2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2015 CET: 20:15

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.4 Points 78.4
34.8 Rebounds 33.6
11.8 O. Rebounds 8.4
23.0 D. Rebounds 25.3
17.1 Assists 18.5
4.4 Steals 5.3
3.0 Blocks 3.0
13.5 Turnovers 13.5
45.9 % 2PT 55.3 %
37.6 % 3PT 40.8 %
73.9 % FT 72.4 %
72.1 Index 87.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.3 / Smith Points 13.6 / Wanamaker
7.6 / Mbakwe Rebounds 7.4 / Melli
3.3 / Mbakwe OR 1.6 / Melli
4.4 / Mbakwe DR 5.8 / Melli
5.4 / Rochestie Assists 4.5 / Wanamaker
0.9 / Farmar Steals 2.1 / Wanamaker
1.3 / Mbakwe Blocks 1.0 / Melli
2.0 / Rochestie Turnovers 2.8 / Wanamaker
62.9 % / Randle 2PT 100.0 % / Staiger
75.0 % / Ofoegbu 3PT 57.9 % / Melli
100.0 % / Rochestie FT 100.0 % / Olaseni
14.1 / Rochestie Index 18.4 / Melli


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-6 Regular Season 5-3
2-6 Overall 5-3


Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

Menora Mivtachim Arena will be rocking on Thursday night as host Maccabi FOX faces a must-win contest against Brose Baskets. A loss for Maccabi – or a victory for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday in Moscow – would end the 2014 Euroleague champion’s run of Top 16 appearances. Bamberg has already clinched a Top 16 berth and will be looking to climb as high as possible in the Group D standings. Nicolo Melli dished 10 assists and Daniel Theis scored 16 points off the bench to lead Bamberg to a 77-66 victory when these teams met last month in Germany. The big difference between these teams this season has been defense; Maccabi’s porous defense (82.6 points allowed per game) ranks among the bottom four, while Bamberg (72.3 ppg.) is among the best third in the league. Injuries leave question marks around Jordan Farmar and Devin Smith for Maccabi, which could leave Taylor Rochestie and Sylven Landesberg to lead the attack. Point guard Bradley Wanamaker will have the job of stopping Rochestie in one of the game’s key matchups, while the hosts will need former Bamberg player and the league-leader in offensive rebounds, Trevor Mbakwe, to push the frontline. The pressure is on Maccabi and off Bamberg; how will the teams respond?
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Game Notes

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Maccabi FOX leads the league in fouls committed with 190 (23.8 per game) through Round 8.

Maccabi FOX has had more of its shot attempts blocked this season than any other team through Round 7 with 4.1 per game.

Trevor Mbakwe leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding though Round 8 with an average of 3.3 boards per game.

Mbakwe played for Brose Baskets Bamberg last season and helped lead the team to the German League championship.

Brian Randle was briefly a teammate of Bamberg big man Yassin Idbihi at ALBA Berlin at the start of the 2012-13 season.

Taylor Rochestie was the 2015 Ford Trophy winner after leading the Euroleague in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Rochestie has made 18 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Rochestie has scored in double figures and made multiple three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games. He’s made multiple threes in seven of those games.

Smith has scored in double figures in six straight Euroleague games.

Brose Baskets Bamberg

Bradley Wanamaker leads the Euroleague in accumulated steals through Round 8 with 17. His 2.13 steals per game are a fraction behind Dinamo Sassari guard David Logan (2.14 spg.) for the per-game league lead.

Wanamaker has at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.

Wanamaker has scored in double figures in every Euroleague game this season.

Daniel Theis has a performance index rating in double figures in each of the last seven Euroleague games.

Janis Strelnieks has made at least one three-pointer in nine straight Euroleague games.

Nicolo Melli has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Darius Miller has averaged 11.3 points on 8-of-17 three-point shooting (47.0%) in Euroleague home games compared to 5.3 points on 2-of-8 shooting from downtown (25%) and on the road.

