2012-13Top 16Round 7
February 14, 2013 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.8 Points 78.9
32.8 Rebounds 34.1
9.7 O. Rebounds 8.7
23.1 D. Rebounds 25.4
15.9 Assists 15.8
7.3 Steals 6.8
4.0 Blocks 3.8
12.1 Turnovers 13.0
53.8 % 2PT 57.6 %
37.6 % 3PT 35.8 %
74.0 % FT 76.2 %
88.1 Index 93.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.8 / Hickman Points 12.3 / Navarro
6.4 / James Rebounds 5.9 / Tomic
2.5 / James OR 1.4 / Tomic
3.9 / James DR 4.4 / Tomic
4.1 / Ohayon Assists 3.1 / Huertas
1.8 / Hickman Steals 1.2 / Mickeal
1.6 / James Blocks 1.4 / Tomic
1.9 / Ohayon Turnovers 1.8 / Huertas
70.4 % / Landesberg 2PT 81.3 % / Rabaseda
47.8 % / Logan 3PT 57.1 % / Lorbek
100.0 % / Landesberg FT 100.0 % / Jasikevicius
17.1 / James Index 15.6 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-4 Top 16 5-1
8-2 Regular Season 9-1
10-6 Overall 14-2


Crew Chief

The Take

Group F only features on Thursday game, but it’s one not to miss as superpowers Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and FC Barcelona Regal go head-to-head in Nokia Arena. Despite their frequent Final Four appearances, Maccabi and Barcelona have met nine times over the past five seasons, but only in the Top 16 or playoffs stages. Barcelona has won seven of those games, including the last six. Both teams come in with positive momentum, having each won their domestic cup competitions last week. It will be a special return to Tel Aviv for Barcelona guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, who led Maccabi to back-to-back Euroleague crowns in his only two seasons there, 2003-2005.

Maccabi enters the game a bit shorthanded in the frontcourt, which could be a critical factor. Lior Eliyahu is doubtful with a knee injury and reserve Malcolm Thomas left the club last week. That leaves centers Shawn James and Darko Planinic and power forward Nik Caner-Medley as the only big men left in the Maccabi rotations. Accordingly, Guy Pnini may have to see some minutes at power forward. Barcelona, on the other hand, is among the deepest teams in the paint. Center Ante Tomic is in the midst of a career season, bruising Nate Jawai packs quite a punch off the bench and three-time All-Euroleague forward Erazem Lorbek is a headache for all teams. Maccabi could try to go inside early, hoping Planinic’s array of post moves and James’s speed and strength could force Tomic into a few game-changing fouls. The visitors’ depth does not end in the frontcourt. With scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro back in the fold, point guards Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada can focus on distribution and defense, while Sarunas Jasikevicius will continue to step up off the bench. Maccabi has plenty of ball handlers and shooters at guard, with Yogev Ohayon, Ricky Hickman and David Logan all capable of playing either guard spot. Sylven Landesberg and small forward Devin Smith will also be in the mix as Maccabi looks to find the right mix of players to stop Navarro from getting hot and Barcelona leader, small forward Pete Mickeal, from taking control.

Barcelona is tied for first place in Group F with Montepaschi Siena at 5-1 and a win in Tel Aviv would be a pretty feather in the team’s cap. However Maccabi, sixth with a 2-4 record, can ill-afford another home loss if it is to make up the two-victory deficit it faces to reach the playoffs. Even without Eliyahu, expect a packed Nokia Arena to fuel Maccabi to a close game. The key for Maccabi will be slowing down Tomic and keeping the ball away from Navarro. Barcelona will try to neutralize James and force Maccabi, tied for the fewest three-pointer in the Top 16, to chuck from outside. In what could well be the pivotal game for both sides, all signs point to drama.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Game Notes


Maccabi won the Israeli State Cup for the 40th time last week. Devin Smith was named MVP of the final.

David Blatt briefly coached Barcelona big man Erazem Lorbek at Benetton Treviso during the 2006-07 season.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last nine Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 20 for 39 from downtown (51.3%) over that stretch. He has six games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Logan was a teammate of Barcelona guard Sarunas Jasikevicius last season at Panathinaikos Athens. They helped the club reach the Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

Lior Eliyahu and Barcelona guard Marcelinho Huertas were teammates at Caja Laboral during the 2009-10 season. They helped the club win the Spanish League title that season.

