2009-10Regular SeasonRound 9
January 06, 2010 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA
Fernando San Emeterio - Caja LaboralCaja Laboral stayed in the race to win Group C by downing Maroussi BC 73-65 in Vitoria, Spain on Wednesday night. Laboral improved to 7-2 and has the chance to win Group C if it beats CSKA in Moscow, Russia, next week. Meanwhile, Maroussi went down to 3-6 but will keep fourth place if Maccabi Electra beats Lottomatica Roma in Tel Aviv, Israel, tomorrow. Maroussi will reach the Top 16 if it beats Maccabi next week and Roma loses at least once. If can also go trhough losing against Maccabi if Roma loses both games - tomorrow and next week. Fernando San Emeterio and Mirza Teletovic paced the winners each with 15 points. Tiago Splitter added 14 on 7-of-9 two-pointers for Laboral. Billy Keys and Dimitrios Mavroeidis each had 12 points for Maroussi while Jared Homan added 11 for the guests, that led 2-14 early. Splitter and Teletovic brought Laboral back to life, 16-19, after 10 minutes. A three-pointer by Carl English gave Laboral its first lead, 31-30, near halftime. A driving basket by Kostas Kaimakoglou allowed Maroussi to ge tits last tie, 34-34, soon after the break. San Emeterio led a 15-0 run that broke the game open, 49-34, as Maroussi only rallied once the outcome was clear.

Jamon Lucas got Maroussi going with an alleyoop dunk and Kaimakoglou struck from downtown for a 0-5 lead. Laboral struggled to score in the early going until San Emeterio stepped up with a driving basket. Homan shined with a big basket in the low post and added a four-meter jumper to boost the guests' lead to 2-9. Maroussi kept excelling in defense, not allowing Laboral to circulate the ball. Meanwhile, a floating jumper by Kaimakoglou and a three-pointer by Pelekanos made all Laboral fans start to wonder at 2-14. Splitter scored down low, Teletovic dunked it and Marcelo Huertas scored off an inbound steal to get the crowd involved at 8-14. Huertas fed Splitter for an easy basket but Homan bettered that with a layup-plus-foul. Coach Dusko Ivanovic opted for a taller lineup with Walter Herrmann at small forward. Teletovic buried a three-pointer to bring Laboral back to life at 14-19. The hosts had adjusted their defense and Teletovic beat the buzzer with a floating jumper that fixed the score at 16-19 after 10 minutes.

Homan scored again early in the second quarter, as Maroussi tried to open the court with Stevan Nadjfeji at power forward. Laboral managed to get Eliyahu involved, as he scored twice in the paint to keep his team as close as 20-23. He didn't find much help around, however, while Nadjfeji shined with a backdoor layup. Laboral opted to speed up the game tempo now with Sean Singletary and English at both guard spots. Stanko Barac and Sean Singletary sank free throws to make Maroussi call a much-needed timeout at 23-25. The guests had started to miss open shots but a three-pointer by Keys boosted Maroussi's lead to 23-28. English answered with a wide open corner triple but Maroussi kept dominating the game tempo, using long possessions and closing all passing lines. Keys sank free throws that San Emeterio erased with a driving layup for a 28-30 Laboral deficit. A running three-pointer by English gave Laboral its first lead, 31-30. Keys sank a huge step-back jumper to put Maroussi back ahead, 31-32, at halftime.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis - Maroussi BCLaboral try to speed the game tempo with Huertas at point guard right after the break. Teletovic shined with a layup-plus-foul but a driving basket by Kaimakoglou tied the game again, 34-34. San Emeterio beat the shot clock with a wild driving basket and Splitter added a reverse layup to get the crowd involved at 38-34. San Emeterio scored again in a quick transition to make Maroussi call timeout. The guests kept struggling to score. Meanwhile, English shined with a layup, San Emeterio sank free throws and Teletovic nailed his trademark shot from way downtown to boost Laboral's lead to 47-34. Splitter fed San Emeterio for a layup that capped a game-breaking 15-0 run. Maroussi had been scoreless for more than 5 minutes until Igor Milosevic downed a three-pointer. San Emeterio answered from downtown, as Homan tried to change things for the guests. Keys followed an acrobatic layup with a three-pointer but a dominant Splitter took over with a wild alleyoop dunk that kept Laboral way ahead, 58-44, after 30 minutes.

