Top 16 Round 6 - March 30, 2006 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
6-13 Overall 13-6

Referees

Crew Chief
SUDEK, PETR, Slovakia
Referee
VOREADIS, LAZAROS, Greece
Umpire
MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO, Croatia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
71.0 Points 85.4
30.4 Rebounds 34.8
9.7 O. Rebounds 7.7
20.6 D. Rebounds 27.1
10.7 Assists 15.7
10.9 Steals 12.5
2.6 Blocks 2.7
13.6 Turnovers 12.8
46.8 % 2PT 54.9 %
33.9 % 3PT 39.2 %
72.5 % FT 72.5 %
71.9 Index 97.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.7 / KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM Points 15.2 / PARKER, ANTHONY
9.0 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD Rebounds 6.7 / PARKER, ANTHONY
2.5 / HAISLIP, MARCUS OR 2.2 / BASTON, M.
6.3 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD DR 6.2 / PARKER, ANTHONY
3.0 / STEFANOV, VRBICA Assists 4.2 / PARKER, ANTHONY
3.1 / TREPAGNIER, J. Steals 2.1 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
1.6 / HAISLIP, MARCUS Blocks 1.1 / BASTON, M.
3.1 / KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM Turnovers 2.8 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
54.5 % / Savas 2PT 65.2 % / BASTON, M.
41.2 % / HAISLIP, MARCUS 3PT 46.8 % / SHARP, DERRICK
93.0 % / STEFANOV, VRBICA FT 90.3 % / BURSTEIN, TAL
17.1 / TURKCAN, MIRSAD Index 21.6 / PARKER, ANTHONY

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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
Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), MANOS, ANTONIOS (GRE)
Attendance: 0
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Head coach: OZYER, MURAT
Ulker
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
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%
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
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
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%
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