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

Shawn James is tied for the Top 16 lead in offensive rebounding with Panathinaikos’s Stephane Lasme at 2.8 per game.


FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.5 points allowed per game.

With his next three-pointer, Juan Carlos Navarro will overtake former teammate Gianluca Basile to become the Euroleague career leader in three-pointers made. Entering the game, Navarro and Basile each have 421 career triples.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 21 straight free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw percentage at 92.09%.

Sarunas Jasikevicius had two of his finest seasons in a Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform between 2003 and 2005. He helped the team win back-to-back Euroleague titles and Israeli League and Cup doubles, was named to the All-Euroleague First Team both seasons and was the 2005 Final Four MVP. Saras played alongside current Maccabi assistant coach Derrick Sharp and manager Gur Shelef on those teams; Maccabi head coach David Blatt was an assistant during Saras’s first season at Maccabi.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in seven straight Euroleague games. He is ranked third in the Top 16 in performance index rating (20.8 per game), fourth in rebounds (7 rpg.) seventh in scoring (14.8 ppg.) and second in field goal shooting percentage (70.9%).

In his last game before the break, Xavi Rabaseda erupted for a career-high 16 points on perfect shooting – including 4 three-pointers – in just 18 minutes against Montepaschi Siena.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We are awaiting this game against Barcelona with great impatience. We understand just how strong this Barcelona team is; they've won their last eight games and just won yet another title, the Spanish Cup. They're in great shape, and we know them well from the games we've played against them in recent years. Their team is more or less the same as it has been for the last few years, and we of course have undergone a number of changes. But we're in February now, we're not a new team, and we're very well aware of how important tomorrow's game is."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are emotionally in a good place, but we must feel that this is an important game to us and not the reward after a title. It's hard to anticipate what tiredness can do to both teams. Regarding us, we are pretty tired, so we had to modify our practices according to that. Maccabi needs a home win right now and it will be a tough game against a very good team. They are fast, they have small backcourt players and can play wide open. They also have great skille in the one on one. If Eilyahu is out for this game, which has not been confirmed yet, they can use Davis or Pnini at forward, which has pros and cons for us."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Our fans are going to give us a lot of support. We have to believe in ourselves. We need to get out there and play. We realize they're one of the best teams in Europe, but you can't listen to statistics. That doesn't mean anything. I don't care about any of the guys on their team. We just need to go out there and take control of the game."
FC Barcelona Regal
"I am sure it will be a difficult game. They get better at home with their fans at home, even though they can lose sometimes there, too. We must focus on ourselves, do our job as we have been doing the last weeks."

Barcelona conquers valuable road win in Tel Aviv

FC Barcelona Regal sent a message that echoed all around Top 16 Group F by downing Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 77-82 at Nokia Arena on Thursday. Barcelona reached the Top 16's halfway mark with a 6-1 record to remain alone in first place. Maccabi dropped to 2-5. Ante Tomic paced the winners with 18 points. Juan Carlos Navarro and former Maccabi legend Sarunas Jasikevicius each added 14 for Barcelona. Ricky Hickman led Maccabi with 19 points. Shawn James added 16 while Devin Smith and Yogev Oyahon each had 11 for the hosts. Maccabi opened the game with a 7-2 run, but Barcelona improved its defense and a three-pointer by Erazem Lorbek gave the guests their first lead, 13-14. Three-pointers by David Logan and Oyahon allowed Maccabi to get a 22-20 edge after 10 minutes. Barcelona found a go-to guy in Jasikevicius, who had 10 points in less than eight minutes to give Barcelona a 31-37 advantage. James and Hickman brought Maccabi within 39-41 at halftime. Navarro and Tomic combined for 18 third-quarter points as Barcelona boosted its margin to 53-67 after 30 minutes. A late run brought Maccabi within 77-80, but Tomic sealed the outcome from the foul line with 10.3 seconds left. In a pre-game ceremony, Maccabi honored guards Motti Aroesti, Guy Goodes, Chen Lippin, who were inducted to the club's Hall of Fame, and paid tribute to the recently deceased Jim Boatwright and Howie Lassoff with a short video.

