2015-16Regular SeasonRound 1
October 14, 2015 CET: 19:30
Local time: 20:30 CEC NAGORNY

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Eighthfinals 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey
Referee
OZOLS, ARNIS, Latvia
Umpire
JURAS, MARKO, Serbia

The Take

Neptunas Klaipeda opens its Eurocup campaign at home against Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul. The two teams faced one another in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season last year, and both won at home by double-digit margins. However, both teams have undergone many changes since those clashes, and will field very different teams compared to a year ago. AEK Athens welcomes Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd. The game marks a return to the Eurocup for AEK for the first time since 2006-07, and this is the club's first official game against an opponent from Russia in more than 13 years. In another high-profile match, Nizhny Novgorod hosts former Eurocup champ and reigning Israeli champion Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem. It is a rematch of 2014 Eurocup quarterfinals, which saw Nizhny beat Jerusalem at home 88-72 to overcome a 3-point deficit and win the home-and-away series.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"Hapoel is a very experienced team, most of their players have been on a top European level for a while. This is perhaps their strongest side, but it could be their disadvantage as well. Sometimes they’re slow to get back on defense. I think the key to this game will be man-to-man defense2
FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"It is exciting to start our Eurocup campaign. The game against Nizhny Novgorod will definitely be a tough one. We will adopt the same approach to this game as we do to all our games and that is to come out, give it our best in order to get the win."

Players

IVLEV, VLADIMIR
Nizhny Novgorod
"We played Hapoel two years ago but they have changed a lot since. I can name 6-7 players on their roster easily, these guys have been around for a while. Eliyahu, Halperin and Fischer play for Israeli national team, and I know Rowland from his experience in VEF. They are a high quality team, we expect a very tough encounter. It would be nice to start Eurocup campaign with a home win."
HALPERIN, YOTAM
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"Coming into this year's Eurocup season, our main goal will be to improve our results from last season. It will not be easy. Group F looks to be very tight and very tough, with three teams that played in the Euroleague last year. We however have our own goals, and we will do our best to start with a win."
Nizhny Novgorod celebrates - EC15 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)

Nizhy Novgorod rallies to top visiting Jerusalem

Nizhny Novgorod rallied from an early double-digit deficit to beat Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 92-71 in the first Eurocup game for both teams on Wednesday. Teams were tied at 55-55 in the later stages of the third quarter, but that’s when Nizhny took control thanks to four three-pointers from Maxim Grigoryev that made it 74-61 early in the fourth, and the hosts never looked back in this Group F encounter. Nizhny finished shooting triples 12 of 24, while Jerusalem did not hit a three-pointer in six attempts. Kaspars Berzins finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds, Semen Antonov had 15, Grigoryev netted 14 on 4-for-6 from three points range. Rasid Mahalbasic posted 13 points, Evgeny Baburin scored 11, and Dimitriy Khvostov dished 10 assists in victory. D’or Fischer paced the visitors with 25 points, Lior Eliyahu scored 19, E.J. Rowland had 15 points, while Donta Smith contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists in defeat.

Eliyahu got the visitors going inside, before Fischer strung together 8 points for 8-14 lead. When Rowland and Smith joined the party, Jerusalem pulled away to 12-22 to end the first quarter. But Baburin hit a three and Berzins a two-pointer to start the second quarter, halving the deficit. Fischer remained hot for Jerusalem, but Mahalbasic scored on three consecutive trips down the floor, making it 23-26. Back-to-back three-point plays from Josh Duncan and Rowland made it a 9-point game once again, and after a triple from Nizhny’s Ivan Strebkov, consecutive baskets from Eliyahu made it 30-38. However, in the final 2:40 of the half, the hosts went on an 11-0 run, started with free throws from Antonov, before a put-back from Berzins and a triple from Baburin made it 41-38 at the half.

After the break, Eliyahu, Rowland and Fischer put Jerusalem in front again, 45-49, but Baburin and Khvostov made baskets, and Antonov a triple and a basket-plus-foul from Mahalbasic put Nizhny in front 55-51. After Eliyahu answered with a three-point play of his own, Grigoryev hit back-to-back triples for the hosts, and added his third in the final 20 seconds of the quarter for 66-59 after 30 minutes. A put-back and triple from Berzins opened a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth, and Grigoryev’s fourth triple made it 74-61. A three-point play and a three-point shot from Berzins extended it to 82-64 with three-minutes left, and Nizhny continued cruising the rest of the way.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), OZOLS, ARNIS (LAT), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 1200 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Nizhny Novgorod12292526
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem22162112
End of Quarter1234
Nizhny Novgorod12416692
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem22385971
Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RUDD, VICTOR 26:31 8 4/7 0/1     7 7 3   1     2 1 12
3 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 24:07 14 0/3 4/6 2/2   4 4 3 3 2     3 3 17
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 24:19 11 1/3 3/5 0/1 2 2 4 2 2 4     4 2 8
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN 1:11                              
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 10:13   0/2             1     2   1 -2
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 27:47 15 3/5 1/4 6/6 2 1 3 2 1 1   1 2 4 16
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 16:58 13 6/8   1/3   4 4 2 1 2   1 2 4 15
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 26:30 6 2/3 0/2 2/2 2 3 5 10         3 1 16
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 24:33 22 6/9 3/4 1/1 3 3 6 1         3 3 25
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 17:22 3 0/2 1/2     2 2 2   2 1   2 2 3
20 POPOV, ILYA 0:29   0/1     1   1                
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 92 22/43 12/24 12/15 12 27 39 25 8 12 1 4 21 21 113
        51.2% 50% 80%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DUNCAN, JOSH 7:02 3 1/2 0/2 1/1   1 1     1     3 1 -2
3 GAFFNEY, TONY 20:20 2 1/4 0/1 0/1   1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2
4 ROWLAND, EARL 37:24 15 4/10 0/1 7/7   2 2 4 1 3     3 6 15
6 ZUCKERMAN, YOCHAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 28:47 19 9/17   1/1 1 4 5 1   1     3 2 15
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 12:56               1         1 1 1
11 TIMOR, BAR 23:41     0/1                   4 1 -4
12 MENCO, RAFI 0:12           1 1               1
15 SMITH, DONTA 37:07 7 2/5 0/1 3/4 1 7 8 12 1 5     4 4 18
24 MAYOR, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, D'OR 32:31 25 10/12   5/6 1 3 4     4 3   2 4 27
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 71 27/50 0/6 17/20 3 22 25 20 4 15 4 1 21 21 76
        54% 0% 85%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"We knew Hapoel’s weaknesses and strengths – they are experienced, but sometimes slow. But in the beginning we weren’t fulfilling our mission on offense and we struggled with Fischer on defense. But we didn’t change anything after halftime because we knew our plan would eventually work. You saw what Berzins and Mahalbasic could do and it creates a lot of three-point shots for us, which we sometimes are good at. We’re happy about this win and furthermore because we played with discipline."
FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"Congratulations to Nizhny, they deserved this win. We had a lot of black and white spells in this team. At moments we looked good, but sometimes we played like we should never allow ourselves to play. It’s impossible to beat a good team in 15-16 minutes. I’m sure next week we’ll be better."

Players

BERZINS, KASPARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"This game could be a great example of how patience can pay off. We didn’t change our defense after the second quarter, we felt confident in our plan and it worked out well. For sure we need to stay patient in every game."
ROWLAND, EARL
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"In the second half they really separated from us, they were very organized and made some big shots. They paid attention to the details and that was the difference tonight."
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