2006-07Top 16Round 2
February 22, 2007 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALALOTTOMATICA
Derrick Sharp - Maccabi Elite Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv held on for a tough 69-71 road win over Lottomatica Roma on Thursday night to move into second place in Group D. Derrick Sharp scored all of his 8 points in the final minute to lead the Israeli champs back and hold on for the win. Maccabi won on the road for just the second time this season and improved to 1-1, while Roma slipped to the same record. Will Bynum, who was held scoreless last week for the first time all season, bounced back with 17 points, 5 assists and his best game in months to lead Maccabi. Jamie Arnold was also huge with 17 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Nikola Vujcic added 14. Mire Chatman scored a game-high 19 to lead Roma, while David Hawkins had 18 and Dejan Bodiroga, who wasn't expected to play due to a broken finger, toughed it out and posted 10. The game was a back-and-forth affair. Maccabi led 28-35 at halftime, but Roma had control early in the fourth quarter. Vujcic led Maccabi back with a clutch three and Sharp gave Maccabi the lead for good, capping a 1-10 run down the stretch. Sharp continued to lead Maccabi with his free-throw shooting in the final minute and Maccabi held on for the big win.

Bynum and Chatman exchanged early three-pointers before Chatman gave Roma a 5-3 lead by coming up with a steal and racing to the other end for a dunk. Hawkins scored on a fast break after Lior Eliyahu's two-handed jam. Maccabi's game plan was to penetrate for a layup, but if contested, to kick the ball out beyond the three-point line and that's where Bynum connected to give the visitors a 9-12 advantage with 4 minutes to go in the quarter. Hawkins's three put the Romans ahead 14-12, but Vujcic quickly tied it and after baskets by Jacopo Giachetti for Roma and Simas Jasaitas for Maccabi, the quarter finished with both sides leveled at 16-16.

Mire Chatman - Lottomatica RomaJon Stefansson spotted up close to the free-throw line for his first basket to start the second quarter. Arnold tied it with a strong move down low and then Bynum's three-point play saw the visitors move in front by 3. But Alex Righetti, who was outstanding in Roma's victory over Pau Orthez in last week, buried a three to make it 21-21. Roma then went cold on offense. Arnold's basket and two free throws put Tel Aviv up 4 and after Hawkins's two shots from the stripe, Vujcic's three-point play made it 23-28. Bynum could have stretched the lead on a fast break, but Alessandro Tonolli came out of nowhere for a spectacular block, to infuriate Maccabi coach Neven Spahija who wanted a goaltending call. Nevertheless, the visitors built a 34-25 lead with two minutes remaining before the break. An Ognjen Askrabic layup finished off the scoring in the half with Maccabi ahead 28-35

Roma struggled at the free-throw line in the first half and that pattern continued at the start of the third quarter with Askrabic missing two freebies before Chatman scored with a jumper. Roma's defense and rebounding got it back into the game. After Hawkins missed a fast-break dunk, Chatman slammed one home in transition to make it 32-35. Roma was desperate to quicken the pace and after Jasaitis scored, Chatman again went in for a layup in transition to make it 34-37. Baskets by Askrabic and Hawkins twice closed the gap to just 1 point for the hosts. With 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, Maccabi lead 41-38 after two Arnold free throws. Chatman scored again in transition after a Maccabi turnover to reduce the deficit to 43-45 with 2 minutes remaining in the period. Bodiroga backed Jasaitis into the lane and tied it at 45-45 with a short jumper and that is how the period finished with Roma having battled its way back impressively.