First quarter: Three-point accuracy puts Maccabi ahead

Hickman got Maccabi going with an acrobatic driving layup, but Victor Sada stepped up with a coast-to-coast basket for a 2-2 tie. Devin Smith struck from downtown and another driving layup by Hickman boosted Maccabi's lead to 7-2. Smith kept pacing the hosts with a stop-and-pop jumper, but Pete Mickeal erased it at the other end and soon added a three-pointer to bring Barcelona within 9-7. Maccabi kept running its offense through Smith, as Mickeal had picked up 2 quick fouls in the opening minute. He hit a close shot, but a layup by Ante Tomic and a 'bomba' by Navarro tied it at 11-11. Mickeal had to sit down with 3 fouls. Darko Planinic scored in the low post and a corner triple by Lorbek gave Barcelona its first lead, 13-14. Planinic and Sada traded layups and a jump hook by Nate Jawai put the guests back ahead, 16-18. Logan and Oyahon buried back-to-back three-pointers and a final basket set up by Marcelinho Huertas for Jawai kept Barcelona within 22-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Saras rekindles the Tel Aviv magic

David Logan insisted from downtown early in the second quarter, but Barcelona adjusted its defense and refused to allow open shots. Jasikevicius stepped up with a five-meter jumper as Barcelona tried twin point guards with him and Huertas together on court. C.J. Wallace shined with a tip-in and followed that with a triple for a 25-27 Barcelona lead. Jasikevicius nailed a three-pointer to cap a 0-10 run as Maccabi called timeout at 25-30. Sylven Landesberg tried to change things with a quick basket and a put-back dunk by Shawn James got the crowd involved at 29-30. Jasikevicius hit a baseline jumper, Logan downed a floating shot and an alley-oop layup by Tomic gave Barcelona a 31-34 edge. A red-hot Jasikevicius nailed another triple, but free throws by Hickman and James kept Maccabi within 34-37. James scored around the basket and Hickman bettered Jawai's layup with a three-pointer. Navarro buried a jumper in transition to put Barcelona back ahead, 39-41, at halftime.

Third quarter: Navarro and Tomic push Barca way ahead

Both teams struggled to score after the break until Navarro shined with a step-back jumper. He soon added a driving layup to boost Barcelona's lead to 39-45. A big block by Jawai allowed Sada to hit a floating jumper at the other end, before Maccabi called timeout at 39-47. Navarro kept pacing Barcelona with a bomb from downtown to cap a 0-9 run. James tried to change things with a three-point play that a red-hot Navarro erased with a three-pointer. James dunked and Hickman improved on Mickeal's basket with a three-pointer that kept Maccabi within 47-55. Oyahon took over with an acrobatic layup. After Lorbek banked in a mid-range shot, a driving basket by Smith made it a 6-point game. Tomic beat the shot-clock buzzer with a layup as Maccabi started to miss open shots. Tomic scored again to make it a double-digit game, 51-61. Jasikevicius came off the bench and immediately delivered with a jumper. Tomic traded free throws with Planinic and silenced the crowd with a dunk that fixed the score at 53-67 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Barcelona holds off late charge

