2017-18Regular SeasonRound 8
December 13, 2017 CET: 21:30
Local time: 20:30 GRAN CANARIA ARENA
Spain: TELEDEPORTE (Delayed)
Internet: EUROLEAGUE.TV
Germany: TELEKOM SPORT
Balkans: SPORTKLUB3
Web: www.telekomsport.de (Germany only)

Records

4-3 Regular Season 2-5
4-3 Overall 2-5

Officials

Crew Chief
VYKLICKY, ROBERT, Czech Republic
Umpire 1
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland
Umpire 2
RACYS, SAULIUS, Sweden

The Take

Another one of Group D's mysteries will remain veiled in Round 8 when Herbalife Gran Canaria (4-3) hosts ratiopharm Ulm (2-5). Neither team can advance nor be eliminated this week, so the goal will be a win to leave the winner in a better position for the last two decisive rounds. In their only other previous matchup, Ulm won at home 97-87 thanks to 21 points by Per Guenther. Marcus Eriksson is Gran Canaria's top scorer (17.0 ppg.), followed by big men Anzejs Pasecniks (10.1 ppg.) and Ondrej Balvin (9.6 ppg., 8.0 ppg.). For Ulm, Ryan Thompson (15.2 ppg.) is the go-to guy helped by Trey Lewis (13.0 ppg.) and DaSean Butler (10.9 ppg.). Granca has the second-best offense in the league (89.1 ppg.) pit against the third-worst defense in the competition (90.6 ppg.). The hosts will look to unload their offensive style soon, boasting the second-best numbers overall in assists (21.3 apg.). Ulm has slightly better numbers from beyond the arc, but that could be a thin branch to hold on to if it plans to win this game. The main concern for the guests should be their own defense. If they manage to regroup and build a solid wall in defense, the hosts could be in trouble. It's also probably one of the last chances for Ulm, since this is one of the few matchups that it can take a tiebreaker from.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Euroleague.net
Herbalife Gran Canaria
# Player Pos. H. Age
4 OLIVER, ALBERT G 1.86 39
6 LOPEZ, JAVI G 1.88 18
8 ERIKSSON, MARCUS F 2.01 24
9 MEKEL, GAL G 1.92 29
11 SEELEY, DENNIS F 1.93 28
12 BALVIN, ONDREJ C 2.17 25
13 BAEZ, EULIS C 2.01 35
14 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS C 2.16 21
15 BALCEROWSKI, ALEKSANDER C 2.15 17
21 PAULI, ORIOL F 2.01 23
22 RABASEDA, XAVIER F 1.98 28
24 KLJAJIC, JOVAN F 1.97 16
27 MCKISSIC, SHAQUIELLE F 1.96 27
34 AGUILAR, PABLO C 2.08 28
40 FISCHER, LUCAS C 2.11 23
ratiopharm Ulm
# Player Pos. H. Age
4 OHLBRECHT, TIM C 2.10 29
5 THOMPSON, RYAN F 1.98 29
6 GUENTHER, PER G 1.84 29
7 FERNER, JOSCHKA F 2.03 21
8 AKPINAR, ISMET G 1.91 22
9 STOLL, MARIUS G 1.93 18
10 PHILIPPS, CHRISTOPH F 2.04 19
11 PAPE, TILL F 2.03 20
12 LEWIS, TREY G 1.87 25
13 BRETZEL, NICOLAS C 2.09 18
15 FAZEKAS, MATE F 2.10 17
17 BUTLER, DA SEAN F 2.01 29
20 BENIMON, JERRELLE F 2.03 26
21 MOEBUS, NICOLAS G 1.93 18
22 ROHWER, BJOERN C 2.12 22
23 MURRY, TOURE G 1.94 28
33 PONGO, MARCELL G 1.94 20
40 HARANGODY, LUKE F 2.03 29
42 FOTU, ISAAC F 2.03 23
44 KRAEMER, DAVID G 1.97 20

Player Stats

Eriksson, M. / 17.0 Pasecniks, A. / 10.1 Balvin, O. / 9.6
Thompson, R. / 15.2 Lewis, J. / 13.0 Butler, D. / 10.9
Balvin, O. / 8.0
Mekel, G. / 4.7 Oliver, A. / 3.7 Seeley, D.J. / 2.7
Thompson, R. / 3.3 Lewis, J. / 3.1 Guenther, P. / 2.8
Rabaseda, X. / 1.0
Murry, T. / 1.6 Butler, D. / 1.0
Balvin, O. / 1.3 Baez, E. / 0.6
Murry, T. / 0.6
2PT
Balvin, O. / 70.7 % Pasecniks, A. / 61.9 % Eriksson, M. / 46.7 %
Thompson, R. / 62.7 % Fotu, I. / 61.4 % Butler, D. / 56.7 %
3PT
Eriksson, M. / 55.6 % McKissic, S. / 41.7 % Oliver, A. / 35.3 %
Butler, D. / 52.2 % Harangody, L. / 46.2 % Lewis, J. / 38.5 %
FT
Thompson, R. / 72.4 %
PIR
Eriksson, M. / 14.5 Balvin, O. / 14.4 Baez, E. / 14.4
Thompson, R. / 15.5 Harangody, L. / 13.8 Butler, D. / 11.6

