2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 24, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.1 Points 77.1
32.5 Rebounds 36.2
9.5 O. Rebounds 10.2
23.0 D. Rebounds 26.0
15.9 Assists 15.5
7.2 Steals 5.2
3.4 Blocks 3.0
11.9 Turnovers 13.6
54.6 % 2PT 49.9 %
35.9 % 3PT 37.9 %
74.8 % FT 75.4 %
88.6 Index 84.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / Hickman Points 15.6 / Spanoulis
6.1 / James Rebounds 6.4 / Hines
2.4 / James OR 2.9 / Hines
3.7 / James DR 3.6 / Hines
3.9 / Ohayon Assists 5.4 / Spanoulis
1.9 / Hickman Steals 0.9 / Mantzaris
1.4 / James Blocks 1.0 / Hines
1.9 / Ohayon Turnovers 3.9 / Spanoulis
76.5 % / Landesberg 2PT 59.2 % / Hines
46.6 % / Logan 3PT 75.0 % / Sloukas
100.0 % / Landesberg FT 100.0 % / Gecevicius
17.6 / James Index 16.4 / Spanoulis


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-3 Top 16 1-3
8-2 Regular Season 8-2
9-5 Overall 9-5


Crew Chief

The Take

In what is already a critical Top 16 Group F battle, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv welcomes reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Pireaus in the Game of the Week on Thursday. Both Maccabi and Olympiacos are tied for fifth place in the group, each with a 1-3 record. These teams have faced each other 21 times in the past, but this is their first showdown since 2009. Maccabi has an 8-3 home record against Olympiacos, whose last win in Nokia Arena came in 2008. Noteworthy is that center Giorgi Shermadini, who had his best game yet for Olympiacos last week, started the season with Maccabi, but was released prior to the Top 16.

Maccabi's main concern will be stopping Vassilis Spanoulis, as he leads Olympiacos with his court sense, one-on-one skills, determination and great experience. Spanoulis is Olympiacos's first option, but Olympiacos has plenty of them at the wings, including Kostas Papanikolaou and Stratos Perperoglou at small forward, Martynas Gecevicius ready to provide the fireworks from downtown and combo guard Kostas Sloukas offering cool determination and great shooting range. Spanoulis will not have it easy against the seveal guards Maccabi could send his way, starting with bomber David Logan and combo guard Yogev Ohayon, in what promises to be a key matchup in this game. Ricky Hickman, Devin Smith and Sylven Landesberg could also see time against the Reds’ star. Papanikolaou is most likely to match up against Smith and the former will need his aggressiveness against the more-experienced swingman, whose one-on-one skills could make a difference. The point guard battle will be equally interesting, as Hickman earned Top 16 Week 3 bwin MVP honors in Maccabi's last home game. His ability to penetrate and his determination make him a key player. Moran Roth has entered the point guard rotation too with stellar play off the bench recently. Hickman will not have it easy against Acie Law, while Ohayon and Roth must do their best to slow Vangelis Mantzaris, who has just committed 5 turnovers in 288 minutes this season. Olympiacos hopes to use his deeper frontcourt to make the difference in the paint. Shermadini joins Pero Antic, Georgios Printezis and Kyle Hines to give Coach Giorgios Bartzokas plenty of options around the basket. Printezis is the right player to guard Lior Eliyahu due to their similar size and ability to run the floor. Nik Caner-Medley is back in action and ready to use his explosiveness against Antic. Hines and Shermadini are ready for a big battle against defensive big man Shawn James and Darko Planinic, who effectively took Shermadini’s spot on the roster.

Maccabi must run its offense through Hickman and James, lock the defensive board to run the floor and play in transition, where players like Ohayon, Logan and especially Eliyahu feel more comfortable, and of course, try to limit Spanoulis. Olympiacos needs to get its more-experienced frontcourt involved, look for Perperoglou and Papanikolaou to use their size advantage at small forward and expect Spanoulis to make the difference in crunch time. All eyes will be on this classic confrontation which could have a major impact on two giants vying for a ticket to the playoffs.
Monday, January 21, 2013

Game Notes


Ricky Hickman enters the week tied with Anadolu Efes’s Jamon Lucas for the league lead in steals this season with 1.93 per game.

Lior Eliyahu is 1 rebound shy of 500 for his Euroleague career.

Yogev Ohayon has made 12 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Devin Smith has struggled with his outside shot in the Top 16, going 2 for 18 thus far from downtown after making 43.2% of his threes during the regular season.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 15 for 30 from downtown (50%) over that stretch.

Logan was a teammate of Olympiacos forward Stratos Perperoglou last season at Panathinaikos Athens. They helped the club reach the Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

This will be the first meeting between Maccabi and Olympiacos in more than four years. They last met in January 2009, when Lior Eliyahu led Maccabi to a 96-83 victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Eliyahu and Georgios Printezis of Olympiacos are the only remaining players from that game still active on their current rosters.


Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.9 per game.

Vassilis Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis is 12 assists away from becoming the ninth player in competition history to record 500 career assists.

