2008-09Top 16Round 2
February 05, 2009 CET: 19:45
Local time: 19:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA
David Andersen - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona registered its first win in Top 16 Group F by when it downed visiting Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv with seeming ease 85-65 at home on Thursday. Both teams were tied in Group H with a 1-1 records after the game, either in second place or in an all-tied group depending on the later result of Alba Berlin vs. Real Madrid. Barcelona's 15-2 advantage in three-pointers spelled the difference against Maccabi as eight different players among the hosts buried shots from long range. David Andersen pumped in 17 points, including a pair of triples, while Gianluce Basile followed with 16 points, with 5 three-pointers that helped Barcelona assert complete control after halftime. Ersan Ilyasova added 11 points, while Fran Vazquez had a double-double with 10 points and rebounds each, while Juan Carlos Navarro 12 for the winners. Barcelona's defense only permitted Maccabi 5 three-point tries in the game, forcing the game inside, where an 8-3 advantage on blocks hurt the guests. D'or Fischer led Maccabi with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Omri Casspi scored 11, but no one else reached double figures. Navarro shined early to lead Barcelona to a 20-16 edge after 10 minutes. Vazquez dominated the boards and joined forces with Gianluca Basile to boost the hosts' lead to 33-21 midway through the second quarter. Yaniv Green and Fischer brought Maccabi within 39-33 at halftime. Barcelona dominated the rebounds after the break, while Basile struck twice from downtown in an 11-1 run that broke the game open, 55-40, giving Barcelona full control until the final buzzer.

DOr Fischer - Maccabi ElectraFischer got Maccabi going with a five-meter jumper but Navarro followed free throws with a corner three-pointer for a 5-2 Barcelona lead. Eliyahu sank foul shots but Maccabi lacked ball circulation with Victor Sada stopping Arroyo. Ilyasova struck from downtown but a fast break layup by Arroyo kept Maccabi within 8-6. Casspi hit a mid-range jumper but Daniel Santiago scored over Charles Gaines while Navarro buried a fallaway shot to restore a 12-8 Barcelona edge. Yaniv Green made free throws but Barcelona improved with Vazquez on court. He set the crowd on fire with a put-back dunk that Arroyo matched with a layup. Sada nailed a seven-meter bomb for a 17-12 Barcelona margin. Casppi scored down low that Andersen answered with his trademark mid-range jumper. More free throws by Eliyahu and Navarro fixed the score at 20-16 after 10 exciting minutes.

Roger Grimau took over with a wild driving layup right at the start of the second quarter but Casspi also scored in penetration for a 22-18 score. Maccabi tried to power the offensive board with Fischer and Gaines together on court. Basile, however, finished a two-chance Barcelona offense with a bomb from downtown while Vazquez added a put-back layup to boost the hosts' lead to 27-19. Maccabi called timeout and Green nailed a four-meter jumper but Andersen followed a triple with a jump hook to make it a 12-point game, 33-21. Arroyo tried to change things with a corner three-pointer and added an outstanding driving basket for a 33-26 Maccabi deficit. Andre Barrett and Grimau buried back-to-back triples to keep Barcelona out of trouble at 39-27. Green sank another shot from the top of the key while Tal Burstein and Fischer hit consecutive jumpers to bring Maccabi back to life, 39-33, at halftime.

Gianluca Basile - Regal FC BarcelonaFischer took over with a wild put-back dunk right after the break but Ilyasova stepped up with a baseline jumper to restore a 41-35 lead. Fischer kept pacing Maccabi with a jumper but Grimau answered from downtown to give the hosts some fresh air at 44-37. Brown shined with a backdoor layup - his first points tonight - that Vazquez matched with free throws. Maccabi struggled to find open shots now while Basile struck from way downtown for a 49-39 Barcelona margin. Maccabi called a much-needed timeout, as Barcelona dominated the boards now. Ilyasova and Fischer traded free throws but Maccabi had already entered the foul bonus. Vazquez did not miss from the foul line while Basile buried a corner three-pointer that broke the game open, 55-40, after an 11-1 run. Brown stepped up with a layup-plus-foul and fed Fischer for an alleyoop dunk. Ilyasova shined with a big triple and even when Fischer scored again, Andersen hit one from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 61-47 after three quarters.