Maroussi needed a quick comeback to keep its options alive but Laboral kept dominating the game with its outstanding man-to-man defense. San Emeterio found Splitter twice for consecutive baskets that sealed the outcome, 62-44, with 8 minutes left. Maroussi kept trying, however, as Laboral opted to use its second lineup now. Lucas followed a layup with a fast break dunk to give the guests some hope at 62-48. Eliyahu set the crowd on fire with a two-handed dunk but Mavroeidis and back-to-back baskets by Milosevic and Pelekanos got Maroussi as close as 66-55 with over 3 minutes left. Pau Ribas sank a three-pointer and by the time Eliyahu scored in transition, everything was said and done already as Maroussi's late rally was too little, too late for the guests. Laboral will fight for first place against CSKA next week, in already a modern classic showdown in Euroleague's recent history. Meanwhile, Maroussi hopes to grab its Top 16 berth at home against Maccabi in Game 10.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR (UKR), KOLAR, ROMAN (SLO), VOJINOVIC, RADOMIR (MNE)
Attendance: 9100
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Caja Laboral
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 21:29 3 0/5 1/2                   2   -5
6 URIARTE, JON IRKUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SINGLETARY, SEAN 13:53 3 1/4   1/2 2 1 3 1   3     2 2  
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 26:14 2 1/2 0/1     5 5 7 1 2     1 3 13
11 ELIYAHU, LIOR 20:35 8 4/5       2 2     1 1   2 1 8
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 19:25 15 3/4 2/4 3/3 1 6 7     1     2 2 18
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 25:33 15 5/7 1/2 2/2   3 3 2   1   2 2 1 13
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 22:04 14 7/9     1 5 6 1     1   1 1 20
23 ENGLISH, CARL 18:31 8 1/1 2/6     3 3 1   2         6
25 BUESA, MARTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 HERRMANN, WALTER 14:27 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   1 1 1 1 2       4 1
42 BARAC, STANKO 17:49 4 1/5 0/1 2/2 4 5 9 1         3 1 7
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 23/44 6/18 9/11 8 31 39 14 2 12 2 2 15 15 81
        52.3% 33.3% 81.8%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
Maroussi BC
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MILOSEVIC, IGOR 21:14 9 2/2 1/2 2/2   1 1 5   1       1 14
5 KEYS, BILLY 21:54 12 2/3 2/5 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 2 10
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 24:10 6 0/2 2/5   1 4 5   2   1   2 1 8
8 BATIS, MARIOS 16:55     0/1   1 1 2   1 2     3 1 -2
9 HOMAN, JARED 22:06 11 5/12   1/3   6 6 1 1   1 1 1 2 11
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 15:28 12 4/8   4/4 2 4 6     2     3 5 14
12 CALATHES, PAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ARIGBABU, STEPHEN 2:26                              
14 NADJFEJI, STEVAN 17:51   0/4     3 4 7 4       1 2   4
15 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 24:34 9 3/5 1/4 0/1       1 1 1     2 1 3
22 GORDON, JAMON 33:22 6 3/8 0/2     3 3 2 3 2     1 2 6
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 200:00 65 19/44 6/19 9/12 7 26 33 14 8 11 2 2 15 15 68
        43.2% 31.6% 75%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Caja Laboral
"We played very poorly in the first half, without aggressiveness, we had a soft approach. We were very cold in the beginning. We were able to change the trend after halftime. We improved and we fixed it. I don’t see the reason why we did so badly in the first half. We talked about it after the last Spanish League game but we repeated the same mistakes. It’s true that we are humans and things like this can happen sometimes, but a team that wants to do something big and win titles cannot behave this way. I hope we will be able to improve this."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
"We knew before the game that this was a difficult place to go for the win. Not only because Caja Laboral is a very good team, but because I think they are in a good momentum right now and they showed they are in good shape. We knew also that we needed to maintain a high level of concentration for 40 minutes. We started playing very well, we remained ahead at halftime, but our third quarter was pathetic. We missed layups and open shots and that made us lose confidence. If you let Caja Laboral play fast and find open shots, you won’t have any opportunity. We tried hard in the last period. we managed to make the difference smaller, which was good. Now we have the last game against Maccabi at home and I think that if we win we are going to play in the Top 16, which is a great success for us. We still have ambition, we believe on ourselves and I hope that playing in our arena, we can make it."

Players

HERRMANN, WALTER
Caja Laboral
"It took us a lot of effort to grab the win tonight. We tried to play a good game from the beginning, but Marousi did a great job in the first half and prevented us from finding our momentum. It happens sometimes that you cannot start like you would like to. They slowed the pace of the game and we needed a lot of time to find a good rhythm in offense. Once we achieved it we were able to improve our game and take a good margin and win. I felt good tonight, especially physically. I steel need to recover the feelings when playing with the ball, because I didn’t have enough team practices, but I think it’s only a matter of time to feel more comfortable."
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