2013-14Top 16Round 8
February 27, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

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77.2 Points 73.0
32.2 Rebounds 34.3
7.4 O. Rebounds 11.3
24.8 D. Rebounds 23.0
17.5 Assists 14.7
5.6 Steals 4.6
2.7 Blocks 1.7
12.5 Turnovers 9.9
56.1 % 2PT 48.1 %
36.3 % 3PT 33.0 %
70.7 % FT 75.7 %
84.1 Index 78.1

Player Stats

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11.4 / Hickman Points 13.8 / Arroyo
5.7 / Smith Rebounds 9.1 / Mensah-Bonsu
1.5 / Tyus OR 3.5 / Mensah-Bonsu
4.4 / Smith DR 5.5 / Mensah-Bonsu
3.6 / Ohayon Assists 5.0 / Arroyo
0.9 / Ingles Steals 0.7 / Domercant
1.5 / James Blocks 0.8 / Aldemir
2.6 / Schortsanitis Turnovers 1.4 / Arroyo
68.1 % / Tyus 2PT 60.0 % / Koksal
100.0 % / James 3PT 47.7 % / Akyol
90.9 % / Landesberg FT 91.2 % / Arroyo
12.2 / James Index 14.5 / Mensah-Bonsu


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
5-2 Top 16 3-4
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
13-4 Overall 9-8


Crew Chief

The Take

It will be an interesting game for the visitors, who feature three players previous signed to play for Maccabi: Carlos Arroyo, Milan Macvan and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, though the latter never actually had the chance to wear a Maccabi uniform. Ricky Hickman scored a season-high 24 points to lead Maccabi to an 84-90 road win when they met in Istanbul last month. Galatasaray will rely heavily on the duo of Arroyo and Mensah-Bonsu, while the likes of Zoran Erceg and Henry Domercant could play big roles too. Arroyo will team with Domercant against Maccabi’s deep backcourt featuring Hickman, Yogev Ohayon and Tyrece Rice. In the paint Mensah-Bonsu will be challenged by Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Maccabi newcomer Andrija Zizic. Maccabi looks to bounced back from a 35-point drubbing in Moscow last week, which was its worst Euroleague loss in decades. Galatasaray has momentum after win three of its last four games. Back home, motivated after last week’s loss and with added depth thanks to Zizic, Maccabi appears to the favorite, but with a pair of Top 16 road wins under its belt already, Galatasaray shan’t be taken lightly.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Game Notes

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Andrija Zizic is due to make his return to the Euroleague after nearly six years. His last Euroleague game took place in March 2008.
Zizic spent half a season with Galatasaray during the 2008-09 campaign.
Coach David Blatt has used 10 different players in Maccabi’s starting lineups so far this season. No player has started every game.
Blatt coached Galatasaray guard Ender Arslan during the 2007-08 season at Efes Pilsen.
Blatt coached Galatasray forward Cenk Akyol briefly at the start of 2007-08 season at Efes Pilsen before the player was sent out on loan.
David Blu has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.
Devin Smith is 5 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Guy Pnini is 6 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Alex Tyus recorded the first double-double of his Euroleague career in Top 16 Round 1 against Galatasaray. He tallied 12 points and 11 rebounds in a Maccabi victory.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a teammate of Galatasaray guard Henry Domercant at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2006-07 season.
Schortsanitis was a teammate of Galatasaray forward Zoran Erceg at Olympiacos Piraeus during the 2008-09 season.
Tyrese Rice was a teammate of Galatasaray forward Zoran Erceg at Panionios Athens during the 2009-10 season.
Ricky Hickman scored a season-high 24 points in leading Maccabi to a road win at Galatasaray last month in the teams’ Top 16 opener.

Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Coach Ergin Ataman has used 17 different players and 14 different starters thus far this season.
Ataman coached Maccabi forward David Blu played during the 2006-07 season at Fortitudo Bologna.
Zoran Erceg has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Carlos Arroyo played for Maccabi Electra during the 2008-09 season. He helped Maccabi win the Israeli League title that season.
Arroyo has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Arroyo has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight Euroleague games.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu leads the league in rebounding with 9.1 rebounds per game. He has double-doubles in four of his 11 appearances this season.
Malik Hairston recorded one of the best games of his Euroleague career in the 2011-12 season opener against Maccabi Electra. Hairston led his team at the time, EA7 Emporio Armani, to an 89-82 victory with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks for a career-best performance index rating of 33.
Milan Macvan played for Maccabi Electra during the 2010-11 season. He played under current Maccabi coach David Blatt and alongside David Blu, Guy Pnini and Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Together they reached that season's Euroleague title game and won the Israeli League and Cup double.
Macvan set his Euroleague career high in scoring with 22 points for Partizan Belgrade against Maccabi in December 2011. He added 8 rebounds to lead Partizan to a 74-71 victory.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2012-13 season, but the contract was terminated before he ever played a game due an issue in his physical examination.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
“Galatasaray is a terrific team with a lot of tools, and we know we need to go into this game and give the maximum. They’ve got great guards, and many of their players are not only very experienced, but they also played there last season and took their national championship. This is the first game in the second half of the Top 16, and a victory would be important not just for the standings, but psychologically.”


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
“I haven’t played in the Euroleague for about six years, but I have a lot of experience at that kind of level. I feel connected to the team and I understand the method. I think it will be a good game. Galatasaray is a good team with experienced players and it’s going to be a tough game, but we’ll be playing at home and we want this win. I’m going to do everything I can to meet the expectations of the coach and my teammates.”

Pnini, Blu shoot Maccabi Electra past Galatasaray

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv rebounded from one of the worst losses in club history with a spectacular showing in routing Galatasaray Liv Hospital 97-81 on Thursday at Nokia Arena. The hosts improved to 6-2 in Top 16 Group F to remain at least in one of the top three spots. The result dropped Galatasaray to 3-5. Guy Pnini led a spectacular shooting attack for Maccabi y going 5 for 5 from downtown. As a team the winners were 16 for 28 on three-pointers (57.1%), while Galatasaray made only 9 threes on the same amount of attempts. Former Maccabi player Milan Macvan felt right at home as he scored Galatasaray’s first 10 points to keep the game close in the first quarter, but David Blu heated up in the second and the lead reached double figures by halftime. A 12-0 third-quarter charge made it a 25-point game and a late Galatasaray rally only closed the difference to 10 as Maccabi cruised to victory. Pnini finished with a season-high 17 points for Maccabi, Blu scored 16, Tyrese Rice and Ricky Hickman netted 12 apiece – the former also had 5 assists and 4 steals and the latter dished 7 assists – and Joe Ingles scored 10 for the winners. Malik Hairston led six Galatasaray scorers in double figures with 18 points. Macvan, Zoran Erceg, Carlos Arroyo and Pops Mensah-Bonsu each scored 12 and Ender Arslan finished with 11. Arroyo, another former Maccabi player, also dished 7 assists.

First quarter: Ingles, Macvan star early

Pnini took control early for the hosts with a pair of threes sandwiched around a Macvan triple for the visitors. After a Macvan layup, Ingles stepped up with a long jumper. Macvan and Ingles remained go-to scorers. A Macvan triple tied the game at 10-10 before Hairston’s drive gave Galatasaray its first lead. Hairston added a three-point play before the TV timeout gave both teams a rest. After Alex Tyus got on the scoreboard, Hickman’s steal and slam brought Maccabi within 14-15. Erceg responded from downtown and Hairston’s second-chance basket put the visitors up 6. Ingles halved Maccabi’s deficit with a triple. Ingles fed Tyus and Blu sank a long baseline jumper for a 21-20 Maccabi lead. Rice lobbed an alley-oop to Tyus, but Arroyo free throws tied the game at 23-23.

