2015-16Regular SeasonRound 4
November 04, 2015 CET: 17:00
Local time: 19:00 CEC NAGORNY
Daniel Ewing - Neptunas Klaipeda - EC15 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)

Neptunas Klaipeda captures road win at Nizhny Novgorod

Neptunas Klaipeda used a huge fourth-quarter comeback to edging Nizhny Novgorod on the road 78-82 on Wednesday in Group F. The two teams now have identical 2-2 records and share second place in the group. Nizhny built a 65-49 lead early in the fourth quarter before 16 unanswered points by Neptunas tied the game at 65-65. In a thrilling finish, Mindaugas Girdzinas’s free throw made it 77-78 before Arnas Butkevicius and Arvydas Siksnius were perfect from the line to seal the Neptunas victory. Butkevicius and Daniel Ewing led the winners with 12 points each and Martynas Mazeika bagged 10. Rasid Mahalbasic of Nizhny led all scorers with 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting. Victor Rudd chipped in 18 points and Evgeny Baburin posted 11 in defeat.

The visitors opened the game by scoring 4 consecutive points, answered by 9 - 6 of them by Mahalbasic - to lead 9-4 after three and a half minutes. Ivan Viktorov and Vladimir Ivlev scored from mid range to fuel Nizhny to 17-10. Gilvydas Biruta from downtown fixed the score at 17-13 at the end of the first quarter. Harvey Grant hit a jumper to make it 17-15 for Neptunas. Baburin was hot from long distance then Mahlbasic scored again for the first double digit margin in the game, 29-18. The guests reacted with Ewing and Simas Galdikas scoring easy points in the open court, 29-22 with four minutes left to halftime. Semen Antonov and Mahalbasic pushed Nizhny to 35-25. An 8-3 run for the guests highlighted by 2 three-pointers by Ewing made it 38-33 at halftime for Nizhny Novgorod.

Mahlbasic shined for his side early in the third quarter. Butkevicius answered form the three-point line, but it was not until late in the quarter that Rudd scored 7 points in a row to extend the difference to a comfortable 58-43. Ewing scored from mid range to keep the visitors in the hunt. Ivan Strebkov hit a long three, then Antonov and Galdikas fixed the score at 63-49 through three quarters. Mahalbasic opened the last 10 minutes scoring again to go ahead 65-49, but an outstanding 0-16 Neptunas run led by 6 points drilled by Travis Bader and 4 by Butkevicius tied the game at 65 with less than six minutes left. The lead team changed hands twice more and the score was tied three times before Mindaugas Girdzinas scored one of his free throws to lead 77-78 with 17, then Butkevicius and Siksnius were perfect from the line to seal the visitors’ win.

Protect Humanity - Nizhny Novgorod vs. Neptunas Klaipeda - EC15 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Referees: VOJINOVIC, MILIJA; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR; MITROVSKI, IGOR
Attendance: 1700 (Tentative)
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Nizhny Novgorod17212515
Neptunas Klaipeda13201831
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Neptunas Klaipeda13335182
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 25:18 18 2/6 4/6 2/2   5 5 1   4     5 2 11
3 GRIGORYEV, MAXIM 10:45 2   0/2 2/2         2         2 4
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 27:58 11 1/2 3/7     2 2   2 2     2 2 8
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN 22:11 2 1/1 0/1     1 1           1   1
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 10:04 2 1/1             1       4 2 1
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 22:11 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 3 1 2 1   2 1 7
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 24:43 24 10/11   4/4 2 5 7 1 2 5     5 4 27
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 24:15 5 1/1 0/2 3/4 1 1 2 7 1 1     2 4 13
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 23:09 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 1 2 3 1   1     1 4 6
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 5:36 5 1/2 1/2         1   1     2   1
20 POPOV, ILYA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 3:50                   1     1   -2
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 78 20/29 8/24 14/16 8 18 26 14 9 17 1 0 25 21 80
        69% 33.3% 87.5%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
3 EWING, DANIEL 21:45 12 3/6 2/3         2   3     2 1 6
6 SIKSNIUS, ARVYDAS 23:16 6 0/1 1/5 3/4   1 1 3 2 1     2 2 5
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 21:04 10 2/3 0/1 6/6           3     1 5 9
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 18:15 9 2/2 0/3 5/6   1 1 3 1       1 6 15
13 BADER, TRAVIS 21:46 6   2/4         1 1 1     2   3
15 SARAKAUSKAS, VYTAUTAS 12:07 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2           2 1 3
21 GALDIKAS, SIMAS 10:28 8 2/2   4/4 1   1     5     3 3 4
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 24:48 8 4/7 0/4   3 3 6 1   1   1 2   4
45 GRANT, JERAI 19:46 4 2/5     1 3 4   1 1     5 1 1
49 BIRUTA, GILVYDAS 4:20 3   1/1     1 1           1   3
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 22:25 12   1/3 9/10 2 2 4 2 1         6 22
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 17/29 7/25 27/30 10 15 25 12 6 15 0 1 21 25 80
        58.6% 28% 90%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"They were some doubts about our players’ condition ahead of this game. We were slow in the beginning, but still managed to collect points. But everything we gained on offense we lost on defense. In the final quarter we couldn’t make a shot seven times in a row. We didn’t make the right decisions. And we allowed Neptunas to get too many easy points from the free throw line."
ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"We knew that Nizhny might underestimate us a little bit after their big win over Khimki. And we wanted to increase the tempo of the game to find them unprepared. But in the first half they were in control. After the halftime break, we changed our defense, doubled-teamed Mahalbasic, and steal after a steal we got back in the game. I’m happy that tonight we found players who could play their best and sustain the level of our opponent."

Players

MAHALBASIC, RASID
Nizhny Novgorod
"It’s a tough loss for us. we had a big lead, but didn’t make shots in the fourth quarter. I take the blame as well. I hope Max Grigoryev can recover for our next game on Saturday. We’re still okay in terms of the standings, but it’s a loss we should not have had."
MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"For the last 15 minutes we played like our coach wants us to play. And our goal is to play like that for all 40 minutes. It’s a big win for us."