2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 28, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.5 Points 85.0
42.5 Rebounds 38.0
15.0 O. Rebounds 10.5
27.5 D. Rebounds 27.5
14.5 Assists 19.0
7.5 Steals 8.5
2.5 Blocks 0.5
14.5 Turnovers 11.0
43.7 % 2PT 48.8 %
28.3 % 3PT 41.2 %
71.7 % FT 78.1 %
76.5 Index 93.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
31.0 / Mavrokefalidis Points 14.5 / Berzins
9.5 / Mavrokefalidis Rebounds 8.0 / Rudd
4.0 / Mavrokefalidis OR 2.0 / Berzins
5.5 / Mavrokefalidis DR 8.0 / Rudd
4.0 / Carter Assists 7.0 / Khvostov
2.0 / Carter Steals 2.0 / Grigoryev
1.0 / Mavrokefalidis Blocks 0.5 / Strebkov
3.5 / Mavrokefalidis Turnovers 2.5 / Strebkov
100.0 % / Atic 2PT 71.4 % / Khvostov
60.0 % / Mavrokefalidis 3PT 50.0 % / Berzins
100.0 % / Carter FT 100.0 % / Antonov
38.5 / Mavrokefalidis Index 18.0 / Antonov

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
0-2 Regular Season 2-0
0-2 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LANZARINI, SAVERIO , Italy
Referee
REITER, MORITZ, Germany
Umpire
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal

The Take

AEK Athens (0-2) and Eurocup's index rating leader, Loukas Mavrokefalidis, host Nizhny Novgorod (2-0). It is AEK's second consecutive home game against a Russian team after not having faced a single club from that country since 2001. Nizhny is known for high-scoring offense, but so far its defense has stood out, allowing just 72 points per game, tied for third lowest in Eurocup. In search of its first win of the season, Neptunas Klaipeda (0-2) welcomes Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (1-1). The visitors would get a big boost if the Eurocup's current top scorer Tony Mitchell returns to the lineup. Oktyabr's swingman scored 39 points in the opener, but missed last week's game due to slight injury. In a high profile showdown, Galatasaray Istanbul (2-0) tries to go for three out of three when it hosts Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (1-1). Only one team has scored more points than Galatasaray (81.5 ppg.) in the first two weeks of action. The Israeli champs have hit only 5 three-points shots in the first two games, however, Jerusalem showed fine defense last week, having held Neptunas to only 59 points.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"We all know that our group is a little… Euroleague. For Nizhny, only good words I have to say. They beat CSKA Moscow. It is an impressive team with ambitions. It will be a tough game and we will try for the best."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"AEK hasn’t won in Eurocup this season but it doesn’t mean anything. At home they will be very strong and their players will give everything they have to give their fans something to cheer about. We need to forget our win over CSKA and prepare ourselves physically and mentally to play an aggressive game."

Players

KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS
AEK Athens
"We have to win the game. We want our fans to support us. We have some injuries, but we will give our best to win."
STREBKOV, IVAN
Nizhny Novgorod
"It will be a difficult game in a hard environment for us, Greek fans are well known all over Europe. We should be ready for an aggressive game on both sides of the court."
AEK Athens celebrates - EC15 (photo AEK)

AEK Athens claims first win over Nizhny

Group F endured a shakeup in the Greek capital where AEK Athens mowed down Nizhny Novgorod 87-70 for its first win. The result improved the home team to 2-1, while Nizhny suffered its first loss and fell to 1-2. Loukas Mavrokefalidis starred for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Milan Milosevic added 17 points, while Chris Warren scored 14 and Malik Hairston 12. Ivan Strebkov and Maxim Grigoryev paced Nizhny with 13 points apiece, while Dimitriy Khvostov recorded 11 points and 5 assists and Evgeny Baburin and Rasid Mahalbasic each scored 10. The game was close throughout the first half, but Milosevic highlighted a 17-0 third-quarter run that paved AEK’s road to victory.

