2012-13Top 16Round 9
February 28, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.3 Points 79.4
33.2 Rebounds 32.3
10.4 O. Rebounds 9.4
22.8 D. Rebounds 22.8
14.8 Assists 15.8
5.5 Steals 7.3
2.2 Blocks 4.2
12.7 Turnovers 11.8
50.1 % 2PT 53.7 %
36.4 % 3PT 39.2 %
77.1 % FT 73.6 %
79.1 Index 89.2

Player Stats

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12.8 / Lampe Points 12.7 / Hickman
5.8 / Lampe Rebounds 6.2 / James
1.9 / Bjelica, N. OR 2.4 / James
4.1 / Lampe DR 3.8 / James
4.6 / Heurtel Assists 4.1 / Ohayon
1.1 / Bjelica, N. Steals 1.7 / Hickman
0.6 / Nocioni Blocks 1.7 / James
2.3 / Heurtel Turnovers 1.8 / Ohayon
75.0 % / Cabezas 2PT 73.3 % / Landesberg
50.0 % / Oleson 3PT 45.6 % / Logan
95.5 % / Cabezas FT 100.0 % / Landesberg
12.8 / Lampe Index 17.7 / James


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-4 Top 16 3-5
4-6 Regular Season 8-2
8-10 Overall 11-7


Crew Chief

The Take

A pivotal battle in Top 16 Group F takes place at Fernando Buesa Arena, where Caja Laboral Vitoria hosts Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Thursday. Vitoria is fifth in Group F at 4-4 with Maccabi right behind at 3-5. A loss would force Maccabi to get three more wins than Vitoria with five games to go. Vitoria already beat Maccabi 70-71 in Top 16 Game 2 on a game-winning basket from Fernando San Emeterio.

Vitoria needs to stop Shawn James down low to increase its chances to win the game. James has become a dominant force in the paint at both ends this season, blocking shots, pulling down rebounds and scoring effectively on offense. He leads a Maccabi frontcourt that also features power forward Nik Caner-Medley, up-and-coming center Darko Planinic and former Laboral player Lior Eliyahu, who is questionable due to a knee problem. Tibor Pleiss and Maciej Lampe will try to trouble James. Caner-Medley and Eliyahu must be ready for a tough matchup against Milko Bjelica and Nemanja Bjelica at power forward. Fernando San Emeterio and Andres Nocioni will see most of the playing time at the wings for Laboral. Nocioni’s toughness and San Emeterio’s team-first attitude and all-around skills are keys to Vitoria’s success. Fabien Causuer and - if available - David Jelinek will provide the fireworks from downtown. Nocioni must be ready for a critical matchup against Maccabi small forward Devin Smith, who shared the Top 16 Game 8 MVP award last week. San Emeterio will test his defensive skills against former Laboral scoring ace David Logan. Guy Pnini and Sylven Landesberg add deep range and hustle off the bench. Ricky Hickman and Yogev Oyahon are Coach David Blatt's chief options at point guard - and they often share playing time on the floor from the start. Laboral's starting playmaker Thomas Heurtel is in the midst of a breakout season and with the experienced Omar Cook on the bench, Coach Zan Tabak has 40 minutes of leqadership at point guard.

For the visitors to win, Maccabi needs to run its offense through Hickman and James, to get another big game from Smith and play as tough on defense as the team did in the second half against Montepaschi Siena last week. Vitoria needs a good game from Lampe and Pleiss against James, for Nocioni and San Emeterio to make the difference at the wings and to rely on a sellout crowd to generate a great basketball atmosphere that will push the team to bigger heights in such an important showdown.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Game Notes


Caja Laboral Vitoris needs 30 more three-pointers to become the first team to make 2,000 three-pointers.

Maciej Lampe and Thomas Heurtel are the only Caja Laboral players to start every Euroleague game this season.

Lampe has scored in double figures in six straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Lampe started the 2009-10 season with Maccabi Tel Aviv.  Maccabi forward Guy Pnini and assistant coach Derrick Sharp were both teammates of Lampe that season.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 consecutive Euroleague games.

Nemanja Bjelica set a career-high with 5 three-pointers made in leading Caja Laboral to a 70-71 road win at Maccabi in January.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his career.


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

Ohayon scored a Euroleague career-high 19 points in last week’s victory over Montepaschi Siena.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 11 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 24 for 51 from downtown (47.1%) over that stretch. He has eight games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Logan spent the 2010-11 season playing for Caja Laboral and lost to Maccabi in the Euroleague playoffs. The only remaining players from Logan’s time there are Fernando San Emeterio and Nemanja Bjelica.

Lior Eliyahu played for Caja Laboral during the 2009-10 season. He helped the club win the Spanish League championship that season. The only remaining player from Eliyahu’s time there is Fernando San Emeterio.

