2012-13Top 16Round 13
March 28, 2013 CET: 20:30
Local time: 21:30 NOKIA ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.2 Points 66.1
32.5 Rebounds 32.8
9.5 O. Rebounds 10.7
23.0 D. Rebounds 22.1
15.4 Assists 12.8
7.2 Steals 5.8
4.5 Blocks 3.0
11.9 Turnovers 14.7
53.3 % 2PT 47.6 %
39.3 % 3PT 32.3 %
74.4 % FT 64.6 %
89.5 Index 62.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.8 / Hickman Points 14.2 / Jerrells
6.5 / James Rebounds 5.3 / Vidmar
2.4 / James OR 2.0 / Falker
4.1 / James DR 3.7 / Markota
4.0 / Ohayon Assists 2.9 / Jerrells
1.5 / Hickman Steals 1.1 / Jerrells
2.0 / James Blocks 1.1 / Vidmar
1.8 / Hickman Turnovers 2.3 / Vidmar
74.2 % / Landesberg 2PT 61.8 % / Vidmar
44.9 % / Logan 3PT 38.5 % / Jerrells
100.0 % / Landesberg FT 100.0 % / Akin
17.2 / James Index 14.1 / Jerrells

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
7-5 Top 16 1-11
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
15-7 Overall 6-16

Referees

Crew Chief
MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO, Croatia
Referee
TAURINO, PAOLO, Italy
Umpire
MAESTRE, NICOLA, France

The Take

The lone Group F game on Thursday pits red-hot Maccabi Electra against Besiktas JK Istanbul at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Maccabi, 7-5, is undefeated in the second half of the Top 16 to storm into playoff contention. In fact, Coach David Blatt’s men could potentially reach the next stage this week, but to do so will need to win and have other results go their way. Besiktas, 1-11, dropped 11 straight games to open the Top 16, but comes to Israel in good spirits after stinging Montepaschi Siena last week. Maccabi routed Besiktas 55-77 when they met in January as Lior Eliyahu led a balanced team effort with 14 points.

Much has changed for Besiktas since that game, with Curtis Jerrells leaving the team and Dan Ewing now sidelines with a knee injury. However Tutku Acik rose to the occasion last week with a big game off the bench – including the game –winning shot – and he will try to keep his momentum going. Unfortunately he goes up against a deep backcourt on its own run of good form. Starters Ricky Hickman and Yogev Ohayon and reserve David Logan have provided the right mix of playmaking, defense and three-point shooting to carry the Israeli champs lately. Acik will look for Patrick Christopher, Fikret Can Akin, Serhat Cetin and Patrick Christopher to play their best at both ends to slow down the Maccabi guards. An intriguing duel looks to take place at small forward where Ricky Minard, perhaps Besiktas’s best player since joining the club four games ago, pits his skills against Maccabi’s on-court leader, Devin Smith. Another promising duel is at center, where the visitors send the athletic Gasper Vidmar against the super-efficient Shawn James – the Top 16 leader in blocks. Cemal Nalga, Damir Markota and Cevher Ozer round out a Besiktas frontcourt, which will encounter Darko Planinic, Eliyahu and Nik Caner-Medley.

Between its recent form, home-court advantage, the importance of the game and dominance over Besiktas last time, Maccabi is the clear favorite. However Siena was also the favorite last week and paid a steep price as Besiktas proved its character. Coach Erman Kunter’s men will try to play spoiler for the second week in a row in a pivotal Group F challenge.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

MACCABI ELECTRA TEL AVIV

Maccabi leads the league 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.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 15 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 36 for 79 from downtown (45.6%) over that period. He has 11 games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Shawn James has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16 leader with 2.3 blocks per game.

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

Smith played alongside Besiktas players Gasper Vidmar and Serhat Cetin during the 2008-09 season at Fenerbahce Ulker.

Nik Caner-Medley scored a season-high 12 points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting against Besiktas JK when they met in Istanbul in January.

BESIKTAS JK ISTANBUL

Besiktas has committed more turnovers (323) this season than any other team in the league.

Coach Erman Kunter has used a total of 13 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Gasper Vidmar is ranked last among 84 qualified players in free throw shooting this season at 34.02%.

Fikret Can Akin is a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line this season.

