2001-02Top 16Round 3
March 21, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 AHMET COMERT SPORTS HALL
Maccabi Tel Aviv took care of business in a big way Thursday by beating Ulker in Istanbul by a healthy 78-91 to forge a three-way tie at the top of Group H. Maccabi now joins CSKA Moscow and Tau Ceramica, all with 2-1 records in first place. Maccabi ignored a second quarter back injury that kept its inside leader, Nate Huffman, out of action the rest of the game. Turkish center Huseyin Besok helped cover Huffman's absence with 9 points, joining the guard tandem of Arriel McDonald and Derrick Sharp in an 8-17 third-quarter run that put Maccabi in charge. The visitors then held Ulker to a single basket in the first 5 minutes of the final quarter to seal the deal. McDonald led all scorers with 22 points, plus picked up 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Gur Shelef added 19 points and Sharp 17 for the winners. Ulker, which led by a point at the half, now drops almost mathematically out of contention at 0-3. Ulker got 19 points from Harun Erdenay, but 13 of those came in the opening quarter. Roberts Stelmahers added 15 points and Quadre Lollis a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts.

In the first period, the home team relied on its main offensive weapon, Erdenay. The veteran team captain did it all, scoring 13 points, including 3 three-pointers, to keep his team alive against Maccabi. The visitors had taken their first lead, at 2-4, a minute into the action on a Nate Huffman basket and foul shot. Then Erdenay responded in a big way, scoring back-to-back three-pointers as Ulker took a six-point lead, at 13-7, in the fifth minute. Maccabi was not intimidated, however, and under the guidance of Arriel McDonald first equalled the score at 15-15 before they retook the lead on a McDonald three that made it 18-20. Maccabi would hold on despite Ulker's consistent pushing to finish the first quarter ahead 23-24.

Ulker played more aggressively to begin the second period and it paid off. The home team took their biggest lead yet, 36-29, on a Kerem Gonlum dunk in the 25th minute. But Maccabi shooter Derrick Sharp was having his way on offense and did not let Ulker escape. Sharp scored 2 straight three-pointers, the second of which cut the score to 40-39 with just over 2 minutes left until the half. Not all was good news for Maccabi, however, as Nate Huffman had to take a seat in the 18th minute due to back problems and did not return in the period. The final possessions for both teams were marred by fouls, but neither team took advantage of the freebies from the line, so Ulker maintained its slim lead at the break, 44-43. Erdenay led all scorers with 15 points, only managing two in the second period, while Sharp was up to 10 for Maccabi.

After halftime, Maccabi went to its quickest options, McDonald and Anthony Parker, on offense. A McDonald three-pointer and a bucket from Besok in the paint sparked Maccabi to its biggest lead, 46-52, in the 24th minute. But just as before, Maccabi seemed to encounter another spell of bad luck as Besok now got hit in the eye and had to leave the court just when his team started rolling. Fortunately for the visitors, Besok was replaced by Radislav Curcic, who didn't miss a step. Maccabi kept stretching the lead. Curcic's inside basket 2 minutes before the end of the period, to which McDonald added a fastbreak layup, gave Maccabi its first double-digit lead at 52-64. Besok re-entered the game in the final minute while Huffman remained on the bench. Ulker started the zone pressure and it helped the hosts reduce the difference to 7 points, 58-65, at the end of the 30 minutes.

