2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.5 Points 80.2
35.1 Rebounds 32.7
8.9 O. Rebounds 9.6
26.2 D. Rebounds 23.2
17.0 Assists 15.9
6.1 Steals 7.4
3.4 Blocks 4.5
13.0 Turnovers 11.8
57.8 % 2PT 53.8 %
37.6 % 3PT 39.6 %
75.7 % FT 74.5 %
95.6 Index 91.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.3 / Navarro Points 13.9 / Hickman
5.9 / Tomic Rebounds 6.5 / James
1.7 / Jawai OR 2.3 / James
4.5 / Tomic DR 4.2 / James
3.7 / Huertas Assists 4.1 / Ohayon
1.1 / Mickeal Steals 1.5 / Hickman
1.3 / Tomic Blocks 2.0 / James
1.7 / Huertas Turnovers 1.7 / Hickman
80.0 % / Rabaseda 2PT 74.3 % / Landesberg
51.7 % / Lorbek 3PT 44.1 % / Logan
97.0 % / Huertas FT 85.7 % / Smith
16.2 / Tomic Index 17.2 / James


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
12-1 Top 16 8-5
9-1 Regular Season 8-2
21-2 Overall 16-7


Crew Chief

The Take

Two teams on long winning streaks meet in their Top 16 Group F finale on Thursday as FC Barcelona Regal takes Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv in a meeting of Euroleague classics. Barcelona, already the Group F winner, is on an 11-game winning streak. Maccabi rallied to win its last six Euroleague games but is still fighting to get to the playoffs in the Top 16 finale. Maccabi can qualify to the playoffs, win or lose, but could also be eliminated with a loss. Among its possibilities, Maccabi will finish: second in Group F if it defeats Barcelona; third if it loses and Olympiacos beats Khimki, or if it loses, Khimki wins and Siena wins; fourth if it loses, Khimki wins by at least 12 points and Vitoria wins; and fifth - out of the playoffs - if it loses, Vitoria wins and Khimki wins by less than 12 points.

Barcelona will be without small forwards Pete Mickeal and Xavi Rabaseda, who are sidelined with injuries. As such, Juan Carlos Navarro and Joe Ingles will see most minutes at both wings. Navarro will provide his legendary shooting skills and Ingles adds versatility, deep range and aggressiveness. Alex Abrines will be ready to offer instant offense at any time. With scoring king Navarro back in the fold, point guards Marcelinho Huertas and Victor Sada can focus on distribution and defense, while former Maccabi legend Sarunas Jasikevicius will continue to step up off the bench. Jasikevicius won two of his four Euroleague titles with Maccabi in 2005 and 2006. Ingles must do his best on defense against Devin Smith, who was named the bwin MVP for March this week. Navarro will test his scoring skills against David Logan, who is in great shape recently. Sylven Landesberg and Guy Pnini give coach David Blatt plenty of options at both wings. Barcelona must be ready to stop Shawn James, a solid defender with great effectiveness on offense. He leads a deep frontcourt that also features aggressive power forward Nik Caner-Medley, up-and-coming center Darko Planinic and veteran big man Lior Eliyahu, always ready to run the floor and get easy points in transition. Planinic and James must be ready for a physical battle against Nate Jawai, who earned the weekly MVP honors for the last Top 16 game, and last month’s MVP, Ante Tomic, back to Barcelona's lineup after missing one game due to injury. Caner-Medley needs a big defensive effort against Erazem Lorbek, a key matchup in this game. C.J. Wallace provides hustle and winning mentality off the hosts' bench. Sada must use his well-known on-the-ball defensive skills against Ricky Hickman - one of the main keys to Maccabi's recent success. Huertas needs to use his creativity and deep range against Yogev Oyahon and Moran Roth.

Barcelona must run its offense through Navarro and Tomic, lock the defensive boards to run the break, control the game tempo through Huertas and expect a good game from Lorbek and Wallace at power forward. Maccabi must be its usual self on defense, using matchup zones and high intensity to dominate the game tempo. It needs James and Planinic to stop Jawai and Tomic down low, and come with all the motivation necessary to save itself a playoff spot at the end of its recent resurgence.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Game Notes


FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 67.4 points allowed and 60.0 performance index rating allowed per game. Barcelona also tops the league in performance index rating with an average of 95.6 per game and is tied with Montepaschi Siena for the league lead in scoring with 80.5 points per game.

