2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 11, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PAOK SPORTS ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.5 Points 80.5
24.8 Rebounds 32.0
4.0 O. Rebounds 9.0
20.8 D. Rebounds 23.0
15.8 Assists 18.8
6.8 Steals 9.0
1.8 Blocks 2.0
11.5 Turnovers 15.0
50.0 % 2PT 56.5 %
32.7 % 3PT 31.8 %
73.2 % FT 69.7 %
69.3 Index 83.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.8 / Markovic Points 12.5 / Laprovittola
4.5 / Margaritis Rebounds 7.0 / Kavaliauskas
1.3 / Markovic OR 3.5 / Kavaliauskas
3.8 / Margaritis DR 4.3 / Laprovittola
4.0 / Hatcher Assists 5.5 / Laprovittola
1.5 / Hatcher Steals 2.5 / Laprovittola
0.8 / Margaritis Blocks 0.5 / Giedraitis
2.5 / Hatcher Turnovers 3.0 / Laprovittola
100.0 % / Dedas 2PT 100.0 % / Runkauskas
100.0 % / Liapis 3PT 52.4 % / Orelik
100.0 % / Vasileiadis FT 100.0 % / Juskevicius
14.0 / Tepic Index 15.5 / Kavaliauskas

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
1-3 Regular Season 1-3
1-3 Overall 1-3

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
BULTO, VICENTE, Spain
Umpire
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia

The Take

In a high-profile game, Zenit St. Petersburg (4-0) puts its undefeated record on the line against Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (3-1). Last season Besiktas swept their regular season series, winning an overtime drama in St.Petersburg by 86-90. The Turkish side also has victories in both of its away games this season and aims to snap Zenit's unbeaten run. In another classic showdown, PAOK Thessaloniki (1-3) welcomes Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (1-3). Rytas ranks first in forcing turnovers (18.8), but it has not translated into victories or points, considering that the team is in the middle of the pack with 80.5 points per game. The Lithuanian powerhouse only has one win this season, but that came on the road. Szolnoki Olaj (0-4) hosts Avtodor Saratov (3-1), which boasts the competition's highest-scoring offense. The hosts have made the most turnovers this season, 78 in four games, and they will have to take better care of the ball against Avtodor, which scores 93.8 points per game, more than 4 points better than the next-best offense in the competition.
Monday, November 9, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"It’s a good and tough team and they can fight inside and outside the post. They had two negative results in their home court, but these games were lost because they weren’t able to stop their opponents’ rhythm. We want to win this game and continue with a positive result, but any outcome can be overturned in the next game. Lietuvos plays with a lot of pick n’ rolls, they are going to challenge each opportunity given under the basket as well as far from it to score."

Players

TEPIC, MILENKO
PAOK Thessaloniki
"It’s a fact that the game is very important in terms of qualification, but we should not be forgetting that it’s only a game, only for the fifth round and we still have another five games to play. At the moment it’s very important for us, as it is to them. We know the shape they are in, we play in our home court and we need to approach the game without pressure and do whatever it takes to win. Lietuvos plays with a lot of energy and shoot well from the perimeter, like all Lithuanian teams. They have a wide rotation, players play 15-20 minutes to maintain strength throughout the game. I played there two years ago, but there’s only one player left from that time. The rest do not change, they are a serious team that comes from a traditionally basketball country."
Kostas Vasileiadis - PAOK Thessaloniki - EC15 (photo PAOK - megapress - pavlosmakridis)

Vasileiadis stars for PAOK in key win over Rytas

Kostas Vasileiadis made 13 free throws without a miss en route to 26 points and 8 rebounds to lead PAOK Thessaloniki to an important 81-76 victory over Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. PAOK improved to 2-3 and sole possession of fourth place in Group E, while Rytas slumped to 1-4. William Hatcher added 17 points and 5 assists and Milenko Tepic scored 10 for the winners, who made 11 of 20 three-point shots (55%). Threes played a key role as four different players connected from deep in a 12-2 fourth-quarter run that rescued PAOK from a 6-point deficit. Deividas Gailius led Rytas with 17 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic amassed 13 points and 10 rebounds and Nicolas Laprovittola added 10 points and 5 assists in defeat.

Mindaugas Lukauskis opened the scoring for Rytas, but Sofoklis Schortsanitis’s three-point play and a triple by Vasileiadis catapulted PAOK to an 8-4 lead. Marius Runkauskas’s jumper did not spark the Rytas offense as the hosts reeled off 10 unanswered points – 6 of which came on Hatcher triples – to lead 18-6. Runkauskas and Gailius each knocked down threes, but Kostas Kakaroudis’s basket and foul lifted PAOK to a 26-12 advantage after 10 minutes. Adas Juskevicius’s defense led to 3 steals and an 0-8 run to start the second quarter. Uros Duvnjak countered with a three-pointer and Nikola Markovic restored a double-digit margin at 31-20. Gailius helped Rytas chip away at its deficit and Gediminas Orelik’s steal and layup made it 33-29. Schortsanitis scored on the next two PAOK possessions, however an Orelink triple kept Rytas close. After free throws by Vasileiadis and Laprovittola, the half ended with PAOK on top 40-33.