Spanoulis needs 1 more free throw to become the seventh player in competition history to knock down 500 free throws.

Spanoulis leads the league in fouls drawn with 81.

Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.

Giorgi Shermadini started the season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in nine regular season games before he was released.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"There’s no other option; we must win. Now, more than ever, we need to get this win at home. The players understand the importance of this game. We’ll be playing against the current Euroleague champions, a team with lots of experience and talent. We’ll need a combination of heart, bravery, and good basketball in order to defeat the excellent team we’ll be facing."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We don’t want to be left behind. This is our last chance to stay in the picture. It’s also the last chance for them, so I expect there will be a real battle on the court. Stopping Spanoulis will take a team effort; no one player can guard him and stop him. We need to move on from the past, forget about it and get the win."

Olympiacos edges Maccabi in Tel Aviv thriller

For the second week in a row, Olympiacos Piraeus was involved in a thriller, but by edging Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra 77-78, the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions ended up on the winning end of a last-second drama this time. Olympiacos survived in Nokia Arena thanks to a defensive stand in the final 52 seconds, but the Reds could only watch as the clock was running out on the hosts who were racing down the floor for a potential game-winning basket. Alas the buzzer sounded before Maccabi made a shot attempt and Olympiacos players jumped in joy to celebrate victory that improved them to 2-3 in Group F, while Maccabi dropped to 1-4 record. With both teams in a must-win situation, Vassilis Spanoulis set the tone early with 11 points in the first seven minutes as Olympiacos stormed out of the gate to go up 16-30. Maccabi recovered after halftime to end the third quarter up 62-57, before the fourth quarter featured several big runs and consequent lead changes. Maccabi was up 74-68, but Spanoulis went 6 for 6 from the foul line and hit what turned out to be a game-winning jumper. In the final 52 seconds, the visitors’ defense forced the hosts to miss 3 field goal attempts before the drama unfolded. Spanoulis finished the game with 24 points, while Georgios Printezis scored 16 for Olympiacos which played without Acie Law and Josh Powell. Giorgi Shermadini added 9 points plus 9 rebounds in victory against his former club. Devin Smith scored 17 for Maccabi. David Logan netted 15, and Shawn James collected 11 points plus 12 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Olympiacos starts hot, builds an early double-digit lead

Evangelos Mantzaris started the game with a three for Olympiacos, and Printezis added a put-back. Darko Planinic, in the starting lineup for the second time in his career, opened Maccabi's account, but Mantzaris’s basket-plus-foul made it 2-8. Ricky Hickman drove for a layup, before Spanoulis and Devin Smith traded triples. However, Spanoulis sank another shot from downtown and Printezis scored another basket inside for 7-16 and forced Maccabi to call a timeout. The hosts tried to recover with baskets from Smith and Logan, but Stratos Perperoglou and Spanoulis each hit a triple to help the Reds go up 13-26. Logan tried to get Maccabi going with a three-pointer, but Kyle Hines made a put-back and Kostas Sloukas hit a baseline jumper extending the lead to 14 points before Logan hit another triple to make it 19-30 after the first quarter.

Second quarter: Spanoulis continues to run the show

Lior Eliyahu’s baseline floater opened the scoring in the second quarter, but Spanoulis answered right back with a jumper. Logan stayed hot for the hosts, but so did Spanoulis who continued to run the show for Olympiacos, feeding Kostas Papanikolaou for an easy basket inside. After Smith hit a jumper, Logan made a spin move for 29-35, but Spanoulis answered with a driving layup and Hines restored a 10-point lead. The visitors’ advantage reached 13 points again with Printezis making all 4 free throws, before Planinic’s put-back beat the buzzer for 33-44 at the break.

Third quarter: Maccabi turns it around

Smith nailed a three-pointer to kick-start the third quarter, before Sylven Landesberg’s strong finish on a fastbreak and a basket inside from James cut it to 40-46. After a timeout, Giorgi Shermadini from close range snapped the hosts’ run, but Smith got Nokia Arena on its feet with an electrifying one-handed dunk over Perperoglou before a dunk-plus-foul from James brought Maccabi within 47-50. Shermadini converted a basket-plus-foul to briefly give the Reds more breathing room, but Landesberg hit a triple from the right corner and Yogev Ohayon’s runner gave Maccabi its first lead, 56-55. After Eliyahu and Hickman extended the lead to 4 points, Printezis drove inside for a lovely floater. Eliyahu’s floater beat the buzzer giving Maccabi a 62-57 lead after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Back and forth till the final buzzer

