2013-14Regular SeasonRound 4
November 07, 2013 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 SIEMENS ARENA

Maccabi survives thriller as Rice sinks his former team

In a thriller that came down to the final shot, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv registered its third consecutive win in Group D by edging Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius 74-76 in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday. Maccabi improved to 3-1 in Group D while Rytas dropped to 1-3. Devin Smith paced the winners with 18 points. Ricky Hickman added 11 while Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Shawn James each had 10 for Maccabi. Martynas Gecevicius led Rytas with 24 points. Renaldas Seibutis added 15 and Omar Cook had 10 for the hosts. Maccabi led by as many as 18 before Seibutas inspired a Rytas comeback. The hosts look a 1-point fourth quarter lead, but Hickman and Tyrese Rice made free throws to put the visitors in front. However a three-pointer by Gecevicius tied the game at 74-74 with 12.6 seconds left. A floater in the closing seconds by Rice allowed Maccabi to beat his former team, as Seibutis could not hit an off-balance shot from downtown at the buzzer.

First quarter: Great offense gives Maccabi the lead

Smith got Maccabi going with a driving layup and a three-pointer by Ricky Hickman gave the guests a 0-5 lead. Rytas was held scoreless for more than two minutes and missed its first four shots until Seibutis stepped up with a fast break basket. Hickman nailed his second triple, but Steponas Babrauskas answered from downtown. Joe Ingles joined the three-point shootout and made it 5-11 for Maccabi. Seibutis and Smith traded baskets before a corner triple by Ingles boosted the guests' lead to 7-16. James shined with a fast break basket, which Gecevicius erased with a mid-range jumper. Andreas Glyniadakis tried to change things with a backdoor layup. Former Rytas guard Tyrese Rice matched him with a one-handed floater. Seibutis scored off a steal. Ingles stayed on fire with a fade-away jumper. A three-pointer by Omar Cook brought Rytas a bit closer, 16-22. Gecevicius provided a highlight with an off-balance basket, but back-to-back jump hooks by Schortsanitis established an 18-26 Maccabi edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts close the gap, but visitors pull away again

Milenko Tepic fed Gecevicius for a three-pointer early in the second quarter. Maccabi had started to miss open shots and Tepic nailed a jumper off the dribble to bring Rytas as close as 23-26. Maccabi had been held scoreless for almost three minutes when Smith stepped up with a high-flying tip-in. Yogev Ohayon added a big block on Tautvydas Lideka before he struck from downtown. David Blu buried his trademark corner triple to cause Rytas to call timeout at 23-34, after a 0-8 run. Seibutis made free throws, which Schortsanitis bettered with a layup-plus-foul. Schortsanitis split free throws and Blu banked in a running shot that broke the game open at 25-40. Cook followed foul shots with a wild reverse layup that got the crowd involved at 29-41. Smith shined with a power basket, but Gecevicius singlehandedly brought Rytas within 10. A layup by Ohayon fixed the halftime score at 33-45.

Third quarter: Seibutis rallies Rytas to within 4

James split free throws right after the break before a layup by Juan Palacios brought the hosts closer, 35-46. James made 2 more from the foul line, scored down low and fed Smith for an easy basket that made it a 17-point game. Ingles fed Ohayon for a layup, which Seibutis matched with a mid-range jumper. Darius Songaila tried to change things with a tip-in, as Maccabi changed its offense once Schortsanitis stepped on court. He split foul shots and Hickman soon gave Maccabi a 39-56 margin. Seibutis nailed another jumper and Songaila followed a close basket with a follow-up layup before Maccabi called timeout at 45-57. Cook struck from downtown to bring the hosts within single digits after a 9-0 run. After Hickman dunked, Lideka scored in the paint and a jumper by Tepic brought Rytas even closer, 52-59. Seibutis ignited the crowd with a triple to get L. Rytas back in the game, 55-59, after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Thrills till the final buzzer

