2015-16Regular SeasonRound 4
November 04, 2015 CET: 15:00
Local time: 17:00 KRISTALL ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
95.0 Points 72.7
39.3 Rebounds 27.0
10.3 O. Rebounds 4.0
29.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
17.7 Assists 16.3
7.7 Steals 5.7
2.3 Blocks 2.3
16.0 Turnovers 10.7
53.1 % 2PT 48.1 %
47.7 % 3PT 33.8 %
85.7 % FT 71.7 %
111.0 Index 72.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.3 / Chappell Points 13.3 / Hatcher
9.7 / Brooks Rebounds 4.7 / Margaritis
2.0 / Brooks OR 1.0 / Balaban
7.7 / Brooks DR 4.3 / Margaritis
4.0 / Armstead Assists 5.0 / Hatcher
2.0 / Chappell Steals 1.3 / Hatcher
1.0 / Brooks Blocks 1.0 / Margaritis
2.7 / Nesterov Turnovers 2.3 / Balaban
85.7 % / Zabelin 2PT 100.0 % / Dedas
80.0 % / Zabelin 3PT 100.0 % / Liapis
100.0 % / Brooks FT 100.0 % / Vasileiadis
23.7 / Brooks Index 16.7 / Tepic

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
2-1 Regular Season 1-2
2-1 Overall 1-2

Referees

Crew Chief
RADOVIC, SRETEN, Croatia
Referee
BIRICIK, MURAT, Turkey
Umpire
LUCIS, OSKARS, Latvia

The Take

Off to a great start to its Eurocup debut, Avtodor Saratov (2-1) will look for its first home win when it welcomes PAOK Thessaloniki (1-2) on Wednesday. Avtodor has the Eurocup's top offense with 95 points per contest. Meanwhile, for the second time in 14 days, PAOK returns to Russia, where it has lost every road game there since 1999 by double digits. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (2-1) welcomes Szolnoki Olaj (0-3) for the second year in a row. Last season, the teams split road wins, with Szolnoki taking 67-68 decision in Istanbul. In a high-profile clash, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (1-2) plays host to unbeaten Zenit St. Petersburg (3-0) and Round 3 MVP Zabian Dowdell, who tied the Eurocup record for performance index rating in a non-overtime game last week. Dowdell now goes against his former team, which has lost both of its Eurocup home games this season by allowing an average of 94 points.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"Our games in Russia have always been a tough mission and that’s what we expect to happen for this game too. Avtodor is in a very good shape, they have great rhythm, they play fast and in order to be able to get something out of this game, we need to remain very focused, avoid mistakes and make the best decisions possible on both ends of the floor."

Players

MARGARITIS, VANGELIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We have a very tough game ahead of us, a team in excellent shape and the fact that we play in their home court makes our job even more difficult. We are coming from a series of bad results, it’s a very tough game and we definitely need a good outcome to help us with our effort in the group, as well as with our psychology."
Travis Peterson - Avtodor Saratov - EC15 (photo Avtodor Saratov)

Threes elevate Avtodor towards win in second half

Avtodor Saratov rose in the sceond half and cruised to its third win of the season thanks to a 90-68 decision at home over PAOK Thessaloniki. The first minutes of the game saw both teams fighting for the lead, but when the hosts managed to start hitting the threes, they pulled away for good. The win lifts Avtodor to a 3-1 record in Group E while PAOK drops to 1-2. Travis Peterson led the winners with 23 points, including 5 of 7 threes. Jeff Brooks added 16, Malcolm Armstead netted 13 and Denys Lukashov posted 12. Jeremy Chappell was close to the triple double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. For PAOK, Nikola Markovic was clearly the best player in the game with his 22 points and 5 boards.

Jeff Brooks got the hosts going with 4 points of his own, and he proved to be the main driving force in offense for Avtodor, but Nikola Markovic did the same shooting with no miss throughout the first period for up to 9 points. Kostas Vasiliadis hit a three to put PAOK ahead, 6-9, but neither team managed to build big leads. Avtodor had a hard time from beyond the arc during the first 10 minutes, which ended with a 18-20 edge for PAOK. The guests seemed to be in control during the first half of the second quarter when Kostas Kakaroudis scored for 26-31, but Avtodor came alive at the arc finally, and a 5-0 burst capped by Travis Peterson's three tied the game again, 31-31. Denys Lukashov fed Artem Zabelin for a slam in transition, while PAOK was struggling from the long range, 39-34. Vasileiadi's assist to Markovic for his 11th point also put an end to the first half with a 41-38 edge for Avtodor.

