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

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
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 12214
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria10211615
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv11171523
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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

TABAK, ZAN
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."
BLATT, DAVID
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."

Players

LAMPE, MACIEJ
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."
PNINI, GUY
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."