Nikos Zisis set his Euroleague career high in assists with 13 against Maccabi in 2004. Zisis, then with AEK Athens, added 9 points and 3 steals in a 110-113 loss in the Greek capital.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Of all of the teams we've played against, this team plays the best basketball. Some of the teams have a better roster, but on offense and defense they play the best. This is going to be a very tough game to win. We need to continue improving as a team, and we must win in order to have a chance of making the Top 16. When I was an active player, I didn't believe in miracles, just in hard work, but over the years I have come to believe that you also need luck to win."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Many of our players don’t know what it means to play at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. I already played there. We won the first game by 9. And we lost there by 11. But we were up the complete first half. And then the fans gave them an unbelievable push. It will be very interesting to play against Maccabi. Our goal is to survive and advance. The psychological impact of the arena is huge. You don’t play against a team, you play against a nation. And Maccabi is not just a club, it’s the biggest impression of professional sports in Israel. So we will play under great mental pressure."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It's a big game for us, it could change the rest of the season for us. We're coming off of a big win, and we just want to build off of the win we had on Monday, and come in and play great against Bamberg. We've just got to play heard and stay together. There are going to be ups and downs during the game, and we've got to play as hard as we've been playing the last couple of games. We know how much this game means to us, and for our chances of making it to the Top 16. We're playing one of the top teams in the Euroleague, and it's a big opportunity for us to get our first big Euroleague win this season."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"We played them before. We won. But it will be a complete different game on Thursday in Tel Aviv. They have to win if they want to have the chance to reach the Top 16. So they will be very aggressive, I think. We have to be better in defense. The last two games we allowed 100 and 87 points. That’s too much. So we have to be more focused in defense. But, of course, we fly to Tel Aviv with a lot of confidence after our win against Bayern Munich last Sunday in the German Bundesliga."

Maccabi FOX drains 16 threes to beat Bamberg, stay alive

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv tied a team record with 16 three-pointers in routing Brose Baskets Bamberg 85-65 Thursday night at Menorah Mivtachim Arena. The win kept Maccabi alive in the race to the Top 16 with a 3-6 record, though there is no margin for error. For the 2014 Euroleague champs to advance, they need CSKA Moscow to beat Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday night and to them beat that same team in Turkey by at least 11 next week. Bamberg, which is already assured a Top 16 berth, fell to 5-4 in Group D. Sylven Landesberg made three straight threes in the first quarter – though the official scorer later changed one of them to a two-pointer – as Maccabi pulled away early and never looked back. He finished with 19 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting for the winners, while Taylor Rochestie tallied 16 points and 7 assists, Devin Smith scored 12, Trevor Mbakwe posted 11 points and 9 rebounds and Guy Pnini did not miss a shot in collecting 11 points. Daniel Theis led Bamberg with 13 points and Darius Miller added 11.

First quarter: Landesberg’s trio of triples starts Maccabi in the right direction

Rochestie opened the scoring with a floater and Arinze Onuaku’s baby hook made it 4-0. More than two minutes passed before Nikos Zisis darted through the Maccabi defense for a layup and Bamberg’s first points. Onuaku added to the Maccabi lead, but Brad Wanamaker drove for a one-handed dunk on Onuaku. Landesberg’s first three made it 9-4 midway through the opening quarter. Landesberg remained red hot with two more threes, which prompted a Bamberg timeout at 15-4. Daniel Theis revived Bamberg with a jumper and Leon Radosevic added a pair of free throws. After Mbakwe’s dunk, Landesberg took a seat with 2 fouls. Dragan Bender restored a double-digit advantage with a three and Rochestie made it 15. Janis Strelnieks steal and layup ended the quarter with the visitors trailing 23-10.

Second quarter: Mbakwe and then Smith keep hosts in control

The momentum remained with the hosts as Mbakwe easily rejected Yassin Idbihi before Guy Pnini added a three from the corner. Mbakwe made it an 18-point game. Wanamaker missed twice from the line and Mbakwe rejected Miller to keep the hosts cruising. Elias Harris hit a jumper, but Mbakwe responded with a basket inside. Bamberg adjusted as Miller hit a three from the top of the key and Wanamaker stripped Yogev Ohayon and dribbled in for an easy layup. Harris drew the visitors within 30-19 before Maccabi took a timeout. Rochestie ended Maccabi’s slide with free throws. Miller finished a three-chance Bamberg offense with a layup, which Rochestie matched with free throws. Radosevic scored on the pick-and-roll and Miller hit a jumper to make it 34-25. Devin Smith connected twice from downtown to restore a comfortable lead, 40-25. Theis made 3 free throws over the next two possessions. Onuaku muscled in his own miss and then rejected Patrick Heckmann to keep the hosts up 42-28 at halftime.