The second half started with Avtodor rolling over PAOK thanks to a 8-0 burst capped by Malcom Armstead's three for 49-38, forcing the timeout of the guests after the first double-digit lead of the game. Armstead's new three and Peterson's slam continued the flurry of points for the hosts, 54-38, until Markovic finally added points for PAOK. Avtodor's dominance however was not to be doubted, and when Peterson scored again for 72-51 in minute 29 it looked like it would fall on the hosts' side. Despite its 17 turnovers by minute 33, Avtodor stayed ahead safe as PAOK was stuck at 13 rebounds and a 34% from the arc, while the hosts' percentage dramatically increased to 63% after hitting 9 of 10 threes since the start of the second half. In the last minutes it was the hosts cruising to the final buzzer, for a win that lifts them to a 3-1 in Group E.

Protect Humanity - Avtodor Saratov vs. PAOK Thessaloniki - EC15 (photo Avtodor Saratov)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR), LUCIS, OSKARS (LAT)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
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Avtodor Saratov
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 LUKASHOV, DENYS 23:55 12 2/2 2/4 2/2   4 4 5 1 2     4 3 17
8 ARMSTEAD, MALCOLM 34:24 13 2/7 3/5   1 3 4 6 3 1     2   16
11 BEKKIEV, TAMIRLAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 TRUBIN, IURII 0:31         1   1               1
21 CHAPPELL, JEREMY 36:15 10 3/6 1/4 1/1 1 10 11 8 1 6     1 4 21
23 RUSETSKIY, IVAN 5:24     0/1             2         -3
32 BROOKS, JEFF 25:15 16 7/12   2/2 4 3 7 1 1 2 1   3 3 19
35 ZABELIN, ARTEM 18:04 6 2/2   2/2   1 1     1     1 2 7
42 PETERSON, TRAVIS 34:09 23 4/9 5/7   2 6 8 3 1 2     1 1 26
61 NESTEROV, ALEXEY 10:54 8 1/1 2/2 0/1 1 1 2     1     2 3 9
77 MAKIEV, ALAN 11:09 2 1/1     1 1 2 1 1 2 1   4   1
Team                                
Totals 200:00 90 22/40 13/23 7/8 11 29 40 24 8 19 2 0 18 16 114
        55% 56.5% 87.5%
Head coach: GREENBERG, BRAD
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 23:27 4 0/3 1/1 1/2   3 3   2 1     1 3 6
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 13:54 6   2/2         1   1         6
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 20:43 8 2/3 1/7 1/1   3 3 2 2 1     1 2 8
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 19:55 7 1/1 1/5 2/3   1 1 1         2 1 3
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 15:53 3   1/3     1 1 1   3     1 1  
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 10:11 6   2/6     1 1 1         1   3
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 27:33 5 0/1 1/3 2/2 2 2 4 1 2 1   1 5 5 7
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 16:51 5 1/1 1/2         2           2 8
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 31:23 22 8/10 1/3 3/3 2 3 5 4 2 3   1 2 3 26
25 HATCHER, WILL 20:10 2 1/3 0/4         1 2 3     3 1 -6
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 68 13/22 11/36 9/11 4 14 18 14 10 14 0 2 16 18 60
        59.1% 30.6% 81.8%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

GREENBERG, BRAD
Avtodor Saratov
“We played a very strong second half. We defended, ran and made threes. Peterson shot beautifully in the second half. Armstead guarded hard and made a couple of threes also in the second half. Three guys scored 10 three-point shots together. Additionally, Nesterov made 2 threes from 2 attempts. So that was very good shooting. We turned the ball over 19 times. We also made 24 assists and 35 field goals. This means that we moved the ball well. We were able to pressure and speed the game up. That is a credit to my players. We needed to make the game fast. PAOK is a very big-sized team. They have very good shooters we had to guard hard. We had to be quick and aggressive, to play with more pressure to bother them as much as possible. I am very proud of how my players executed defensively. They played really hard tonight.”
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
“It was a tough game for us. Avtodor Saratov is a very strong opponent. They were coming after two victories. The home side controlled the rhythm of the game. We had problems with injuries, but we tried to put some pressure on the Avtodor players. If we take a look at the final stats, you can see Avtodor is ahead of us in almost all fields. They made 7 three-pointers in the third quarter. They also won the rebounding battle. I want to give my congratulations to Avtodor Saratov. We are going to study our mistakes and move on to the next game.”

Players

PETERSON, TRAVIS
Avtodor Saratov
“It was a good game for us and another good win in the Eurocup. We showed hard and aggressive defense, ran fast and played unselfish basketball tonight.”
MARKOVIC, NIKOLA
PAOK Thessaloniki
“We were very competitive in the first half. I don’t know what happened in the second half. We were totally another team. We allowed the opponents to score too many points from three-point line in the third quarter when almost each of their shots was successful. They basically decided the game in three minutes.”
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