2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 05, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC CENTER VENTSPILS

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.3 Points 72.7
29.7 Rebounds 35.3
7.0 O. Rebounds 7.3
22.7 D. Rebounds 28.0
16.7 Assists 15.3
4.3 Steals 5.3
1.7 Blocks 3.7
15.0 Turnovers 14.7
48.0 % 2PT 47.2 %
41.7 % 3PT 30.0 %
79.6 % FT 75.4 %
73.7 Index 74.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.3 / Chatman Points 10.0 / Vaughn
5.0 / Grant Rebounds 7.0 / Carter
1.7 / Grant OR 1.3 / Carter
4.3 / Chatman DR 5.7 / Carter
5.3 / Chatman Assists 2.7 / Tsochlas
1.3 / Chatman Steals 1.7 / Carter
0.3 / Meiers Blocks 1.5 / Kottas
3.0 / Ate Turnovers 2.3 / Vaughn
83.3 % / Grazulis 2PT 66.7 % / Tsochlas
100.0 % / Grazulis 3PT 50.0 % / Kakaroudis
100.0 % / Meiers FT 100.0 % / Liapis
23.0 / Chatman Index 12.3 / Carter

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

Referees

Crew Chief
JASEVICIUS, TOMAS, Lithuania
Referee
LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS, Lithuania
Umpire
VOVK, TOMISLAV, Croatia

The Take

With all three games slated for Wednesday, the Latvian champion Ventspils (1-2) returns home after consecutive road games to take on PAOK Thessaloniki (2-1) in what is a first-time encounter between them. Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (1-2) hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-0) in a rematch of 2012-13 Eurocup Quarterfinals series that Lokomotiv swept on its way to Eurocup title. So far this season, undefeated Lokomotiv has the best defense in the competition, allowing a mere 61.3 points per night. Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir (2-1) will try to make it three wins in a row when it welcomes winless Stelmet Zielona Gora (0-3). Karsiyaka is the only team in the Eurocup with two players averaginig more 20 or more points per game – Bobby Dixon and Juan Palacios – while Zielona Gora allows 90.7 points per game, second most so far this season.
Monday, November 3, 2014
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Quotes Head Coaches

STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"This game will be very important for us, especially because it will happen here, on our home court. We are getting ready for it with our mind set absolutely on the game. PAOK is a very good team that knows how to use the time at hand, it uses all 24 seconds for the offense. The Greek team’s roster is well put together, they don’t just have one or two leaders, but seven or eight of them who average around 20 minutes a game and score a similar amount of points. We can anticipate their offense from all positions, that is why we have to concentrate and continue to play patiently in the defense."
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We have one more very difficult game ahead of us, against a team that plays fast, has a lot of energy and we need to be extremely cautious on our part from the first to the last minute. It’s very important not to let them take control of the tempo and at the same time we should try and put to use all that we have prepared for the game, so as to be competitive and maintain the options to win to the end. It’s going to take team work and effort to cover for our absences."

Players

VAIROGS, AKSELIS
Ventspils
"After two lost games, and if we really think about qualifying for the next group round, we just have to win. The rivals are a very strong team, they definitely did not show off all of their skills during the game versus Lokomotiv, in some ways we can compare them to the Karisyaka. A good team where every player knows his position in the team. In order to win this game we have to play at the highest level, if not even higher."
CHARALAMPIDIS, KOSTAS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"Ventspils is a very dangerous team, that tries to run and one of our basic goals will be not to allow them play their game. It’s the second game in a row on the road, we know we need to remain focused and dedicated to our game plan and try hard to succeed. I believe we are going to do our best and come back to Greece with a positive result."
PAOK plucks road win after tough affair at Ventspils

Kostas Charalampidis - PAOK Thessaloniki - EC14 (photo Ventspils)

PAOK Thessaloniki edged Ventspils 63-66 in a game that came down to the closing seconds. The victory was PAOK’s second in three road games and saw it improve to 3-1 in Group F. Ventspils slipped to 1-3. Though PAOK started strong, Venstpils came back to tie it by halftime, 30-30, and the game remained close the rest of the way. A clutch triple from Mire Chatman brought Ventspils within 60-61 in the final minute, however perfect free throw shooting from Kostas Charalampidis helped PAOK claim the win. Marc Carter led PAOK’s attack with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Julian Vaughn compiled 14 and 7. Chatman and Akselis Vairogs scored 15 points each for Ventspils and Troy Barnies added 13.

