2013-14Top 16Round 1
January 02, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
70.0 Points 76.4
35.9 Rebounds 33.2
12.4 O. Rebounds 7.5
23.5 D. Rebounds 25.7
14.7 Assists 18.2
4.6 Steals 5.6
1.7 Blocks 3.2
10.2 Turnovers 13.4
46.2 % 2PT 56.1 %
27.9 % 3PT 35.9 %
77.1 % FT 72.8 %
75.5 Index 85.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.7 / Arroyo Points 11.3 / Hickman
7.0 / Aldemir Rebounds 5.0 / Ingles
3.0 / Aldemir OR 1.7 / James
4.1 / Erceg DR 4.4 / Ingles
4.1 / Arroyo Assists 4.1 / Ingles
1.0 / Arroyo Steals 0.9 / Smith
0.5 / Aldemir Blocks 1.9 / James
1.2 / Arslan Turnovers 2.9 / Schortsanitis
62.5 % / Arslan 2PT 69.4 % / James
52.6 % / Akyol 3PT 100.0 % / James
100.0 % / Koksal FT 87.1 % / Hickman
11.0 / Aldemir Index 15.3 / Ingles


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
6-4 Overall 8-2


Crew Chief

The Take

Two of the best teams in the 2013-14 regular season go against each other for the first time ever in what should be a great basketball atmosphere. Galatasaray stars Carlos Arroyo, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Milan Macvan previously worked for Maccabi. Maccabi relies heavily on Sofoklis Schortsanitis to make the difference in the paint since Shawn James has missed some recent games. He will have to be effective at both ends against Mensah-Bonsu, back from a suspension, and Furkan Aldemir, the young rebounds ace. Macvan must use his size and talent against sharp shooter David Blu. Maccabi relies on Devin Smith and Joe Ingles to make the difference at both wings. Galatasaray has very intense players, such as Sinan Guler, Malik Hairston and Henry Domercant, ready to take the challenge. Stopping Arroyo will be Maccabi's priority, but Galatasaray will often use twin point guard with him and Ender Arslan together on court. Tyrese Rice and Ricky Hickman will try to prevent Arroyo from dominating the game tempo. Yogev Ohayon for Maccabi and Cenk Akyol for Galatasaray could be x-factors of this highly-interesting game.
Monday, December 30, 2013

Game Notes

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Coach Ergin Ataman has used 17 different players and 14 different starters thus far this season.
Ataman coached Maccabi forward David Blu played during the 2006-07 season at Fortitudo Bologna.
Carlos Arroyo played for Maccabi Electra during the 2008-09 season. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli League title that season.
Ender Arslan needs 20 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark for his Euroleague career.
Zoran Erceg has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Malik Hairston recorded one of the best games of his Euroleague career in the 2011-12 season opener against Maccabi Electra. Hairston led his team at the time, EA7 Emporio Armani, to an 89-82 victory with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks for a career-best performance index rating of 33.
Milan Macvan played for Maccabi Electra during the 2010-11 season. He played under current Maccabi coach David Blatt and alongside David Blu, Guy Pnini and Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Together they reached that season's Euroleague title game and won the Israeli League and Cup double.
Macvan set his Euroleague career high in scoring with 22 points for Partizan Belgrade against Maccabi in December 2011. He added 8 rebounds to lead Partizan to a 74-71 victory.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2012-13 season, but the contract was terminated before he ever played a game due an issue in his physical examination.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Coach David Blatt has used nine different players in the starting lineup so far this season. No player has started every game.
Blatt coached Galatasaray guard Ender Arslan during the 2007-08 season at Efes Pilsen.
Blatt coached Galatasray forward Cenk Akyol briefly at the start of 2007-08 season at Efes Pilsen before the player was sent out on loan.
David Blu has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a teammate of Galatasaray guard Henry Domercant at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2006-07 season.
Schortsanitis was a teammate of Galatasaray forward Zoran Erceg at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2008-09 season.
Tyrese Rice was a teammate of Galatasaray forward Zoran Erceg at Panionios Athens during the 2009-10 season.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We know we will play against a strong team, but we will stick to our game plan. During the Top 16 our fans' support will be more important than during the regular season . We will do our best to start to Top 16 with a victory."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We advanced to the Top 16 from first place in our group, which shows that we have already accomplished something in Europe this season. Still, things are just going to get tougher and more competitive. We're coming off of eight straight wins, and aside from the fact that Shawn still isn't with us, we're in pretty good shape. Galatasaray is a strong team with excellent rebounding; it's not the best place for us to start this round."


Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"It is going to be a tough game. Maccabi is an experienced team with great players. We look forward to see how our supporters will come and support us. Hopefully, we will come away with a victory."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We've got a tough team, we just need to keep preparing every day. Coach did some scouting and has been telling us what to do, we just need to put it into action on the court. Alex (Tyus) has been playing well, and soon Shawn (James) will come back. I think we'll do well if we keep working hard every day. Coach is doing a great job. Galatasaray is a tough opponent and we need to stay focused on this game."

Hickman shines as Maccabi wins at Galatasaray

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv pulled away with a 0-12 fourth-quarter run to beat Galatasaray Liv Hospital 84-90 on Thursday night in both teams’ Top 16 opener at Abdi Ipekci Sports Hall in Istanbul. The fourth quarter started with plenty of excitement and five lead changes, but Devin Smith and Yogev Ohayon each hit threes in the game-breaking run. Ricky Hickman scored a season-high 24 points for Maccabi and Ohayon added 15, while Smith and Alex Tyus each posted double doubles for the winners. Smith tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds, Tyus went for 12 points and 11 boards. Carlos Arroyo scored 19 for the hosts, who led by as many as 9 in the second quarter. Zoran Erceg scored 17, Ender Arslan 12 and Henry Domercant 11 in defeat.

First quarter: Visitors lead after high-scoring start

Maccabi went inside to Sofoklis Schortsanitis for the game’s first points. Erceg got the hosts on the scoreboard from the line. Sofo and Erceg remained their teams’ top options in the early going. Hickman heated up with a pair of baskets – the second thanks to Ohayon’s steal. Arroyo answered back with a three to make it 7-9. Smith sank a three and Hickman penetrated to make it 7-14. Malik Hairston kept the local fans cheering with a triple and Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored with a baby hook. Ohayon and Erceg traded threes before Tyus grabbed a missed David Blu three and put it in to keep Maccabi in control. Tyus scored over Pops to extend the lead to 8. Domercant sank a three over Tyus and Arroyo finished the quarter with another three to make it 23-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts use 11-0 charge to take control

Hairston drove for a layup and a Galatasaray lead before Domercant added a basket in transition to cap an 11-0 charge. Joe Ingles, who had his layup blocked, recovered the ball and found Tyus for a slam. Arroyo and Hickman traded scores. Domercant stayed hot with a steal and layup. Arslan made it 35-29 with a triple midway through the quarter. Hairston left the game with a leg injury. After a TV timeout, Ingles flipped to Smith for a monster slam. Sinan Guler intercepted a poor Ohayon pass and went in for a layup. Arslan added 2 more from the line. Smith showed Maccabi’s fight with the ultimate bwin Euroleague Fantasy Challenge play – offensive rebound, score, foul drawn and free throw made. Arslan made his way to the basket for an easy layup at the other end. Guler gave the hosts their largest lead, 43-34, with a floater off the glass. A Guy Pnini jumper and Blu triple closed the gap. Arroyo rescued Galatasaray with a three to leave his team ahead 47-40 at the break.

Third quarter: Maccabi rallies back

Erceg scored inside to open the second half. Pnini responded with a three-pointer. Mensah-Bonsu and Schortsanitis each scored inside. Free throws by Pnini and Hickman carried Maccabi within 51-48. Arroyo, again, came to the Galatasaray rescue with a mid-range jumper. Blu split free throws and made it 53-49 midway through the quarter. Arroyo restored Galatasaray confidence with his fourth triple. Even though Ohayon matched him on the ensuing possession, Erceg sank a three, too. Tyus scored on the offensive glass, Mensah-Bonsu dunked. A three by Smith made it 61-57. Ohayon passed to Tyus behind him for a slam. Domercant scored over Ohayon, but Blu matched him with a long two-pointer. Domercant free throws and a Hickman layup kept things close, 65-63, through three quarter.

