2012-13Top 16Round 6
January 31, 2013 CET: 19:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
67.0 Points 78.9
32.7 Rebounds 32.9
10.7 O. Rebounds 9.9
22.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
12.1 Assists 15.7
6.1 Steals 7.1
3.2 Blocks 3.7
13.7 Turnovers 11.9
48.5 % 2PT 53.9 %
32.1 % 3PT 36.4 %
65.4 % FT 74.4 %
64.1 Index 88.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / Jerrells Points 13.0 / Hickman
5.7 / Markota Rebounds 6.5 / James
2.1 / Falker OR 2.5 / James
4.2 / Markota DR 3.9 / James
2.8 / Jerrells Assists 3.9 / Ohayon
0.9 / Jerrells Steals 1.8 / Hickman
1.2 / Vidmar Blocks 1.5 / James
2.1 / Jerrells Turnovers 1.9 / Ohayon
62.5 % / Cetin 2PT 75.0 % / Landesberg
38.8 % / Jerrells 3PT 48.4 % / Logan
100.0 % / Akin FT 100.0 % / Landesberg
14.5 / Jerrells Index 17.7 / James


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-5 Top 16 1-4
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
5-10 Overall 9-6


Crew Chief

The Take

A battle to rejoin the playoffs race in Top 16 Group F is expected in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday, when Besiktas JK welcomes Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Besiktas is looking for its first Top 16 win, but Maccabi has a 1-4 record and needs to bounce back from consecutive losses. These teams have never faced each other in European competitions, which adds even more anticipation to this critical, exciting showdown.

Besiktas needs to stop point guard Ricky Hickman to get more chances to register a win. Hickman is Maccabi's silent leader due to his driving skills, court sense, outside shooting and outstanding determination. Moran Roth will back him up, providing intensity, on-the-ball defense and hustle. Hickman is ready for a big matchup against scoring guard Curtis Jerrells, Besiktas's undeniable leader due to his scoring skills and overall performance. With Tutku Acik still sidelined, Fikret Can Akin will step up to provide deep range and intensity off the bench. Besiktas relies on Daniel Ewing and Patrick Christopher, two very dynamic swingmen, to make the difference at the wings. Ewing is an experienced scorer and Christopher offers athleticism and energy at small forward. Serhat Cetin offers talent, quickness and the occasional three-pointer off the bench. Ewing and Cetin are ready for a big battle against a battery of Maccabi shooters such as David Logan, Yogev Ohayon and Sylven Landesberg. Christopher must use his aggressiveness and jumping skills against a more experienced Devin Smith. Three-point bomber Guy Pnini will be ready to step up off the guests' bench. Both teams have very deep frontcourts, in what promises to be the biggest key to this game. Gasper Vidmar has been in great shape recently, offering Besiktas post moves, easy baskets and rebounds. Undersized big man Randal Falker and aggressive center Cemal Nalga will offer a helping hand off the bench. Damir Markota will see most minutes at power forward, where his deep shooting range and rebounding skills make an impact. Cehver Ozer will back him up, providing hustle, intensity and three-point shots. Markota and Ozer will not have it easy against two athletic, intense power forwards in Nik Caner-Medley and Malcolm Thomas. Meanwhile, Vidmar must use his explosiveness against shot block specialist Shawn James, who is right in the middle of a career-best season. Lior Eliyahu will try to open the floor and play in transition while Darko Planinic is a physical center ready to face Vidmar and Falker.

Maccabi must play with great intensity at both ends to run the floor and make the most out of players like Logan, Eliyahu and Planinic. It needs a good game from Oyahon and Hickman in order to control the game tempo. Besiktas must run its offense through Jerrells and Vidmar, its best two players in the Top 16. It needs Christopher to make the difference at small forward, play physical and rely on its home crowd to provide extra energy off the bench.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Game Notes


Curtis Jerrells has scored in double figures in seven straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Jerrells is averaging career highs in scoring (14.9 ppg.) and three-point shooting (38.8%) in this, his third Euroleague season.

Gasper Vidmar’s streak of games with at least 1 blocked shot ended at eight last week.

Vidmar is ranked last among 75 qualified players in free throw shooting this season at 25%.

Serhat Cetin’s streak of games with at least 1 three-pointer made ended at nine last week.

Dan Ewing was a teammate of Maccabi Electra guard at Asseco Prokom between 2008 and 2010. Together they helped Prokom win back-to-back Polish League titles and reach the Euroleague playoffs for the first time in 2010.