Ricky Minard has made at least 1 steal in nine straight Euroleague games.

Damir Markota has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Dan Ewing was a teammate of Maccabi Electra guard David Logan at Asseco Prokom between 2008 and 2010. Together they helped Prokom win back-to-back Polish League titles and reach the Euroleague playoffs for the first time in 2010.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We have almost reached the end of the road. This Top 16 has been very competitive and interesting. Now we are in a position where we control our own destiny, which hasn’t always been the case in this Top 16. If we can recreate the ability we showed in our last few games, we can do something very special. But we can’t forget that last week Besiktas defeated Siena. I hope that the practices we have had this past week have prepared us well for this game.”

Players

HICKMAN, RICKY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We still have two important games left and if we don’t play well tomorrow then everything we have done up until now won’t have been worth it. We need to be focused in our game tomorrow against Besiktas, and I hope we will come away with a win. Everyone needs to give 100% for that to happen."

Maccabi rewrites record book in rout of Besiktas

Maccabi Electra dominated Besiktas JK Istanbul 101-58 at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory. The Israeli champs set and tied Top 16 records with a thorough performance in climbing to 8-5 in the Top 16 Group F standings and edging closer to a playoff berth. In fact, Maccabi could find itself in the playoffs by the end of the week, but will need other results to go its way Friday. Maccabi led by 18 after 10 minutes, 34 at halftime and 56 through three quarters in a game that was never in doubt. The final margin of victory, 43, tied for the largest ever in a Top 16 game, first set by Tau Ceramica Vitoria in a 99-56 victory over Lottomatica Roma in 2007. The difference at halftime set a new Top 16 mark for largest lead at the break, which had belonged to Barcelona Regal, which led Fenerbahce Ulker 19-50 earlier this season. Maccabi finished the game with a team performance index rating of 143, which is also the most in Top 16 history, eclipsing the 138 of Vitoria against Milano in 2009. Ricky Hickman and Devin Smith scored 16 points apiece to lead five Maccabi scorers in double figures. Nik Caner-Medley added 15 points, Darko Planinic scored 14 and Sylven Landesberg 10 for the hosts. Ricky Minard led Besiktas with 12 points in defeat.

First quarter: Caner-Medley runs wild as Maccabi takes charge

Dan Ewing, back after missing several games with a knee injury, sank a jumper to open the scoring. Smith followed with a triple for the hosts. Shawn James followed with a tip-in and despite a bucket from Minard, Caner-Medley heated up. First he sank a three, then a basket inside and after James and Gasper Vidmar traded baskets, Caner-Medley continued his assault on the highlight producers. He grabbed a rebound and finished a fast-break with a layup, which rolled all around the rim and in, and foul. Then a Caner-Medley steal resulted in a high-flying rim-rocking slam that jolted the arena. Soon Yogev Ohayon added a three-pointer and Smith scored on the break to cap a 13-0 run that made it 23-6. Damir Markota ended the Besiktas drought from the line. Smith and Caner-Medley kept the crowd involved with a pair of blocks. Four Hickman points from Hickman sandwiched 2 from Minard to lift the hosts a 29-11 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts remain on fire and cruise to 30+ point lead

Serhat Cetin tried to inspire the visitors with the first points of the second quarter, but a Guy Pnini triple kept the Maccabi fans singing. Landesberg took the hosts’ lead past the 20-point mark and all the way to 25 with 6 points in a row. A Caner-Medley three made it 41-13. Cetin hit back from downtown only to see Hickman, Landesberg and James extend the difference to 30+ points. Tutku Acik got involved with a long jumper for the guests. Hickman, Smith and James combined for 7 more Maccabi points. Cemal Nalga split free throws and Patrick Christopher dropped in a three to keep Besiktas afloat. Cevher Ozer added a triple to make it 57-25. Nalga dunked, but a Moran Roth layup left the hosts ahead 61-27 at halftime.

Third quarter: Maccabi refuses to let up in taking the lead to 50+

Hickman heaved in an off-balance three to beat the 24-second shot clock at the start of the second half to show the magic had not left the hosts. Ohayon created space for a Planinic slam; another Ohayon-to-Planinic move took the lead past 40. Muratcan Guler sank a triple to end a 9-0 Maccabi run. Vidmar and Minard hit back with baskets, but Maccabi continued to roll as David Logan became the 10th Maccabi player to score. Vidmar remained strong inside, but after a Hickman triple, the lead surpassed 50 points: 86-35. Logan nailed a three on the third quarter buzzer to make it 91-35.

