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

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.5 Points 80.3
32.3 Rebounds 40.3
10.5 O. Rebounds 14.3
21.8 D. Rebounds 26.0
15.8 Assists 14.5
7.8 Steals 8.0
3.0 Blocks 1.8
15.5 Turnovers 11.3
49.3 % 2PT 41.0 %
38.8 % 3PT 34.4 %
74.7 % FT 77.6 %
84.5 Index 83.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.3 / Ewing Points 23.5 / Mavrokefalidis
5.8 / Grant Rebounds 10.0 / Mavrokefalidis
2.5 / Grant OR 3.8 / Mavrokefalidis
3.5 / Zavackas DR 6.3 / Mavrokefalidis
3.0 / Siksnius Assists 3.8 / Warren
1.3 / Grant Steals 1.5 / Carter
1.0 / Grant Blocks 0.5 / Carter
3.0 / Mazeika Turnovers 2.5 / Mavrokefalidis
70.0 % / Galdikas 2PT 80.0 % / Anosike
64.0 % / Bader 3PT 50.0 % / Mavrokefalidis
100.0 % / Bader FT 100.0 % / Carter
13.8 / Bader Index 30.3 / Mavrokefalidis

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

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREA, OSCAR, Spain
Referee
FRITZ, CLEMENS , Germany
Umpire
OVINOV, SEMEN, Russian Federation

The Take

In a high-profile match on Tuesday, unbeaten group leader Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (4-0) and Round 4 co-MVP Errick McCollum face visiting Nizhny Novgorod (2-2). In its four victories, Galatasaray has averaged 89.5 points per game, second-best in the competition. Nizhny, which has dropped it last two decisions, ranks in the middle of the pack in points allowed, conceding 78.3 per game. Neptunas Klaipeda (2-2) welcomes AEK Athens (2-2) and Eurocup's scoring leader, center Loukas Mavrokefalidis, who could be a tough matchup for a Neptunas team that allows a league-high 59.3% two-point shooting. AEK has not played in Lithuania since 2007, and has not won on Lithuanian soil since 2001. Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem (1-3) hosts Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (1-3) for the second consecutive season, and last season Oktyabr won both games, including a 78-79 thriller in Jerusalem. The visitors have their offense go through D.J. Cooper, the only Eurocup player who averages double-digit assists (10 apg.) through four games.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com

Quotes Head Coaches

ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"AEK is back on Eurocup with a good roster . Mavrokefalidis is the leader on the court and good shooter Sakota. They have a lot of dangerous players. We have to get to the next stage victory at home is a must. They and we sought."
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"It’s a very important game against Neptunas. We expect to come up against a very tough side. If we play our game we have a good chance of winning."

Players

GALDIKAS, SIMAS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"AEK player Mavrokefalidis is the top scorer of the Eurocup, so we will be a really tough task to stop him, but we will try to do it. Our fans want to see us in the Last 32 stage and that is why we need to win every game."
PAPANTONIOU, NONTAS
AEK Athens
"It’s a tough game against Neptunas. We know that they're tough at home. We'll try to play our game and come away with a win."
Daniel Ewing - Neptunas Klaipeda - EC15 (photo Neptunas)

Mavrokefalidis leads AEK to big road win

AEK Athens registered its third consecutive win in Group F by downing Neptunas Klaipeda 80-86 in Lithuania on Wednesday. AEK improved to 3-2 while Neptunas dropped to 2-3. Loukas Mavrokefalidis led the winners with 25 points, including two keys baskets to seal the outcome down the stretch. Dusan Sakota added 16 while Marc Antonio Carter had 11 for AEK. Martynas Mazeika led Neptunas with 20 points. Daniel Ewing added 17 while Donatas Zavackas had 10 for the hosts. Mazeika had 5 points in a 7-0 opening run and soon got help from Simas Galdikas and Donatas Zavackas to give Neptunas a 18-11 lead after 10 minutes. A 10-0 run which Gilvydas Biruta capped with a three-pointer boosted the hosts' lead to double-digits, 32-21. Mavrokefalidis and Chris Warren fueled a 0-12 run which gave AEK its first lead, 32-33. An outstanding Daniel Ewing put Neptunas back ahead, 43-41, at halftime. Mavrokefalidis kept pacing AEK after the break and Sakota stepped up to give AEK a 52-53 edge. Travis Bader and an outstanding Mazeika helped Neptunas restore a 61-58 edge after 30 minutes. Sakota hit back-to-back triples in a 0-12 run that gave AEK the lead for good, 61-70. Neptunas got within 72-76 but Mavrokefalidis stepped up in crunch time to seal the outcome.

Mazeika got Neptunas going with a three-point play, igniting a 7-0 opening run which he capped with a driving layup. AEK went scoreless for more than 3 minutes until Malik Hairston nailed a mid-range jumper. Mavrokefalidis scored down low and a layup by Dimitrios Karsivelis kept the guests within 7-6. Galdikas made free throw and Zavackas struck from downtown but Mavrokefalidis kept AEK within 12-9. Zavackas scored again, Sakota hit foul shots and Galdikas gave Neptunas a 17-11 lead. Sakota and Warren each hit one from beyond the arc but Mazeika and Harvey Grant kept Neptunas in charge, 22-17, after 10 minutes. Sakota nailed a jumper early in the second quarter and Carter scored in transition for a 22-21 AEK deficit. Mazeika made free throws and Mindaugas Girdziunas added a three-point play in a 10-0 run which Biruta capped with a triple that made AEK call timeout at 32-21. Mavrokefalidis and Warren each had 5 points in a 0-12 run highlighted by Carter's put-back slam which allowed the guests to get its first lead, 32-33. Zavackas and Galdikas rescued Neptunas, Mavrokefalidis scored again and a jumper by Ewing gave the hosts a 38-35 edge. Hairston buried a corner triple and even when Grant dunked and Ewing added a layup-plus-foul, Ioannis Kalampokis beat the buzzer with a step-back three-pointer to fix the halftime score at 43-41.