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

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

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 18 for 34 from downtown (52.9%) over that stretch. He has five games with 3 three-pointers in that stretch.

Devin Smith played alongside Besiktas players Gasper Vidmar and Serhat Cetin during the 2008-09 season at Fenerbahce Ulker.

 Shawn James has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

James is the Top 16 leader in offensive rebounding with 3.0 per game.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We missed out on victories in two games where we were in a position to win, and I hope this time we will win against Besiktas. My guys are working hard every day and they look good. They really want to succeed and they haven’t lost faith in themselves, but we really need a win in order to improve self-confidence and morale. More things will happen in this group. You look at the standings and everything seems pretty clear, but a week goes by and things have changed."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"The fact that Besiktas hasn’t won yet in the Top 16 is to our disadvantage. I don’t like playing against teams that are battling for their lives, because in my opinion they’re more dangerous. We need to focus on our own game and what we need to do to win, in all of the games we have left. The only way we’ll move up is by winning."

Maccabi Electra routs Besiktas for key road win

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv used a 0-18 run spanning the first and second quarters to ease to a 55-77 victory at Besiktas JK Istanbul in Top 16 Group F action in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Lior Eliyahu led the way for Maccabi with 14 points and 5 rebounds as Tel Aviv improved to 2-4 in the group. Nik Caner-Medley added 12 points while David Logan chipped in 10 points and Yogev Ohayon had 7 points and 6 assists for Maccabi. Besiktas, which made just 5 of 26 from three-point range, dropped to 0-6 despite 13 points from Serhat Cetin, 12 from Patrick Christopher and 11 from Gasper Vidmar.

First quarter: 0-10 run, blocked shots lead to big Maccabi lead

Besiktas coach Erman Kunter made two changes to his starting lineup with Daniel Ewing and Cetin coming on for Fikret Can Akin and Christopher alongside Vidmar, Damir Markota and Curtis Jerrells. Maccabi head coach David Blatt replaced Eliyahu and Darko Planinic with Shawn James and Caner-Medley alongside the trio of Devin Smith, Ricky Hickman and Ohayon. Jerrells opened the scoring with a jumper and Markota put back an offensive rebound for a 4-0 lead. Caner-Medley gave Maccabi its first points with a put back and free throw and then nailed a three-pointer to make it 4-6. Ohayon and James finished off the 0-10 run for a 4-10 Maccabi advantage. Cetin got down a jumper and Vidmar made two free throws to pull within 8-10 despite four Maccabi blocked shots in the first five minutes. Eliyahu threw down a break-away dunk and Smith knocked down a straight-on three-pointer as the lead grew to 8-15. Eliyahu hit a driving hook and scored yet again to push the cushion to 10-19. Ewing trimmed it to 12-19 but David Logan’s jumper had Maccabi up 12-21 after one quarter.

Second quarter: 0-16 run to start quarter for Maccabi

James’ free throw opened the second quarter and it would be a while before Besiktas would get on the score board. Logan converted a layup after a steal before Sylven Landesberg put back an offensive rebound and hit again to make it 12-30. Besiktas could not even get shots off and Maccabi got out on the break with Eliyahu and Smith converting in the open court and Smith’s free throw finished the 0-16 run for a 12-37 Maccabi lead. After eight missed shots and seven turnovers, Ewing finally scored for Besiktas on a layup with 2:44 remaining in the quarter to make it 14-37. Jerrells hit a basket and Akin made three free throws to trim the margin to 19-39. And it was under 20 points on Cetin’s triple to pull Besiktas to within 22-41. But Landesberg threw down a dunk just before the buzzer to send Maccabi into the locker rooms ahead 22-43.

Third quarter: Maccabi uses threes to keep Vidmar-led Besiktas at bay

Vidmar made sure Besiktas didn’t have to wait long to score in the third quarter with a dunk to open the half. Maccabi was scoreless for the first two minutes before Ohayon nailed a triple from the right corner and Caner-Medley’s trey re-established the biggest lead of 25 points – 24-49. Vidmar continued his strong play with a three-point play and another basket and Randal Falker’s free throw cut the deficit to 30-49. Vidmar’s layup also made it a 19-point game but Logan nailed two triples in the final stretches as Maccabi was ahead 35-57 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Eliyahu, Maccabi threes too much to mount comeback

Planinic scored his first points of the game on a hook shot to start the fourth quarter. Christopher answered with a triple and Markota knocked down a hook to trim the gap to 40-59. Eliyahu scored two baskets, the second going coast-to-coast to push the advantage back to 40-63. Markota hit inside and Cemal Nalga trimmed the gap to 45-66 before Hickman sandwiched two triples around a three by Caner-Medley for the biggest lead of the game of 28 points – 47-75 – with just more than two minutes to play. Christopher and Cetin both nailed threes in final 66 seconds for a bit of cosmetics on the final result.