Spanoulis, who was scoreless in the third quarter, started the fourth with a triple, and Sloukas followed it up with a triple of his own for Olympiacos to regain the lead. Shermadini’s hook-shot made it 62-65, and after a timeout by Maccabi, Pero Antic nailed a triple from the left corner for a 6-point lead. Ohayon snapped a 0-11 run before Smith’s layup-plus-foul got Maccabi within 67-68 and shifted the momentum once again. The hosts regained the lead with a layup by Ohayon, before Logan hit a triple and James made a fastbreak dunk, capping a run of 12 unanswered points that made it 74-68. James fouled out and Olympiacos cut it to 2 points with Spanoulis and Hines combining 6 for 6 from the free throw line. Planinic made a put-back, but also hit only 1 of 4 free throws, while Hines scored a put-back of his own before Spanoulis hit a jumper with 52 seconds left for 77-78. With couple of offensive rebounds from Planinic, Maccabi kept possession for the majority the remaining time, but Ohayon missed twice and Smith missed a potential go-ahead jumper as well. Papanikolaou grabbed a rebound, and got sent to the foul line with 3.5 seconds to go. However, Papanikolaou missed both free throws and Maccabi tried to race down the floor to win the game, but Planinic’s dunk came after the buzzer and Reds started their celebrations on the floor of Nokia Arena.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19142915
Olympiacos Piraeus30141321
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19336277
Olympiacos Piraeus30445778
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 LOGAN, DAVID 29:19 15 3/6 3/4     3 3     1 1   3 1 12
5 JAMES, SHAWN 25:40 11 3/8   5/5 5 7 12 2 2 3 2 1 5 4 19
6 SMITH, DEVIN 32:45 17 4/11 2/3 3/3 2 1 3   1 1 3   3 5 17
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 20:07 4 1/2 0/2 2/4   2 2 1         1 4 5
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 14:36 8 4/7           2   1     1   5
9 ROTH, MORAN 5:54   0/1           2       1 1 1  
10 PNINI, GUY 0:41     0/1                       -1
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 5:29 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2     1     1   1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 29:30 6 3/8 0/1     2 2 5 1 2   1 3   2
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 9:39 7 3/4   1/4 3 2 5           2 3 9
14 THOMAS, MALCOLM 4:41   0/1       1 1     2 1   1   -2
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 21:39 7 2/3 1/1   1 3 4 1 2       2   11
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 77 24/52 6/13 11/16 15 23 38 13 6 11 7 3 23 18 82
        46.2% 46.2% 68.8%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 19:24 9 3/5   3/5 2 4 6 3       1 3 4 14
6 ANTIC, PERO 13:34 3 0/3 1/3   1 2 3 1 2     2 2 1 1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 34:07 24 3/6 4/9 6/6       4   1   1 2 4 20
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 13:34 3 0/1 1/3   1 1 2 1       1 1   1
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 20:22 9 4/8   1/1 4 5 9 2     2 1 2 4 19
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 17:20 5 1/1 1/2   1 1 2   3 2   1 1 3 8
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 0:29                              
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 6:14     0/2                   1   -3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 25:30 16 6/9 0/4 4/4 3 3 6 1   2     2 2 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 23:52 3 1/1 0/1 1/4 1 5 6 1 1 2 1   2 3 7
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 25:34 6 1/2 1/3 1/1   2 2 3   3     2 2 5
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 78 19/36 8/27 16/21 15 24 39 16 6 11 3 7 18 23 88
        52.8% 29.6% 76.2%

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Congratulations to Olympiacos. This was a serious battle. Our first quarter was very bad, but we had three good quarters, parts of which were very good. We fell with the last crucial shot of the game. It's a painful loss, very similar to Caja Laboral. We tried to prepare both mentally and physically, and we didn't quite do that, especially in the first quarter. There is no doubt that pressure had something to do with that. We're not out of this yet, and we're not hanging our heads. We've put ourselves in a tough situation, but we're not giving up."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very important win tonight for three reasons. First, we learned before the game that we got a negative response to our appeal regarding the game against Siena, and this was difficult for us. Second, we had to play without Law and Powell. Third, and most important, when we play here in this arena against this team it is always difficult. For three quarters we had control of the game. We reacted badly in the third quarter against Maccabi's fastbreak, and Maccabi and the crowd both got back into game. We had two important reactions, once when we were down 5 and the second when Maccabi took the lead again; we reacted well."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It's a tough feeling. It's really depressing because we lost the same way we did against Caja Laboral Vitoria three weeks ago. We played well in the second half, we could practically feel the victory in our hands, and it's really a bad feeling to end up with a loss."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It showed the great character of our team, that even when we made mistakes and missed shots, we played with guts and spirit. We knew it would be a tough game in a tough gym, a real do or die situation. We're happy with the win and now we need to focus on the next game."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a great win for us. We lost our last home game, everyone knows how, and we did not want to leave here with four losses. We gave everything and fought hard. I think we controlled the game in the first half, but in the third quarter we were not concentrated and did not execute well on our offense so we gave up some transition points. But, in the end we were there, we were tough, we made some important stops and hit some big buckets to win the game. I tried to play aggressive, try to find my teammates. We tried to keep good spacing because that was our problem in last games. No team in Europe can play good for nine months. This win for sure gives us confidence for the rest of the Top 16. It is very difficult to win here. It is a tough court, with an excellent atmosphere, and Maccabi wanted to win this game a lot, but we did too. Not many teams can win here."
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