-30 first-quarter lead. But after that Bilbao's defense ruled. Nikos Zisis led the winners with 23 points, while Lamont Hamilton followed with 21 and 9 rebounds. Roger Grimau and Fran Pilepic came off the bench for 13 and 12 points, respectively. Ulm got 21 points and 8 rebounds from John Bryant. Per Guenther made 5 three-pointers on the way to 19 points while Steven Esterkamp scored 13 and Ray Allan 10.

A triple by Bryant started the game and foreshadowed several minutes of shooting prowess by the visitors. After Bilbao got 4 points from Zisis, the real bombing began by Ulm. Back-to-back threes by Guenther gave the visitors an 8-11 lead, but despite another by Esterkamp, 6 free throws and a basket by Hamilton kept Bilbao within 16-17. Guenther returned for his third three-pointer and Ulm's sixth in less than 8 minutes before Axel Hervelle made Bilbao's first for a 21-22 scoreboard. Kostas Vasiliadis soon hit the second for a 24-24 tie, and after Bryant kept Ulm ahead, Grimau beat the first-quarter buzzer for a 28-30 scoreboard.

The scoring pace didn't let up as Hamilton and Vasiliadis gave Bilbao a quick second-quarter lead before Esterkamp blasted another triple. Lance Jeter joined the Ulm bombers to make it 34-38, however, Zisis answered from the arc immediately, then 5 points Grimau and Pilepic's first basket put Bilbao back in front 44-40. Guenther returned with his team's ninth triple in 16 minutes, but Bilbao kept rolling up points until Hamilton's jumper and a free throw by Raul Lopez made it 52-43. A Lopez triple then meant the game's first double-digit lead, which Bilbao held onto 57-47 at halftime.

Alex Mumbru's put-back and Hervelle's tip-in meant a 14-point lead, 61-47, before Ray got Ulm's first basket of the second half. Zisis answered from downtown and his next shot made it 66-49, the high lead until then. Ulm couldn't buy a basket until Bryant got one and assisted Guenther on a triple. So when Ray broke loose for a reverse layup, Ulm had the difference down to 10 again, 66-56. A rare scoreless minute ended with Bryant free throws, a layup by Grimau and a breakaway dunk by Jeter at 68-60. Pilepic came up big for Bilbao with back-to-back triples and Grimau a running one-hander at 76-60. Esterkamp's triple was answered by a reverse from Pilepic as Bilbao pulled ahead 78-63 after 30 minutes.

The Bilbao wave continued crashing Ulm with the first 8 points of the fourth quarter, making it 86-63, which was then the game's biggest advantage, 23 points. Ulm got 4 points back from Ray and Bryant, but time was wasting now, and with 5 minutes left, Bilbao still led by 88-69, which converted to a 15-point lead in the series. When Hamilton converted a steal with a swinging rim-rocker and Zisis knocked down a jumper it was 92-69 and the handwriting was on the wall. It said that Ulm's impressive rookie season was over, while Bilbao was in the semifinals again.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), BISSANG, JOSEPH (FRA)
Attendance: 8693 (Tentative)
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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 28:06 23 5/8 3/4 4/4 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 1 4 25
7 RAKOVIC, MILOVAN 12:02 2 1/2     1 1 2           2   1
8 PILEPIC, FRAN 20:17 12 2/5 2/2 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 3 1 10
11 HAMILTON, LAMONT 25:58 21 9/13 1/1   3 6 9 2 2 1 2 1 3   27
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 20:57 6 2/8 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 2   3   1 2 1 -2
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 21:48 5 1/1 1/1   1 6 7 3 1 1     2 1 14
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 18:20 6 2/2 0/2 2/2 3 4 7 1   1 1     1 13
24 SANCHEZ PEREZ, SERGIO 1:58   0/2                     2   -4
31 LOPEZ, RAUL 7:34 6 1/1 1/2 1/2       1         1 3 7
33 SAMB, MAMADOU 1:23                              
34 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 21:57 7 1/3 1/4 2/2 1 1 2   2 3 1   2 3 5
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 19:40 13 5/8   3/3   1 1 2 3   2 1 3 5 19
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 101 29/53 9/18 16/17 13 24 37 15 10 11 6 5 21 19 117
54.7% 50% 94.1%
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: LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
# 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 GUENTHER, PER 27:15 19 1/6 5/6 2/2 1 1 2 3 1 3   2 1 4 17
7 BETZ, SEBASTIAN 8:45 5 2/4 0/1 1/1   1 1     2   1 3 1 -2
8 GAUSA, KAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 JOENKE, TILL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 THEIS, DANIEL 12:53   0/2 0/1   2 1 3 1     1 1 2 1  
14 RAY, ALLAN 24:48 10 4/11 0/2 2/2   1 1   2 1   2 4 5 2
20 HEBERLEIN, MARCEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 ESTERKAMP, STEVEN 30:58 13 1/2 3/4 2/2   1 1   1 1 1   2 3 14
33 SCHWETHELM, PHILIPP 20:48 7 1/2 1/5 2/2       1 2 3     1 1 2
34 JETER, LANCE 12:45 3   1/1     1 1 2 1 3     2   2
52 NANKIVIL, KEATON 29:33   0/2 0/1   2 5 7 1   1 2   2   4
54 BRYANT, JOHN 32:15 21 7/10 1/2 4/5 2 6 8 4   4 1   2 6 29
Team           4 2 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 78 16/39 11/23 13/14 11 19 30 12 7 19 5 6 19 21 73
41% 47.8% 92.9%
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Head Coaches

KATSIKARIS, FOTIOS
Uxue Bilbao Basket
"I think this has been the best game we played this season in the Spanish League or Eurocup. With importance the game had, and our preparations both physical and mental, everything has turned out almost perfect. After the first quarter in which Ulm made all its shots, it was difficult mentally. But not only didn't we lower our heads, but we raised our intensity level. Because the key was the defense. We defended spectacularly. And we had very few ups and downs. A few turnovers and errors, but we kept up our intensity, controlled the rebounds and overcame in every statistical category. I want to congratulate the team and the fans, who have been spectacular. Since even before the game, when the players were waiting to take the floor, the fans were on their feet. We are in the semifinals, and like we said before the season, we want to aspire to something big in this competition."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
Ratiopharm Ulm
"First of all, I want to congratulate Bilbao for an outstanding game. They definitely deserved to win. Overall, I felt it was a very good game. When we cut it to eight points in the third quarter, I felt we still had a chance. But then Bilbao made unbelievable plays. We played good defense, but they made big shots throughout the whole game. And they also played great defense. They forced us into 19 turnovers, which is definitely too much, but it was due to their great defense, not to our poor performance. I felt we did a better job on Vasiliadis, who didn't hurt us as much as he did in Ulm. But today Zisis and Hamilton were outstanding, and also Grimau and Pilepic coming off the bench and really giving them big help. We are shorter at the moment, with our other big man out. John Bryant did a good job, but it was hard against the double-team to always find the open guy. We did it in the first half and made 9 three-point shots. In the second half, we had open shots and couldn't make them, maybe because it's such an intense game and maybe we were a little tired."
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