Guy Pnini scored a Euroleague career-high 22 points in the decisive Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs series against Caja Laboral in Tel Aviv as Maccabi clinched a Final Four berth. Pnini made 5 of 7 three-pointers in that game as Maccabi won 99-77.

Devin Smith earned a share of Top 16 Game 8 MVP honors after he tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for a performance index rating of 28 points in last week’s victory over Montepaschi Siena.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We need to start winning all the games we can in order to, first, qualify for the playoffs, and then to think about finishing as high as possible. The important games we have won have happened at home with our fans behind us. Their support will be very important now. Maccabi is the same team we beat earlier in the Top 16, but now it's more organized and has more confidence. They are dangerous one-on-one and in transition. From my point of view inside the team, everything that has happened to us has made us stronger. A team is like a human being: everything that doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"Obviously this is an important game, but then again all of the games have been so far. Since we’ve gotten ourselves into the situation we’re in now, we have to put together a string of victories on the road. Especially against a team that already beat us in our gym. We need to play like we did against Siena in order to win. We’ve prepared well, and we’re getting there early in order to get a proper rest before the game and to get a feel for the atmosphere."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It's a very important game for us, we are all motivated. We have to try to defend better than during the last games. I hope that with the help and support of our fans we will win this game. For Maccabi Electra it is also like a final, so I think it will be a tough game, with lots of contacts and hard defense."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We know what we need to do, and we’re planning to leave everything on the court. It’s true that the energy in an away game is different from a home game, but we’re going to try to repeat what we did in the game against Siena. We know what people expect of us, but anyway we come to every game ready to work. We still have a chance to advance."

Logan lifts Maccabi to key win in Vitoria

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv outlasted Caja Laboral Vitoria in a Group F thriller 62-66 Thursday night at Fernando Buesa Arena to storm back into the playoff hunt. Maccabi won back-to-back games for the first time in the Top 16 to improve to 4-5, while handing Vitoria its fifth straight loss and knocking Coach Zan Tabak’s side to 4-5. Maccabi, which lost by 1 to Laboral at home in the closing seconds in January, also took the tiebreak advantage between the two. The game was full of drama and included five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter alone, the last coming on a David Logan three-pointer with 24.7 seconds remaining. Logan also nailed a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to go to seal a vital victory. Devin Smith paced the Israeli champs with 20 points, Logan finished with 16, Shawn James tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks and Ricky Hickman added 10 points. Maciej Lampe led the hosts with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Fernando San Emeterio added 11 points and Thomas Heurtel amassed 9 points and 7 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Poor shooting keeps scores low early

Yogev Ohayon delivered to Smith, who opened the game with a dunk. Heurtel dropped in a floater for Vitoria’s first basket. Points were hard to come by as Maccabi forced turnovers on defense and was ice cold from the perimeter on the attack. Lampe hit a long jumper and then completed an alley-oop layup via Heurtel as the hosts moved ahead 6-2. Logan, the game’s first substitution in place of Ohayon, came in and scored twice in transition to break the Maccabi drought. James made a contested baby hook over Lampe as Maccabi moved ahead 6-8. Guy Pnini hit a three-pointer – the game’s first after 13 missed by both teams. Heurtel’s backdoor cut for a slam kept the hosts within one shot before Nemanja Bjelica dunked to make it 10-11 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Caja Laboral’s late spurt gives hosts slim lead

Tibor Pleiss put Vitoria ahead on one side and rejected Darko Planinic at the other. After San Emeterio’s first basket for the hosts, Smith tied the game at 14-14, before a slam by James put Maccabi ahead. Omar Cook drilled a triple as Vitoria went ahead again, however Smith, who was fouled shooting behind the arc, sank 3 free throws and Logan fired in a long triple to make it 17-22 midway through the quarter. San Emeterio and Fabien Causeur nailed threes on either side of a TV timeout to put the hosts ahead once more. Ohayon crashed the boards for a three-point play as the lead continued to switch hands. Lampe knotted the score at 26-26 with a pair of free throws. San Emeterio drove into the paint for a layup and Causeur fired in a three on the break as the hosts got the crowd rocking. After a Maccabi timeout, Smith worked his way for a floater that left things 31-28 at halftime.

Third quarter: Lampe keeps hosts ahead

Heurtel fed Milko Bjelica for a slam and Lampe lofted a jumper to give Laboral the game’s largest lead yet, 7 points. James dunked at the other end. Hickman penetrated for his first points to keep Maccabi close. Smith closed the gap to 36-34 before Heurtel spotted Andres Nocioni for an easy bucket. James scored again and Smith went inside as the deficit shrunk to 1. Milko Bjelica boosted the lead to 3 and Smith erased that with a three-pointer that knotted the game at 41-41. Milko Bjelica fed Lampe inside before Pnini matched him with a finger roll. Lampe put the hosts back in front with free throws and a slam for a 47-43 lead through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Logan steps up for Maccabi in final minute

