Top 16 Round 12 - March 22, 2013 CET: 20:00 Local time: 21:00 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-4 Top 16 6-5
8-2 Regular Season 8-2
15-6 Overall 14-7

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
BOLTAUZER, MATEJ, Slovenia
Umpire
NURAN, RUSTU, Turkey

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.7 Points 79.5
35.7 Rebounds 32.4
10.6 O. Rebounds 9.6
25.1 D. Rebounds 22.9
15.3 Assists 15.7
5.7 Steals 7.3
3.1 Blocks 4.5
12.7 Turnovers 11.8
50.7 % 2PT 53.5 %
35.1 % 3PT 39.1 %
74.4 % FT 74.2 %
84.7 Index 90.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.6 / Spanoulis Points 13.7 / Hickman
6.0 / Hines Rebounds 6.3 / James
2.8 / Hines OR 2.4 / James
3.2 / Hines DR 3.9 / James
5.4 / Spanoulis Assists 4.0 / Ohayon
0.9 / Papanikolaou Steals 1.6 / Hickman
1.0 / Hines Blocks 1.9 / James
3.3 / Spanoulis Turnovers 1.7 / Hickman
60.0 % / Hines 2PT 74.2 % / Landesberg
53.6 % / Sloukas 3PT 44.9 % / Logan
86.5 % / Sloukas FT 100.0 % / Landesberg
16.0 / Spanoulis Index 17.3 / James

THE TAKE

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus hosts the only team to win back-to-back titles in the past two decades when Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv comes to the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday. The Game holds plenty of extra drama with the teams just separated by one win and among five teams battling for three remaining playoff spots in Top 16 Group F. The Reds are tied for second place with a 7-4 record; Maccabi is among three teams at 6-5 in fourth place. Olympiacos edged Maccabi 77-78 in a thriller to the final buzzer when these teams met in January. Vassilis Spanoulis paved the way with 24 points.

Olympiacos comes off a nail-biting victory over Montepaschi, while Maccabi has won four in a row and three straight on the road. It will be an interesting game for two former Maccabi players now wearing red. The Israeli champs released center Girogi Shermadini prior to the Top 16; playmaker Doron Perkins spent two seasons in Tel Aviv. The heroes of Maccabi’s recent run have been Devin Smith, Ricky Hickman and David Logan in the backcourt in addition to center Shawn James. However Olympiacos has youth and versatility to match Tel Aviv at most spots. The hosts roll out the likes of Spanoulis, Acie Law, Kostas Sloukas and Perkins is a crowded backcourt. Between Law and Perkins, the Reds have great defenders to use against Hickman and Yogev Ohayon. However Smith and Logan will try to present defensive troubles for Spanoulis too. Kostas Papanikolaou enjoys a size advantage over Smith at small forward, but Maccabi can try to compensate with a quick lineup that features Lior Eliyahu alongside James or even Guy Pnini as a stretch four. Nik Caner-Medley and Darko Planinic both played big roles off the bench for Maccabi last week and could be called on to shake things up against the Reds’ deep interior rotation, which features Kyle Hines, Josh Powell, Pero Antic, Georgios Printezis and Shermadini.

Not only will this likely be a grueling matchup on the floor between both teams that need the win badly, but it is fair to expect some tactical surprises from coaches Georgios Bartzokas and David Blatt. One key for the hosts must be forcing Maccabi into tough perimeter shots, since great shooting from downtown has been a big part of the visitors’ recent run. Maccabi in turn needs a solution for Spanoulis. Although this game is the last game of Top 16 Game 12, it likely could be one of the very best.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Maccabi Electra is a very good team. They are one of the biggest clubs in Europe and we have to be very careful because they are in a very good shape and they haven't lost in the second round of the Top 16. We have to play a solid game; we must have patience and have control of the rhythm and of the rebounds. Also we have to stop their transition game and make few mistakes. That is how we will get the win."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We're trying to learn from our mistakes and use that information to play better. Up until now it has worked, we’ll see what happens on Friday. It’s a critical game and we need to play with that in mind. The fact that the game is important to both teams both helps and hurts both teams. Playing in Greece is never easy, but these are the kinds of games you wait for."

Players

SHERMADINI, GIORGI
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Maccabi Electra has four consecutive wins and I have no doubt that they want one more against us because they want to qualify. We want the same thing too, so it will be a very important game for both teams. We are in good condition and with the help of our fans we can beat Maccabi Electra and get closer to our big target, which is to qualify to the playoffs."
CANER-MEDLEY, NIK
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"I brought a lot of energy to the game against Khimki last week, and I’ll bring a lot of energy to the game on Friday. Olympiacos has talented players in the paint. In a game like this, rebounding can be very important."

Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

Stratos Perperoglou is due to play in his 100th career Euroleague game this week. Perperoglou is a two-time Euroleague champion.

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 23 of his last 24 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis leads the league lead in fouls drawn with 115.

Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.

Georgios Printezis needs 3 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Kostas Sloukas has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.8 per game.

Hines has blocked at least 1 shot in six straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.

Doron Perkins played two seasons for Maccabi between 2009 and 2011. He helped the club reach the 2011 Euroleague Final Four, though missed the end of the playoffs and all the Final Four with a season-ending knee injury.

Giorgi Shermadini started the season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in nine regular season games before he was released.

MACCABI ELECTRA TEL AVIV

Maccabi leads the league in steals with 7.3 per game and in blocked shots with 4.5 per game.

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

Hickman scored a season-high 30 points last week to lead Maccabi to a pivotal home win over BC Khimki.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 14 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 32 for 70 from downtown (45.7%) over that period. He has 10 games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Logan was a teammate of Olympiacos forward Stratos Perperoglou last season at Panathinaikos Athens. They helped the club reach the Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

Shawn James has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16 leader with 2.2 blocks per game.

Devin Smith has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Euroleague.net
Maccabi takes down champs, ties for second place

Ricky Hickman - Maccabi Electra - EB12

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv continued its hot run in the second-half of the Top 16 by taking down reigning champion Olympiacos Piraeus 67-73 Friday night at Peace and Friendship Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the Israeli champs – and fourth on the road – to improve to 7-5 and into a four-way tie for second place in Group F. Olympiacos has the same record, as does Montepaschi Siena and BC Khimki Moscow Region. Maccabi never trailed, pulling away to 13-21 on David Logan’s hot shooting at the end of the first quarter and extending the lead to 18 at halftime. When Ricky Hickman gave the visitors a 39-54 lead late in the third quarter, it looks over for the Reds. However Vassilis Spanoulis ignited a 14-2 run and set up an interesting fourth quarter. However Maccabi stood tall on defense, protected the lead and held on for a critical victory. Logan scored 20 to pace Coach David Blatt’s squad, Hickman netted 16, Devin Smith added 13 – including a huge three with a minute and a half to go – and Shawn James tallied 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. Spanoulis led the Reds with 19 points and Acie Law added 10.

First quarter: Good outside shooting fires Maccabi ahead

Smith banked in a shot for the game’s first points a minute into the game. Pero Antic’s slam started Olympiacos soon after. The defenses prevailed early with Nik Caner-Medley and Yogev Ohayon using their speed to make it 2-6, before Antic soared in with a fast break slam to tie the game. Ohayon buried a triple; Antic stayed active with a dish to Josh Powell for a slam. Hickman nailed a three and Ohayon went through the Reds’ defense for a layup – after a friendly roll on the rim – and foul. The visitors led 8-15 at the TV timeout. Powell soared to reject Hickman at the rim, but the Reds continued to struggle at the other end. Spanoulis ended a three-minute scoreless spell for the hosts with a mid-range jumper. Powell came off with an undisclosed injury and went straight to the locker room. Kostas Papanikolaou trimmed the deficit to 3 before Logan knocked down a triple for Macccabi. Logan’s second three – a bank shot in the closing seconds of the quarter – made it 13-21 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Logan takes charge as visitors fortify lead

James dunked early in the second quarter to give Maccabi its first double-digit lead. Powell returned to the bench wearing a sling, signaling that Giorgi Shermadini would need to play big minutes for the hosts. Logan penetrated to cap a 1-10 Maccabi run. Papanikolaou scored, but for the most part the action revolved around strong defensive showings. Ohayon found Guy Pnini on an inbounds play to make it 15-27 midway through the quarter. Even Pnini’s unsportsmanlike foul on Papanikolaou failed to rally the hosts; a Smith triple put Maccabi up by 14. Spanoulis came alive with threes on consecutive possessions, but Hickman and Logan were up to the challenge. Law used a pretty penetration move to claw 2 back for Olympiacos, but a Logan triple at the other end made it 23-38. Logan silenced the arena with his fourth three-pointer en route to a 23-41 Maccabi lead at the break.

Third quarter: Down 15, Reds rally back

sSloukas tried to ignite the hosts' comeback with a three-pointer immediately after the break. Hickman buried a six-meter jumper but Spanoulis split free throws and downed a corner triple to get the crowd involved at 30-43. James made 1 of 2 foul shots, but a tip-in by Hines and a put-back basket by Spanoulis forced Maccabi to call timeout at 34-44. James kept Maccabi rolling with some rebounds and 2 points from the line. After Spanoulis gifted Kyle Hines a layup, Shermadini rejected James and then got the arena singing again with a slam. However 4 straight Hickman points put the visitors ahead 38-50 midway through the quarter. Hickman and Pnini added more free throws as the lead swelled to 15. Spanoulis looked to turn things around with free throws, a steal and a layup, but Logan silenced the crowd with a long jumper. However Stratos Perperoglou fired them back again with a three and Law added another to trim the deficit to 49-56 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Olympiacos gets within 3, but Maccabi hangs on

