2012-13Top 16Round 3
January 10, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Caja Laboral dominates Besiktas to continue perfect Top 16 start

Caja Laboral led from start to finish, crushing Besiktas JK Istanbul 77-51 and extending its Euroleague winning streak to six games. Laboral improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group F, while Besiktas dropped to 0-3. The hosts stormed out of the gate, using 21 unanswered points to open up a 25-2 lead and cruised after that. On the way to victory, Laboral tied a Top 16 defensive record as it allowed only 7 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. Brad Oleson had a game-high 13 points in victory, while Tibor Pleiss, Maciej Lampe and Milko Bjelica each scored 12. Lampe, who received his bwin December MVP trophy from Euroleague Basketball president and CEO Jordi Bertomeu before the game, grabbed 10 rebounds and Tibor Pleiss had 9. For Beisktas, Daniel Ewing came off the bench for 12 points plus 6 rebounds and Curtis Jerrells scored 10.

First quarter: Caja Laboral opens with 25-2 charge

Milko Bjelica started the contest with a layup, and Lampe added one of his own before Damir Markota opened Besiktas’s account with a long jumper. However, Laboral went on a 21-0 run as Oleson first nailed a long jump shot, and then Oleson and Milko Bjelica hit back-to-back-to-back triples for 15-2. After a timeout, Lampe and Milko Bjelica scored inside using assists from Thomas Heurtel, and then Heurtel scored a layup himself. Despite the huge lead, the hosts kept hustling for every ball and every rebound, so Fernando San Emeterio made a layup before Lampe capped the run with a pair of free throws. Besiktas was held scoreless for almost seven minutes before Jerrells hit a triple and Randal Falker scored a layup, but Pleiss made a dunk to end the first quarter with the scoreboard flashing 27-7.

Second quarter: The visitors wake up

Besiktas finally came to life in the second quarter. After Fabien Causeur hit a jumper, Falker strung together a couple of layups, and Jerrells and Ewing each added a layup of his own to cut it to 32-17. Pleiss snapped a 2-8 run with a layup, before Nemanja Bjelica, Oleson and Andres Nocioni strung together 6 points for another 21-point advantage. Before the quarter’s end, Fikret Can Akin hit from downtown for the visitors, but Nemanja Bjelica did the same in the dying seconds of the quarter, giving Caja Laboral a 45-24 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Vitoria in cruise control keeps margin above 20

Oleson hit from behind the arc to open the third quarter and Milko Bjelica hit a short turnaround baseline jumper for 50-24. It took more than three minutes for Besiktas to score in the second half. Serhat Cetin took care of that with a triple. Lampe made a put-back for a 26-point margin, before Jerrells hit a three-pointer for 53-30. After dunks from Heurtel and Lampe on one side, and Cemal Nalga on the other, Cevher Ozer hit a three-pointer for Besiktas, but the hosts answered with 6 points in a row as a Heurtel layup made it 63-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: The lead peaks at 33

With the lead being safe and Vitoria’s starters slowly calling it a night, it took the hosts a couple of minutes to start scoring in the fourth quarter. Pleiss made couple of put-backs, and Carlos Cabezas hit a triple that extended the lead to 70-37, the largest margin of the night. Falker split free throws and Patrick Christopher hit a pair to snap a 7-0 run, but Besiktas did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter until Ewing hit a three-pointer for 70-43 with less than four minutes to go. Before the end, Causeur made a basket-plus-foul for the hosts before Cevher Ozer and Ewing hit back-to-back triples for 73-51, but San Emeterio and Cabezas’s layups rounded out the scoring in Laboral’s sixth consecutive victory.