Fourth quarter: After 5 lead changes, 0-10 run paves the way for Tel Aviv

Tyrese Rice gave Maccabi its first lead of the second half with a big three. Arroyo, and then Arslan, connected from behind the arc to restore a Galatasaray cushion. An Ohayon jumper brought Maccabi to 71-70. Hickman sank a pull-up jumper to give his team a 1-point advantage with just over five minutes remaining. After a timeout Erceg countered with a three before Hickman drove and tied the score, 74-74. Pnini found Smith wide open for a three. The momentum went strongly to the visitors as Hickman sent a laser pass to Tyus for a slam and Ohayon connected from behind the arc to extend a 0-10 run. Arroyo left with an apparent knee injury. Pnini set up Ohayon for a layup and a double-digit lead. Cenk Akyol drained a three to make it 77-84 with 100 seconds to play, however Hickman connected on a triple. Arslan free throws and an Erceg layup gave Galatasaray hope. Blu split free throws with 46 seconds remaining, but Galatasaray failed to capitalize at the other end. An Akyol three made it 84-88 with 11 seconds remaining. Hickman free throws with 8 seconds left iced the game.

Ricky Hickman - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Attendance: 10411 (Tentative)
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Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ERCEG, ZORAN 33:05 17 3/5 3/7 2/2 1 5 6 3 1 2     3 2 18
6 SONMEZ, DOGUKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN 0:32                              
8 HAIRSTON, MALIK 16:45 8 1/3 1/1 3/4 1 1 2           2 2 7
14 ATSUR, ENGIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 AKYOL, CENK 13:19 6 0/1 2/4   1 1 2           2   3
21 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 29:18 7 3/4   1/2 4 5 9     1     3 3 13
25 MACVAN, MILAN 16:03   0/3 0/2   3 3 6 1       2 1 2 1
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 33:36 19 2/6 5/8     1 1 4   1     2 1 15
32 GULER, SINAN 7:41 4 2/4             1       5   -2
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 19:44 12 1/3 2/4 4/4 1   1 2   2       5 14
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 29:57 11 3/7 1/4 2/3 1 2 3   2 1     1 1 7
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 84 15/36 14/30 12/15 12 21 33 10 4 8 0 2 19 16 78
        41.7% 46.7% 80%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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 RICE, TYRESE 8:25 3 0/1 1/1     1 1             1 4
6 SMITH, DEVIN 28:48 14 2/4 3/4 1/1 2 8 10       2   3 2 22
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 32:30 24 8/11 1/3 5/8   1 1 3 1 1     1 7 26
8 INGLES, JOE 11:51   0/3     1   1 1 1       1 1  
9 TYUS, ALEX 27:27 12 6/7     5 6 11     2     2   18
10 PNINI, GUY 28:04 6 1/1 1/4 1/2   2 2 4         2 2 8
11 COHEN, JAKE 0:42                              
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 28:52 15 3/6 3/4     3 3 3 2 2     3 2 16
13 BLU, DAVID 22:21 9 2/3 1/4 2/4   1 1 1   1       2 6
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 11:00 7 3/6   1/2                 4 2 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 90 25/42 10/20 10/17 8 24 32 12 4 6 2 0 16 19 103
        59.5% 50% 58.8%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We performed well as a team tonight, but sometimes you have to have luck to win. I'm not talking about the shots that were in or out. Malik [Hairston] got injured at the first half and didn't play in the second. He's one of our best defenders and of course it affected us. When Sinan Guler missed the open layup and made his fourth foul, it killed our rhythm. We defended the paint well against Maccabi, but didn't play good perimeter defense. Especially Ricky Hickman played one on ones on Ender Arsland and he managed these offences well. With Ohayon, they reached 90 points. A team that shoots 30% percent from the arc, shot 50% tonight. This is the Top 16. It'll be tough. If we had full roster, including Furkan Aldemir, we'd beat Maccabi. "
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It always nice to be back here. It was a match between two teams which were very good offensively. Galatasaray Liv Hospital is a great team with a great coach. We didn’t defend badly in the first half, but they were very good in terms of shooting percentage. In the second half we tried to change that. We were better at one-on-one plays and rebounds. Offensive-wise we were successful. We will play 14 games in this Top 16. Two years ago this win might help put us in a more advantageous position. Now, it doesn’t mean that much anymore. But it’s still good to win a road game. "
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