2005-06Top 16Round 6
March 30, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA
Two-time defending champion Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv clinched first place in Top 16 Group E by thrashing Ulker 66-88 on the road in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. The victory left Maccabi with a 5-1 record, while the team it was tied with before Thursday, Real Madrid, fell to 4-2 in defeat against Climamio Bologna. As such, Maccabi will have homecourt advantage when it faces Olympiacos, the second-place team from Group D, in the Quarterfinal Playoffs. Madrid will go against archrivals Winterthur FC Barcelona. Ulker finished 1-5 and last in the group, and could not win in the debut of coach Murat Oyzen. Maceo Baston led Maccabi with 25 points on 9-for-13 shooting and 6 of 6 free throws. Anthony Parker and Sharon Shason each had 14 points for Maccabi, who lost center Nikola Vujcic midway through the first period due to a back injury. Vrbica Stefanov led Ulker with 14 points, Mirsad Turkcan and Omer Onan each had 13 while Oguz Savas added 10 for the hosts. Maccabi led 52-63 after 30 minutes and used a 0-15 run in the final period to win the game and get the homecourt advantage in the best-of-three playoffs.

Baston won the opening tip and soon made free throws for a 0-2 Maccabi lead. Ulker did not panic, as Turkcan had he big block on Baston while Omer Onan hit a triple which Vujcic matched in the other end to keep Maccabi in charge, 3-5. Turkcan joined the three-point festival and soon added a six-meter jumper to put Ulker back in charge, 8-5. Parker stepped up with consecutive jumpers while Baston provided a highlight with a huge dunk to give Maccabi a three-point lead, 8-11. Onan hit a triple for Ulker to tie, 11-11, after Maccabi center Nikola Vujcic left the game with back problems. His replacement, Jamie Arnold, had a tip-in to restore Maccabi's lead at 11-13. Vrbica Stefanov hit free throws and then followed Tal Burstein's five-meter jumper with a floating layup for a 15-15 tie. Oguz Savas and Arnold exchanged baskets, while Burstein added an easy layup for a 17-19 Maccabi edge. However, Stefanov shined with a corner three that allowed Ulker to regain the lead, 20-19, after one quarter.

To start the second quarter, Savas worked well in the low post to hit a jump hook, but Arnold matched it with a bank shot for the guests. Yaniv Green stepped up with a high-flying tip-in and then dunked to give Maccabi a 22-25 edge after a 0-6 run. Turkcan buried his second triple but Will Solomon followed Parker's dunk with a layup in transition to make it 25-29 and force an Ulker timeout. Robert Gulyas made his trademark hook shot to change the Ulker momentum but a red-hot Green dunked it again while Sharon Shason added a fastbreak layup to make it a six-point game, 27-33. Baston scored a tough basket in the paint and followed it with a huge dunk to boost the guests' margin to double digits, 27-37. Onan fired in his third triple, while Shason and Turkcan also hit from downtown as Ulker got within 33-40. But Baston - who else? - shined with another dunk to take Maccabi to a 35-42 halftime advantage.

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Ibrahim Kutluay buried a corner three - his first points - to bring Ulker within 38-42 after 22 minutes. Burstein rescued Maccabi with a jumper while Solomon hit free throws in a 0-8 Maccabi run which Parker highlighted with a fast break layup. Sharp scored off a midcourt steal to force a quick Ulker timeout, 38-50. Stefanov tried to change things with 4 quick points on a layup and free throws but Sharp answered from downtown to restore a 11-point Maccabi lead, 42-53. The guests forced a 24-second violation which allowed Baston to hit a short jumper. Ulker kept attacking the basket, as Turkcan drew Green's fourth foul and made free throws for a 44-55 deficit. Baston kept pacing Maccabi with free throws and a driving layup, but free throws by Stefanov, Bekir Yarangume and Drago Pasalic brought the hosts within 49-61. Foul shots by Baston and a corner three by Jeff Trepganier fixed the score at 52-63 after 30 minutes.

Parker got Maccabi going in the final period with a short jumper, as the guests kept trying to extend their margin to finish first in this group. Savas stepped up with a layup-plus-foul and Stefanov hit a free throw which bring Ulker within single digits, 56-65. Shason took over with a triple, igniting a 0-6 Maccabi run which Sharp capped with a driving layup, good for a 56-71 lead. Onan nailed a corner three-pointer which a red hot Shason matched in the other end, while Solomon fed Baston for a reverse layup which made it a 17-point game, 59-76. Ulker called timeout but Sharp scored again and Baston buried a big triple which extended the guests' margin even more, 59-81. The hosts struggled to score now, while Maccabi was unstoppable. Parker scored in transition while Shason capped a 0-15 run with an open triple, good for a 59-86. Nothing changed in the final minutes, as Maccabi stayed focused and cruised to a massive road win.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), MANOS, ANTONIOS (GRE)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 STEFANOV, VRBICA 37:45 14 2/8 1/1 7/8   2 2 3   3   1 1 5 12
5 PASALIC, DRAGO 8:15 1 0/2 0/1 1/3 2   2     1   1 1 1 -4
6 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 27:45 13 1/4 3/5 2/2 3 5 8 2 1 2 1   3 4 19
7 ONAN, OMER 23:15 13 0/3 4/7 1/2 1 1 2   1 1   1 4 2 5
8 ONER, CANER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 YARANGÜME, BEKIR 13:15 5 0/1 1/2 2/2   3 3 2   1     1 1 7
10 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 23:00 3 0/1 1/2         2   1       1 3
11 OZCAN, CAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TREPAGNIER, JEFF 26:00 3   1/3   1   1   2 8 1   3   -6
13 YANNIER, DERYA 1:15 2     2/2         1       1 1 3
14 SAVAS, OGUZ 24:45 10 4/8   2/3 2 3 5   1 3   1 3 4 8
18 GULYAS, ROBERT 14:45 2 1/4       1 1   1 3     1 1 -2
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 66 8/31 11/21 17/22 9 15 24 9 7 24 2 4 18 20 44
        25.8% 52.4% 77.3%
Head coach: OZYER, MURAT
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
Maccabi Elite
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASTON, MACEO 28:15 25 8/12 1/1 6/6 3 4 7   1 2 2 1 3 4 29
6 SHARP, DERRICK 30:45 9 3/5 1/7   3 2 5   2       3 1 6
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 5:00 3   1/2   1 3 4 1             7
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 35:45 14 6/9 0/2 2/2 1 4 5 3 2 5     1 4 17
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 23:30 6 3/5 0/1     3 3 1 1 2 1     2 9
11 SHASON, SHARON 18:45 14 1/1 4/4   1 3 4 2 2       3   19
12 DOTAN, ASSAF DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 CASSPI, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SOLOMON, WILLIE 31:45 5 1/7 0/3 3/4   1 1 8 4 3     3 4 6
20 PENNEY, KIRK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE 10:30 6 3/4     1 2 3     2 1   2   5
41 GREEN, YANIV 15:45 6 3/5     1 1 2 2 3     1 5 3 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 88 28/48 7/20 11/12 11 23 34 17 15 14 4 2 20 18 106
        58.3% 35% 91.7%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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