2001-02Regular SeasonRound 14
February 14, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 YAD ELIYAHU SPORTS PALACE
Efes Pilsen has shocked a lot of people in Tel Aviv and around the Euroleague tonight by breaking Maccabi's 18-game home winning streak in Europe and denying their hosts first place in Group A. Despite having little motivation besides pride - and revenge against Maccabi for having stopped its own home streak of 27 wins in December - Efes took it to their hosts and emerged after 40 minutes with a huge 76-78 upset. Although Efes (9-5) will not improve on its fourth-place standing, it can take all kinds of confidence from this victory into Group F of the Top 16, where it joins defending Euroleague champion Kinder Bologna, Real Madrid and Ural Great of Russia. Maccabi drops to second place at 10-4, one victory behind Benetton and tied with Olympiakos, against whom the Israelis won a head-to-head tie-breaker by just two points. Maccabi now looks ahead to taking on Tau Ceramica, Ulker of Istanbul and CSKA of Moscow in Group H of the Top 16.

Maccabi opened the game with Hussein Besok, Derick Sharp, Anthony Parker, Arriel McDonald and Nate Huffman but Efes wasn't impressed and opened the with on a 5-12 run after the first five minutes. It took Maccabi another three minutes to cut the diference to just two at 12-14 but Efes still wasn't phased and answered right back with an 0-8 run. Efes took a 12-22 lead and not even a time out by Maccabi coach David Blatt did much as the quarter ended 17-24.

Kambala continued to play well against Huffman and Besok under the baskets. McDonald cut into the Turkish lead but then Efes jumped back out again 21-30. The closest the Yellows got to Efes in the quarter was after a basket by Safar and a three-pointer by Sharp which made the score 28-32 with four minutes to play till the half. Instead of taking advantage of the streak however, Maccabi stopped short, Parker picked up his third foul, and Kambala again gave Efes a double-digit lead at 30-40. Maccabi got back in it with a 6-0 run to end the half and trailed by only four, 36-40, going into the locker rooms.

Maccabi opened the second half in a zone which was an easy task for Stombergas to break with a pair of three-pointers which put Efes up 40-52 after 24 minutes and forced anothe Maccabi timeout. This time the little talk worked as Maccabi rolled on an 11-3 run to within 51-55. Soon, Huffman narrowed the score to 54-57 and Parker on the buzzer held Maccabi, at the end of the third quarter, within 55-59.

Maccabi opened the final quarter in a zone again, and again Stombergas shook it with another three-pointer, foot for a 58-65 Efes lead with 8 minutes to go. Maccabi again came back to within 67-71, three minutes later, but this time it continued and took the lead for the first time in the whole game, at 73-71 with 2:22 until the end. Brown answered with a three-point play with 1:41 left to make it 73-74, but Maccabi's Parker tied it again from the line on 74-74. Brown came up big again with a three-point play to set the score on 74-77 with 26 second on the clock. Parker hit two now from the line to cut the Efes lead down to 76-77. Brown finished off the upset making one from the line with 13 seconds to the end and then blocking a three-point attempt by Derick Sharpe to end the game.
Thursday, February 14, 2002
Eran Sela, Tel Aviv
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Referees: BETANCOR, MIGUEL (ESP), SUDEK, PETR (SVK), VALTCHEV, GEORGY (BUL)
Attendance: 10000
By Quarter1234
Maccabi Elite17191921
Efes Pilsen24161919
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Maccabi Elite17365576
Efes Pilsen24405978
Maccabi Elite
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HENEFELD, NADAV 24:00 4 2/7     4 2 6 1 1 2 1 1 5 1 1
6 SHARP, DERRICK 26:00 3 0/1 1/4     2 2   1 1   1 4   -4
7 HUFFMAN, NATE 37:00 23 4/7 2/3 9/10 1 4 5     2 3   4 8 28
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 35:00 18 6/8 0/2 6/8   2 2 1 1 1 1   3 6 19
9 SHELEF, GUR 15:00 7 1/1   5/5                 3 4 8
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 18:00 5 2/2 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 1   1     2 1 5
12 SAFFAR, YOAV 4:00 2 1/1     1   1 1   2         2
14 McDONALD, ARRIEL 34:00 12 5/8 0/3 2/2       4 4 1     3 4 14
15 BESOK, HUSEYIN 7:00 2 1/2           1         1   1
Team             5 5   7           12
Totals 200:00 76 22/37 3/13 23/27 7 17 24 9 14 10 5 2 25 24 86
        59.5% 23.1% 85.2%
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
Efes Pilsen
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BROWN, MARCUS 38:00 16 2/4 1/4 9/11   1 1 4   1 1   3 9 20
6 ONAN, OMER 15:00 2 1/2             1 2     3   -3
7 STOMBERGAS, SAULIUS 40:00 17 0/4 5/6 2/2   2 2   1 2 1   3 4 15
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 27:00 6 3/6       1 1 2 2 1     3   4
13 OKUR, MEHMET 19:00 12 4/6 0/1 4/4 1 5 6 2   1   2 5 2 11
14 PEKER, KAYA 24:00 5 2/4   1/3 5 4 9   1 4     3 6 10
15 KAMBALA, KASPARS 37:00 20 7/15   6/7 3 1 4   1 1   3 4 4 12
Team           4 4 8   5 2         11
Totals 200:00 78 19/41 6/11 22/27 13 18 31 8 11 14 2 5 24 25 80
        46.3% 54.5% 81.5%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY
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Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Elite
"The next group is not as easy as it seems, all four teams are excellent and I wouldn't be surprise if the one that will get to the Final Four will advance only by basket difference."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Efes Pilsen
"I was very pleased with my players. The pressure was on Maccabi and our young players stayed cool. They showed a lot of character after Maccabi came back and took a 73-71 lead. We will not be favourites in Group F and that certainly suits us."

Players

McDONALD, ARRIEL
Maccabi Elite
"The crowd was fantastic tonight as always and I promise that we will get back to winning for them."
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