Tibor Pleiss - Caja Laboral Vitoria - EB12
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 12481
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria27181814
Besiktas JK Istanbul7171116
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria27456377
Besiktas JK Istanbul7243551
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 11:46     0/2     2 2 1   2     1   -2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 18:08 2 1/6 0/1   2 2 4 2 1 1 1   1 2 4
11 BJELICA, MILKO 21:26 12 4/9 1/1 1/2   4 4 1   1   1 3 1 7
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 9:59 5 1/3 1/2     2 2   1 1   1     3
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 21:52 5 2/5 0/2 1/2 3 4 7 1         1 2 8
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 18:34 12 6/9     6 3 9     1   1 2 2 16
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 18:15 6 3/4 0/2   1 2 3 7 3 1     2   13
24 OLESON, BRAD 21:50 13 2/2 3/5   1 4 5 1             17
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 17:26 12 5/11 0/1 2/2 6 4 10 2     3   1 4 23
42 CALBARRO, UNAI 4:00   0/1                         -1
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 18:34 5 1/2 1/3     2 2   1 2 1   2   2
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 18:10 5 2/2 0/2 1/1   1 1 1 1 1     4 2 3
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 27/54 6/21 5/7 22 32 54 16 7 10 5 3 17 13 98
        50% 28.6% 71.4%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 30:05 12 1/4 2/6 4/4 2 4 6 2   1 1 1   5 17
5 GULER, MURATCAN 13:50   0/2       3 3   1 2   1 1   -2
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 10:24 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 1   1     1 1     1 3
13 VIDMAR, GASPER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FALKER, RANDAL 20:36 7 3/3   1/2 3 1 4 2     1   4 3 12
15 CETIN, SERHAT 25:41 3 0/3 1/6         2 1       4   -6
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 20:18 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3 1   2   1   1 1
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 13:58 4 0/1 0/4 4/4   2 2     2     1 2  
25 HERSEK, BARIS 9:58   0/2 0/2     1 1 1 2 2   1 1   -4
35 NALGA, CEMAL 9:58 2 1/2               1   1 1   -2
41 OZER, CEVHER 19:21 6 0/2 2/7   1 3 4 2 1       1 1 6
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 25:51 10 1/1 2/3 2/2   2 2   1 1       4 15
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 51 7/23 8/34 13/14 9 20 29 10 6 12 3 5 13 17 43
        30.4% 23.5% 92.9%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It might look like it was an easy task tonight, that Besiktas wasn’t a tough contender, but that’s not true. They key was our serious approach, especially in the first quarter. We came out very strong, we played great defense and allowed only 7 points in the first 10 minutes. We amassed a 20-point difference and the game could have turned in a very different way if we had relaxed. We didn’t, so I’m pretty happy because of the attitude I saw in my players. We were not very accurate in offense during some moments of the game, but we managed to solve several situations and get easy points from our defense. One of our targets as a team is to control the rebound, and we did a great job tonight of that. Another target was to improve our defense, and even though we are not at the best level we can be, each day that passes we improve. I don’t think Besiktas is an easy opponent at all. They have the talent, they have a very good coach, and they can hurt any team in the group."
KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"They totally dominated us, we had no chance tonight. We were unable to play at the same intensity level as them from the very beginning. They dominated us in rebounding, 54 against 29, and we gave them 22 offensive rebounds. We had a very bad start, we didn’t know how to react against their strong star and even though our second quarter was more decent, the game was already over for us. We couldn’t come back."

Players

OLESON, BRAD
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Maybe it seemed it was an easy one, but there are no easy games in the Euroleague, especially in the Top 16. We had a good start and managed to keep it going till the end. Of course we have improved a lot in the last games, now we are with three wins in a row. We need to keep working to stay atop and not relax. The guys took two steps ahead, nobody stepped back when we were in a difficult situation in the last games of the regular season."
FALKER, RANDAL
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"They came out very strong, they played hard from the very beginning and we didn’t. Basketball can be a very simple thing and a very difficult thing at the same time. When you play hard every possession, in every opportunity you try hard and give your best, you end up making it normal. We have to realize we are underdogs in this competition, every time we play against tall guys like Caja Laboral have, we must understand it as a street fight for us. You have to go out there and fight. You must put more aggressiveness, more work, than them, and we forgot that tonight. We must learn to take every opportunity to improve as a team, to play better together, and learn from it. Now our focus must be just our next game, we must worry about becoming the best team we can be, we can’t give up."