Mavrokefalidis took over with 4 unanswered points to put AEK back ahead, 43-45, immediately after the break. Neptunas kept struggling to score for almost 3 minutes until Ewing stepped up with a three-point play. Mavrokefalidis and Arvydas Siksnius traded baskets and a free throw by Grant gave the hosts a 49-47 edge. Mavrokefalidis shined with a big basket in the low post but Ewing did better with a three-pointer. Sakota answered from downtown and Hairston restored a 52-53 AEK lead. Mazeika and Dimitrios Mavroeidis made free throws and a triple by Bader ignited the crowd at 59-55. Arnas Butkevicius shined with a power basket but Mavroeidis and Nontas Papantoniou kept AEK within 61-58 after 30 minutes. Carter hit a close jumper early in the fourth quarter and AEK found a go-to guy in Sakota, who buried back-to-back triples - the second one from way downtown for a 61-68 lead. Carter hit a baseline jumper to cap a 0-12 run, as Galdikas scored down low. Ewing swished a fallaway jumper and Zavackas struck from downtown to bring Neptunas within 68-71. Papantoniou made free throws and a triple by Carter made Neptunas call timeout at 68-76. Ewing shined with a coast-to-coast layup and Mazeika kept Neptunas within 72-76. Mavrokefalidis followed a big three-pointer with a layup that seemed to seal the outcome, 74-81, in the next-to-last minute. Neptunas got within 80-82, however, but free throws by Katsivelis allowed AEK to put the victory on ice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: PEREA, OSCAR (ESP), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 5500 (Tentative)
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Neptunas Klaipeda22211819
AEK Athens17241728
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Neptunas Klaipeda22436180
AEK Athens17415886
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 25:32 17 6/8 1/6 2/2   3 3 6 2 4     2 4 19
6 SIKSNIUS, ARVYDAS 23:06 4 2/2 0/1 0/2 3 2 5 1   2     3 3 5
7 MAZEIKA, MARTYNAS 27:03 20 4/8 0/4 12/14 3 1 4 1   2     3 10 20
8 GIRDZIUNAS, MINDAUGAS 14:04 3 1/2 0/3 1/1   2 2 1   1       1 2
13 BADER, TRAVIS 13:15 5 1/2 1/1         1 1 2     2 1 3
15 SARAKAUSKAS, VYTAUTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GALDIKAS, SIMAS 19:29 9 3/4   3/5   2 2 1 1 1     3 3 9
32 KUBILIUS, ERIKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 ZAVACKAS, DONATAS 25:26 10 2/3 2/2   2 2 4   1       4   10
45 GRANT, JERAI 20:31 7 3/7   1/4 1 5 6 1 1 2     4 3 5
49 BIRUTA, GILVYDAS 14:28 3 0/1 1/1   1 2 3 1         2   4
51 BUTKEVICIUS, ARNAS 17:06 2 1/3 0/1 0/3         3       1 2  
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 80 23/40 5/19 19/31 12 19 31 13 9 14 0 0 24 27 79
        57.5% 26.3% 61.3%
Head coach: ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
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
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 12:57   0/3     3 2 5           2 1 1
4 PAPANTONIOU, NONTAS 12:47 4   0/2 4/4   2 2 3 1 2     3 2 5
5 SAKOTA, DUSAN 29:43 16 1/3 4/8 2/2   2 2 2 1 1     2 1 13
6 ATIC, EDIN 0:18                              
7 HAIRSTON, MALIK 31:41 8 2/5 1/1 1/2   4 4 5   2     3 1 9
11 SCRUBB, PHILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 26:19 27 7/10 2/3 7/8   8 8 3 2 1     4 8 38
13 CARTER, MARC 21:52 11 4/4 1/2   2 1 3 1   2     5 1 8
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 16:20 4 1/1   2/2   2 2     1     4 4 5
20 KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS 10:00 3 0/1 1/1     1 1     1     1   1
22 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 10:43 4 0/1   4/6 1 2 3           1 4 7
69 WARREN, CHRIS 27:20 9 1/6 2/3 1/2 1   1 4 2 4     2 2 5
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 86 16/34 11/20 21/26 9 25 34 18 6 14 0 0 27 24 95
        47.1% 55% 80.8%
Head coach: SAKOTA, DRAGAN

Head Coaches

ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS
Neptunas Klaipeda
"We lost against a strong team, which played its best game of the season. What worries me most is that we didn't do what we did during practice. We knew how Loukas Mavrokefalidis plays; he doesn't have many weaknesses, but has a few. We had agreed on how to play when he got the ball on one side of the court and another, but for some reason we were not able to do what we should do, but the opposite. It is my fault and I take full responsibility. AEK played smart and took advantage of their strengths."
SAKOTA, DRAGAN
AEK Athens
"This is a major win. We played against a dangerous opponent. We were behind on the scoreboard but managed to turn the match in our favor. We have to put this win behind us and think about the next game. I want to thank our fans, who travelled so many kilometers to be here with us. We want more and more fans in our games. We need them. It is a long season."
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