2015-16Last 32Round 2
January 13, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SVYTURIO ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.6 Points 77.9
32.1 Rebounds 35.6
10.0 O. Rebounds 12.0
22.1 D. Rebounds 23.6
14.6 Assists 13.4
6.8 Steals 5.2
1.8 Blocks 2.0
13.9 Turnovers 14.7
52.0 % 2PT 49.0 %
37.3 % 3PT 33.3 %
72.5 % FT 75.9 %
81.5 Index 73.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / Ewing Points 14.9 / Kikanovic
5.3 / Grant Rebounds 5.4 / Cherry
1.5 / Grant OR 1.8 / Kikanovic
3.8 / Grant DR 4.5 / Cherry
3.8 / Ewing Assists 3.9 / Taylor
1.4 / Ewing Steals 1.5 / Milosavljevic
0.9 / Grant Blocks 0.7 / Kikanovic
2.6 / Ewing Turnovers 3.0 / Cherry
73.7 % / Sarakauskas 2PT 55.0 % / Kikanovic
56.3 % / Bader 3PT 42.9 % / Akpinar
94.4 % / Bader FT 100.0 % / Giffey
11.6 / Ewing Index 15.3 / Milosavljevic

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
0-1 Last 32 1-0
6-4 Regular Season 5-5
6-5 Overall 6-5

Referees

Crew Chief
VYKLICKY, ROBERT, Czech Republic
Referee
ZASHCHUK, SERGEY, Ukraine
Umpire
CICI, GENTIAN, Albania

The Take

On Tuesday, EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (0-1) hosts Aris Thessaloniki (1-0) in a clash of classic European clubs. Milan and Aris played 13 times against each other over the decades, but only twice since 1992. They also played the Euroleague Final Four semifinals in 1988, with Milan winning 87-82 on the way to its third and final continental title. While Milan looks for its first Eurocup victory in more than a decade, Aris has a four-game winning streack and holds opponents to 69 points per game and 27.3% three-point accuracy, among the competition's best this season. On Wednesday, Neptunas Klaipeda (0-1) welcomes ALBA Berlin (1-0) for the first time. After being the only Last 32 held under 60 points in 84-58 loss to Aris last week, Neptunas looks to bounce back at home, where it ranks third this season with 87.6 points on average. ALBA will try to keep its percentage from behind the three-point arc after making 12 of 20 attempts for 60% last week.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"If we want to reach the next round, we have to attack even on the road. But to win in Klaipeda will be very difficult. The big loss of Neptunas in Saloniki does not give the real picture of this team, which especially at home is very strong. With Daniel Ewing they have one of the better and most experienced points guards in Europe. But above that they have a good team structure with a lot of guys, who can be a threat. We have to take care about starting the game well."

Players

CHERRY, WILL
ALBA Berlin
"We miss two key players. I certainly have to play smarter now, but generally we have to take this load as a team like we did against Milan. Neptunas have some really good shooters, who are making their plays especially at their home court. With Zalgiris at the end of the regular season I lost twice against them before winning the championship. I am still a little irritated about that. I think this game now is great opportunity to close out that chapter at their house for a little bit."
Mindaugas Girdziunas - Neptunas Klaipeda - EC15 (photo Fotopolis - Andrius Pelakauskas & Matas Baranauskas)

Butkevicius leads Neptunas to first-ever Last 32 win

Neptunas Klaipeda recorded its first win in Last 32 Group J by downing ALBA Berlin 73-65 at home on Wednesday. All four teams in Group J now have a 1-1 record. Arnas Butkevicius led the winners with 18 points. Mindaugas Girdziunas added 14 while Jerai Grant had 10 and 8 rebounds for Neptunas. Dragan Milosavljevic led ALBA with 16 points. Eldemin Kikanovic had 15 while Willy Cherry added 14 for the guests. Butkevicius, Donatas Zavackas and Martynas Mazeika struck from downtown in a 12-0 opening run run which allowed Neptunas to keep a 20-9 lead after 10 minutes. Cherry and Kikanovic stepped up for ALBA, bringing the guests within 23-20. Butkevicius, Mazeika and Grant allowed Neptunas to bounce back and regain a 38-29 edge at halftime. Cherry took over with 7 unanswered points in a 0-15 run that made ALBA get a 40-43 lead. Girdziunas and Butkevicius tried to change things for Neptunas but an outstanding Milosavljevic kept ALBA in charge, 50-52, after 30 minutes. Grant, Zavackas and Girdziunas fueled an 11-0 run that put Neptunas ahead for good, 63-55. ALBA kept trying but all Neptunas fans were celebrating a big home win.

