2008-09Regular SeasonRound 3
November 06, 2008 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 NOKIA ARENA
Carlos Arroyo - Maccabi ElectraCarlos Arroyo hit a jumper with 1.1 seconds left in overtime to give Maccabi Elecrtra an 82-80 victory at home, surviving a tough effort by Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Maccabi Tel Aviv improved to 2-1 in Group A, while Le Mans remained winless at 0-3. Arroyo had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and D’Or Fischer collected 20 points and 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Veteran Marcus Brown was also instrumental with 9 points – including a crucial three-pointer that forced the extra session. Le Mans’s David Bluthenthal led all scorers with 23 points including 5 three-pointers against his former team. Brian Chase had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a losing effort, while Antoine Diot added 11 points, Alain Koffi posted 10 points and 8 rebounds J.P. Batista netted 10 points as Le Mans tried for the upset attempt.

Blutenthal opened the scoring for the guests and his three-point play made it 3-7 in the early going. Diot knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and after another Maccabi turnover, Bluthenthal nailed a triple as Le Mans led 7-16 midway through the first. But Arroyo scored 7 points as the Israeli basketball giants pulled to within 18-20 before Le Mans led 18-24 after one period.

Yavin Green hit the first 3 points of the second quarter only to see consecutive baskets by Koffi make it 21-28. But Maccabi worked extremely hard defensively and Fischer did just enough on the offensive side of the court with two more baskets to leave Maccabi trailing just 30-31 at the break after allowing just 7 Le Mans points in the second quarter.

David Bluthenthal - Le Mans Fischer continued his strong game with 6 straight points in guiding Maccabi to a 10-5 run to start the second half for a 40-36 lead. Lior Eliyahu and Omri Casspi both made two baskets in helping Maccabi stay ahead despite three long balls by Bluthenthal. And Arroyo’s score gave Maccabi a 54-53 lead after three periods.

Another Bluthenthal triple to open the fourth pushed the visitors ahead 54-56. But Tre Simmons answered right back with a three of his own. Diot knotted the game at 61-61 with a three-pointer, but Arroyo came right back with a three-point play. Chase knocked down a triple the next time down the court. Chase would then hit jumpers to make it 66-69 and 68-71. And then he drained two foul shots with 15.7 seconds left for a 70-73 advantage. But Brown buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 9.3 seconds remaining to even the game at 73-73 and Chase missed his running jumper in the final seconds.

Koffi opened the overtime session with a score, but failed to convert a three-point play. After Brown hit a layup to even the game, Bluthenthal’s jumperpbut the guests ahead 75-77. Fischer’s dunk and Tal Burnstein’s breakaway layup gave Maccabi 79-77 lead. Dewarick Spencer answered with a three-pointer with 47 seconds to go before Arroyo made just one of two foul shots with 34 seconds to even the game. Maleye Ndoye missed a jumper with 11 seconds to give a chance to Arroyo, who hit a jumper from the foul line extended with 1.1 seconds left. And then Spencer’s three-point winning attempt drew iron, but did not go in.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Referees: VOREADIS, LAZAROS (GRE), MOUZAKIS, COSTAS (GRE), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 11000
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Maccabi Electra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BROWN, MARCUS 35:32 9 2/2 1/3 2/2   3 3 4 2 2     1 3 16
6 SHARP, DERRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ARROYO, CARLOS 40:28 19 5/10 1/3 6/7   7 7 5 1 2   1 2 4 23
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 20:06 9 3/4   3/3   3 3 3 1 3     2 3 13
9 GREEN, YANIV 7:55 3 1/1   1/2   3 3   1   2   1 2 9
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 23:11 4 2/5 0/1         5   2 1 1 3 1 1
11 SIMMONS, TRE 21:19 7 2/4 1/1   2 3 5 1   3     1 1 8
12 WILLIAMS, JASON 24:45 5 0/6 1/2 2/2 3 1 4 1       2 4 1 -2
13 CASSPI, OMRI 9:08 4 2/2 0/1             1     1 1 2
14 HAGAG, DROR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 3:58 2 0/1   2/2           1     1 1  
21 FISCHER, DOR 38:38 20 10/12     1 6 7   1 1 1       26
Team           1 6 7   2           9
Totals 225:00 82 27/47 4/11 16/18 7 32 39 19 8 15 4 4 16 17 105
        57.4% 36.4% 88.9%
Head coach: BIRENBOIM, EFY
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
Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CHASE, BRIAN 36:55 14 3/11 2/6 2/2 1 4 5 5 1 2   1 4 1 7
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 18:00 3 0/2 1/3     2 2     2     3 1 -3
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 32:13 10 5/12   0/2 3 5 8 2 1 1 3   1 1 14
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 35:07 11 0/1 3/5 2/2 1 2 3 3 1     1   3 17
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 27:09 5 1/6 1/4   1   1 3 4     2 1 3 5
10 LELOUP, JEREMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BATISTA, J.P. 22:01 10 5/10     3 3 6 2 1 2 1   5 1 9
12 BADIANE, PAPE 11:24 4 1/2   2/2   1 1   1         1 6
13 BLU, DAVID 42:11 23 3/8 5/8 2/3 4 2 6   2 1     3 4 22
19 TSONGA, ENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2   4           6
Totals 225:00 80 18/52 12/26 8/11 15 19 34 15 15 8 4 4 17 15 83
        34.6% 46.2% 72.7%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD

Head Coaches

BIRENBOIM, EFY
Maccabi Electra
"We showed a lot of character. Twice in a row we scored the last possession we had. It shows we have a lot of character. The game took a different direction than expected. We had players who played well on offense, but we had a problem with Bluthenthal on the other side. I'm happy with the win, because it's the second in a row and we need to have continuity."
JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
"I told my players to wait a few seconds before making a foul in the last play of regulation, but Marcus moved quick and we lost him. I don't know what happened, but it's my responsibility. It's the third time in a row we've lost a close game, and it's not easy. We'll have to stay optimistic and try to win the next game."

Players

ARROYO, CARLOS
Maccabi Electra
"We tried to attack the basket and score as many points as possible down the stretch. That's basketball. It doesn't always go the way you want. I think there are some things we do better now, and we make progress to where we want to be. Everybody contributed to this win."
BROWN, MARCUS
Maccabi Electra
"I had a chance to take a shot and I made it. I took such shots in the past. We had a chance and we took advantage of it. We still need to get better. They are a very athletic team so it wasn't easy. When we take more rebounds, we'll play better."
CHASE, BRIAN
Le Mans
"It's the third time this happened to us. I don't know if we’r miss something. We just need to execute better down the stretch. I didn't have a good shooting day in the first three quarters, but in the last quarter I felt better. I love these moments, when the game is close and everything is on the line. I played in Turkey last season and the atmosphere there is great, but in the Euroleague it's even better. I play with the best players in Europe, and I love every second of it."
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