Regular Season Round 1 - November 03, 2005 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - NOKIA ARENA

Records

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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
0-0 Overall 0-0

Referees

Crew Chief
MARTIN, JOSE, Spain
Referee
OKRIMENKO, VLADIMIR, Russia
Umpire
GKONTAS, SPIROS, Greece

Team Stats

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0 Rebounds 0
0 O. Rebounds 0
0 D. Rebounds 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

Player Stats

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0 Points 0
0 Rebounds 0
0 OR 0
0 DR 0
0 Assists 0
0 Steals 0
0 Blocks 0
0 Turnovers 0
0 2PT 0
0 3PT 0
0 FT 0
0 Index 0

THE TAKE

Two-time defending Euroleague champ Maccabi Tel Aviv starts trying to defend its trophies and thereby establish a dynasty when it hosts Prokom Trefl Sopot on Thursday. Maccabi last lost a Euroleague match in the final game of the regular season last year in Barcelona and has not lost a home game at all in 2005. However, the Polish champs proved last season that they aren't intimidated on the road with early season wins at Partizan and Olympiacos. And this year, they bring along a pair of guards who are familiar with the rims at Nokia Arena, Christian Dalmau and Tomas Pacesas, who both spent a season in the Israeli league. Though Maccabi has the bulk of its roster intact from past seasons, this game will be the team's first real test with Will Solomon in the starting five instead of Sarunas Jasikevicius. It will also be important to see how newcomers, swingman Kirk Penney and big man Jamie Arnold, who are not eligible to play in domestic contests, adjust to Euroleague play. Prokom also has its mainstays from last year to lean on, but has bulked up with center Michael Andersen, three-point shooter Jeff Nordgaard and scoring threat Dalmau. Nevertheless, Prokom will rise and fall on the play of forwards Goran Jagodnik, Adam Wojcik and Tomas Masiulis. The problem for Sopot is that Maccabi not only has first-teal all-Euroleague center Nikola Vujcic, but that the rest of the frontline includes Maceo Baston, Yaniv Green and Arnold. And all that is before mentioning reigning MVP Anthony Parker. The key for Prokom, assuming that its big men can match Maccabi's, will be finding defenders to slow down Parker and to keep up with Solomon. If Filip Dylewicz and Istvan Nemeth are up to the challenge, Maccabi will need to dig deep to keep its streak alive.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Euroleague.net

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Players

History accompanied the very first week of the 2005-06 Euroleague Basketball season, and it will come as no surprise which team generated it! As back-to-back champ Maccabi downed Prokom 95-68 in Group B on Thursday, none other than all-Euroleague center Nikola Vujcic recorded the very first triple-double in Euroleague history: 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He had plenty help, too. One Maccabi newcomer, Kirk Penney, made his first five shots on the way to 19 points, while another, Jamie Arnold, finished with 17. Anthony Parker added 12, Derrick Sharp 11 and Maceo Baston 10. For Prokom, Istvan Nemeth put up 17 points, while Adam Wojcik had 14 and Goran Jagodnik 12.

It took only 11 seconds for Parker to ignite the crowd as he drove to the basket and converted a three-point play, but that didn't faze Prokom at all. The visitors didn't allow Maccabi any easy shots, the hosts couldn't make the difficult ones, and a pair of jumpers by Nemeth helped Prokom pull ahead 7-10. Maccabi continued to have trouble establishing any momentum – missing 6 of 7 shots at one point – while Prokom registered success on the offensive glass and on the break to build a 12-19 advantage. Maccabi coach Pini Gershon called a rare first-quarter timeout with 2 minutes to go and subbed captain Derrick Sharp and newcomer Kirk Penney for Will Solomon and Tal Burstein. The move worked as Sharp drew a foul shooting a three-pointer and made all the free throws. Then, Penney drilled three-pointers on the next two possessions to tie the score. Anthony Parker capped the 11-2 run with a jumper to make it 23-21 at the end of the quarter.

Penney remained hot at the start of the second by draining a pair of jumpers, but Wojcik answered both for Prokom. Nikola Vujcic finally found the way to attack Prokom from within, twice drawing the interior defenders to him before unleashing Yaniv Green for dunks. Their play – along with a pair of acrobatic Parker moves – helped Maccabi go on a 9-0 run for a 38-28 lead. A Jeff Nordgaard three-pointer ended the run, but it didn't change much as Sharp immediately hit from the other arc. Maceo Baston's three points inside gave Maccabi a 46-35 lead and that's how the half ended.