Logan took over on a broken play to close the gap to 2 before James fought through Pleiss for a basket-plus-foul, which tied and then put Maccabi on top 47-48. Logan added to the lead with a steal and free throws. San Emeterio beat the shot-clock buzzer with a triple to tie the score. Nemanja Bjelica struck from downtown as the hosts went up. Smith on one end and Lampe on the other made spectacular blocks before Hickman netted free throws to tie it again, 53-53. Smith nailed a three from the corner to put the visitors on top once more. Heurtel nailed a three, while Pnini fouled Lampe off the ball. Vitoria too advantage of the extra possession as Lampe took a brilliant pass from Heurtel to make it 58-56. The drama continued as Hickman tied it and Heurtel set up Lampe for another basket. A Heurtel floater put the hosts up 62-59 with two minutes to play. Hickman attacked the basket, had his shot blocked by Nocioni, but recovered the ball and scored. James fought for a big rebound and then Logan put Maccabi up 62-64 with a triple, 62-64, with 24.7 seconds remaining. Heurtel took a three from the top of the key, but missed and after a scrum for the loose rebound, the referees whistled a tie-ball, the possession arrow presented the ball to Maccabi. Vitoria sent Logan to the line and he sank 2 with 11 seconds remaining to ice the win. San Emeterio missed a three in the final seconds and Maccabi celebrated a big win.

Devin Smith - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Attendance: 12214
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria10211615
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria10314762
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv11284366
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 18:28 3 0/1 1/2         4   2     3 1 1
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 21:29 2 1/2 0/2     3 3     2 1 1 3 3  
11 BJELICA, MILKO 15:00 5 2/2   1/2   3 3 1 1 1     1 2 9
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 26:12 11 2/3 2/5 1/2 1 1 2 3   2   1 1 1 8
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 8:06 2 1/1     1 2 3     1 1   2   3
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 27:27 9 3/6 1/4     4 4 7 2 2   1     13
25 JELINEK, DAVID DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 31:54 19 7/14 0/3 5/6 4 8 12     1   3 3 7 20
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 25:00 5 1/1 1/5     4 4   1 2 2   3 1 4
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 26:24 6 0/1 2/4         1   2     3   -1
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 62 17/31 7/25 7/10 7 27 34 16 4 16 4 6 19 15 59
        54.8% 28% 70%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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 30:56 16 3/3 2/7 4/4   4 4 1 2 1     2 4 19
5 JAMES, SHAWN 34:19 11 5/6 0/1 1/3 2 8 10 1 1 4 3   4 2 16
6 SMITH, DEVIN 32:53 20 4/6 3/9 3/3   3 3 2 1 1 1   2 3 19
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 31:40 10 2/7 0/4 6/7 4 2 6 2 2 3 1 2   5 11
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 5:29   0/3       2 2 1     1 1   1 1
9 ROTH, MORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 27:58 6 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 2 3 3 1 1     4 1 6
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 7:31   0/1 0/1   1   1   1         2 2
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 20:00 3 1/3 0/1 1/1 3 1 4 1   1     2 1 3
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 5:22   0/1                   1 1   -3
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 3:52     0/1                       -1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 16/32 6/26 16/20 11 24 35 11 8 11 6 4 15 19 75
        50% 23.1% 80%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It was a tough, difficult game, very balanced. The little things decided in the end. They grabbed 5 more rebound than we did, they drew more fouls, while we didn’t enter the foul bonus till the last two minutes, and we allowed them to score 23 points in the last period. All these factors decided the game. It’s a very difficult situation for us now. We still have chances, mathematically, but I recognize it’s quite difficult to achieve. We prepared a longer play in our last possession, to play pick-and-roll, but we didn’t execute as we planned."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"I feel at home here, as we played so any times in Vitoria against Caja Labora. It’s a very familiar place, a great place to play. It was a very, very big victory for us today. We needed the win even more than them; they had the better record until now. The victory was very difficult. It was a very hard game for both teams, we were fortunate to get the win here tonight. We face Fenerbahce and Olympiacos in the next games, which can determine our chances to make it to the next stage of the competition."


Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"It’s difficult to explain what happened tonight. Both teams felt very uncomfortable, especially in offense, and it wasn’t a good game. We allowed them to get easy buckets in key moments in the second half. We let them get into foul bonus very soon in the last period and that hurt our defense. We never found the right pace. The situation is quite difficult now, but this is not finished."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It is a great win for us. This is a very tough place to play; we know it from the past. It was a key fight for us as we got two home losses and we needed a road win like this in order to keep fighting for qualification. Now we must look forward. We have very difficult games ahead of us and we must focus on playing good. In these kinds of games the little things are very important, one rebound can decide the game, and the big shot by David Logan was crucial. I played the four position when I was younger, but at this level I usually play the small forward. Tonight, with Lior [Eliyahu] injured and not in his best shape, I had to help there. Whatever the coach needs from me I will try to do it."
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