Marcelinho Huertas is the Euroleague leader in free-throw shooting this season at 96.97%. Huertas has made 18 straight free throws in Euroleague action and 32 of 33 attempts this season.

Nata Jawai was the Top 16 Game 13 bwin MVP after amassing career highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds in last week’s win over Siena.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in 13 straight Euroleague games.

Sarunas Jasikevicius is 1 point behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,162 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Sarunas Jasikevicius had two of his finest seasons in a Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform between 2003 and 2005. He helped the team win back-to-back Euroleague titles and Israeli League and Cup doubles, was named to the All-Euroleague First Team both seasons and was the 2005 Final Four MVP. Saras played alongside current Maccabi assistant coach Derrick Sharp and manager Gur Shelef on those teams; Maccabi head coach David Blatt was an assistant during Saras’s first season at Maccabi.

Saras scored a season-high 14 points in the victory at Maccabi earlier this season.


Maccabi has won six straight Euroleague games; the Israeli champs have also won four straight on the road.

Maccabi leads the league in blocked shots with 4.5 per game and in steals with 7.4 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 16 Euroleague games; Logan is shooting 37 for 83 from downtown (44.6%) over that period. He has 11 games with multiple three-pointers in that stretch.

Logan was a teammate of Barcelona guard Sarunas Jasikevicius 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 nine straight Euroleague games. He is the Top 16 leader with 2.2 blocks per game.

Devin Smith has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Smith has scored in double figures in seven straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Smith has recorded at least 1 steal in six straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Nik Caner-Medley scored a season-high 15 points in last week’s win over Besiktas.

Darko Planinic scored a season-high 14 points in last week’s win over Besiktas.

David Blatt briefly coached Barcelona big man Erazem Lorbek at Benetton Treviso during the 2006-07 season.

Lior Eliyahu and Barcelona guard Marcelinho Huertas were teammates at Caja Laboral during the 2009-10 season. They helped the club win the Spanish League title that season.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"This is our last rehearsal before the quarterfinal playoffs and it would be important to add another win. We need to start the game as we know how to, giving our maximum from the start. Since we won against Maccabi in Tel Aviv, they have won five games consecutively. It's a team that everyone thought would be eliminated, but now it's in second place and playing at a very high level. This will be a test of fire."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"FC Barcelona Regal has proven all season long that they are the number one team, at least up until now. They’re a team that has everything it needs to go the distance: an excellent roster, continuity, an exceptional coach and a lot of experience. Add to that, they’re playing at home. We’re going to need to go there and do something very special in order to come away with a win."


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We’re going to need to play hard in Barcelona; full out for forty minutes. We need to dominate on rebounds and add a few extras to the game in order to win. They’re the strongest team in Europe, not just some typical team, and we know that and respect that. We need this win and they don’t, so we need to be even more focused than ever."

Abrines explodes for a FC Barcelona Regal win

In a thrilling game to the final buzzer FC Barcelona Regal defeated Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Thursday night, 74-71, in Group F. Barcelona was already group champ before the game. Maccabi qualifies for the playoffs third, as its loss combines with the Olympiacos win put the Reds up for second place. Maccabi had its chances until the start of the last quarter but then, a young star that waited patiently all season, finally exploded. Alejandro Abrines had a career-best performance as he soared for 21 points, 12 in the final period, and 3 rebounds to lead Barca to the final win. Ante Tomic added 13 points and Juan Carlos Navarro, who could not finish the game due to a slight foot injury, had 12. For Maccabi, Ricky Hickman and Devin Smith had 16 points apiece, David Logan added 11 and Shawn James hit 10.

Maccabi starts strong, Barca recovers

Maccabi Electra took the initiative in the scoreboard during the first minutes with Shawn James as protagonist, as he soon scored his sixth point for 5-12. However, the hosts regrouped soon as Erazem Lorbek, Juan Carlos Navarro and Marcelinho Huertas hit eight unanswered points to put Barcelona ahead, 13-12. The following minutes featured an exchange of baskets including a three-point play by Nik Caner-Medley that made it 19-19 after 10 minutes.