Goran Jagodnik found his touch as the second half started, but Prokom struggled on the defensive end and Maccabi started to pull away, with Vujcic displaying an array of skills. The all-Euroleague center first fed Baston for a two-handed dunk to start a 12-0 run, during which he converted a pair of three-point plays and Maccabi raced ahead 58-40. Prokom never gave in and before long a Tomas Masiulis three trimmed the Maccabi lead to single digits. However Maccabi brought in a fresh Jamie Arnold from the bench and he helped the hosts rebuild to 72-56 at the end of 30 minutes.

Sharp intercepted a pass in the back court and went in for an uncontested lay-up on the first play of the fourth quarter, prompting Prokom coach Eugeniusz Kijewski to whistle for timeout. Prokom came out a bit more grounded afterwards, but still had trouble finding the hole. Meanwhile, Arnold inside and Penney outside padded the lead as it grew to 85-59 – the last basket coming on a behind-the-back pass to Arnold from Vujcic that made him the first player in the history of the Euroleague to record a triple-double. After Sharon Shason replaced Vujcic to a loud standing ovation, the game became for protocol only. Arnold beat the 24-second clock with a three in the closing seconds to seal the scoring as Maccabi won 95-68.
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Euroleague.net
Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), OKRIMENKO, VLADIMIR (RUS), GKONTAS, SPIROS (GRE), RAMOT, IZTOK (ISR)
Attendance: 0
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Maccabi Elite23232623
Prokom Trefl Sopot21142112
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Prokom Trefl Sopot21355668
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 BASTON, MACEO 16:00 10 4/7   2/3 1 3 4     1     2 3 10
6 SHARP, DERRICK 21:00 11 1/1 2/3 3/3 2 1 3 3 3 3     4 2 14
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 32:15 11 4/7   3/3 1 11 12 11 2 1   1 2 4 33
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 29:15 12 4/7 1/1 1/3   6 6 7 1 2     1 6 24
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 17:00 4 1/2   2/2   3 3     1     3 2 4
11 SHASON, SHARON 8:15   0/1 0/1             1     3   -6
12 DOTAN, ASSAF DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 CASSPI, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SOLOMON, WILLIE 27:45 7 3/8 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 2 1 4     2 2 1
20 PENNEY, KIRK 23:00 19 4/5 3/5 2/4 1   1   1       1 2 17
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE 16:15 17 7/8 1/2     5 5   1       1 1 21
41 GREEN, YANIV 9:15 4 2/2   0/1         1 1     2 2 3
Team           1 2 3   5           8
Totals 200:00 95 30/48 7/13 14/21 7 32 39 23 15 14 0 1 21 24 129
62.5% 53.8% 66.7%
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
Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 NEMETH, ISTVAN 31:45 17 4/6 3/6     1 1 4 1       2 2 18
5 BOGUSZ, JAKUB DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 BOUZIANE, ALI 16:00   0/3 0/3         1 2 3     1 1 -6
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 20:45 6 1/2 1/2 1/2 2 5 7 3 2 2     3 2 12
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 13:30 3   1/2   1 1 2 1 1 2     2   2
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 32:15 6 3/5 0/5         1 2 3     3 3 -1
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 27:00 14 3/7 0/1 8/9 1 5 6 2   1 1   2 5 19
12 JAGODNIK, GORAN 24:30 12 4/6 1/4 1/2   3 3   1 2     4 4 8
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL 18:45 7 3/5 0/1 1/3 4 1 5   1 1     4 4 7
33 NORDGAARD, JEFF 15:30 3   1/5     3 3   1 1     3   -1
Team             1 1   3           4
Totals 200:00 68 18/34 7/29 11/16 8 20 28 12 14 15 1 0 24 21 62
52.9% 24.1% 68.8%
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
"We felt a bit of pressure during the first minutes but then had a timeout and from that point on, the game changed. Don't count on Kirk Penney and Jamie Arnold to be that good every night and don't expect Will Solomon to have difficulties like he had in this game. This is a long season and everything will happen sooner or later for good and for bad."
KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"We played against the best team in Europe. We have been in the game for a quarter and a half but not more than that. We knew what and who we were going to play. They are a great team. We could not contain tonight Penney, Vujcic, Parker and the rest but I am not too excited about it. I know what we are capable of but this is certainly a different level."

Players

VUJCIC, NIKOLA
Maccabi Elite
"That is a good start for all of us and this big win will give us confidence as a team. Things are not perfect yet but the new players are now part of the team and know what is expected of them."
SOLOMON, WILLIE
Maccabi Elite
"I am not disappointed because we won and my own performance is not the issue here. I wanted to start better personally but it did not work today. The season is long and when the stretch is there be sure I will be there, too. I felt sickness the last couple of days and for sure that did not help me but things will be just fine for us."
PENNEY, KIRK
Maccabi Elite
"The crowd here is just awesome. I am very thankful to have lots of playing time and all I see in front of me is work, work and hard work. It is a very good start for me and I am part of team which has many players who can score twenty or thirty points on a given night."
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