Shermadini scored inside and Perperoglou added a jumper to cap a 14-2 ruin and bring the Reds right back into the game, down 3. Devin Smith countered with a deep three to make it 53-59. Law and Smith traded scores in the paint, the former with a pretty move and the latter with a tip-in. James scored in the paint to give Maccabi some fresh air, 55-63, midway through the quarter. Hines stepped up with a power layup and a huge block on Smith which allowed Sloukas to strike from downtown and fire up the crowd at 60-63. James scored down low off an inbound pass, but Papanikolaou kept the Reds within 62-65 with 3:34 left. Maccabi could not find open shots, but got three consecutive defensive stops at the other end. Smith, forced into a bad shot, beat the shot clock with an eight-meter three-pointer that silenced the crowd, 62-68, with 1:36 to go. Maccabi got the ball back after an Olympiacos turnover and a driving layup by Hickman made it 62-70. Olympiacos kept trying, and free throws by Spanoulis and a three from Law made it 67-70 with 18 seconds left. The hosts sent Hickman to the line, where he split free throws. However a James steal away from Spanoulis set up Logan for a fast break layup to ice the win, 67-73.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv21201517
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv21415673
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 HINES, KYLE 16:24 4 2/5 0/1   2 3 5     1 3 1 4   2
5 LAW, ACIE 27:54 10 2/5 2/2     2 2 1   4   1 3 1 3
6 ANTIC, PERO 21:05 7 3/4 0/2 1/4   2 2 2       1 1 3 6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 33:33 19 4/9 2/6 5/7 1 2 3 4 1 4     1 8 19
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 20:42 5 1/4 1/1   1 2 3 1 1 1   1 2 1 4
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 15:27 5 2/2   1/2   3 3   1 1 1     1 9
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 18:09 7 0/1 2/4 1/2 2 2 4 3       1 5 5 9
12 POWELL, JOSH 8:09 2 1/2       2 2       1   1   3
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 6:42     0/1     1 1                
14 PERKINS, DORON 4:13   0/1 0/1             2     2   -6
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 27:42 8 2/3 0/2 4/4   3 3 2 1       3 2 10
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 67 17/36 7/20 12/19 8 22 30 13 4 13 5 5 22 21 61
47.2% 35% 63.2%
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
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 LOGAN, DAVID 26:53 20 4/7 4/9   1 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 2   14
5 JAMES, SHAWN 30:20 9 3/7   3/4 1 9 10   1 2 4 2 2 3 16
6 SMITH, DEVIN 36:00 13 2/2 3/4   1 5 6 2 1 2     2 3 20
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 33:37 16 4/10 1/3 5/6   1 1     3   2 4 9 8
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ROTH, MORAN 2:24           1 1 1         1   1
10 PNINI, GUY 24:28 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   1 1     2     1 3 4
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 8:58 2 1/3 0/1     2 2 1         2    
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 25:18 8 2/5 1/3 1/1 2 1 3 4 1 1     4 3 9
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 9:40 1     1/2 1 2 3     2     2 1  
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 2:22                   1     1   -2
22 ZALMANSON, IDAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 17/35 9/21 12/15 8 25 33 9 4 14 5 5 21 22 73
48.6% 42.9% 80%
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Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a game with two different faces. We played terribly and with the wrong philosophy in the first half, which was our worst of the season, and we threw it away. Then we improved our defense and we came very close to getting the win, but the three-pointer made by Devin Smith from almost nine meters killed us. Before that, we missed three opportunities and this is an issue. We are not playing well and the team is affected by the injuries, because some of our players have no rest. I congratulate my players for their effort in the second half, but we have to realize that 20 minutes are not enough. Now we have to win the two remaining games in order to make it to the playoffs and get away the pressure. We are guilty, we are the ones to correct the situation. I think that when we play at home, the pressure goes up and we are not ready. Our results on the road are better and this is a proof."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We came today determined to win the game and we did it. We played an amazing first half, maybe our best this season, and not less important we knew how to withstand the pressure of the second half and we stood against a strong and talented team, which needed the win just as much as we did. The whole club deserves credit. We prepared the right way. We came with confidence and we head home with an important win. Our job is not over. We must keep our feet on the ground, prepare ourselves and word hard until the last moment. "

Players

LAW, ACIE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"They hit big shots and they killed us that way. In the first half we played very bad, but after that we improved our game. We were very close to making it, but Devin Smith scored some big shots and Shawn James blocked some of ours and Maccabi beat us. We are not disappointed, the road is still open, but we have to play much better and get the victories we need."
OHAYON, YOGEV
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We gave all our hearts on the floor. This is one of the great comebacks. We started the game the way we had planned, we were very consistent and after a half like that, it’s hard to lose. Our coaches deserve credit for preparing us so well for the game and of course to my teammates, who gave great performances."
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