Fourth quarter: Planinic scores 100th point in large win

Baris Hersek and Minard helped trim the gap a bit and Acik fired in a three. Nalga scored inside to make it 95-45. Minard added a slam as Maccabi eased up. Planinic had the honor of taking Maccabi past the triple-digit mark, 101-53. Even in the closing minutes, the fans had something to cheer for; they hoped to see teenager Itay Segev score his first Euroleague points, but alas time ran out before he got his bucket and everyone left satisfied with an impressive overall performance.

Nik Caner-Medley - Maccabi Electra - EB12
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), MAESTRE, NICOLA (FRA)
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv29323010
Besiktas JK Istanbul1116823
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Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv296191101
Besiktas JK Istanbul11273558
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 17:49 7 2/5 1/4     2 2 2 1 1   1   1 5
5 JAMES, SHAWN 17:38 9 4/4   1/2 1 5 6 2     1   2 1 16
6 SMITH, DEVIN 18:17 16 3/5 3/3 1/1 2 7 9 2 2 1 1   2 2 27
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 26:41 16 4/5 2/4 2/4 1 2 3 5 2 1 1   1 5 25
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ROTH, MORAN 12:49 2 1/1 0/2     2 2 3   1     2   2
10 PNINI, GUY 15:46 7 1/2 1/4 2/2   1 1 2   1       2 7
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 24:14 15 4/7 2/2 1/1   2 2   2 1 1     1 17
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 18:56 5 1/1 1/1         7 2 2     2 1 11
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 22:22 14 5/9   4/4 4   4   2 2     4 3 13
15 SEGEV, ITAY 3:45   0/1 0/1     1 1               -1
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 21:43 10 3/4 1/3 1/2 2 3 5 3 1       1 3 17
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 101 28/44 11/24 12/16 11 28 39 26 12 10 4 1 14 19 143
        63.6% 45.8% 75%
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
Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EWING, DANIEL 11:06 2 1/3 0/1             2     3   -6
5 GULER, MURATCAN 13:09 3   1/1     1 1     2       1 3
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 17:11 3   1/3             2     1   -2
11 ACIK, TUTKU 24:13 8 1/2 1/3 3/5   1 1 4   4     3 2 3
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 22:45 6 2/6   2/4 3 1 4   2   1 1 1 3 8
15 CETIN, SERHAT 19:55 7 2/2 1/3     2 2 1   1     4 1 4
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 8:05 2 0/2   2/2   2 2         1   1 2
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 9:40 3   1/3             1          
24 MINARD, RICKY 24:46 12 5/10 0/1 2/2 1 6 7 4 3 3   1 1 2 17
25 HERSEK, BARIS 13:57 4 2/4 0/1     2 2 1   2     1 1 2
35 NALGA, CEMAL 17:15 5 2/4 0/1 1/2   4 4     1   1 3 2 2
41 OZER, CEVHER 17:58 3 0/2 1/3     2 2 1         2 1 1
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 58 15/35 6/20 10/15 7 21 28 11 5 18 1 4 19 14 37
        42.9% 30% 66.7%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN

Head Coaches

BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We need to wait until tomorrow before we start talking about home-court advantages. I thought that if we beat Besiktas, we’d advance for sure, but that is far from the truth. I am really pleased with the club and the players that knew how to turn a really difficult situation into a wonderful one. You could see the crowd and the excitement. Since we beat Besiktas the first time, we have won seven of eight games with outstanding basketball. I never thought it would be this easy. [Assistant coach] Guy Goodes told me ‘We should pay the Turks compensation. After the previous game with Besiktas, [Coach Kunter] said that they played poorly and that we weren’t a strong team. Today we showed that maybe we’re not as strong as in past years, but we’re still strong enough to rout them."

Players

OHAYON, YOGEV
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We started to play pretty, attractive basketball. I’m glad it happened at the right time. Tomorrow there are important games and maybe we’ll need to win in Barcelona. We can’t be dependent on anyone; we can beat any team. "
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