Qualifying Round Round 3 - October 06, 2009 CET: 20:00 Local time: 21:00 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-1 Qualifying Round 1-1
1-1 Overall 1-1

Referees

Crew Chief
FACCHINI, FABIO, Italy
Referee
HERCEG, SINISA, Croatia
Umpire
CHAMBON, DAVID, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 68.5
28.5 Rebounds 32.5
7.0 O. Rebounds 10.0
21.5 D. Rebounds 22.5
13.0 Assists 16.0
7.5 Steals 6.5
2.0 Blocks 1.5
9.0 Turnovers 8.5
51.2 % 2PT 50.0 %
44.4 % 3PT 33.3 %
75.9 % FT 71.4 %
82.0 Index 81.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / Keys Points 14.0 / Chubb
6.0 / Homan Rebounds 6.5 / Chubb
2.5 / Gordon OR 2.5 / McELROY, IMMANUEL
4.5 / Pelekanos DR 5.0 / Chubb
3.5 / Gordon Assists 4.0 / McELROY, IMMANUEL
3.0 / Pelekanos Steals 1.5 / Chubb
0.5 / Kendall Blocks 1.0 / Sekulic
2.5 / Keys Turnovers 2.5 / Chubb
100.0 % / Kendall 2PT 100.0 % / Hamann
100.0 % / Kendall 3PT 75.0 % / DOJCIN, DRAGAN
100.0 % / Keys FT 100.0 % / Jenkins
18.5 / Pelekanos Index 15.5 / Chubb

THE TAKE

Maroussi BC continues on its quest to reach the Euroleague Regular Season for the first time when it hosts Alba Berlin in Game 1 of their second qualifying round home-and-away series on Tuesday in Athens. Maroussi advanced to the second round by routing Greek League rival Aris BSA 2003 89-60 in Game 2 of their series. The trio of Michalis Pelekanos, Billy Keys and Kostas Kaimakoglou combined for 53 points on 8-for-13 three-point shooting to spark head coach Georgios Bartzokas’s team on Friday. Maroussi will gladly sign up for another shooting performance from those guys and point guard Jamon Lucas, but will also need big men Jared Homan, Levon Kendall and Dimitrios Mavroeidis to step up. Berlin, which reached the Euroleague Top 16 last season, advanced to the second round of qualifying by knocking off Le Mans 77-62 behind a balanced attack. Alba outrebounded its opponents by 12 and the passing game worked well as more than two-thirds of its baskets were assisted on. Center Adam Chubb, swingman Immanuel McElroy and guard Julius Jenkins have been Berlin’s top players so far, but the contributions of guards Steffen Hamann and Rashad Wright and big men Kenan Bajramovic and Blagota Sekulic cannot be overlooked. Maroussi will look to make the most of its shooters for the second game in a row, but the key to victory could come down low. Both teams feature deep and experienced frontlines and if one of them controls the boards and gets some easy points on the offensive glass, it could determine the outcome of the game and series.

REFEREES: Fabio Facchini, Sinisa Herceg, David Chambon

 
Maroussi
Maroussi BC
#
Name
Pos.
Height
4
Epameinondas Papantoniou
G
1.90
5
Billy Keys
G
1.88
6
Jamon Lucas
G
1.91
7
Michalis Pelekanos
G
1.98
8
Marios Batis
G
1.88
9
Jared Homan
C
2.08
10
Georgios Diamantopoulos
G
1.92
11
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
C
2.08
12
Pat Calathes
F
2.08
13
Stephen Arigbabu
C
2.08
14
Levon Kendall
C
2.08
15
Kostas Kaimakoglou
F
2.04
16
Fanis Koumpuras
G
1.87
Head Coach: Georgios Bartzokas
Alba Berlin
Alba Berlin
#
Name
Pos.
Height
6
Steffen Hamann
G
1.94
7
Philip Zwiener
F
2.01
8
Dragan Dojcin
F
2.04
10
Blagota Sekulic
C
2.09
11
Julius Jenkins
G
1.87
12
Rashad Wright
G
1.89
14
Adam Chubb
C
2.08
15
Kenan Bajramovic
F
2.06
16
Andreas Seiferth
C
2.06
17
Oliver Clay
F
2.05
19
Oskar Fassler
G
1.98
23
Immanuel McElroy
G
1.94
-
Alexander Schachowzew
-
-
-
Brian Wenzel
G
-
Head Coach: Luka Pavicevic
Monday, October 5, 2009
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Dimitrios Mavroeidis - Maroussi Costa CoffeeMaroussi BC took a step towards reaching the Euroleague regular season for the first time with a 79-70 victory over Alba Berlin on Tuesday in Game 1 of their second qualifying round home-and-away series. If Maroussi wins the second leg or loses by 8 points or fewer, it will punch a ticket to the Euroleague. Game 2 is set for Sunday evening at o2 World in the German capital. Alba came out swinging and built a double-digit lead in the second quarter before settling for a 30-38 halftime advantage. However Maroussi came out stronger for the second half as Dimitrios Mavroeidis scored 8 during a 19-4 run that turned the game on its head and Maroussi remained in control the rest of the way. Mavroeidis finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes for the winners, Kostas Kaimakoglou added 16 points, Michalis Pelekanos had 14 and Billy Keys 12. Blagota Sekulic paced Berlin with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, Rashad Wright and Immanuel McElroy scored 12 apiece and Julius Jenkins and Adam Chubb each netted 10.