Second quarter: Blu heats up as Maccabi takes double-digit edge

Mensah-Bonsu opened his account for Galatasaray, however a basket-plus-foul by Sofoklis Schortsanitis re-tied the score. Arslan went hard to the basket for a finger roll. Bog Sofo committed hit third foul and was replaced by Andrija Zizic for his Maccabi debut, in which he promptly drew a foul from Mensah-Bonsu. Blu sandwiched a pair of threes around Mensah-Bonsu free throws for a 32-30 Maccabi edge midway through the quarter. Zizic bumped the hosts’ lead to 5 with a long jumper for his first points. Baskets by Hairston and Arroyo kept the visitors in the picture, but a long-range show from Devin Smith, Pnini and Rice brought cheers from the stands at 43-34. After a timeout, Arroyo’s jumper was bettered by a Blu triple for a double-digit advantage. Hairston took his individual tally to double figures, but a Hickman layup gave Maccabi a 49-38 lead at the half.

Third quarter: 12-0 run sees hosts’ cushion swell to 25

Devin Smith extended the lead with a three to open the second half. Arroyo answered for Galatasaray, but the hosts’ momentum continued to build with Hickman’s three-point play. Erceg dished to Hairston for a slam, but Pnini sank a triple before Schortsanitis placed a perfect pass for Ingles, who converted a reverse layup-plus-foul. Smith brought the crowd to its feet with a two-handed jam-plus-foul on the break to bring the difference past 20. A Rice fastbreak layup made it 66-42 before Galatasaray called timeout. A Schortsanitis free throw capped the run at 12-0 before the hosts took their collective foot off the gas. Hairston with a three-point play, Sinan Guler’s first points, a long jumper by Arslan and a Guler foul shot accounted for a 0-8 response from the visitors to get within 67-50. Zizic knocked down an outside shot before Erceg scored inside. Arslan’s layup closed the gap to 70-56 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Galatasaray rallies, Maccabi holds strong

Triples by Rice and Pnini eased any doubts about the outcome. Arslan responded with a three of his own and Mensah-Bonsu battled for a basket-plus-foul. Blu nailed Maccabi’s next three; Erceg did the same for Galatasaray. An Arroyo three from the corner closed the gap to 79-68 with six minutes to play. An easy score for Blu on an inbounds play kept Maccabi rolling, but Erceg hit back from downtown. Rice converted his third three of the night and Schortsanitis created a highlight with a one-handed slam and foul to restore a 15-point difference. Mensah-Bonsu and Sofo traded baskets with the outcome seemingly settled. Mensah-Bonsu added jumper to make it 89-76 before triples from Pnini and Hickman let the entire crowd celebrate with time to spare.

