2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 14, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS
Loukas Mavrokefalidis - AEK Athens - EC15 (photo AEK Athens)

Krasny Oktyabr, Mitchell outduel AEK, Mavrokefalidis

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd survived one of the greatest games in Eurocup history by AEK Athens center Loukas Mavrokefalidis to win 94-96 after overtime. Tony Mitchell scored 39 points and D.J. Cooper came within 2 assists of the Eurocup record with 14 to lead the winners. Mavrokefalidis countered with 42 points – he was the first to reach 40 in a Eurocup game in nearly five years – plus 9 rebounds and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 55. That tied the all-time competition record for index rating, which was originally set by Priest Lauderdale of Lukoil Academic in a triple overtime win over KK Zagreb in November 2003. 42 points is also good for the fourth-highest scoring night ever in the Eurocup. The record is 49, set by Randy Duck of Brighton in January 2004. Mitchell’s 39 point-effort is a Eurocup record for a player’s debut game. Viacheslav Zaytsev added 15 points, Cooper scored 13 and JaJuan Johnson 10 for the winners. Giannis Kalampokis scored 11 – including 3 free throws to tie the game at the end of regulation – and Nontas Papantoniou added 10 in defeat.

Johnson scored Krasny Oktyabr’s first points before Chris Warren did the same for AEK. Mavrokefalidis added 4 straight points as AEK surged ahead 8-2. O.D. Anosike’s tip-in made it 13-4 for the hosts. A pair of Mitchell triples sparked the visitors. Then Johnson scored twice to tie it and Zaytsev contributed a steal, layup and foul in a 1-14 finish to the quarter that left Oktyabr on top 14-18. R.T. Guinn extended the Oktyabr run by scoring the first basket of the second quarter. Mavrokefalidis ended the AEK drought and Papantoniou added a triple before Mavrokefalidis evened the score at 23-23. Chris Warren’s three-point play pushed the hosts in front, 28-27, however Cooper struck twice from behind the arc to put the visitors back ahead, 32-34. Malik Hairston and Zaytsev traded threes before free throws by Mitchel left Oktyabr with a 37-43 halftime lead.

Mavrokefalidis kept the pressure on early in the third quarter to bring AEK within 44-46. Warren bagged a triple to put the hosts ahead 49-48. Cooper assisted on the next three baskets as Zaytsev put Oktyabr back in front and Mitchell boosted the difference. A basket-plus-foul by Mavrokefalidis kept AEK close at 52-54. Mitchell, Guinn and Cooper teamed up on a 0-7 run to establish a 9-point difference. Papantoniou connected from deep for the hosts, but Guinn did same and Mitchell rejected Mavrokefalidis at the end of the quarter to protect a 60-68 Oktyabr lead. The unstoppable Mavrokefalidis started the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and then added a three-point play. Before long, Kalampokis tied the game at 70-70 and then drilled a three to cap a 13-2 AEK run. Mitchell put Oktyabr back ahead, 73-74, midway through the quarter. Mitchell tied it at 77-77 with a free throw that gave him 30 points with less than two minutes to go. Then Zaytsev gave Oktyabr a 2-point lead with free throws. He hit twice more from the line for a 78-83 advantage with a minute to play. Mavrokefalidis countered with 5 points, including 2 missed free throws, an offensive rebound and a basket to tie the game. Mitchell came up with a clutch three-pointer, but Zaytsev fouled Kalampokis shooting a three at the other end. Kalampokis made the resulting shots to tie the game at 86-86. Mitchell missed a shot to win it at the buzzer.

Cooper started the extra session with a triple before Mavrokefalidis answered inside. Kalampokis soon tied it at 90-90. Mitchell’s free throws were matched by Mavrokefalidis. Mitchell and Mavrokefalidis swapped a basket for free throws again to make it 94-94 with 27 seconds to go. Andrei Mateiunas free throws with 6.6 seconds left gave Oktyabr the lead for good as Kalampokis missed a shot to tie it at the other end.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Referees: CONDE, ANTONIO; CIULIN, MARIUS; BIJEDIC, HARIS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234Extra 1
AEK Athens142323268
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd1825251810
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AEK Athens1437608694
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd1843688696
AEK Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ANOSIKE, ODERAH 12:01 4 1/2   2/4 3 5 8     1     4 5 9
4 PAPANTONIOU, NONTAS 28:44 10 1/3 2/5 2/2   2 2 1 2 1     5 2 6
5 SAKOTA, DUSAN 12:56 3 1/1 0/2 1/1   3 3 1   2     2   1
6 ATIC, EDIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HAIRSTON, MALIK 22:32 6 1/4 1/2 1/2       2   1     5 2 -1
8 MILOSEVIC, MILAN 30:35 4 1/5   2/4 3 5 8 2 1 2   1 3 4 7
11 SCRUBB, PHILIP 3:51   0/1               2     1   -4
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 36:24 42 12/18 2/2 12/15 3 6 9 2 4 2 1 1 2 11 55
13 CARTER, MARC 38:30 6 1/5 0/4 4/4 1 4 5 6 2   1 1 3 3 11
15 SARIKOPOULOS, ZISIS 4:34   0/2   0/2 1   1     1   1 1 1 -5
20 KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS 18:37 11 2/5 1/3 4/5 2 1 3 2   1     2 2 9
69 WARREN, CHRIS 16:16 8 2/7 1/3 1/1   1 1 2   2   2 2 1 -1
Team           5 2 7               7
Totals 225:00 94 22/53 7/21 29/40 18 29 47 18 9 15 2 6 30 31 94
        41.5% 33.3% 72.5%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 TKACHENKO, MAXIM 10:07 2 1/2     1   1   1 2         1
2 MITCHELL, TONY 44:01 39 11/16 3/10 8/10 1 7 8 1 1 5 1   5 8 34
3 MATEIUNAS, ANDREI 9:00 4 0/1 0/1 4/4       3 2 1     2 3 7
4 GERASIMENKO, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 COOPER, DJ 38:44 13 0/4 3/8 4/5   5 5 14 1 4     1 4 22
7 ZAMANSKIY, IGOR 10:59                 2       2    
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 35:46 15 3/8 1/1 6/8 2 2 4   2   2 2 3 6 17
9 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 9:31           1 1   1 1     5 2 -2
11 HAMILTON, JORDAN 28:33 4 0/3 1/4 1/2   7 7 2   2 1   5 3 3
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 22:05 10 4/7   2/3 2 3 5     1 2   5 2 9
34 GUINN, R.T. 16:14 9 3/3 1/2     3 3   1 2     5 1 6
Team           5 4 9     1         8
Totals 225:00 96 22/44 9/26 25/32 11 32 43 20 11 19 6 2 33 29 105
        50% 34.6% 78.1%
Head coach: BOLSHAKOV, KYRYLO

Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"We lost a chance to start with a victory in the Eurocup. I don't look for excuses. It is obvious that we have a few games and we want time to find our form. We had no solution for Mitchell. I am very sad that we missed that opportunity, but we should find the problem and fix it."
BOLSHAKOV, KYRYLO
Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd
"We knew that it was a very difficult game for us. It was an incredible game and we won. AEK played very well. We got lost our rhythm during the match, but we got the win. I want to thank AEK for the hospitality."
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