Hosts start pulling away

Abrines and Logan opened the second quarter trading threes, and then Abrines hit a new bucket as the score progressed with no breaks. Logan again and then Jawai hit for both sides, but Barcelona was keeping lead when Victor Sada fed Abrines for a monster alley-oop that made it 30-24. Sada then hit a bucket by himself to enlarge the difference even more, but then bwin March MVP Devin Smith took matters into his own hands penetrating in traffic for a nifty bucket and then Ricky Hickman decided that was the best option also and copied him to make it 32-28. The hosts were showing impressive numbers in 2-point shooting with 7 of 7 in the quarter when Navarro hit a layup for 36-32, while Maccabi was stuck at 1 of 8 from the arc. The score would not move in the last minute of the half as the teams hit the lockerrooms for the break.

Maccabi revives through Hickman

Things looked bright for Maccabi at the start of the second half. After Navarro's three, Yogev Ohayon replied in the same manner and then Hickman hit six point in a row by himself, including four in an unsportsmanlike foul situation by Huertas, to give his team the lead again, 39-41. Ante Tomic revived the hosts by finishing an alley-oop from Huertas, but then was called a technical foul that allowed Hickman to score his seventh point in the quarter to keep Maccabi aehad, 44-48 after Smith's three. Like a speed demon, James stole the ball fast and fed Logan for a layup that made it a 0-6 run for the guests. In the following plays, Barcelona tried to catch up but Maccabi succeeded in keeping the 6-point lead, until free throws by Abrines made it 51-54. However, Guy Pnini had free throws in the last possession to leave it at 51-56 after 30 minutes.

A new star is born: Abrines

Jawai had a putback for Barca to start the last period, but Hickman was back to the line to get Maccabi going again. A great defensive effort of Maccabi was shattered by Abrines and his huge three on the shot-clock that set the stands on fire to make it 56-57. Abrines was on fire and hit two more free throws to put the hosts ahead, 58-57. Abrines still blasted a new three but Logan and Smith teamed up for five straight Maccabi points that gave them a new lead, 61-62. In the meantime, Abrines was everywhere and added two more free throws to his column, making it 10 points for him in the quarter. Smith was also dominating in offense for Maccabi as the game's excitement escalated. With less than 3 minutes left, Joe Ingles and Nik Caner-Medley traded threes, and with a 70-67, the game entered the last 2 minutes. With Ingles playing point, he organized the play and fed Tomic for an easy layup making it 72-67 forcing Maccabi's timeout. Barcelona let the clock run, but Hickman still had time for a trip to the line. He hit the two attempts making it 72-71 with 8 seconds to go. It was then Sarunas Jasikevicius turn on the line to hit both attempts for 73-71 and 6 seconds to go. In the last play, Smith turned the ball over and gave the win to the hosts.

Alejandro Abrines - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Attendance: 5199
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FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 22:56 2 1/2 0/2     2 2 3 1   1   1 1 6
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 17:17 8 1/3 2/4     1 1 2   1   1 1   4
10 ABRINES, ALEX 21:08 21 2/2 3/6 8/8 1 2 3 1 1       2 7 28
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 19:26 12 1/2 3/6 1/1 1 1 2 2   2     3 4 11
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 13:36 2 0/1 0/2 2/2       4   2     2 1  
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 3:16                   1         -1
18 WALLACE, C.J. 21:52   0/1 0/1   1 4 5               3
20 INGLES, JOE 25:50 5 1/2 1/4     1 1 2   2     1   1
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 14:52 7 2/2   3/4   2 2     1       3 10
32 JAWAI, NATE 13:39 4 2/4     1 7 8     2 1   3 1 7
44 TOMIC, ANTE 26:08 13 6/9   1/2 2 6 8 2 1 3     3 2 16
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 74 16/28 9/25 15/17 6 29 35 16 3 14 2 1 16 19 88
        57.1% 36% 88.2%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 25:27 11 4/6 1/4 0/1   1 1 3 1       1 2 11
5 JAMES, SHAWN 32:21 10 5/11     2 5 7 3 2 2     4 1 11
6 SMITH, DEVIN 32:58 16 5/9 2/7   2 5 7 1   1     2 1 13
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 33:50 16 5/6 0/3 6/8 1 2 3 2   2     4 5 14
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 4:17   0/2     1   1   1            
9 ROTH, MORAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 10:41 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 1   1           1 2 4
11 CANER-MEDLEY, NIK 27:00 6 1/4 1/2 1/1 2 3 5           2 1 6
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 21:33 6 1/3 1/1 1/4   1 1 1 2 2   1 5 3  
13 PLANINIC, DARKO 7:24   0/2       1 1   1     1     -1
15 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 4:29 2 1/2     1 1 2       1       4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 71 23/46 5/19 10/16 12 21 33 10 7 7 1 2 19 15 66
        50% 26.3% 62.5%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

