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Maccabi Electra falls to Greens in final
Panathinaikos won its sixth Euroleague title on Sunday evening by holding off Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 70-78 in the championship game of the 2011 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. Dimitris Diamantidis starred with 16 points and 9 assists becoming only the third person in history to win Final Four MVP honors twice and setting and tying breaking a pair of assists records along the way. Mike Batiste added 18 points, Drew Nicholas scored 14 and Romain Sato 13 to lead a well-balanced team effort. The win also adds a title for Panathianikos’s Zeljko Obradovic, who was already the winningest head coach in Euroleague history and now owns eight rings – the last five all with the Greens. Panathinaikos’s six titles make it second to only Real Madrid on the list of all-time champions. Panathinaikos controlled the paint, blocking several shots early and keeping All-Euroleague center Sofoklis Schortsanitis scoreless in the first half. Sofo got going for a bit in the third quarter and gave Maccabi a 36-35 lead, but it was short-lived. Drew Nicholas heated up and Romain Sato nailed 3 three-pointers in an 8-19 charge to finish the quarter ahead 43-54. Even after the lead hit 14 in the fourth quarter, Maccabi climbed to within 5 late only to have Diamantidis put the game away down the stretch. Maccabi, which was also targeting a sixth continental crown, got 17 points and 7 rebounds from Chuck Eidson. David Blu added 14, Jeremy Pargo scored 12 and dished 9 assists and Lior Eliyahu also netted 12.
This season has already been a dream Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut for Maccabi Electra guard Jeremy Pargo. And it can still get better. Pargo was the hero of Maccabi's playoff series win over Caja Laboral, as his clutch plays and impressive stats led to his selection as Sportingbet Euroleague MVP for March.
In 2004, David Blatt left Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on a coaching journey that took him through four countries while he collected four national or international trophies and medals. Almost seven years later, Blatt is back and leading Maccabi into the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four next week in Barcelona.
The unique position of "swingman" applies to no player headed for the 2011 Final Four as much as Chuck Eidson of Maccabi Electra. Eidson, 30, meets the classic definition of "swingman" because he can and has played point guard, shooting guard and small forward during this and other seasons.
A couple weeks before the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four starts, Maccabi Electra blogger David Blu says that while no one likes the waiting game, there is plenty for teams to focus on now if they want to win in Barcelona.
Although he has often been overshadowed by bigger names, there is no doubt that Tal Burstein has consistently made Maccabi better during one of the golden eras of this or any club in European basketball history.
One of the more successful American coaches in European basketball, David Blatt studied the game as a point guard under former Princeton University coach Pete Carril, who called Blatt "the epitome of a team player."
If the title of Mr. Basketball goes to anyone in Israel, it has to be Mickey Berkowitz. Widely considered to be the country's best player ever, Berkowitz did more than anyone to make Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel’s favorite team and a force in Europe.
Maccabi wins Game 4 and returns to Final Four!
Maccabi Electra stormed back to the Final Four for the first time since 2008 by pounding Caja Laboral 99-77 in front of a packed house at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi won the teams’ best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-1, despite losing Game 1.
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- April 23, 2011
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SEMIFINALS, May 6:
Maccabi Electra 82-63 Real Madrid
FINAL, May 6:
Maccabi Electra 70-78 Panathinaikos
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Final: Maccabi vs. Panathinaikos
Semifinal: Maccabi vs. Real Madrid
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