Barcelona started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. Maccabi tried to speed up the game tempo, but shots did not fall in. James tried to ignite a comeback with free throws and a fast break layup by Oyahon caused Barcelona to call timeout at 57-67. The guests had been scoreless for more than four minutes until Huertas buried a three-pointer. Guy Pnini answered from downtown, but an off-balance jumper by Tomic kept Barcelona way ahead, 60-72. Smith shined with a high-flying layup, before Jasikevicius and James traded baskets and a put-back jump hook by Tomic created a 64-78 Barcelona margin. Oyahon and Hickman downed a three-pointer and James dunked. By the time Hickman scored again, Maccabi got within 75-80 with 46 seconds to go. Barcelona picked up a 24-second violation and Hickman scored in penetration for a 77-80 Maccabi deficit with 16.4 seconds left. Maccabi sent Tomic to the foul line and he made both attempts with 10.3 seconds to go, enough to seal the outcome.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22171424
FC Barcelona Regal20212615
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22395377
FC Barcelona Regal20416782
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 20:00 8 1/2 2/7     2 2 1 1 1         5
5 JAMES, SHAWN 30:19 16 6/11 0/1 4/5 2 2 4 1 1 1 2 1 1 4 18
6 SMITH, DEVIN 33:29 11 4/10 1/3   1 1 2 1   1 1   5 1 2
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 28:56 19 4/6 3/5 2/3   1 1 2 2     1 2 4 20
9 ROTH, MORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 13:16 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 1 1     1   1 5
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 22:13   0/2     1 4 5 1 2       1   5
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 31:13 11 2/4 2/3 1/2 1 1 2 6 1 2     3 3 14
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 9:41 7 2/5   3/4       1       1 2 3 4
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 10:53 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 1         1   1
22 ZALMANSON, IDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 77 20/42 9/22 10/14 6 17 23 15 8 5 3 4 15 16 79
        47.6% 40.9% 71.4%
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 22:33 6 3/6     1 6 7 3   2   1   1 11
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 17:41 5 1/4 1/2     1 1 3   1         4
10 ABRINES, ALEX DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 17:26 14 4/6 2/2     1 1 2   2     2 2 13
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 22:31 14 4/6 2/2     1 1 3 1 1     2 2 16
18 WALLACE, C.J. 11:17 5 1/1 1/2   1 4 5 1 1 2         9
20 INGLES, JOE 4:10                              
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 14:26     0/2     2 2           1 2 1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 28:23 7 2/2 1/3     5 5 1   1       1 11
32 JAWAI, NATE 12:51 6 3/3     1 1 2   1 3 2   4   4
33 MICKEAL, PETE 21:33 7 2/6 1/3   1 4 5 3   2   1 3 3 6
44 TOMIC, ANTE 27:09 18 7/10 0/1 4/5 3 3 6       2 1 4 4 20
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 27/44 8/17 4/5 9 30 39 16 3 15 4 3 16 15 98
        61.4% 47.1% 80%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We're in a very difficult situation now. We need five more wins now and right now I'm not sure where we're going to collect them. Barcelona is a better team. We had a bad third quarter and three good quarters aren't enough to beat such a team. Our season isn't over. We still have a chance and as long as we have one, we're going to fight."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We are happy with this win. It is a pleasure to come back here once again. Nokia Arena is a beautiful arena and Maccabi has great fans. It was a close game in the first half, in which we never found a good defensive balance. We played much better from the start of the third quarter, in which we only had 1 turnover. We played well on offense and defense and managed to get the lead. It was a strange fourth quarter. The game went in the same direction until the final 70 seconds, when we had an 11-point lead. I will try to forget the last 1:10, that is what I told my players because that was truly bad. I have a lot of respect for Maccabi, its tradition, coach and team. It was not an easy night for them after consecutive 1-point home losses. This was an important game for Maccabi and they gave everything they had tonight. They played very well in the first defensive line. Their big men played very well, as well as players like Hickman and Smith. It was not easy for us. It was also a tough game for us. It was not easy for us to focus on this game after winning the Copa del Rey last weekend. In the first half, we didn't play at the level of intensity we usually have - and if you are not intense in this sport, you don't have any options. We played better after that, at our level."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It's a very frustrating loss because we played well. Against a team like Barcelona if you don't play good for 40 minutes, it's very difficult to win. That we didn't do tonight. When you give them an opportunity you end up losing. We had to rebound the ball better. The season isn't over yet. There are seven more games to play and we will do our best and we’ll summarize things after that."
FC Barcelona Regal
"We're very happy to finish the first round with this win. I love playing here. The atmosphere is great. Fans really get you in the game. Maccabi is a tough team. We knew they are in a difficult spot and that they'll fight to get this win. You can't make mistakes against Maccabi, especially in this arena. In the third quarter we had only 1 turnover and that was the key for the run. In the last quarter we made 5 turnovers and it allowed them to come back, but we were focused enough to keep this very important win."
FC Barcelona Regal
"I think we had a good game on a very difficult court. We are very happy with this win after a tough week in Vitoria. We have to carry on playing like this. The team is getting better, little by little. I hope we can carry on getting wins."
FC Barcelona Regal
"There was an important change in the second half, when we stopped making so many turnovers. That's when we managed to break the game. I am very happy with this win. It is a very important one - more important than we thought in the beginning."
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