October 23, 2014
Regular Season Round 2 - October 22, 2014 CET: 18:00 Local time: 20:00 - BASKET HALL

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-0 Regular Season 1-0
1-0 Overall 1-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
MAJKIC, MARIO , Slovenia
Umpire
MITROVSKI, IGOR, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
97.0 Points 82.0
30.0 Rebounds 30.0
6.0 O. Rebounds 6.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 24.0
29.0 Assists 15.0
8.0 Steals 4.0
6.0 Blocks 1.0
7.0 Turnovers 15.0
56.3 % 2PT 62.2 %
44.0 % 3PT 33.3 %
83.3 % FT 75.0 %
119.0 Index 87.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
23.0 / Brown Points 19.0 / Chatman
5.0 / Hendrix Rebounds 7.0 / Barnies
1.0 / Hendrix OR 1.0 / Meiers
5.0 / Brown DR 6.0 / Barnies
9.0 / Miles Assists 6.0 / Vairogs
2.0 / Kurbanov Steals 1.0 / Grant
4.0 / Randolph Blocks 1.0 / Vairogs
2.0 / Kurbanov Turnovers 4.0 / Barnies
83.3 % / Hendrix 2PT 100.0 % / Barnies
100.0 % / Delaney 3PT 66.7 % / Lejasmeiers
100.0 % / Grigoryev FT 100.0 % / Meiers
33.0 / Brown Index 23.0 / Chatman

THE TAKE

In a battle between two teams that won their openers, former Eurocup champion Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (1-0) welcomes the reigning Latvian champ Ventspils (1-0) at 18:00 CET on Wednesday. At the same time in Greece, PAOK Thessaloniki (1-0) will host Polish side Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-1). When Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (0-1) hosts Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (0-1) at 18.30 CET, it will mark the first time these clubs meet in 28 years since meeting in the Korac Cup.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

BAZAREVICH, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"Ventspils is an interesting team with a roster rich in shooting guards and forwards - but their skill level is enough to be able to play mutliple positions. Ventspils' first Eurocup game against a good Buducnost team showed that the Latvian side is well coached, plays in good rhythm and ready to act agressively. In our game against Ventspils it's important first of all to keep our composure and fix our attitude after a bad game in Astana in VTB League and just one day of preparation."
STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"I can describe this team thus: it is well built with multiple good players. They play as from inside, as well as from outside lines, strong centre positions, play aggressively not only under the basket, but also from the mid-range. Their biggest advantage is their home court, and just like everybody else they will want to win there. Our task is to go and play our game, and make them nervous during each and every minute of the game. I think, if we play good than we can win. We are ready for a very tense game and not some excursion trip."

Players

BROWN, DERRICK
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"We need to start playing like a team again after the loss in Astana. The key is to follow coach's plan and stand for each other. It's not about the opponent, it's about us."
GULBIS, MARIS
Ventspils
"Lokomotiv is one of the strongest teams in the Eurocup tournament, their roster is balanced, very strong players in all positions. The players can substitute each other and that makes the game even tougher. It does not do nothing good to us that they just lost to Astana in Kazakhstan in the VTB League. The team will definitely will do its best to get a victory no matter what. We will come in prepared and will go to a fight, we are ready to fight, and no – we don’t go to Russia with an unpleasant feeling. We have already one game, and it is always good to start the tournament with a victory, it gives you confidence. We feel like fighting for every centimetre, we won’t hand the victory to our rivals just like a gift, we aren’t even thinking of giving up."
Lokomotiv uses 21-3 final run to stay undefeated 

Derrick Brown - Lokomotiv Kuban - EC14 (photo Evgeniy Nasonov - SMM Lokomotiv-Kuban)

Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar moved up to 2-0 in Group F by rallying to down Ventspils 72-60 at home on Wednesday. Anthony Randolph paced the winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Brown added 14 points while Richard Hendrix had 10 for Lokomotiv. Maris Gulbis led Ventspils with 13 points. Mire Chatman dished 8 assists for the guests. Brown, Randolph and Hendrix allowed Lokomotiv to get a 22-17 lead after 10 minutes. A layup by Nikita Kurbanov soon made it a nine-point game, 34-25, enough for the hosts to keep a 39-32 edge at halftime. Lokomotiv led 50-45 late in the third quarter but a 0-12 run which Troy Barnies capped with a layup gave Ventspils a 51-57 edge with over 8 minutes left. Lokomotiv made the guests go scoreless for the next 5 minutes, as Aaron Miles, Randolph and Brown fueled a final 21-3 run which made the hosts win the game.