FC Barcelona Regal
"First of all, I want to congratulate the club for tonight's initiative. It has been great to celebrate the Euroleague title we won 10 years ago, in 2003. For Barcelona fans like I am and basketball lovers, it has been great to remember that. We have taken the game as a general test for the quarterfinals, feel it that way, and play as serious as the competition deserves. It was not easy to play the last two games against Montepaschi and Maccabi, two teams that needed a win, and still managed to win both of them when we didn't play for big goals. The team shows how mature it is and that it never speculates. It has been like a typical playoffs game for us, really close. We started it without big leads but under control, with the feeling it could be ours. Maccabi rallied but we showed character and aggressivity to win it. Panathinaikos is our next opponent and we must play with intensity and prepare well in order to beat them. It cannot be any other way. It is a high-level team with athletic players on the wings, where we will not have Pete Mickeal or Xavi Rabaseda. They are a very physical team and we have to be able to compete against them, find that aggressivity we lacked at some point during tonight's game."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"People saw a really good basketball game tonight. I congratulate Barca for their hard-fought win. Obviously we were fighting hard because we had a lot to play for tonight. Barcelona is a great professional team and they play to win. They didn’t give us any breaks. It was a great move by the Barcelona management to make tonight the 10th anniversary of the first Euroleague title. [It was a] great psychological move because the players on the team see these great players and that great moment and that great part of history and they very obliged to play a high-level game. I think it’s wonderful that they do that… and we were happy to be a part of it. When I saw Bodiroga and Dueñas and Nacho and all these guys that I coached against, I was excited; I wanted to play. And of course Saras and Navarro. The only problem was that Navarro and Jasikevicius put on a uniform and they beat us. That was the problem. You’re talking about two of the greatest players in the history of European basketball. Saras obviously I coached and Juan Carlos I coached against for years and I admire them both.

"The game came down to one simple thing. Barcelona made shots in the fourth quarter; we missed shots. They were not easy of course, but they were the same type of shots that Barcelona made. I’m very happy that we qualified [for the playoffs]. Everybody buried us and we came back and won six straight games and qualified justifiably. I am very proud of my players and our organization for the way that we displayed winning spirit and represented the great tradition of our club. It is always great to play here. This is a great country for basketball. I wish Barcelona well. I home we meet them again.

"The new system of the Euroleague, with the 14 games in the Top 16 is the best thing to happen to the Euroleague, in my opinion. The best thing. Because there are so many more quality games. And at the end of the 14 games, you know who are the best eight teams. In six games, so many things can happen. But 14 games? And this year we get to play Barca, we get to play Olympiacos, we get to play Siena, we get to play Caja Laboral. Suddenly you get to play all the great teams. And the fans get to see those games. That’s fantastic. Good for the Euroleague!"


FC Barcelona Regal
"Well, so we'll face Panathinaikos in the playoffs. W have to get ready for the series, because it starts next week and it will be tough. They have a great talent and leader in Dimitris Diamantidis and that's already a lot. It's true that they practically changed the rest of the team, but they have been playing better and better and they defeated great European teams like Real Madrid - twice - or Anadolu Efes. If we do our job and focus, we will succeed. We have to start well, especially playing at home."
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We really wanted to win today and we were not far from it, but I think all basketball fans know that we deserve to be in the playoffs. We played a great round of games; we never quit for a second. I am proud of my teammates and everyone at the club. Real Madrid is a great club, but we are in great shape and you could see that today. Of course it will be tough without the home-court advantage, but we have won a few big games on the road and anything can happen. We will continue working hard and playing together with all our hearts."
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