Runkauskas started the second half for Rytas with a three, but Vasileiadis bettered him with a 4-point play. Orelik and Gailius kept Rytas close and twice Lavrinovic and Laprovittola brought the visitors within a single point. An Apollon Tsochals triple and Milenko Tepic free throws established a 55-49 lead. However Rokas Giedraitis scored twice and Zygimantas Janavicius scored the go-ahead free throws in a 0-8 run to end the third quarter with Rytas ahead 55-57. Orelik and Giedraitis each scored to start the fourth quarter to give Rytas a 6-point lead. A series of triples turned the game around for PAOK; first Tepic and Hatcher went back-to-back to tie the game at 63-63. After Laprovittola brieflt put Rytas ahead again, Markovic and Vasileiadis each connected from deep. Evangelos Margaritas and Gailius traded triples as the score remained close. Then Laprovittola’s first three made it 74-73 with less than two minutes to go. Rytas struggled offensively when it could least afford to by missing its next 5 shots. Even though Lavrinovic gave Rytas hope with a late three, free throws by Hatcher iced the game.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO)
Attendance: 853 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
PAOK Thessaloniki26141526
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius12212419
End of Quarter1234
PAOK Thessaloniki26405581
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius12335776
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 33:35 10 2/5 1/2 3/4 1 7 8 3 1 1     3 5 18
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 33:18 26 2/2 3/6 13/13   8 8   1 1     3 7 35
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 8:37 2 1/3   0/1           1   1 2 2 -3
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 7:12 3   1/1             3 1   1    
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 0:54                              
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 28:05 7 1/4 1/2 2/2 1 3 4 3 1 2 1   3 4 11
15 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 19:13 8 2/3   4/5   2 2 2   5 1   4 4 6
19 KAMARAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 11:07 3   1/1     2 2     2     1   2
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 23:56 5 1/3 1/2 0/2 1 4 5 3 2 2     3 4 9
25 HATCHER, WILL 34:03 17 2/6 3/6 4/4   2 2 5   2   1 2 6 18
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 81 11/26 11/20 26/31 4 28 32 16 5 19 3 2 22 32 97
        42.3% 55% 83.9%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
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
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 JUSKEVICIUS, ADAS 4:40 2 1/1 0/1         1 3       1   4
8 LUKAUSKIS, MINDAUGAS 23:24 2 1/1 0/1         2   1     1 1 2
10 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 27:32 10 3/4 1/6 1/2   6 6 5 2 1   1 2 4 16
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 23:38 13 4/8 1/3 2/2 3 7 10 1 2       4 5 21
13 GAILIUS, DEIVIDAS 29:44 17 4/7 3/6     5 5 1   1   1 4 4 15
14 ORELIK, GEDIMINAS 31:06 9 3/4 1/8     1 1 2 1 1     5 2 1
19 JANAVICIUS, ZYGIMANTAS 12:28 5 0/2 1/2 2/2       3 1 1     1 3 7
21 KAVALIAUSKAS, ANTANAS 12:39 2 1/1     1   1     4     5 1 -5
22 RUNKAUSKAS, MARIUS 13:30 8 1/2 2/3   2 1 3 1 1 2   1 3 1 6
27 JUCIKAS, JULIUS 12:21 2 1/4 0/1   2   2 1   1 1   4 1 -2
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 8:58 6 3/4 0/2           1   1   2   3
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 76 22/38 9/33 5/6 9 22 31 17 11 13 2 3 32 22 70
        57.9% 27.3% 83.3%
Head coach: NICOLA, MARCELO

Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
“Congratulations to my players for their effort and a victory against a very good team. We made a very good start to the game, played good defense, played our game both inside and outside. We built a lead, but we made some mistakes and allowed the opponent to come back and take the lead. We had the correct reaction and got an important victory that will help us a lot, psychologically as well. We want to use such victories to expel the syndrome that runs the team when under pressure in close games.”
NICOLA, MARCELO
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
“We made a terrible start in the game allowing easy threes and trailing by 14 in the first quarter. It’s very difficult to come back after such a start, but somehow we did it by fighting and trying hard on a personal level, however, when we took the lead in the fourth quarter, we made some stupid mistakes and lost. We did not do anything from what we had planned for the game and you cannot expect anything positive when you play like that. We still have chances however. I believe we can win games, we still have the games against PAOK and Szolnoki in Vilnius."

Players

VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS
PAOK Thessaloniki
“We began well, we were very different in regard to previous games, but then we received a lot of pressing. It’s true that we could not find the solutions needed at the beginning, but we were okay after a while. Schortsanitis’ spresence both inside and outside the post is very important. We need more victories like that to qualify to the Last 32 and also climb the Greek League rankings."
ORELIK, GEDIMINAS
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
“It was a horrible game for us in the beginning. PAOK took easy shots, ran the floor, we found ourselves trailing by 14 and then it was so hard to come back. And the worst thing is that we did come back and could not hold on. I don’t want to put our hopes on the games against PAOK and Szolnoki in Vilnius, I believe we can win games that will give us a solid chance to advance. "
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