2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 21, 2013 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.7 Points 83.9
32.2 Rebounds 31.8
9.5 O. Rebounds 9.6
22.7 D. Rebounds 22.2
15.8 Assists 16.4
7.3 Steals 4.9
3.9 Blocks 2.7
11.6 Turnovers 11.3
53.5 % 2PT 48.3 %
37.8 % 3PT 41.6 %
73.9 % FT 81.2 %
87.6 Index 89.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.1 / Hickman Points 20.2 / Brown
6.2 / James Rebounds 5.6 / Sanikidze
2.5 / James OR 2.2 / Sanikidze
3.8 / James DR 3.5 / Sanikidze
4.2 / Ohayon Assists 5.4 / Brown
1.8 / Hickman Steals 1.1 / Hackett
1.6 / James Blocks 1.2 / Ress
1.9 / Ohayon Turnovers 2.6 / Brown
71.4 % / Landesberg 2PT 70.0 % / Carraretto
45.9 % / Logan 3PT 100.0 % / Eze
100.0 % / Landesberg FT 100.0 % / Rasic
17.2 / James Index 19.7 / Brown

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-5 Top 16 6-1
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
10-7 Overall 11-6

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal
Umpire
JAVOR, DAMIR, Slovenia

The Take

The Israeli champs and the Italian champs meet for the third time this season when Maccabi Electra hosts Montepaschi Siena on Thursday at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. After losing three Top 16 home games by a combined 7 points, Maccabi needs to beat Siena to have a realistic chance of contending for a playoff berth. Siena, which shares the top spot in Group F with Barcelona at 6-1, needs to match its counterpart with a Tel Aviv victory if it is to remain in contention for first place. This will be the third meeting between the sides this season. After each team won by 2 points at home in the regular season, Siena took the Top 16 opener 79-69 with Tomas Ress stepping up with 18 points.

Interestingly, Maccabi has held the top scorer in the league, Bobby Brown, to almost a third less than his regular production, with just 14.3 points on 4 of 17 (23.5%) three-point shooting this season. How the backcourt matchups play out this week could be the key to the game. Brown’s backcourt mates, Matt Janning and Daniel Hackett, have also been red hot lately. Maccabi will rotate starters Ricky Hickman and Yogev Ohayon with reserve David Logan and small forward Devin Smith to make sure there is always a fresh defender on Brown. Guy Pnini and Sylven Landesberg will also see important minutes in the lineup against Siena small forward David Moss, when Smith is marking Brown. Shawn James had a career night in a losing effort against Siena in November and should play with confidence in the middle, though Siena’s Ben Eze missed that game. With power forward Lior Eliyahu questionable, Coach David Blatt will need Nik Caner-Medley, Darko Planinic and Pnini to stand tall against Eze, Viktor Sanikidze and Kristjan Kangur.

Despite Maccabi’s recent struggles, the three close games against Siena this season will surely help motivate the team this week. It will be interesting to see if Coach Luca Banchi comes with a gameplan designed to spring Brown for more scoring, or if the visitors are content with Brown creating shots for his teammates. Ultimately, three-point shooting – Siena leads the league at 41.6%, Maccabi is fourth at 37.8% - could be the determining factor.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

MACCABI ELECTRA TEL AVIV

Yogev Ohayon and Ricky Hickman are the only two Maccabi players to have started every Euroleague game this season.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 10 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 22 for 46 from downtown (47.8%) over that stretch. He has seven games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Lior Eliyahu recorded his first Euroleague double-double in the last four seasons with 11 points and 11 rebounds in October against Montepaschi.


MONTEPACHI SIENA

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (83.9 ppg.), three-pointers made (193), three-point percentage (41.6%), free throws made (267), free-throw percentage (81.2%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45 assists per turnover) this season.

David Moss and Bobby Brown are the only Montepaschi players to start every Euroleague game this season. In total, Coach Luca Banchi has used 13 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Bobby Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (20.2 ppg.) and is tied for third in assists (5.4 apg.).

Brown has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Brown has scored at least 10 points and made at least 1 three-pointer in nine straight and 16 of his last 17 Euroleague games.

Aleksandar Rasic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Ress is averaging nearly double his previous best seasons in scoring and blocked shots with 9.1 points and 1.2 blocks per game this season.

Ress set his Euroleague career-high in scoring with 18 points against Maccabi in the Top 16 opener.