Carter with a basket-plus-foul and a shot from downtown led PAOK to a 0-8 start. Artjoms Butjankovs opened the scoring for Ventspils before Chatman with 4 straight points capped a 9-0 run in response. Carter sank a second three en route to an 11-15 PAOK advantage. Kevin Langford added 4 points to boost the visitors to 12-19 after 10 minutes. Vaughn’s slam put the visitors up 9 at the start of the second quarter. Ventspils stayed in the hunt thanks to triples from Chatman and Vairogs. After closing within 2 on three occasions, Zanis Peiners’s dunk tied the game at 30-30 at halftime.

Carter opened the second half with a three, but Ventspils traded baskets successfully to tie the game five times before pulling ahead 44-41 on a Davis Lejasmeiers triple. Kostas Karakoudis then tied it with a basket-plus-foul of his own and went on to split free throws to give PAOK a 44-45 edge through three quarters. Karakoudis stayed hot with the first basket of the fourth. Barnies kept the hosts within 1, but Vaughn free throws were followed by an Apollon Tsochlas three that gave PAOK a 48-54 cushion. Langford put the visitors up 8 with a three, however a triple from Vairogs and layup from Barnies made it a one-shot game. Carter put PAOK up 57-61 with clutch free throws with 16 seconds remaining, but Chatman came right back with a triple. In the end, 4 free throws from Charalampidis and Ventspils’s failure to get an offensive rebound after Chatman intentionally missed his second free throw at 63-65 sealed the PAOK victory.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Referees: JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), VOVK, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 2000 (Tentative)
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Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 BARNIES, TROY 28:04 13 4/5 1/1 2/4 2 6 8 1   2     5 2 14
8 LEJASMEIERS, DAVIS 11:53 3 0/2 1/1     1 1     1     2   -1
12 KANBERGS, KRISTAPS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 24:21 15 3/3 2/6 3/7   3 3 1   2     3 4 10
15 ATE, ARTIS 11:25   0/3           1         3   -5
21 BUTJANKOVS, ARTJOMS 16:46 6 3/5 0/1 0/1 2 3 5       1   1 2 9
22 GULBIS, MARIS 23:23 5 2/4 0/2 1/1 1 2 3 1   1     3 2 3
24 GRAZULIS, ANDREJS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 13:11 2 1/5 0/1     2 2 3       1     1
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 31:57 15 1/4 2/5 7/8   5 5 5 1 2     2 6 21
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 11:26   0/5     1 3 4       2   1    
45 GRANT, JERAI 27:34 4 2/9   0/2 1 4 5 1 3       3 3 4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 16/45 6/17 13/23 9 31 40 13 4 8 3 1 23 19 60
        35.6% 35.3% 56.5%
Head coach: STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
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 LANGFORD, KEVIN 29:32 7 1/4 1/1 2/4 1 6 7 2   4 1 1 3 5 9
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 CHARALAMPIDIS, KOSTAS 19:18 7 0/1 1/4 4/4   1 1 1   3     2 4 4
7 CARTER, MARC 33:55 17 2/4 3/8 4/7   9 9 1   1     2 4 18
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 20:42 8 3/7 0/1 2/4   3 3 1 1       2 5 9
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 15:29 7 2/4 1/1         2   1     2   4
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 4:09     0/2                 1     -3
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ODUM, JAKE 24:10 4 2/6       1 1 2 1 1     2 3 4
15 VAUGHN, JULIAN 25:43 14 5/5   4/4 2 5 7 2       1 3 2 21
19 SALOUSTROS, CHRISTOS 27:02 2 1/2 0/2   1 7 8 2 1 1     3   6
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 16/33 6/19 16/23 4 34 38 13 3 11 1 3 19 23 74
        48.5% 31.6% 69.6%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"We had to win this game. This is already the second time in the Eurocup that we have given the win to our opponents in games where we just must win. Now we have to prepare to get those wins on the road. "
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We knew that this game was going to be tough. All Eurocup games are like that. We controlled the beginning of the game, later we had problems and made mistakes, which our opponents took advantage of. However, we came back in the second half and finished the game according to our plan. Before the game we were especially preparing for Chatman and Grant, as they are the key players in for Ventspils."

Players

CHATMAN, MIRE
Ventspils
"I think team fought, we tried to fight as much as we can. I guess at the end I made a turnover which influenced the final result. "
CARTER, MARC
PAOK Thessaloniki
"This was a good game for us today. We knew that we have to play against a high level team and that they always keep their tempo during game and shoot a lot. This win means a lot to us. "
Latvia: SPORTACENTRS
Greece: NOVASPORTS 3