2009-10Regular SeasonRound 9
January 07, 2010 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 NOKIA ARENA
Chuck Eidson - Maccabi ElectraMaccabi Electra improved to 6-3 and earned the chance to finish second in Group D by downing Lottomatica Roma 79-59 in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday night. Maccabi was already qualified to the Top 16 and will be second or third at the end of this round due to its 0-2 record against Caja Laboral, first at 7-2. Meanwhile, Lottomatica registered its sixth consecutive loss and went down to 3-6. Lottomatica, however, will advance to the Top 16 if it beats end-of-the-table Union Olimpija next week and Maroussi BC loses against Maccabi. Chuck Eidson led the winners with 23 points. David Bluthenthal added 15 for Maccabi. Ricky Minard led Lottomatica with 14 points. Andre Hutson added 12 while Andrea Crosariol had 10 for Lottomatica, that trailed 22-20 after 10 minutes. An outstanding Hutson and a big dunk off a steal by Herve Toure allowed the guests to tie the game, 35-35, at halftime. Maccabi led almost all the way in the second half but Minard brought Roma within 51-48 late in the third quarter. Eidson and Guy Pnini fueled a 13-3 run that allowed Maccabi to seal the outcome, 64-51, and cruise to a well-deserved win.

Eidson got Maccabi going with a fast break layup that Crosariol matched with a power basket. Lottomatica try to lock the defensive board with Angelo Gigli and Crosariol in its starting lineup. Raviv Limonad shined with a backdoor layup but Crosariol tied the game again, 4-4. Stephane Lasme hit free throws and Eidson shined with a layup off a steal, good for a 8-4 Maccabi lead. The guests had started to miss open shots but Crosariol stayed on fire down low. Limonad sank a triple off the dribble but a fallaway jumper by Kennedy Winston kept Lottomatica within 11-8. Maccabi tried to open the court with Bluthenthal at power forward. Eidson kept pacing the hosts with a three-point play that Luca Vitali erased with a bomb from downtown. Bluthenthal took over with a driving layup that Hutson copied in the other end. Bluthenthal struck from downtown but a jump hook by Hutson kept Lottomatica in the game, 19-15. Limonad and Vitali traded three-pointers and Hutson buried a fallaway jumper brought Roma within 22-20 after 10 minutes.

Hutson provided a highlight with a put-back dunk early in the second quarter, as Lottomatica improved its aggressivity in defense. A backdoor dunk by Winston soon gave Lottomatica its first lead, 22-24, as Maccabi had been scoreless for more than 2 minutes already. Maccabi tried to find new options in offense with Alan Anderson on court. Hutson stayed on fire with another fallaway jumper that Eidson matched with free throws. Maccabi managed to stop Hutson with Lasme back on the floor. Doron Perkins stepped up with a layup and a fast break dunk by Eidson made Roma call timeout at 28-26. Lasme beat the shot clock with a six-meter jumper and soon added a foul shot for a 31-27 score, as Lottomatica kept collecting turnovers. Minard found his first points on an open jumper but an unstoppable Eidson sank 4-of-4 free throws for a 35-29 Maccabi lead. Minard and Jacopo Giachetti combined for 4 quick points and Toure collected a steal and raced downcourt to dunk it and tie the game, 35-35, at halftime.

Andre Hutson - Lottomatica RomaAnderson scored in penetration immediately after the break and soon added a three-pointer for a 40-35 Maccabi lead. Gigli quickly answered from downtown and even when Eidson scored again, his free throws brought Lottomatica within 42-40. Minard followed a triple with a driing layup to tie the game again, 45-45, as Maccabi kept running its offense through Anderson. Minard had managed to stop Eidson but Lottomatica could not get Hutson or Ibby Jaaber involved now. Andrew Wisniewski buried a triple from the top of the key, as the guests could not find the way to the basket for more than 2 minutes. Pnini beat the shot clock with a wide open three-pointer that forced Lottomatica to call timeout at 51-45. Hutson popped in a turnaround jumper and Minard added a free throw to bring Lottomatica back in track at 51-48. It didn't last long, however, as Bluthenthal scored inside while Pnini buried a corner three-pointer to boost the hosts' lead to 56-48 after 30 minutes.