Daniel Hackett has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Matt Janning matched his season high with 16 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting against Caja Laboral Vitoria last week.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"This game against Siena is beyond important, it's truly our last chance. I don't think we lacked ambition or motivation in our previous games, but now we need to bring even more, because after this game there's no going back. Unfortunately, I don't believe Lior Eliyahu will be fit to play. We haven't given up and we won't give up. Going by the practices we've had and the character of this team, everyone still believes."
BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"We will start the second half of the Top 16 on one of the hottest court in Europe, against a team whose position in the rankings shows that they must win if they want to qualify for the playoffs. They are fast, athletic and talented, which is why it is very tough to play against them. Moreover their gym creates an environment that is able to intensify this team’s characteristics. We will try to control the rhythm to stop Maccabi from taking easy shots that could highlight their skills."

Players

LOGAN, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"They're a great shooting team from three-point range, so we need to force them to take the difficult shots and we need to control the boards and the transition game. We need to come into the game with a good game plan and stick to it for forty minutes. We're planning to play hard the whole game. Last time we were able to stop Bobby Brown, he's their leader and an excellent player. We'll need to do the same this time, and I believe we can."
CARRARETTO, MARCO
Montepaschi Siena
"We know that Tel Aviv is a very hot court. We will have to do our best to play this game, since we showed already that we can compete against them. Tomorrow this challenge will be different and tough because it matters a lot to both teams."

Maccabi Electra roars past Siena by 31

Maccabi Electra rejuvenated its playoffs hopes with a 92-61 pasting off Montepaschi Siena on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Devin Smith and Yogev Ohayon each scored 19 to pace the Israeli champs, who improved to 3-5 in Top 16 Group F. The result knocked Siena to 6-2 as it dropped from a share of first place in the standings. After an even opening quarter, Smith and David Logan led a 14-3 second-quarter run that put the Israeli champs up by 10 at halftime. The lead reached 20 in the third quarter. After Siena center Benjamin Eze helped narrow the gap to 12 early in the fourth quarter, Maccabi took off behind Smith and Guy Pnini, reeling off 21 unanswered points to secure the win. Smith was 5 for 6 from downtown as Maccabi made 60% of its three-pointers. Pnini finished with 15 points for the winners, Logan scored 14 and Shawn James compiled 14 points and 4 blocked shots. Bobby Brown and Kristjan Kangur each scored 13 for Siena.

First quarter: Hot shooting leads is the early theme

Smith put the hosts up with a triple for the game’s first basket. James scored on the break before Brown and Kangur got Siena on the scoreboard. Eze tied it at 6-6, but Maccabi never fell behind. After a pretty Ohayon layup, Logan drilled a three to make it 13-8. Kangur brought the Italian champs back with a pair of three-pointers – one from each corner – to even the score at 14-14. Ohayon put the hosts right back on top with a three, but Kangur’s 10th point of the quarter gave Siena its first lead, 17-18. The lead changed hands on each of the next three possessions before Brown’s second-chance bucket tied it at 22-22 through one quarter.

Second quarter: Smith, Logan lead 14-3 Maccabi run

The defenses toughened up at both ends after a free-flowing finish to the first quarter. Brown and Ohayon scored to keep it tied. Turnovers by each team’s center, Eze and Darko Planinic, kept the score stagnant. Pnini’s layup made it 27-26 midway through the quarter. Ricky Hickman got a shooter’s roll on a triple. Viktor Sanikidze brought the visitors within 2, but Maccabi grabbed the momentum. James scored inside, Hickman penetrated for a layup and Pnini nailed a triple to make it 37-28. Daniel Hackett countered with a three, however Logan and Smith soon boosted the Tel Aviv advantage to double figures. Logan found Smith for a triple from the corner as the Nokia Arena crowd roared in appreciation. David Moss countered with a three-pointer, but Smith sank a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left in the half to make it 46-34 at the break.