Devin Smith - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Attendance: 11060 (Tentative)
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Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul23385681
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 RICE, TYRESE 32:45 12 1/5 3/4 1/2   4 4 5 4     2 1 3 19
6 SMITH, DEVIN 29:17 9 1/2 2/6 1/1   2 2 3   2     4 1 4
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 24:42 12 3/3 1/4 3/5   1 1 7 1 1     3 4 16
8 INGLES, JOE 19:52 10 3/4 1/1 1/1   1 1 4   1     1 1 13
9 TYUS, ALEX 12:40 6 3/5   0/2   1 1           1 1 3
10 PNINI, GUY 25:06 17 1/1 5/5     1 1 4   1     3   18
11 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 11:12 6 3/4       1 1 1         1 1 7
13 BLU, DAVID 22:13 16 2/3 4/8   3 2 5 1         3   14
14 ALTIT, BEN 1:35                              
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 5:41                 1       1    
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 12:57 9 3/3   3/5   3 3 1 1 2     3 6 13
22 HARARI, ARAD 2:00               1   1          
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 97 20/30 16/28 9/16 6 18 24 27 7 8 0 2 21 17 112
        66.7% 57.1% 56.3%
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
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ERCEG, ZORAN 32:32 12 1/5 3/7 1/2 1 4 5 2 2       1 3 14
7 KOKSAL, GOKSENIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 HAIRSTON, MALIK 31:50 18 8/10 0/2 2/2       4 1 2     1 4 20
14 ATSUR, ENGIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 AKYOL, CENK 10:50     0/1             1     2   -4
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 16:01 1     1/2 4 7 11     1 2   2 1 11
21 MENSAH-BONSU, POPS 16:31 12 4/5   4/5           1     2 4 11
25 MACVAN, MILAN 14:56 12 2/2 2/3 2/2 2   2 1   1     3 2 12
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 31:49 12 3/4 1/7 3/4 1 2 3 7   1     2 2 13
32 GULER, SINAN 12:57 3 1/1 0/2 1/2   2 2   1 1     3 2 1
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 18:21 11 3/4 1/3 2/2   1 1 2   1     1 1 10
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 14:13     0/3     1 1     1       2 -1
Team           4 1 5     2         3
Totals 200:00 81 22/31 7/28 16/21 12 18 30 16 4 12 2 0 17 21 90
        71% 25% 76.2%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"First of all we are playing good basketball, and we carried on the momentum from the win over Hapoel Jerusalem [in the Israeli League on Monday]. We also carried on the momentum from all the games we have played over the last two or three months, apart from the game against CSKA last week. Today we had almost a full team, apart from our starting point guard Yogev [Ohayon], but we have a good rotation. Sofo [Schortsanitis] came back after a rest and [Andrij] Zizic did excellent work today. The team is playing well. We knew we were facing a team who can get points and have a lot of attacking tools. We guarded well in the periods we needed to. It was a fun game for the fans and for us."
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We started the game as we prepared to, to attack Sofo [Schortsanitis] in offense and I think that in the first quarter we were successful with our offensive strategy, but in defense we also had foul problems with Sofo and we gave a lot of penetrations especially for [Tyrese] Rice, [Ricky] Hickman and [Joe] Ingles with the extra points. But it was okay for us the first quarter. In the second quarter we didn’t find the same offensive contribution from the bench players and also Carlos [Arroyo] didn’t make his regular game he played all year in the Euroleague. For us it was very difficult to find the solutions to attack. In the second half we started terrible. After we went down 25 points, the bench players improved our defense and full-court pressure and we came back into the game, which was very difficult in this arena. But in the last six or seven minutes we missed the easy shots, Maccabi made the shots under pressure and the difference was the three-point shots."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Galatasaray are a strong offensive team and I think we stuck to our principles – played good defense and on the offensive end we were able to convert. We made our open shots – we got them – and we did a good job at getting our big man touches which helped, and Guy Pnini just played a hell of a game. We take it one game at a time. Nothing is guaranteed. We just have to stay humble. You can’t look too far ahead. It’s a great atmosphere playing at home with our fans. It’s tough for any team to come here and play against us with the environment and energy our fans bring. So it’s a lot of fun."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"I think we stayed consistent defensively. We started out the game giving away too many points in the first quarter, but in the second and third quarters we were able to get stops and get out in transition and I think that changed the pace of the game. The team is coming together well. We are trying to get everyone healthy and tonight we had a full roster except for Yogev [Ohayon]. Tyrese [Rice] stepped up and filled in for Yogev quite well. We’ve been getting good practice in and I think that’s what helps us gel in the competition. I think we have unlimited potential; we still have to take it game by game, but anything can happen."
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"We started well, but Maccabi kept scoring and executing very well in offense. Especially with Sofo [Schortsanitis] in the lineup, they are very dangerous because he is opening space up for the other guys. So even if he doesn’t score some points, he is making the difference on the court. Also Guy Pnini and [Devin] Smith scored some crucial threes and they just went like 20 points up in the third quarter and it was difficult for us to come back. For us we have a couple more games to try to qualify for the top eight. I think these first three teams are very far ahead of us right now – Madrid, CSKA and Maccabi – but we are going to keep fighting for the fourth spot."
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