Green scored again early in the fourth period, as Maccabi tried to return to the game. Andersen, however, sank his trademark turnaround jumper while Ilyasova scored in transition for a 65-49 Barcelona margin. The hosts kept excelling in defense, while free throws by Andersen sealed the outome, 67-49, with 7 minutes to go. Both teams fought now for points differential, a critical issue in such a balanced Top 16 group like this is. Navarro sank a running "bomba" that Fischer matched with a put-back layup. Vazquez dunked it while Navarro scored again for a 20-point Barcelona margin, 73-53. Barcelona kept pushing the pedal, as Lubos Barton sank a corner triple and the whole team stayed aggressive in defense. Nothing changed in the final 3 minutes, as Barcelona rejoined the race to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs while Maccabi needs to bounce back from this severe loss right away.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 6786
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Regal FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 23:46 16   5/8 1/2 1 1 2 2         2 2 16
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 14:09 3   1/3     2 2 3 1 2       2 7
8 TRIAS, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BARTON, LUBOS 15:35 3   1/2   1 1 2 1             5
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 24:31 12 3/6 1/4 3/4   1 1 1 1 1     4 4 7
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 20:41 17 4/5 2/4 3/4 2 2 4 1   3 3   3 3 18
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 26:58 10 3/5   4/4 7 3 10 2 2 1 3 1 3 2 22
20 DEDOVIC, NIHAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 23:45 11 2/6 2/8 1/2 1 6 7     1 1 1 2 3 7
24 SADA, VICTOR 25:51 3 0/1 1/2   1 3 4 5 1 1     1   9
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 8:36 2 1/1       1 1     1 1   2 2 3
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 16:08 8 1/3 2/3   1   1     1   1 1 1 4
Team             1 1   1           2
Totals 200:00 85 14/27 15/34 12/16 14 21 35 15 6 11 8 3 18 19 100
        51.9% 44.1% 75%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GAINES, CHARLES 5:25   0/1           1   1     1   -2
5 BROWN, MARCUS 35:00 6 2/4 0/1 2/3   2 2 6 1 2     3 7 13
6 SHARP, DERRICK 1:04                              
7 ARROYO, CARLOS 27:54 9 3/11 1/2           2 1   3 2 2 -2
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 24:57 8 2/6   4/4 2 3 5 1   3   1   4 10
9 GREEN, YANIV 19:31 8 3/4   2/2 1 2 3 1 2       1 1 13
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 13:06 2 1/2       2 2 2   2     2 1 2
11 SIMMONS, TRE 1:13                              
12 BROWN, DEE 13:44 4 2/2             2 1     3   2
13 CASSPI, OMRI 30:07 11 3/9 1/2 2/4 2 3 5   1 1   2 3 2 4
14 HAGAG, DROR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 FISCHER, DOR 27:59 17 8/13   1/2 5 6 11 1     3 2 4 1 21
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 65 24/52 2/5 11/15 10 20 30 12 8 12 3 8 19 18 62
        46.2% 40% 73.3%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
"This was a game in which the most important thing was to win, especially after the loss in Madrid. This was a complicated game against a complicated opponent and an experienced team that tried to confuse us with their matchup defense. It was a game that could become very complicated, but we were really focused. We played correct defense in general terms, not as brilliant as some other games. We did a great job deactivating their most important players. We lacked confidence in second-chance opportunities, but we played tough and were the fair winners in this game. The tiebreaker is important, of course, especially if you consider that we will finish the Top 16 in Tel Aviv. We have to see how this group evolves. Indeed, this is a good result. We have to bounce back from the loss in Madrid and this game was not easy at all. If we lost tonight, everything would have been really complicated for us. I am happy for my players, who took a step forwards against a team that arrived here without that much pressure. We must play twice against Alba Berlin now. Berlin is a tough place to play. Tau Ceramica won there in a game decided in the final minute."
GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Electra
"First of all, congratulations to Barcelona for the win and a very nice game. They deserved to win tonight and were better than us most of the game. They powered the offensive boards and shot very well from three-point range. They stopped our plays and had very good defense most of the game. They deserved to win and there is little to add about that. I still believe that tiebreak advantage is very important and Barcelona got a big advantage tonight. I don't see any way that Barcelona will not finish first in this group. We will try to beat them in Tel Aviv, it will not be an easy game for them. I believe that Barcelona is the best team in this group and they still have to play here against Real Madrid. It looks good for them."

Players

ANDERSEN, DAVID
Regal FC Barcelona
"I feel more comfortable after six months here in Barcelona. I understand the coach better and my teammates more, too. This is a new team growing together and hopefully we can stay like that, growing as a team and keep playing better basketball. Hopefully we will play better in the next big games. Our defense was really good tonight, even through Maccabi is a great offensive team. We played good defense and limited them to maybe 17 or 18 points in the second half, which is crucial. Our offense is coming back. We have started to run. This was a big game and everybody wanted to play at their best level. I was fortunate that my teammates found me in good position and hit good shots. The main thing is that, as a team, we played exceptionally good defense and ran very well."
SADA, VICTOR
Regal FC Barcelona
"Defense was the key to this game. We didn't let them play comfortable and tried to slow down the game tempo. We had a great shooting night and maybe took too many three-point shots, but we were left open often and showed that we want to win the game - and won it in the end. We did not manage to win in Madrid, but lost by a narrow margin. This win is a safety cushion for us now, even though we have to keep playing. Everyone is keeping an eye on us, Madrid and Maccabi, but Alba Berlin cannot be left out, either. We have to respect every opponent. I feel good now after my injury. My ankle is now ready to play with intensity. I am in good form, but I hope that better times will come, too."
ELIYAHU, LIOR
Maccabi Electra
"We got off to a good start, but we didn't play aggressive against a very good team like Regal FCB. We lost by 20 points and that says it all. Of course, the game is Tel Aviv will be different, I believe it will be. Now we face a very important game in the Israeli League on Sunday and then travel to Madrid to face Real in a crucial game, too. The Top 16 has just started and we have four games to play. We can bounce back from this loss even though it won't be easy, as there are many good teams in this group. I am sure we will play way better in our next games against Madrid."
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