Team Stats - Offense

Ave.   Ave.
89.1 Points 83.4
35.1 Rebounds 32.0
11.7 O. Rebounds 10.0
23.4 D. Rebounds 22.0
21.3 Assists 17.9
5.6 Steals 5.9
2.9 Blocks 1.7
57.9 % 2PT 55.7 %
36.9 % 3PT 37.6 %
78.7 % FT 75.0 %
103.9 PIR 85.0

Team Stats - Defense

Ave.   Ave.
83.9 Points 90.6
26.1 Rebounds 30.7
7.7 O. Rebounds 9.0
18.4 D. Rebounds 21.7
16.4 Assists 19.9
7.0 Steals 7.6
2.6 Blocks 3.0
54.0 % 2PT 54.8 %
39.6 % 3PT 47.0 %
80.6 % FT 74.5 %
83.9 PIR 105.6

Head Coaches

CASIMIRO, LUIS
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"We know that all the games in our group have maximum difficulty because the teams are very equal. ratiopharm Ulm beat us in Germany, so it will be a very tough game. They were very accurate in the last minutes in that game."
LEIBENATH, THORSTEN
ratiopharm Ulm
"We were able to surprise Gran Canaria in the first game but Gran Canaria’s roster is too talented to make this mistake again. We all know about the importance of this game, yet we should still focus on our tasks. As an athlete you love challenges like that."

Players

RABASEDA, XAVIER
Herbalife Gran Canaria
"They have special characteristics because they don't have big centers, all are mobile and versatile, they can shoot from distance, so they will create problems for our big men. The main difficulty in this game will be tactics."
MURRY, TOURE
ratiopharm Ulm
"Our team is fully motivated to get the first EuroCup win on the road. If we want to keep our chance to advance alive, a win against Gran Canaria is crucial."

Herbalife Gran Canaria vs. ratiopharm Ulm

· In their only other previous EuroCup matchup ever, Ulm won by 97-87 with 21 points by Per Guenther.

Monday, December 11, 2017
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Herbalife Gran Canaria

Roster
Streaks
Albert Oliver has made his last 34 free throw attempts in EuroCup action.
Marcus Eriksson has hit at least one three-pointer in each of his last 6 EuroCup games.
Ondrej Balvin has pulled at least 5 rebounds in each of his last 5 EuroCup games.
Eulius Baez has racked up a PIR of at least 11 in each of his last 5 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Marcus Eriksson is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers % with 55.5% .
Eriksson is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average points with 17.0 per game.
Eriksson is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 3-pointers made with 3.3 per game.
Ondrej Balvin is ranked first among qualified EuroCup players this season in average offensive rebounds with 3.2 per game.
Balvin is ranked fourth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average blocks with 1.2 per game.
Balvin is ranked ninth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average defensive rebounds with 4.7 per game.
Balvin is ranked second among qualified EuroCup players this season in average total rebounds with 8.0 per game.
Balvin is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers % with 70.7% .
Balvin is ranked sixth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average field goal % with 70.7% .
Records/Milestones
Albert Oliver ranked third on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 374 assists total for his career.

ratiopharm Ulm

Roster
Tim Ohlbrecht is still recovering from a knee injury, but is expected to be back soon.
Marius Stoll, Christoph Phillips, Nicolas Bretzel, Mate Fazekas and Nicolas Moebus could make their EuroCup debuts this week.
Streaks
Trey Lewis has hit at least one three-pointer in each of his last 5 EuroCup games.
Rankings
Ryan Thompson is ranked 10th among qualified EuroCup players this season in average true-shooting % with 62.3% .
Thompson is ranked eighth among qualified EuroCup players this season in average 2-pointers made with 5.3 per game.
Records/Milestones
Luke Harangody ranked 14th on the all-time charts among qualified EuroCup players with 46.0% 3-pointers % total for his career.
Ulm recorded its highest team free throws made total in EuroCup play this century, 27 , against Herbalife Gran Canaria on October 25, 2017.

Monday, December 11, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com

Head-to-head records

Home team Away team
0 - 1
Herbalife Gran Canaria ratiopharm Ulm
* overall record in EuroCup since 2002
Herbalife Gran Canaria
Home record vs. ratiopharm Ulm: 0-0
Away record vs. ratiopharm Ulm: 0-1
ratiopharm Ulm
Home record vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria: 1-0
Away record vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria: 0-0

Results

Season Date Phase Home Result Away
2017-18 25 October 2017 Regular Season ratiopharm Ulm 97 - 87 Herbalife Gran Canaria