Barnies got Ventspils going with free throws but back-to-back triples by Brown and Randolph ignited a 10-0 run which made the guests call timeout at 10-2. Harvey Grant and Artis Ate stepped up for Ventspils, leading a 0-9 run which put their back ahead, 12-13. Lokomotiv improved its defense off a timeout while Evgeny Voronov and Hendrix gave the hosts a 18-13 edge. Gulbis and Martins Meiers tried to change things for the guests but a dunk by Hendrix fixed the score at 22-17 after 10 minutes. Akselis Vairogs hit a triple early in the second quarter but Krunoslav Simon led a 7-0 run that boosted Lokomotiv's lead to 29-20. Gulbis and Grant kept pacing Ventspils but a layup by Kurbanov made the guests call timeout at 34-25. Chatman and Davis Lejasmeiers brought Ventspils a bit closer, 39-32, at halftime. Randolph and Miles made Lokomotiv restore a double-digit lead, 43-32, right after the break. Chatman and Gulbis struck from downtown, however, and a layup by Meiers soon forced the hosts tp call timeout at 45-42. Brown made free throws and a layup by Simon gave Lokomotiv fresh air at 49-45. Chatman and Grant brought Ventspils even closer, 51-50, after 30 minutes. A three-pointer by Gulbis completed the guests' comeback, 51-53. A layup by Barnies capped a 0-12 run for a 51-57 Ventspils lead. It didn't last long, however, as Lokomotiv made Ventspils go scoreless in the next 5 minutes. Meanwhile, Miles and Randolph led a 13-0 run which sealed the outcome, 64-57. Brown and Hendrix took over in the final 3 minutes to led Lokomotiv to a hard-fought home win.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO), MITROVSKI, IGOR (MKD)
Attendance: 2347 (Tentative)
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Head coach: BAZAREVICH, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
# 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
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 23:45 17 6/11 1/1 2/2 5 5 10   1 3 1   2 2 21
4 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 8:30 2 1/1     1   1 1         3   1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 29:19 14 3/8 1/1 5/6 2 3 5 2 1 3     2 6 17
7 HENDRIX, RICHARD 20:30 10 2/6   6/6 1 1 2 3 1       2 5 15
11 MILES, AARON 30:14 9 4/6   1/3 1 4 5 5 1 1   1 2 4 16
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM 8:20                 1 1     1 1  
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EUGENY 27:14 9 4/7 0/1 1/4   2 2 1 2 2   1 2 5 7
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 6:17 2 1/2 0/2     1 1     1         -1
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 30:39 4 2/4 0/1   2 4 6 3 3       2 1 12
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 15:12 5 2/3 0/2 1/1       2   1 1   2 1 3
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 72 25/48 2/8 16/22 12 22 34 17 10 13 2 2 18 25 92
52.1% 25% 72.7%
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: STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
# 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
7 BARNIES, TROY 22:54 6 1/5 0/1 4/4   1 1 2       1 2 3 4
8 LEJASMEIERS, DAVIS 14:22 8 1/2 2/4         1   1       1 6
12 KANBERGS, KRISTAPS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 19:06 7 1/2 1/5 2/3       3   2   1 4 2 -1
15 ATE, ARTIS 19:18 5 1/3 1/2     2 2     4     4 1 -3
22 GULBIS, MARIS 25:45 13 1/2 3/3 2/2 2 4 6 1         4 1 16
24 GRAZULIS, ANDREJS 14:49 2 1/2       1 1 1 1 1 1   1   3
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 11:11     0/1 0/2   1 1 3   5     1 2 -3
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 32:11 8 1/2 2/4   1 5 6 8 2 5     1 6 21
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 12:42 4 2/4       3 3   2 1     4   2
45 GRANT, HARVEY 27:42 7 3/9   1/2 2 2 4   1   1   4 2 4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 60 12/31 9/20 9/13 7 21 28 19 6 19 2 2 25 18 53
38.7% 45% 69.2%
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Head Coaches

BAZAREVICH, SERGEY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"There’s a small step between arrogance and lack of confidence. In our previous game against Astana we were arrogant and we paid for that. Then we kind of got over it during team meeting, but as soon as Ventspils today started to hit shots we backed down. I’m glad that we reacted in the right way and got ourselves into the game with our defense. I think Aaron Miles and Evgeny Voronov turned the game around with their energy. To win a game like this is very good for the growth of our team. Now we have some time to analyze what’s working and what needs to be worked on."
STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"We knew that the team is strong, but we also knew they know how to lose. Lokomotiv has great players who love to play offense, but not always defense. Our plan was to eliminate the fast break threat and we did exactly that until the end of the game. One can say we’re a young team, but I know we could’ve played smarter down the stretch. We just stopped doing what we did right. We didn’t foul when we needed to foul. It’s stupid to think a player like Richard Hendrix won’t make a shot when you guard him just by raising your hands. Keeping our composure in close games is what we need to work on. It’s obvious for me we could’ve won this game. "

Players

RANDOLPH, ANTHONY
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
"I think it was a good game. We showed a lot of heart and toughness down the stretch, as a team we have to figure out how to win ugly games like this. And that’s what we did today. Sometimes after losses, like we had in Astana the game before, there could be a little slump. We rebounded poorly against Astana and we had to bounce back. To see how you react when you down is the most important thing. "
GULBIS, MARIS
Ventspils
"We knew who we going to play against and came here with a plan. And we were following that plan successfully for 33 minutes. But for the last 7 minutes we just crumbled, started to play individually and against teams like Lokomotiv it’s suicide. "
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