2015-16Regular SeasonRound 2
October 21, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 PAIS ARENA JERUSALEM
Earl Rowland - Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem - EC15 (photo Hapoel Jerusalem - Dor Ketmi)

Rowland and Smith lead Jerusalem past Neptunas

Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem took control of the game early and went on to register its first win of the season, 74-59 decision over the visiting Neptunas Klaipeda. Jerusalem, which improved to 1-1 record in Group F, grabbed lead for good in the first quarter. The hosts opened an 11-point lead in the second, and used a 10-3 spurt in the third period to open 55-41 lead. Neptunas was not going away, but never got closer than 58-51 the rest of the way. E.J. Rowland paced the hosts with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and Donta Smith had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. D’or Fischer had 11 points, and Tony Gaffney contributed with 1 points, 6 boards and 4 steals in victory. Travis Bader netted 17 for Neptunas which dropped to 0-2. Martynas Mazeika had 11, and Mindaugas Girdziunas 10 point in the losing effort.

Neptunas opened the game with back-to-back threes from Mazeika and Girdziunas, but Jerusalem went in front through Smith and Fischer, before a pair of buckets from Rowland and a triple from Gaffney made it 17-13. Bader answered right back with a three-pointer for the visitors, but a three-point play from Smith to end first-quarter scoring, and a triple from Josh Duncan to start the second period made it 25-16. Second-chance points from Bar Timor and Duncan extended the lead into double figures, 31-20, but Mazieka scored twice, before Bader connected from downtown and Girdziunas beat the halftime buzzer with a three-pointer, cutting the gap to 36-30 at the break.

In the first 2 minutes of the third quarter, Fischer had a three-point play, then added two more baskets for 43-33. Bader answered with five points of his own, including a triple, but Smith and Rowland orchestrated a 10-3 run that opened 55-41 advantage for Jerusalem. After baskets from Timor on one side, and Girdziunas on the other, score was 57-44 at the end of third period. Simas Galdikas and Arnas Butkevicius brought the deficit back into single digits at the start of the fourth quarter, and a second-chance basket from Mazeika made it 58-51. But triples from Rowland and Gaffney pushed the margin to 12 points, and Gaffney’s block followed with his fastbreak basket helped make it 70-54 with 2:30 left, sealing the deal.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem22142117
Neptunas Klaipeda16141415
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Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem22365774
Neptunas Klaipeda16304459
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 19:10 8 2/3 1/5 1/2 3 1 4     3     2 3 4
3 GAFFNEY, TONY 25:02 10 2/5 2/3   3 3 6   4 1 1 1 2 1 14
4 ROWLAND, EARL 33:02 17 6/9 1/2 2/2   5 5 5 3 2     3 3 24
6 ZUCKERMAN, YOCHAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 19:02 6 3/9   0/2 2 2 4 5 1 1   1 3 1 4
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 21:47 2 1/1 0/1         2         2 1 2
11 TIMOR, BAR 19:01 4 2/3 0/2   1 2 3 2   2   1 3 1 1
12 MENCO, RAFI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SMITH, DONTA 31:54 16 5/9 1/2 3/5 1 6 7 6 1 2 1   2 5 25
23 JANNING, MATT 14:16   0/3 0/2     2 2     1   1 1   -6
24 MAYOR, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 FISCHER, DOR 16:46 11 5/5   1/1 1 4 5 1   1 1   1 2 18
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 74 26/47 5/17 7/12 12 29 41 21 9 14 3 4 19 17 90
        55.3% 29.4% 58.3%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY
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
Neptunas Klaipeda
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SIKSNIUS, ARVYDAS 13:05   0/1 0/1     1 1           4   -5
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 33:06 11 4/8 1/5 0/1 1 4 5 3 2 6     1 4 9
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 36:04 10 1/4 2/6 2/2 2 3 5 1   4     2 5 8
9 NACIUS, RAIDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 BADER, TRAVIS 19:13 17 1/2 5/9     3 3 1 1   1   3   15
15 SARAKAUSKAS, VYTAUTAS 13:02     0/2   1 1 2     1     1   -2
21 GALDIKAS, SIMAS 13:37 3 1/2   1/2 1 1 2 1   1 1   1 2 5
30 BELIAUSKAS, LAURYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 27:56 3 0/1 1/4   2 3 5 5       1 2 1 7
45 GRANT, JERAI 25:24 9 3/7   3/4 2 3 5     2 1 1 2 5 10
49 BIRUTA, GILVYDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 18:33 6 2/5 0/2 2/4 2 3 5   2 4 1 1 1 2 3
Team           1   1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 59 12/30 9/29 8/13 12 22 34 11 5 20 4 3 17 19 49
        40% 31% 61.5%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS

Head Coaches

FRANCO, DANNY
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"Our defensive attitude tonight won the game. It was an important step for us for the future and we need to build on this game going forward."
ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"Congratulations to the home team, they played really well. Our problem was in the organization of the game and we will have to fix it for the future."

Players

JANNING, MATT
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"I'm still getting used to the new system and teammates, but tonight was a great win for us in front of the home crowd."