Third quarter: Maccabi’s superb shooting continues as lead reaches 20

Ohayon further extended the lead with a layup to open the second half and then added a three-pointer. James wowed the crowd with a basket-plus-foul on back-to-back trips down the court, though he missed the free throws each time. Nevertheless, after a 9-1 start to the half, the Maccabi lead stood at 20. Moss countered with a triple. Then Pnini and Kangur traded threes. Ohayon went coast to coast for a layup and a 60-41 lead midway through the quarter. Sanikidze converted a three-point play, but it didn’t take long for Sylven Landesberg, with his first points, to set a new game-high lead at 66-45. Eze, with a three-point play, and Matt Janning from downtown at the buzzer narrowed the gap to 69-53 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Smith, Pnini pave the way to big win

Eze threw down a monster jam and added another bucket in the paint as Siena refused to quit. It took nearly three minutes for Maccabi to open its fourth-quarter account, but it did so in style with a basket-plus-foul from Pnini. Ohayon buried a jumper to keep the local fans singing. James tacked on another block before Smith buried a triple to restore a 20-point Maccabi lead. Pnini extended the lead to 79-57 from the line. James went to the bench to a standing ovation from the crowd. Smith connected from downtown for the fifth time and Pnini added more free throws to make it a 27-point game. Logan and Landesberg completed a 21-0 run before Janning ended an eight-minute Siena drought. By then the outcome was a forgone conclusion as Maccabi celebrated an important win.

Yogev Ohayon - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), LOPES, LUIS (POR), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO)
Attendance: 10500
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv22242323
Montepaschi Siena2212198
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Montepaschi Siena22345361
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 28:19 14 4/5 2/5   1 2 3 1 2 1 1   1 2 17
5 JAMES, SHAWN 31:15 14 7/7 0/1 0/2 2 4 6 2 2 2 4   2 6 27
6 SMITH, DEVIN 30:17 19 0/2 5/6 4/4 1 7 8 4 1 4 1   3 5 28
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 21:37 6 1/7 1/1 1/2 1 3 4 2   2 1 1 3 1 1
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ROTH, MORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 23:38 15 2/4 2/3 5/5 1 2 3 1   2   1 4 5 14
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 17:49 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 2 2 4 2 1 1     1 1 4
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 32:10 19 5/7 2/2 3/5 1 2 3 3 2   1   3 3 24
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 2:54                   2     1   -3
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 12:01 4 2/2 0/1     2 2           2   3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 92 21/35 12/20 14/20 9 25 34 15 8 14 8 2 20 23 116
        60% 60% 70%
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
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BROWN, BOBBY 35:00 13 6/10 0/7 1/2   2 2 3 1 5 1 1 1 3 4
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 19:14 9 4/7   1/1 2 3 5   1 4 1 1 4 3 7
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 7:07     0/1     1 1           2   -2
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 37:13 13 2/2 3/5     4 4 2   1     4 3 15
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 16:17 6 2/4 0/2 2/5   1 1     3   1 2 4 -2
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 ORTNER, BENJAMIN 6:10         1 1 2 1         2 1 2
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT 27:10 7 2/5 1/3   2 3 5 4 1     2 1 1 10
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 20:58 7 2/6 1/1   2   2 3   2   2 3 2 3
34 MOSS, DAVID 30:51 6 0/4 2/4     1 1 2   1   1 4 3  
Team           4 2 6     2         4
Totals 200:00 61 18/38 7/23 4/8 11 18 29 15 3 18 2 8 23 20 41
        47.4% 30.4% 50%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We've been through a lot lately. We couldn't connect four good quarters until tonight. Today we played much better and that's against the second ranked team in our group. Already before the game I knew we could play this well. I'm happy we managed to do that tonight and hope we'll know to do that again in the next games. We have to keep this momentum going."
BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"Congratulations to Maccabi for a great win. We predicted it was going to be a very difficult game for us. To match up with their energy and enthusiasm was very difficult. I was sure the game would be like this because Maccabi saw us as a team in the top of the standings that they have to beat. If they play like this in the next games, they will get many more wins. They dominated the game in all parts of the court. They made very good choices, and played with a lot of energy. We struggled a lot against their pressure. At the beginning of the last quarter we had a small chance to come back, but then Maccabi recovered and we lost. Our trip until the end of the Top 16 will be very tough. Our reputation is different now and we are a target for all teams. We need to take this game as a good lesson for the future."

Players

PNINI, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It was a great game. Everybody played well tonight and that's the way to get wins in the Euroleague. We owed our fans such a performance and I'm happy we showed them we can also win big win as we did tonight. Montepaschi is one of the top teams in the group and it's a good sign we managed to beat them, and also in such style. We will try to take this win and carry this shape for the upcoming games."
BROWN, BOBBY
Montepaschi Siena
"Maccabi played much better than us today. They were very aggressive right from the start and we didn't respond the way we should. We need to learn from this loss and get back on the winning track starting next week."
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