Nikola Vujcic - Maccabi EliteRoma continued to play with fire on both ends of the floor. Stefansson's layup gave the hosts a 47-45 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. With recent signing Roberto Gabini adding a spark off the bench, Bodiroga also raised his game and scored a three-point play for a 51-47 lead. A Hawkins's three made it 54-49 with 7 minutes remaining and forced Spahija to call timeout. Vujcic earned a trip to the charity stripe after Hawkins's foul and made both to reduce the deficit to 54-52. Two Hawkins free throws and a Giachetti drive pushed the lead to 58-52. Vujcic brought Maccabi back to 58-57 with two free throws and a three-pointer, after which Roma called timeout. Bynum gave Maccabi a 58-59 lead with 1:30 left after his jump shot hit the back of the rim and bounced up before falling through. Hawkins was fouled by Sharp and split two at the line to tie. Sharp then buried a three-pointer to give Maccabi a 62-59 advantage with less than one minute remaining. Chatman was hammered on a drive by Bynum and sunk both. Bynum penetrated and handed off to Arnold, whose layup extended the lead to 3. Hawkins again earned a trip to the line and made both with 26 seconds remaining. Chatman fouled Sharp and the Maccabi captain sunk both. Maccabi elected for the remainder of the contest to foul and not to allow Roma to attempt a three-pointer. Hawkins only made one of two after being fouled and Sharp was then fouled by Tonolli and spit the pair, giving Maccabi a 67-64 lead with 17 seconds to go. Chatman made two free throws before Arnold's layup gave the visitors a 69-66 lead. Stefansson made two free throws to make it 69-68 with 5 seconds remaining and then Sharp made two from the line. With 1.6 seconds to go, Bodiroga made a free throw and missed the second on purpose, but Roma was unable to get the rebound and time expired as Maccabi held on for a 71-69 win.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Cindy Garcia, Rome
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Referees: REMS, IZTOK (SLO), JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE)
Attendance: 4500
By Quarter1234
Lottomatica Roma16121724
Maccabi Elite16191026
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Lottomatica Roma16284569
Maccabi Elite16354571
Lottomatica Roma
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 12:00 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 1 2       3 2 5
8 TONOLLI, ALESSANDRO 15:45   0/2     4   4 1 3 1 1   4 2 4
9 RIGHETTI, ALEX 16:30 3 0/2 1/1   2 1 3     1     4   -1
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 21:00 10 3/5 0/2 4/7   3 3 2 3 2     2 4 11
13 GARRI, LUCA 15:00 1   0/2 1/2 1 1 2           1 1  
14 CINCIARINI, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 STEFANSSON, JON 14:15 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 1   1 1   2     3 2  
18 GABINI, ROBERTO 9:30 1   0/1 1/2   2 2       1   1 1 2
19 CHIACIG, ROBERTO 15:00 3 1/3   1/2 3 1 4 1   1 1   2 3 6
20 ASKRABIC, OGNJEN 24:00 6 3/6 0/2 0/3 4 2 6   4       2 2 8
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 27:45 19 6/9 1/5 4/4 2 4 6 3 1 3     2 3 20
34 HAWKINS, DAVID 29:15 18 2/6 2/8 8/10 4 3 7           2 6 17
Team             1 1   1 1         1
Totals 200:00 69 18/38 4/24 21/32 21 19 40 9 14 11 3 0 26 26 73
        47.4% 16.7% 65.6%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN
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 Elite
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BYNUM, WILL 35:45 17 4/7 2/5 3/3 2 1 3 5 2 1   2 5 3 16
5 FELIX, NOEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SHARP, DERRICK 13:00 8 0/2 1/3 5/6   1 1     2   1 3 4 2
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 31:30 14 3/5 1/2 5/5   4 4 2 1 2     2 5 19
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 5:00 2 1/1               2     2   -2
9 ARNOLD, JAMIE 30:30 17 5/7 0/1 7/8 3 9 12 1   1     3 7 29
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 13:00         1 2 3 1 2       2   4
11 SHASON, SHARON 4:00                 1       2   -1
13 JASAITIS, SIMAS 23:00 6 3/3 0/3   2 4 6     1     2   6
14 GREEN, YANIV 8:30   0/1     1   1   1 1     2   -2
15 JERETIN, GORAN 35:45 7 2/3 0/4 3/7   4 4 2 2 4     3 7 6
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2   3           5
Totals 200:00 71 18/29 4/18 23/29 9 27 36 11 12 14 0 3 26 26 82
        62.1% 22.2% 79.3%
Head coach: SPAHIJA, NEVEN
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Head Coaches

REPESA, JASMIN
Lottomatica Roma
"The glass is half empty. We didn't play well in the first half, but my team played at its maximum in the second half, showing a lot of aggressiveness, which we had lacked in the previous two quarters. I think when we were leading 58-52, we lost an opportunity to break away. We lost our focus and we allowed Maccabi to get back in the game with Nikola Vujcic and Derrick Sharp three-pointers."
SPAHIJA, NEVEN
Maccabi Elite
"I would like to congratulate my team for a great win. It was very tough, they played excellent defense and in the end when we were down 6 points, we didn't give up, we believed we could win this game. The most important thing was the personality [character]. Part of our strategy was not to let Roma have an outside shot and we did it very well. This year we have lost many, many games by 2 points and finally we find a way to win one. This win means a lot, it will give us a great morale boost for the competition."

Players

CHATMAN, MIRE
Lottomatica Roma
"In the first half, we just felt we weren't being aggressive enough. We weren't playing our game, we weren't aggressive on defense and we weren't fast breaking. We just wanted to come out in the second half and set the tone and play our game. In the first half I didn't play as well so I just wanted to pick up the team and hope the rest of the team followed me. Coach Repesa is a great coach and he has full confidence in us. He just wants 100% out of us, if we have given that and lose he is happy."
VUJCIC, NIKOLA
Maccabi Elite
"Roma played well defensively and it was a difficult game for us. We did well to get back into the game early in the fourth quarter, I simply knew that I had to make the shots when left open and I did. It was a big team effort tonight, in the crucial minutes we made sure to keep our cool and not let Roma them play their game. I'm just happy because we have shown a fighting spirit and a determination to go home with a victory. It wasn't easy, but this win can only give us a lot of confidence for the future."
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