2011-12Regular SeasonRound 10
December 22, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 RTL SPIROUDOME

Maccabi Electra routed Belgacom Spirou 69-86

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv soundly defeated Belgacom Spirou on the road Thursday night 69-86 at the SpirouDome in Charleroi, Belgium led by Keith Langford’s season-high 20 points. Maccabi enters the Top 16 Draw as a No. 2 seed after finishing Group B with a 7-3 record, while Spirou, which was already eliminated, closed the season at 2-8. The hosts, looking for a morale-building finale before their home fans, stayed close until the third quarter when Maccabi took off on a 15-point surge that put the game out of reach. David Blu contributed 13 points and 3 steals for the winners, Guy Pninin put in 11 points and Devin Smith and Theodoros Papaloukas added 9 apiece. Caleb Green led the Belgian champs with 16 points, including 3 of 5 from deep, Demond Mallet netted 13 and Chris Hill added 10.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis staked Maccabi Electra to a 2-8 lead, scoring twice in the paint. The host’s Green nailed a triple, then Blu and Christophe Beghin exchanged baskets to push the score to 7-10. Maccabi hit a pair of two-pointers, but Spirou’s Justin Hamilton banged in two triples and Andre Riddick slammed home an offensive put-back to tie the game at 15-15. Langford took over in the final two minutes, knocking down 7 straight points, including a three-pointer, to lift the visitors to a 16-22 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Neither team had trouble scoring to start the second quarter as Papaloukas scored twice in the lane, then Smith dunked, but Beghin and Hill helped Spirou keep pace, 25-31. After Mallet buried his first three-pointer, Papaloukas scored down low and Langford streaked through the lane for a layup as Maccabi reasserted control, 28-35. The hosts kept hustling, however, as Riddick and Green both scored in the paint, then Pnini anwered with a triple to set the score at 32-38. Two free throws by Green ended scoring for the quarter as Maccabi took a 34-38 lead into halftime.

Blu and Langford led Maccabi on a 15 point burst as Maccabi took over the game early in the third quarter with a 35-53 lead. Riddick and Amaury Jadin got Spirou on the board, buts Richard Hendrix stepped up for the visitors, as the lead edged up to 41-61. After Hill and Jiri Welsch delivered triples for the hosts, but Tal Burstein answered from downtown and Papaloukas banged in a layup as Maccabi maintained its lead to end the quarter, 49-68.

Jadin and Langford swapped baskets, then Blu hit a two-point jumper and Hendrix dunked as Maccabi stretched the lead to 51-74. Green and Mallet knocked down consecutive triples, slicing the margin to 57-74. Pnini scored 5 straight, then Mallet drained a three-pointer to the push the score to 62-81. In the final minutes, the teams exchanged baskets, the last one a two-point jumper at the buzzer by Welsch, as Maccabi coasted to a comfortable 69-86 victory.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE)
Attendance: 5500 (Tentative)
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Belgacom Spirou Charleroi16181520
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22163018
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Belgacom Spirou Charleroi16344969
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22386886
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HILL, CHRIS 26:53 10 2/3 2/7   1 3 4 3   1     2 3 11
5 WELSCH, JIRI 22:52 6 1/2 1/4 1/2   2 2   1 3     2 1  
6 BROYLES, DWAYNE 5:31     0/1         2             1
7 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 13:54 6   2/2     1 1 2   1     4   4
8 GREEN, CALEB 29:35 16 1/5 3/5 5/6 1 4 5 2 1 5     3 8 17
10 RIDDICK, ANDRE 32:02 6 2/6   2/2 1 3 4 1 1 1   1 3 3 6
11 JADIN, AMAURY 19:12 6 3/3 0/1   1   1 1 2       3   6
12 MALLET, DEMOND 31:25 13 2/4 3/9     1 1 2 2 4       2 8
13 PENNINCK, BORIS 1:27   0/1       1 1         1     -1
14 MORAY, YANNICK 0:22                              
16 BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE 16:47 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 1   3   1 2 3 5
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 69 13/29 11/30 10/12 8 18 26 14 7 18 0 3 19 20 59
        44.8% 36.7% 83.3%
Head coach: BOZZI, GIOVANNI
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 Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 21:37 9 4/10   1/1 1 1 2 3 2 2     2 1 7
5 HENDRIX, RICHARD 20:21 6 3/4       3 3   1 1     3   5
6 SMITH, DEVIN 20:06 10 4/5 0/2 2/2 2 3 5 3   3     2 1 11
7 BLU, DAVID 24:39 13 4/8 1/1 2/2   5 5 2 3 2     3 1 15
10 PNINI, GUY 16:57 11 2/2 2/3 1/1   2 2 1   2       2 13
11 BURSTEIN, TAL 14:39 3 0/1 1/1     2 2     2     4 1 -1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 18:23 4 1/2   2/4 1 1 2 5 1 1       2 10
14 SCHEYER, JONATHAN 2:44     0/1                       -1
15 JAMES, SHAWN 13:22 4 1/2   2/3   2 2   1 2 2   4 3 4
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 17:25 6 2/2   2/2 2 1 3 2 1 2 1   2 4 13
22 LANGFORD, KEITH 29:47 20 5/8 3/3 1/4   5 5 3 1         4 27
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 86 26/44 7/11 13/19 6 27 33 19 10 17 3 0 20 19 105
        59.1% 63.6% 68.4%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

BOZZI, GIOVANNI
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
"Our first half was not so bad but after, we've lost our basket. Without any concentration it's not possible to win. My guys are a little bit tired at the end of this year and my roster is not very long. Regarding all our run in Euroleague, I can be proud even if we didn't reach the second round."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"I am very happy that our team advanced to the Top 16 this way, in second place with a 7-3 record and some very nice results. I am less pleased with the game today, We could have played much better and we will need to play much better in the Top 16 to move forward. "

Players

BEGHIN, CHRISTOPHE
Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
"Our way to start the second half was not the correct one, against a very big team. We lost again but we keep a good spirit from this competition even if we didn’t reach the Top 16. We’ll prepare the rest of the season with a great serenity."
LANGFORD, KEITH
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Last couple games, we've tried to improve our game. This week, we prepared to win in Charleroi and we succeeded in this mission. We knew it would not be easy to get out out from this group and now we must be focused on all our aims."
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