Neptunas shined early, as three-pointers by Butkevicius, Zavackas and Mazeika fueled a 12-0 run which forced the guests to call their first timeout. ALBA went scoreless for more than 4 minutes until Kikanovic split free throws. Jonas Wohlfarth-Boetterman hit a jump hook and Cherry struck from downtown for a 12-6 ALBA deficit. Daniel Ewing hit a six-meter shot but Wohlfarth-Boetterman and Kikanovic kept the guests within 14-9. Vytautas Sarakauskas shined with a put-back layup and free throws by Grant made it a double-digit game, 20-9, after 10 minutes. Alex King nailed a triple early in the second quarter and a jumper by Cherry made Neptunas call timeout at 20-14. Kikanovic downed a baseline jumper which Zavackas improved with a corner triple. Akeem Vargas hit foul shots and a jump hook by Kikanovic made it a three-point game, 23-20. Milosavljevic and Ewing exchanged bombs from downtown and an unstoppable Butkevicius boosted the hosts' lead to 30-23. Ewing shined with a driving layup and even when Akpinar nailed a three-pointer, Grant gave his team a 34-26 margin. Girdziunas scored in penetration which Mazeika followed with an up-and-under layup for a 38-26 Neptunas lead, which Kikanovic cut to 38-29 at halftime.

Butkevicius shined with a reverse layup right after the break but Kikanovic matched that with a jump hook and Cherry added 7 unanswered points, including a layup off a steal that made Neptunas stop the game at 40-38. Free throws by Kikanovic and Milosavljevic completed ALBA's comeback, 40-41. Kikanovic capped a 0-14 run with a close basket, as Girdziunas rescued Neptunas with a three-pointer for a 43-43 tie. Kikanovic scored again, Butkevicius followed a bomb from downtown with free throws to put Neptunas back ahead, 48-45. Milosavljevic scored around the basket and bettered Girdziunas's free throws with a triple that tied it at 50-50. Milosavljevic hit free throws to put ALBA back ahead, 50-52, after 30 minutes. Wohlfarth-Boetterman split foul shots early in the second quarter. Ewing and Mitchell Watt traded layups and Grant kept Neptunas within 54-55. Arvydas Siksnius shined with a put-back slam and consecutive three-pointers by Zavackas and Girdziunas ignited the crowd at 62-55. Mazeika hit 3-of-4 free throws, Cherry and Girdziunas hit both attempts and Watt gave ALBA hope, 67-59, with over 2 minutes left. Milosavljevic nailed a three-pointer but a layup by Butkevicius sealed the outcome, 69-62, with under a minute left.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR), CICI, GENTIAN (ALB)
Attendance: 5230 (Tentative)
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Neptunas Klaipeda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 EWING, DANIEL 21:54 9 3/5 1/5         2   2     4 2 1
6 SIKSNIUS, ARVYDAS 12:10 2 1/2 0/2     2 2     2     1 3 1
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 26:50 9 1/8 1/2 4/6 2 2 4 4   1     3 5 8
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 20:13 14 1/2 2/3 6/6           2   1 1 5 13
13 BADER, TRAVIS 12:08     0/2     1 1     2     1   -4
15 SARAKAUSKAS, VYTAUTAS 13:44 2 1/1 0/1   1 2 3 1         1   4
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 25:42 9   3/3     5 5 1 1 1     4 4 15
44 PLAISTED, TRENT 13:38           1 1     1     3   -3
45 GRANT, JERAI 25:26 10 1/3   8/10 3 5 8 1 4 2 2   4 5 20
49 BIRUTA, GILVYDAS 0:34           1 1               1
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 27:41 18 5/6 2/3 2/2   4 4           3 3 20
Team           2 3 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 73 13/27 9/21 20/24 8 26 34 9 5 15 2 1 25 27 79
        48.1% 42.9% 83.3%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 KING, ALEX 25:32 3   1/3   1 2 3 2   1     4   1
8 AKPINAR, ISMET 11:42 3 0/1 1/2     1 1           5   -3
9 KIKANOVIC, ELMEDIN 29:33 15 5/12   5/7 1 5 6     2   1 4 5 10
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 17:26   0/3 0/2   2 3 5 1   2     2 2 -1
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 18:13 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1         1 2 3 1
15 LIYANAGE, MARC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 WOHLFARTH, JONAS 10:12 6 2/3   2/4 2   2             3 8
21 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 37:07 16 1/5 3/8 5/6 3 3 6 1 1 3     3 6 14
22 CHERRY, WILL 32:45 17 4/5 2/11 3/5 1 3 4 3 4 2     4 3 13
44 TURUDIC, BENEDIKT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
50 WATT, MITCHELL 17:30 3 1/3   1/2 2 1 3 1   2 1   3 1 1
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 65 13/33 7/27 18/26 15 19 34 8 5 13 1 2 27 23 46
        39.4% 25.9% 69.2%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"Good defense was one of the key factors that led to victory. I would like very much to thank our fans."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
ALBA Berlin
"Neptunas had energy and an appropriate response to every situation, a great work ethic and a desire to win. We tried several times to take the lead, but still failed."
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