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

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.3 Points 78.2
32.0 Rebounds 36.6
8.3 O. Rebounds 10.2
23.7 D. Rebounds 26.3
12.7 Assists 14.6
6.1 Steals 6.0
1.9 Blocks 3.2
13.6 Turnovers 13.0
51.2 % 2PT 53.9 %
35.2 % 3PT 32.2 %
62.3 % FT 71.5 %
66.3 Index 87.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.6 / Mallet Points 14.1 / Farmar
4.7 / Hill Rebounds 4.7 / Farmar
1.8 / Riddick OR 1.8 / Hendrix
3.9 / Green DR 3.9 / Farmar
3.6 / Hamilton Assists 4.1 / Farmar
1.4 / Green Steals 1.4 / Farmar
1.6 / Riddick Blocks 0.9 / Hendrix
2.1 / Green Turnovers 3.1 / Farmar
77.4 % / Riddick 2PT 75.0 % / BURSTEIN, TAL
40.0 % / Beghin 3PT 100.0 % / Eliyahu
85.7 % / Hamilton FT 100.0 % / Blu
14.3 / Mallet Index 17.3 / Farmar

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-7 Regular Season 6-3
2-7 Overall 6-3

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS, Greece

The Take

Belgacom Spirou
Maccabi Electra
RECORDS
2-7, Group C
Regular season 2011-12
6-3, Group C

PROBABLE STARTERS
Guard
Guard
Forward
Forward
Center

THE STAKES

Maccabi has a 6-3 record, is already advanced to the Top 16 and will finish in second place regardless of any potential ties after this week. Spirou is 2-7, was eliminated from Top 16 contention two weeks ago, and can't get out of last place in the group. The hosts, perhaps, have the higher motivation here, to give their fans a holiday present by trying to beat one of the top teams, historically, in European competition. Spirou has won only one of the previous six games between these two teams, way back in 1997, so a victory over Maccabi would be a treat for the home crowd.

INJURIES

Forward Lior Eliyahu is not expected to travel to Belgium due to a stomach virus that will keep him sidelined. It will be a last-minute decision. Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Theo Papaloukas did not play in an Israeli League game on Sunday, but both registered the most minutes for Maccabi the night before in their Adriatic League game, so are expected to play in Charleroi.After having missed the last Euroleague game, point guard Demond Mallet returned to the Spirou lineup over the weekend and played major minutes in a domestic game. However, Spirou was missing forward Tornike Shengelia in that domestic game, and will also miss this last Euroleague game due to a broken bone in his foot. Randy Oveneke, remains sidelined after missing the last Euroleague game, too. Spirou has been without Dwayne Broyles all season due to injury.

THE TAKE

The return of Mallet at point guard is Spirou's biggest hope in terms of controlling the pace and taking some advantage over the less-experienced members of Maccabi's backcourt. Of course, if Papaloukas is matched up with him, experience is no longer an advantage and Mallet gives up a lot of height. The other big battle comes in the paint, between Schortsanitis, who is often unstoppable, and the Spirou tandem of Andre Riddick, whose specialty is stopping opposing big men, and Christophe Begin. If Shengelia doesn't play, Spirou will need someone to handle crafty power forward Lior Eliyahu, who was Maccabi's leading scorer in his team's 10-point home win when these teams played last month in Tel Aviv. Spirou defensive ace Jiri Welsch will need to keep Maccabi's best outside shooter, David Blu, in check, while also helping on the visitors' playmakers. If all that happens and shooters like Chris Hill get good looks, Spirou can stay close enough to try for an upset.

Game notes, Belgacom Spirou
 
Game notes, Maccabi Electra
  • Demond Mallet has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in every Euroleague game this season.
  • Mallet is third in the Euroleague in scoring this season with a career-high 19.6 points per game.
  • Andre Riddick has rejected at least 1 shot in seven straight Euroleague games.
  • Riddick leads the Euroleague in two-point shooting percentage at 77.4%.
  • Theo Papaloukas needs 5 more three-pointers to reach 100 for his Euroleague career.
  • Papaloukas is in a race with Caja Laboral's Pablo Prigioni for the all-time steals lead. Prigioni has 318 and Papaloukas is just 1 steal behind.
  • Lior Eliyahu is just 14 points short of reaching 1,000 points for his Euroleague career.
  • David Blu has made 13 straight free throws in Euroleague action dating back to last season.
  • REFEREES
    Crew Chief
    Referee
    Umpire
    Miguel Angel Perez Perez
    M. A. Perez Perez

    Spain
    Tolga Sahin
    Tolga Sahin
    Italy
    Tasos Piloidis
    Tasos Piloidis
    Greece




    Belgacom Spirou
    Min Pts 2FG
    M-A
    3FG
    M-A
    FT
    M-A
    Rebounds As St To Blocks Fouls Rkg
    O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
    Totals 1800:00 660 190/371 62/176 94/151 75 213 288 114 55 122 17 32 214 183 597
    Average 200:00 73.3 51.2% 35.2% 62.3% 08.3 23.7 32.0 12.7 06.1 13.6 01.9 03.6 23.8 20.3 66.3

    Totals 1800:00 704 214/397 46/143 138/193 92 237 329 131 54 117 29 22 187 203 789
    Average 200:00 78.2 53.9% 32.2% 71.5% 10.2 26.3 36.6 14.6 06.0 13.0 03.2 02.4 20.8 22.6 87.7
    Maccabi Electra
    Monday, December 19, 2011
    Euroleague.net

    Quotes Head Coaches

    BOZZI, GIOVANNI
    Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
    "I hope we'll not play the same game than in Milan. We must show home another face, even if we are in trouble with some players since a few games. I remember we put Maccabi in trouble in the first game but I think it will not be easy to control the rhythm this time. Maccabi is stronger than us in the paint and I expect to be in problem with the defensive aggressiveness. But we'll play without any pressure for our last game."
    BLATT, DAVID
    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
    "We’re going into this game with the outlook that it is an important one in terms of our momentum and the way we feel about the future. We’re always trying out new things and it’s important to implement them. We’ve succeeded in overcoming the challenge of a roster that’s been reduced due to injuries and illness, and now we’re trying to keep on playing well."

    Players

    WELSCH, JIRI
    Belgacom Spirou Charleroi
    "Sure we expected more than two wins in this competition. But I woudn't say I'm disappointed because we played many close games. For different reasons, we lost in most cases. Between a loss by five points and a win by three, there is a lot of work. But we are proud of our run and I'm sure the qualification would be possible in another group. This week it's the end for us against a team which has many ambitions. We'll do our best but we have some problems injuries now. Then I can't promise we'll win."
    SMITH, DEVIN
    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
    "We’re going there with the goal of winning after a week of really good games. It’s important for us to keep up the momentum. We can’t let ourselves play any differently from how we usually do."

    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
    Euroleague.net
    Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), PILOIDIS, ANASTASIOS (GRE)
    Attendance: 5500 (Tentative)
    By Quarter1234
    Belgacom Spirou Charleroi16181520
    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22163018
    End of Quarter1234
    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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