Ulker started the last period using Bud Eley along with Zaza Paculia in an effort to stop Maccabi's strength inside, particularly that of Besok. But the strategy did not go as planned. A Besok dunk and a McDonald fast break in the 32nd minute were devestating for the Turks as Maccabi once again extended their lead to nine, 60-69. McDonald gave Tel Aviv its biggest lead with a steal and converted fast break at 60-73. Ulker tried to catch Maccabi but a spectacular dunk from Besok in the closing seconds gave Maccabi the 78-91 victory.
Thursday, March 21, 2002
Gokhan Ture, Istanbul
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Referees: BETANCOR, MIGUEL (ESP), RESSER, EFIM (GER), ZACHARA, IVAN (CZE)
Attendance: 2500
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Ulker23211420
Maccabi Elite24192226
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Ulker23445878
Maccabi Elite24436591
Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOLLIS, QUADRE-MICHAEL 31:42 10 2/6   6/8 4 7 11 4   1     5 8 21
6 ABI, MUSTAFA 4:29 2     2/4   2 2             2 4
7 STELMAHERS, ROBERTS 18:45 15 2/3 1/3 8/8 1 1 2   2 1     3 8 20
8 GOLJOVIC, MILJAN 20:54 4 2/7 0/4     2 2       1   3   -5
9 ERDENAY, HAKKI HARUN 27:18 19 4/9 3/5 2/2       1 1 4   1 3 3 9
10 ELEY, WILLIAM KEITH 10:00 8 3/4   2/4 1 1 2     1     2 2 6
11 ACIK, TUTKU 20:56 5   1/3 2/2       1 1 1 1   3 1 3
12 GONLUM, KEREM 23:11 9 4/5   1/2 3 4 7 1 2 2     4 1 12
13 PACHULIA, ZAZA 11:46 2     2/2 1   1   1       2 2 4
14 YILDIRIM, HALUK 30:59 4 2/4 0/5   1 1 2 3   2   1 3 1 -3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 19/38 5/20 25/32 11 18 29 10 7 12 2 2 28 28 71
        50% 25% 78.1%
Head coach: DIDIN, MURAT
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 Elite
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HENEFELD, NADAV 28:42 2 1/2   0/1 1 9 10 4 1 3     4 1 9
6 SHARP, DERRICK 17:53 17 2/3 3/4 4/4   1 1 2 2       2 2 20
7 HUFFMAN, NATE 13:29 7 3/5   1/1 3 2 5 1 1         1 13
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 20:32 4 2/6 0/1   1   1     3   1 5   -9
9 SHELEF, GUR 28:54 19 4/8 2/2 5/8 2 5 7 1 1 2   1 3 8 23
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 18:57 2 1/4 0/1         1 1 2     5   -7
11 HALPERIN, YOTAM 0:06     0/1                       -1
13 CURCIC, RADISLAV 17:15 9 4/5   1/3 1 3 4     1 1   4 3 9
14 McDONALD, ARRIEL 33:53 22 4/8 2/4 8/10 2 2 4 6 2 1     3 8 30
15 BESOK, HUSEYIN 20:19 9 4/8   1/5 3 2 5   2 1 1   2 5 11
Team                     1     1   -2
Totals 200:00 91 25/49 7/13 20/32 13 24 37 15 10 14 2 2 29 28 96
        51% 53.8% 62.5%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID
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Head Coaches

DIDIN, MURAT
Ulker
"Before the match, we know that there was just a little chance for us for to keep our options of making the Final Four. We tried so much on the court to win the game. But we did not deserve to win. In the first half, we kept control of the game. But in the second half, with the poor performance of my team on rebounds and low shooting percentage, we lost the momentum. Also, we made defensive errors on the fastbreak attacks of Maccabi. The great performance of Gur Shelef also an unexpected thing for us which was the key factor of Maccabi's win. I congratulate Mr. David Blatt and his players for their win."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Elite
"It was a very hard match for us. We were under pressure before and during the game. It was the same for Ulker. We concentrated on rebounds because we know that Ulker was one of the best offensive rebounding teams. First of all we took the control of rebounds. We also stopped them, especially in the second half, from scoring outside points, because they have too many players who can score three-pointers easily. I am also happy about the performances of Derrick Sharp, Radislav Curcic and Huseyin Besok, who came from the bench. It's great to be able to win without Nate Huffman. I also know that Ulker is a great team and I'm sure that they will win their remaining home matches."

Players

ERDENAY, HAKKI HARUN
Ulker
"Unfortunately, we played very bad in the second half of the game. We weren't able to score the way we wanted, especially in the third period. This was a totally bad game for us and if you play bad against a team like Maccabi Tel Aviv, you can never have a chance to win. We know that we have no chance for the Final Four right now. So I wish good luck Maccabi to do it."
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