James took over with a three-point play early in the fourth quarter, but Gecevicius answered with a bomb from downtown. Smith silenced the crowd with his own triple. Tepic hit his trademark five-meter jumper off the dribble and a close basket by Palacios made it 62-65. Smith scored again, but Gecevicius swished a five-meter jumper. A wild three-pointer by Smith gave Maccabi some fresh air at 64-70. The guests, however, struggled to score when it mattered most. Stevan Jelovac downed a five-meter shot and free throws by Gecevicius brought Rytas within 68-70 with over two minutes left. Gecevicius struck from downtown to complete the hosts' comeback, 71-70, with 1:55 to go. Hickman made free throws and Seibutis missed around the basket, but Hickman did not connect from downtown when he looked to put the game away. A turnover by Cook forced Rytas to send Rice to the foul line with 19.1 second left. Rice made free throws, but Gecevicius tied the game with a triple, 74-74, with 12.6 seconds to go. James missed down low, but grabbed the offensive board and fed Rice for the go-ahead floater, 74-76, with 3.5 seconds left. On Rytas’s last chance, Seibutis missed an off-balance shot from downtown at the buzzer.

Joe Ingles2 - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), VYKLICKY, ROBERT (CZE)
Attendance: 6950 (Tentative)
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius18152219
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv26191417
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Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius18335574
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv26455976
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 14:17 6 3/5 0/1     1 1 3 1           8
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 18:07 3   1/2   1 1 2 1 1 1     5 1 1
7 SESKUS, EDVINAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 PALACIOS, JUAN 22:31 4 2/6     4 6 10 1   1 1   3 1 9
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 30:46 15 5/11 1/5 2/2 1 2 3 4 2     3   5 16
11 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 7:19 2 1/1       1 1     1 1   4 1  
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 27:56 24 3/4 5/10 3/5 1 3 4 3 2 2   1 4 6 24
16 LYDEKA, TAUTVYDAS 10:10 2 1/2     1   1         1 2   -1
20 COOK, OMAR 32:09 10 1/4 2/6 2/2 1 1 2 5 2 3     1 4 12
25 SONGAILA, DARIUS 21:29 6 3/7     4 2 6 2 2 2     2   8
31 JELOVAC, STEVAN 15:16 2 1/5 0/2     2 2   1 2   1 3 1 -6
44 DAMBRAUSKAS, PAULIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 74 20/45 9/26 7/9 16 19 35 19 11 14 2 6 24 19 72
        44.4% 34.6% 77.8%
Head coach: BAUERMANN, DIRK
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 RICE, TYRESE 18:57 6 2/4   2/2       2       1 1 1 5
5 JAMES, SHAWN 19:41 10 3/5   4/7 1 4 5 3 1 3 1   3 6 15
6 SMITH, DEVIN 34:38 18 6/9 2/5   2 3 5 2 1       1 1 20
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 36:21 11 1/2 2/3 3/4   1 1 2   3   1 3 3 7
8 INGLES, JOE 31:45 8 1/5 2/4     5 5 6 1 6 1   3 2 8
9 TYUS, ALEX 3:15                     1       1
10 PNINI, GUY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 COHEN, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 22:12 8 2/2 1/2 1/2   3 3 1   2 1   4 3 8
13 BLU, DAVID 17:41 5 1/2 1/4     3 3 3         1 1 7
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 15:30 10 3/5   4/7 3 4 7 1 1 5 2   3 7 15
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 76 19/34 8/18 14/22 7 25 32 20 4 19 6 2 19 24 89
        55.9% 44.4% 63.6%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

BAUERMANN, DIRK
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
“Congratulations to Maccabi first of all. Second of all, the way our team came back after the bad start made me proud. We’ve been in that situation before, for example last week, and we did not respond then. And the one thing we had promised ourselves was that we were going to keep fighting until the end. And doesn’t matter how big the other team punches – we’re going to keep standing and competing. That’s what we did. At the end we definitely had our chances to win the game. Couple of missed shots, couple of turnovers... Also Smith played very well in the clutch. But the play we did in the second half was something that we can build on and will build on. Martynas Gecevicius played a very good game on both ends of the floor. Defensively that was his best game, offensively he was huge. Seibutis played with great passion. His determination to win the game no matter what was contagious. As disappointed as we are that we lost the game, there were a lot of positive things.”

Players

SMITH, DEVIN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"We achieved a very important road win that moves us up in the group. We playyed really great in the first half and part of the third quarter and then their big run came. The crowd pushed them forward and all of a sudden all theri shots went in. The most important thing is that we did not give in, we stuck together as a team, kept on fighting and survived their counerattack. There were a few minutes where we really struggled and I felt that was the time to take responsibility. I always try to give my best for the team. "