Shawn James - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Attendance: 5128
By Quarter1234
Besiktas JK Istanbul12101320
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv21221420
End of Quarter1234
Besiktas JK Istanbul12223555
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv21435777
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 19:33 4 2/3 0/3           1 2   1     -2
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 17:56 3 0/1 0/5 3/3 1   1 2   1     1 3 1
11 ACIK, TUTKU 4:18   0/1               2         -3
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 18:24 11 4/8   3/5 3 3 6 1 1 4 1 4 2 4 8
14 FALKER, RANDAL 19:55 1 0/2   1/2 4 4 8 1   1   1 3 3 5
15 CETIN, SERHAT 32:40 13 2/4 3/9     4 4 2   2 1   2 2 10
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 22:53 5 2/4 0/2 1/2 2 2 4 1   1   1 1 2 4
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 15:27 12 3/6 2/5         1   3 1 1   1 5
25 HERSEK, BARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 NALGA, CEMAL 13:07 2 1/1   0/2 1 5 6     1     2 2 5
41 OZER, CEVHER 5:41           2 2     1         1
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 30:06 4 2/7 0/2     1 1 4 2 3   1 1 2 1
Team           8 1 9               9
Totals 200:00 55 16/37 5/26 8/14 19 22 41 12 4 21 3 9 12 19 44
        43.2% 19.2% 57.1%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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 LOGAN, DAVID 24:23 10 2/2 2/5     4 4 2 1 1 1   2 2 14
5 JAMES, SHAWN 20:21 7 3/6   1/2 2 3 5 2 2 4 3   4 2 9
6 SMITH, DEVIN 22:57 6 1/3 1/2 1/2   3 3 1 1 1 1   2 1 6
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 22:50 9 1/2 2/4 1/2   1 1 3 1       3 1 8
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 22:11 14 7/9     1 4 5 3 1 1 2     1 23
9 ROTH, MORAN 4:17   0/1       1 1         1     -1
10 PNINI, GUY 5:46     0/1         1         1   -1
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 17:49 12 1/7 3/3 1/1 2 2 4     1 2   1 2 12
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 28:30 7 2/3 1/1     3 3 6 2 2       2 17
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 14:37 4 2/4       1 1     5   1 5 1 -7
14 THOMAS, MALCOLM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 16:19 8 4/7     1 1 2   1     1 1   6
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 23/44 9/16 4/7 7 24 31 18 9 15 9 3 19 12 88
        52.3% 56.3% 57.1%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We were terrible tonight. Maccabi Electra is not that strong as in the past couple of years. But we were terrible and we made plenty of mistakes all game. We made 16 turnovers just at halftime. We couldn’t even shoot the ball in the basket because of that. Our rhythm was extremely slow. You can never won a game with those details. The simple turnovers were the main reason for our loss. The level of Top 16 is different than the regular season. We need time to compete at this level in the future. The reality is that we can’t compete at this level."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"My team did great job and had a very important win tonight. We don’t have star players like we had in the past. This win will help us to stay alive in the group. I hope we can take a further step to play better. It’s not an easy task to beat Besiktas by 22 points at home in Istanbul. They came very close to winning against Montepaschi Siena last week. They also played good against Barcelona Regal. For that reason, my team did a great job for winning tonight. I’m very happy about this win."


Besiktas JK Istanbul
"I think we played the worst game of the season tonight. There was no harmony in the team and we turned the ball more than 20 times. This was too much for a team. I have nothing to say, but we are really sad for our supporters."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We played real good tonight. We forced Besiktas to make many mistakes especially in the first and second quarters. We had a good margin in the second quarter and controlled the rest of the game easily. It’s always good to win on the road. I hope it helps us to motivate and play much better in the next games."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We started strong. We were really focused from the first moment. We succeeded in pulling away early and never looked back. We played as a team, as one unit. We ran for a lot of fast breaks which allowed us to maximize our ability. We promised ourselves not to stop fighting in the Euroleague and so we didn’t. We can beat the best teams, but for now we will focus on the [Israeli] Cup."
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