Victor Rudd opened the scoring with a triple before Grigoryev gave Nizhny a 0-5 start. Warren and Hairston promptly tied things for AEK. Warren nailed a triple for the hosts’ first lead, but Grigoryev soon connected from downtown to make it 8-12. The difference swelled to 14-20 on Grigoryev’s next three-pointer. AEK rallied to tie it on Milosevic free throws. A pair of Strebkov triples left Nizhny with a 24-26 edge after 10 minutes. An eventful second quarter saw seven ties and five lead changes! After a three by Rudd and a bucket by Mahalbasic gave Nizhny a promising 5-point cushion, back-to-back threes by Nontas Papantoniou and Mavrokefalidis left AEK with a 47-46 halftime advantage.

Mahalbasic’s put-back put Nizhny ahead again only for Milosevic to drain a pair of triples in a 17-0 run that turned the game on its head at 64-50. The AEK defense had held Nizhny scoreless for more than five minutes during that stretch. Strebkov ended the drought with a three and later finished the quarter with a triple to close within 66-60 through three quarters. Gianis Kalampokis and Mavrokefalidis helped keep AEK in control before Hairston’s put-back and Dimitrios Katsivelis’s steal and layup boosted the lead to double figures. Warren made it 76-63 as the local fans started to celebrate. Grigoryev’s triple did little to bother AEK as Hairson buried 4 free throws in the penultimate minutes and Katsivelis sank 2 more as AEK chalked up a big win.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: LANZARINI, SAVERIO (ITA), REITER, MORITZ (GER), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
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AEK Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 ANOSIKE, ODERAH 11:08 6 3/3     3 3 6     1     5 1 7
4 PAPANTONIOU, NONTAS 7:41 3   1/1         3         2   4
6 ATIC, EDIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HAIRSTON, MALIK 28:56 12 2/7 0/1 8/8 2 2 4 1 1 1 1   3 4 13
8 MILOSEVIC, MILAN 20:43 17 3/7 2/2 5/5 2 3 5 1 2 1   2 4 5 19
11 SCRUBB, PHILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 32:08 19 4/10 1/2 8/10 4 9 13 2 1 3     1 8 30
13 CARTER, MARC 13:29 5 2/4 0/1 1/1   1 1 1         3 1 2
15 SARIKOPOULOS, ZISIS 5:51 4 2/2           1   1     2   2
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 22:06 5 1/2 0/1 3/4 2 4 6   3 1     2 2 10
20 KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS 21:42 2 1/4 0/3     1 1 1   1     2   -5
69 WARREN, CHRIS 36:16 14 4/7 2/5   1 2 3 3 1 1       2 16
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 87 22/46 6/16 25/28 14 26 40 13 8 10 1 2 24 23 99
        47.8% 37.5% 89.3%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN
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
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 26:34 7 0/3 2/5 1/2   1 1 2 1 2   1 4 3  
3 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 28:53 13 1/1 3/6 2/2   1 1 2   1     2 3 13
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 22:37 10 1/1 1/4 5/5 1 2 3 1 1       1 3 14
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN 6:44                   1     1   -2
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 16:49 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 2 6 8     2 1   2 2 7
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 21:06 10 5/9 0/1 0/2 1 3 4 1 1 3     2 2 6
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY 27:21 11   2/3 5/6   1 1 5 2 1     4 5 17
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 21:56 1 0/3 0/4 1/2 1 6 7 2     1   4 2 1
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 16:32 13 0/1 4/6 1/2   1 1   1 4       2 9
20 POPOV, ILYA 4:55   0/1               1     3   -5
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 6:33 3 1/2   1/4 2   2 1   1       2 3
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 70 8/22 12/30 18/27 8 22 30 14 6 16 2 1 23 24 65
        36.4% 40% 66.7%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS

Head Coaches

SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"Congratulations to my team, it was a great victory against Nizhny. The performance as a team was very good and I have to say that this shows what we have seen many times in workouts. We will continue with more ambition and each game will try to be a better team."
BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"Four days ago when we faced CSKA we lost much power. AEK played very tough in the paint and we went to three-pointers for a solution. We relaxed later and in the last minutes AEK seemed that it won the game."
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