Sekulic and Jenkins scored 5 fast points to give Alba an early 0-5 lead and control of the rhythm, while the hosts could not manage to find their tempo. Kaimakoglou got Maroussi on the scoreboard after three minutes and Pat Calathes added a basket on the offensive glass, but Jenkins scored from behind the arc to make it 6-12 for Berlin. Keys answered to cut the margin to 2, but the visitors used the pick-and-roll well and outrebounded Maroussi and when McElroy hit from downtown, Berlin was able to close the first quarter ahead 12-19.

Kenan Bajramovic gave his team a 9-point margin at the beginning of the second quarter, but Kaimakoglou scored back-to-back three-point shots and Pelekanos added a two-point basket for a 8-0 Maroussi run that cut the gap to 20-21. Alba didn’t panic and Sekulic and McElroy sparked a 0-8 run. Chubb scored down low as Berlin soon extended the lead to double digits, 26-37. Mavroeidis scored his first points of the game from the line, but Maroussi had still problems playing its usual game and Alba took a 30-38 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Blagota Sekulic - Alba BerlinΜaroussi started the third period at full speed and with aggressive defense against the Berlin pick-and-rolls. Kaimakoglou ignited the charge with a triple and the hosts soon found their way to the basket led by Mavroeidis, who scored 4 straight points to give Maroussi its very first lead, 40-38. Alba committed many turnovers under Maroussi’s pressure and didn't have offensive alternatives. Pelekanos heated up alongside Mavroeidis as Maroussi reeled off 12 unanswered points to go ahead 49-42. Wright finally ended Berlin’s drought, but Keys nailed a triple and Mavroeidis’s basket on the offensive glass gave Maroussi a 10-point lead. Chubb converted a three-point play to keep Berlin within 58-51 after 30 minutes of playing.

Dragan Dojcin bagged a three pointer early in the fourth period to get Alba within 60-54, but Mavroeidis seemed unstoppable and brought the hosts to 65-56. The visitors reacted and cut the margin to 68-65 on a Wright triple and a Steffen Hamann slam, but Maroussi came up with another 7-0 spurt highlighted by a three by Kaimakoglou to get to 75-65. Then Pelekanos sank a big three to soar to 78-66. Still Berlin pressed on as baskets by Dojcin and McElroy narrowed the deficit to 9 to leave Berlin some hope for next week. Nevertheless, Jamon Lucas finalized the scoring from the line as Maroussi closed out an important win.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Vassilis Skountis, Athens
Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), CHAMBON, DAVID (FRA)
Attendance: 950
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Maroussi BC12182821
Alba Berlin19191319
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Maroussi BC12305879
Alba Berlin19385170
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
# 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 PAPANTONIOU, EPAMEINONDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 KEYS, BILLY 32:59 12 0/1 3/6 3/4   4 4 2 1 1     3 5 15
7 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 27:09 14 2/3 2/2 4/4   3 3       1   3 4 18
8 BATIS, MARIOS 12:48     0/2   1 2 3 2 1       3   1
9 HOMAN, JARED 15:15 5 2/6   1/3 2 1 3     1     1 2 2
10 DIAMANTOPOULOS, GEORGIOS 8:04 4 1/1   2/2         1 3       2 4
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 20:42 19 6/9 0/1 7/9 4 1 5 2   2   1 3 5 19
12 CALATHES, PAT 6:52 2 1/2 0/1   1 1 2   1     1     2
13 ARIGBABU, STEPHEN 4:03   0/1                     1   -2
14 KENDALL, LEVON 13:03 3 0/1 1/2         1 1 1 1   1 2 4
15 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 26:57 16 2/5 4/6   1 1 2   1 3     3 1 9
22 GORDON, JAMON 32:08 4 1/6 0/1 2/4   2 2 5 1 2 2 1 4 3 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 15/35 10/21 19/26 9 15 24 12 7 13 4 3 22 24 74
42.9% 47.6% 73.1%
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: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
# 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
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 15:47 3 1/1 0/1 1/2       1         1 2 3
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP 2:41                         2   -2
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 32:03 5 1/1 1/3   1 2 3 1 1 3     3   2
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 24:40 14 4/7   6/6 1 8 9   1 1 2 1 3 4 22
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 32:28 10 1/3 2/4 2/2       1   5   1 3 7 5
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 33:32 12 4/4 1/2 1/4       4   5     4 3 6
14 CHUBB, ADAM 15:20 10 4/6   2/3 1 4 5     3     3 2 8
15 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 7:57 4 2/3 0/1   1   1 1   1 1   3 3 4
17 CLAY, OLIVER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 FASSLER, OSKAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 35:32 12 2/5 2/5 2/2 1 6 7 3 3 4   2 3 1 11
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 70 19/30 6/16 14/19 6 23 29 11 5 22 3 4 25 22 63
63.3% 37.5% 73.7%
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Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Maroussi BC
"This a very important win, which gives us the opportunity to go in Berlin and fight for qualification. Alba Berlin is a team that I respect very much because they have homogeny and they have impressive speed in five-on-five situations. Our target was to beat them even by 1 point and now we have 9 to defend. We found our rhythm in the second half thanks to our defense and this is something we have to invest in."
PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"We played very well in the first half, but after that we lost concentration and we weren’t able to make the proper adjustments to their game. In the second half we didn’t reach our standards and now we have a tough task to achieve, because is not easy to beat them by 10 points."

Players

MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS
Maroussi BC
"We beat them by 9 points and we go there to fight and give everything we have to accomplish our dream. If we play like we did in the second half, we can make it. In the first half we didn’t move the ball well on offense and we didn’t play good defense against their pick-and-roll, but the second half was another story."
KEYS, BILLY
Maroussi BC
"We played this kind of aggressive defense and everything was set up. But nothing is decided yet. In series like these you always try to win by as much you can and we have 9 points to defend. They play at o2 World Arena, which is big, but we have players with experience to stay focused and survive."
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