Winston sank a free throw early in the fourth quarter, as Maccabi kept struggling to find the way to the basket. Roma called timeout to improve its offense and try to return to the game. Minard sank a six-meter jumper that Pnini improved with an off-balance layup in transition. Maccabi powered the offensive board and used long possessions to dominate the game. Eidson had a huge block on Minard and fed Bluthenthal for a big triple in the other end to give Maccabi its first double-digit lead, 62-51, with 6 minutes left. Perkins scored in transition to make Lottomatica call timeout at 64-51. Luigi Datome scored in penetration but Eidson followed free throws with a big three-pointer that sealed the outcome, 69-53, with less than 4 minutes left. D'or Fischer fed Bluthenthal for a layup, as all Maccabi fans had plenty of time to celebrate yet another Euroleague home win. Meanwhile, Lottomatica must bounce back right away and wait for other scores to try to reach the Top 16 in the final regular season date.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), PUKL,SASA (SLO), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE)
Attendance: 11500
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Maccabi Electra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BER AVEN, TOMER 2:20                              
5 LIMONAD, RAVIV 24:09 8 1/3 2/3     2 2 2   2       1 8
6 SHARP, DERRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 WISNIEWSKI, ANDREW 24:15 3 0/2 1/3     1 1 5 2 2     2 2 5
8 PERKINS, DORON 17:25 9 3/6 0/3 3/7 1 4 5 2 3 2   2 1 7 11
9 GREEN, YANIV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 14:48 8 1/3 2/3 0/1   2 2 2         3 1 6
11 ANDERSON, ALAN 16:29 8 1/2 2/3 0/2   1 1 1 1 1     3 1 4
12 LASME, STEPHANE 18:46 5 1/3   3/4 2 3 5 1 3 2     3 4 10
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 29:09 23 5/8 1/3 10/12   4 4 4 3 2 2   2 9 34
15 BLU, DAVID 27:11 15 3/4 3/6     2 2 1 1 2     4   9
21 FISCHER, DOR 25:28   0/4     2 5 7 3 1 1     2   4
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 15/35 11/24 16/26 6 25 31 21 14 14 2 2 20 25 93
        42.9% 45.8% 61.5%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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
Lottomatica Roma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 10:37 2 1/1 0/1     1 1     1     2   -1
6 GIGLI, ANGELO 27:47 5   1/2 2/2   6 6 1 1 4     4 2 6
7 JAABER, IBRAHIM 26:48   0/2 0/2 0/2   3 3 1 5       4 6 5
9 HUTSON, ANDRE 28:08 12 6/8     3 6 9 1   3     1 2 18
10 TOURE, HERVE 12:13   0/1 0/4     3 3 1 1 1 1   2 2  
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 11:52 10 4/5   2/3 2 1 3   1 3   1 4 3 7
13 DATOME, LUIGI 10:36 2 1/1 0/3     1 1     1     2   -3
15 WINSTON, KENNEDY 19:48 6 2/4 0/3 2/6       1   3     1 3 -3
18 MINARD, RICKY 32:04 14 4/7 1/5 3/4 1 6 7 3 2 4 1 1 4 2 12
20 VITALI, LUCA 20:07 8 1/4 2/3     1 1     3     1   1
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 59 19/33 4/23 9/17 8 30 38 8 10 23 2 2 25 20 46
        57.6% 17.4% 52.9%
Head coach: BONICIOLLI, MATTEO

Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Electra
"I think we were better, but we missed a lot of free throws and some open shots and it didn't allow us to take an early lead. We wanted to force them to committ a lot of turnovers and when that happened we opened the gap. We didn't play as aggressive as we can in the paint in the first half, because we had a shorter rotation than usual. We forced them to 20 turnovers and only 59 points and that was the goal. Next week we first of all need to think of ourselves and try to win in Greece. Eidson hardly practiced this week, but he showed up for this game and it gives us good feeling for the future."
BONICIOLLI, MATTEO
Lottomatica Roma
"Basketball is a game you have to play for 40 minutes. At this moment we can't play full games with the same intensity. We'll have to work hard to get back in shape. We'll have to work better and harder. We are out of the Top 16 of the Euroleague at the moment, because we still need to work. We changed everything in the last three weeks. We were at the bottom of the Italian league, and step by step we're improving. We will be in the Top 16 only if we deserve it. I hope Maccabi will win next week in Greece and we will beat Olimpija, but we still have a lot to work on."

Players

EIDSON, CHUCK
Maccabi Electra
"It wasn't an easy win at all. We returned to play after a long break, and it took us time to adjust. We got in trouble a bit early in the game, but the important thing is that we recovered in time. Lottomatica is a Euroleague team and a good one, so we couldn't underestimate them for a second. I'm happy we stepped up in the last quarter and managed to win the game by a big margin."
BLU, DAVID
Maccabi Electra
"It was great to be back in business today after the long break. It wasn't easy against Lottomatica, but the important thing is that we won and had the upper hand. We still have a long way to go and it's important that we collected a key win today. Next week we have Maroussi which is another key game we must win."
VITALI, LUCA
Lottomatica Roma
"We played well for three quarters, but in the last quarter we lost focus. We had some problems against their match-up zone defense and it caused us a lot of headaches. We allowed Maccabi too many easy points, and they took every chance they had. It's a shame because for three quarters we were in good momentum and stayed in the game. Now we must beat Olimpija next week and hope for the best."
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