2015-16Last 32Round 1
January 06, 2016 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 PABELLON FUENTE DE SAN LUIS
Bojan Dubljevic - Valencia Basket - EC15 (photo Valencia - Miguel Angel Polo)

Valencia stays perfect with 78-62 home win

Valencia Basket stayed perfect in the Eurocup this season by starting Last 32 Group I with a handy 78-62 home win against PAOK Thessaloniki on Wednesday. PAOK was never able to lead in the game, but rode Valencia's heels to stay within 31-34 shortly after halftime. After that, the hosts pulled away steadily and were never in danger again. Bojan Dubljevic led the winners with 21 points and Luke Sikma had 11 to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Seven other Valencia players scored between 6 and 8 points. Uros Duvnjak led PAOK with 14 points while Will Hatcher added 11 and Vangelis Margaritis 10.

Valencia went inside to Dubljevic and Sikma to establish a 6-0 lead before Margaritis got PAOK on the board. Vladimir Lucic and Dubljevic stepped out for three-pointers that upped the difference before Antoine Diot soon joined them and then assisted Sikma for the first double-digit lead, 19-8. PAOK answered with a 0-10 run led by Hatcher and Sofoklis Schortsanitis, but Valencia was able to save a 21-18 edge after 10 minutes. Triples by Rafa Martinez and Guillem Vives early in the second quarter sent Valencia up 29-21, but neither team scored for 3 minutes after that and then PAOK put together a 3-8 run before Dubljevic finished with a basket near the buzzer to make it 34-29 at the half.

Margaritis cut the difference to 34-31 with the second half's first basket, but Valencia had an 8-0 response to make it 42-31. Soon, Dubljevic and Fernando San Emeterio were burying triples and with the latter's 3 more points the hard way, the hosts led 51-35. Duvnjak's back-to-back triples helped PAOK until baskets from Schortsanitis and Milenko Tepic could cut the difference to 58-47 after 30 minutes. A pair of buckets by Justin Hamilton led to another three-pointer by Diot to make it 67-50 for Valencia early in the final quarter. The hosts were content to trade points for the rest of the game as their defense ensured no surprises on the way to another victory.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Referees: VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL), VAN DEN BROECK, NICK (BEL)
Attendance: 8000 (Tentative)
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Valencia Basket21132420
PAOK Thessaloniki18111815
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Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TRIAS, JORDI 5:36   0/1     1 1 2   1           2
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 20:37 8 1/3 2/5     3 3 4 2 2     3 1 8
10 SATO, ROMAIN 19:07 6 1/2 0/2 4/4   5 5 1 1       1 4 13
13 LUCIC, VLADIMIR 17:58 7 1/2 1/4 2/2 1   1 1         1 1 5
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 15:50 12 3/5 2/5   2 2 4     1     1 1 10
16 VIVES, GUILLEM 19:23 7   1/3 4/4   2 2 5   1     2 3 12
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 25:28 8 1/2 2/6     1 1 4 1 2     1 2 8
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 17:27 8 2/2 1/2 1/1   3 3 3           1 14
24 SHURNA, JOHN 19:23 4 2/2 0/3 0/1 2 1 3   2 4     3 1 -1
41 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 18:34 7 3/4 0/3 1/2 1 3 4   1 1       1 7
43 SIKMA, LUKE 20:37 11 3/3 1/2 2/2 4 6 10 3   4     3 2 18
51 PUERTO, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 78 17/26 10/35 14/16 12 30 42 21 8 15 0 0 15 17 100
        65.4% 28.6% 87.5%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO
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
PAOK Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 25:04 8 4/5 0/3     4 4 2         2   8
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 6:34           1 1           1    
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 9:29 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     1 1 1
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 12:37   0/1 0/1     1 1 2   2     2   -3
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 12:28 8 1/1 2/4   1 2 3   1 1     2   7
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 26:00 10 5/6   0/1   2 2   2 2     2 3 11
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS 4:14   0/1       1 1     1         -1
15 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 26:48 9 4/8   1/3 2 2 4 4   4     1 3 9
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 31:19 14 1/6 4/5     3 3 1 2 1     1 2 14
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 15:57   0/5 0/2   3   3 1 2 2     2   -5
25 HATCHER, WILL 29:30 11 3/5 1/6 2/2   4 4 3 1 2     3 6 13
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 62 19/39 7/22 3/6 8 23 31 13 8 16 0 0 17 15 58
        48.7% 31.8% 50%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Valencia Basket
"We dominated the game despite we the fact that we didn't feelt comfortable with their defense. If you don't score from outside, you lose confidence and then you can't play. They were good with that in the first half. Also we had to adjust to Sofo, because we couldn't defend him one-on-one. We are not that used to defend these kinds of players. Despite not playing our best basketball, we deserved the win."
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"I want to congratulate Valencia for the game and for the season they are having. We had a good start, but we had a lack of communication in the third quarter and they made good shots. Congratulations to my players on their effort, some of them recovered from an injury to play today."

Players

SHURNA, JOHN
Valencia Basket
"It was a tough game. They made us uncomfortable, but we’re an unselfish team and we found ways to solve the game in the third quarter. It’s important to have a good start in such a short-term competition."
HATCHER, WILL
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We knew coming in to the game that it was going to be very, very tough, but we got in the game believing in ourselves, believing that we could win the game. Valencia is a very strong team, they've got a really deep roster, with great players and they like to play an uptempo game. Playing in the Spanish league, one of the best leagues in Europe, they have a lot of experience. They play good in the transition game and shoot a lot of threes. At the end of the day I think we matched up with them well for a good 27 minutes, but that's where they broke the game open. As I said, they've got a very deep roster and we got tired down the stretch. They continued to make threes and play that uptempo game and I think that wore us down and in 40 minutes they ended up taking the game."