Third quarter: Maccabi three-point show continues

Onuaku rejected Theis inside and Landesberg scored at the other end as Maccabi came out in style. Smith added a three to match the biggest lead from the first half at 18. Theis got Bamberg going with free throws. Brian Randle became the sixth Maccabi player with a three-pointer when he made it 49-30. Strelnieks countered with a long jumper. Landesberg hit again from downtown to push the Maccabi lead into the 20s. Miller and Wanamaker scored for Bamberg, but back-to-back triples from Pnini and Landesberg made it 59-36. Wanamaker and Pnini traded free throws before Radosevic scored in the paint. Nicolo Melli finally got on the scoreboard with 2 free throws only to see Landesberg connect again from behind the arc. Lucca Staiger and Strelnieks hit threes for Bamberg, but Pnini banked in a triple and Ohayon beat the third quarter buzzer with a three to make it 70-50.

Fourth quarter: Rochestie hits club-record tying 16th three

Ohayon split free throws two minutes into the quarter. Pnini was called for an unsportsmanlike foul, which led to a pair of Harris free throws. Bender rejected Theis at the rim. Aleksej Nikolic nailed a three for the visitors. Mbakwe scored inside for the hosts. Miller sank free throws and Mbakwe a jumper. Smith attacked the basket for a three-point play and after Theis scored inside, Rochestie drilled Maccabi’s 16th three. The game was clearly decided by that points as the Maccabi fans serenaded their heroes in the closing minutes.

Arinze Onuaku, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB15
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Attendance: 11060 (Tentative)
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 FARMAR, JORDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 BENDER, DRAGAN 13:52 3 0/1 1/1     5 5     2 1 1     5
6 SMITH, DEVIN 28:54 12 1/3 3/4 1/1 1 4 5 5 1 1     3 2 18
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 22:52 3 0/2 1/1     2 2 1 1 1 1   4   1
9 SEGEV, ITAY 2:42           1 1               1
10 PNINI, GUY 17:30 11   3/3 2/2   2 2 2         3 2 14
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 21:32 4 0/3 1/2 1/2   1 1 5 1 1 1   4 2 4
14 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL 2:42                              
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 20:40 19 2/7 5/7     1 1     2     2 2 11
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 31:59 16 3/6 2/7 4/4   2 2 7   3     2 5 17
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 25:12 11 5/10   1/2 6 3 9 2     2 1 2 3 18
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 12:05 6 3/7     2 1 3     2 2   3 4 6
Team           5 3 8     1         7
Totals 200:00 85 14/39 16/25 9/11 14 25 39 22 3 13 7 2 23 20 102
        35.9% 64% 81.8%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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
Brose Baskets Bamberg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MELLI, NICOLO 17:22 2 0/2   2/2       3   2     2 3 2
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 14:05 2 1/3       2 2     3     1 2  
7 NIKOLIC, ALEKSEJ 8:43 3 0/1 1/2         1         1   1
8 STAIGER, LUCCA 14:26 3   1/6     1 1           1   -2
10 THEIS, DANIEL 22:45 13 3/9 0/2 7/8 3 3 6       1 4 2 4 9
11 WANAMAKER, BRADLEY 28:29 8 3/7 0/1 2/4   4 4 3 1 2     3 4 8
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 21:01 9 2/2 1/3 2/2   1 1 1 3 1     2 2 11
20 HARRIS, ELIAS 12:46 6 2/3   2/2 2 4 6           5 3 9
21 MILLER, DARIUS 24:59 11 2/4 1/5 4/4 2   2       1 1 1 4 10
33 HECKMANN, PATRICK 12:01 2 1/2 0/1     2 2 1       1     2
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 1:53   0/1               1   1 2   -5
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 21:30 6 2/3   2/2 5   5 1   3       1 9
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 65 16/37 4/20 21/24 13 19 32 10 4 12 2 7 20 23 57
        43.2% 20% 87.5%

Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I was really happy with the effort in the first half, we played really great basketball and competed well, and we kept them to a low score. In the second half, we relaxed when we got to a 20-point lead, the players were beginning to improvise and I didn't like that. I'm very proud that we kept them to 28 points in the first half."
Brose Baskets Bamberg
"Congratulations to Maccabi on a very well-deserved win. They played with energy and great three-point shooting. We were not ready to compete and I did a terrible job preparing them for playing in this arena. We had a very poor night. They forced us to have a bad day. We were not ready for this impact, we were terrible on defense and slow on offense. I hope Maccabi will save some three pointers for the next game, because they will need it."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I was just feeling it tonight. My teammates, they saw it and when I was in the game they found a way of getting me the ball. That helped with my confidence and kept it going. Tonight was a great team win, because we held a great team to 65 points. We really needed this one. [About Top 16 chances:] Playing on this club, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things, so I’m not gonna count anything out. We’re going to come to the game, play hard, play our game, hopefully play the way we’ve played the last couple of games and get our result. "
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