2007-08Regular SeasonRound 6
November 29, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 MEDIOLANUM FORUM
Terence Morris - Maccabi Elite Terrence Morris's follow-up basket with 4 seconds remaining lifted Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv to an 81-82 win over Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday night in Italy. The victory was Maccabi's first road win of the season and lifted the team's record to 4-2 and into a three-way tie for second place in Group B. Meanwhile Milano dropped to 1-5 and remains in sixth place in the group standings. Morris scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Israeli champs erased a 7-point deficit in the closing minutes. Milano led 76-69 with four minutes to go, but three-pointers by Yotam Halperin and Morris got Maccabi close again. Morris took a feed from Lior Eliyahu for a one-handed jam that put Maccabi on top, but Dusan Vukcevic fired back with a triple. Maccabi's defense fended off Melvin Booker to get the ball back with 12.5 seconds remaining. Will Bynum went to the basket and missed, but Morris was there with a follow-up to give Maccabi a valuable road win. Halperin 20 led Maccabi with 20 points and Esteban Batista added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Morris also grabbed 8 rebounds. Dusan Vukcevic and Danilo Gallinari posted 20 points apiece for Milano, while Travis Watson had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Gallinari also dished 6 assists.

Tipoff was delayed by several minutes following a brief ceremony to celebrate 50 Years of European Club Basketball by honoring players and coaches from Milano's 1987 and 1988 Euroleague title-winning sides. Milano won the opening tip, but Vonteego Cummings went-coast-to-coast for the first points after Booker missed from outside. Watson went inside for the hosts' first basket, but a Cummings triples and long basket put Maccabi in control. Gallinari picked up his second foul in less than three minutes and after Vukcevic and Marcus Fizer traded threes, David Bluthenthal drilled one from downtown to make it 8-15 and cause head coach Attilio Caja to use his first timeout. Watson and Vukcevic cut into the deficit with 2 free throws each and soon Gallinari added a basket-plus-foul. And when Vukcevic drilled a three, it capped a 10-2 run that gave Milano its first lead. The hosts continued to pull away after a technical foul on Maccabi head coach Oded Kattash gifted Gallinari 3 from the line and a Casey Shaw tip-in. Maccabi tied it on an Alex Garcia steal and layup, but Vukcevic made it 25-23 after 10 minutes.

Danilo Gallinari - AJ MilanoPietro Aradori scored in transition for Milano to open up the second period, but Batista's first basket tied the game at 27-27 and a Halperin three restored a Maccabi lead. Batista then soared for an offensive rebound that he converted into a basket-plus-foul. Vukcevic and Halperin traded triples, but a nice penetration by Gallinari kept Milano close. Watson added a free throw and the tied the game at 37-37 with a power dunk. Omri Casspi converted a reverse layup and then fed Batista for a bucket, but Mindaugas Katelynas and Gallinari came right back and hit three-pointers for a 43-41 Milano lead. After a Maccabi timeout, Halperin sniped a three from the corner and after a Booker basket, Bluthenthal also hit from downtown to give the visitors a 45-47 halftime advantage.

Eliyahu scored inside to open the second half, but Gallinari answered from beyond the arc. Eliyahu continued his strong start to the second half with two more baskets however Watson scored inside and Gallinari added a free throw to keep Milano close. Watson remained perfect from the field as he tied the score at 55-55 midway through the third period. Gallinari went to the basket and came back with 2 points and Ansu Sesay added free throws. Soon Booker drilled a triple to cap an 11-0 run that gave the hosts their biggest lead, 62-55. Batista ended the Maccabi drought with an offensive rebound and a slam, but a Booker jumper kept the hosts in control. Derrick Sharp's three with 10 seconds left in the period helped Maccabi get back to 64-61 heading into the fourth quarter.

Morris's short jumper got Maccabi going and his baseline jumper put the visitors up 1. Morris remained hot when he corrected Garcia's miss for a slam as Milano took a timeout. Milano went for a safe basket inside from Watson and a minute later he tied the score at 67-67 from the line. Bynum penetrated for a score, but Gallinari bettered him with a three-pointer. Maccabi lost an outside shooter when Bluthenthal fouled out and Vukcevic padded the Milano lead with a layup. Shaw made it 74-69 midway through the period with an offensive rebound and basket. Booker extended the lead even further before Halperin finally answered with a three. After Vukcevic free throws, Morris popped a three from the top of the key and then Cummings fed Halperin for a basket in transition to bring Maccabi within 78-77 with two minutes remaining. After Watson missed a jumper, Eliyahu fed Morris for a one-handed jam that put Maccabi on top, but Vukcevic fired back with a triple. Watson helped Milano kill the clock with a clutch offensive rebound. After forcing Booker into a pair of missed shots, Maccabi had the ball with 12.5 seconds remaining. Bynum went to the basket and missed, but Morris was there with a follow-up to give Maccabi a valuable road win.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Referees: DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR (UKR), MOUZAKIS, COSTAS (GRE), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP)
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SESAY, ANSU 27:41 7 1/5 1/5 2/2 1 4 5   1       2 1 4
8 GALLINARI, DANILO 31:18 20 3/5 3/6 5/8   4 4 2 3 1     2 8 26
10 ARADORI, PIETRO 5:52 2 1/1             1 2     2   -1
11 SHAW, CASEY 13:53 4 2/3     2   2   3   1   3   6
12 BOOKER, MELVIN 37:31 9 3/4 1/6     1 1 2 1 2   1 2 3 5
13 WATSON, TRAVIS 26:07 16 6/8   4/7 4 3 7 2 1 2     3 4 20
14 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN 34:41 20 1/4 4/8 6/6   3 3 6 1 2     1 4 24
15 KATELYNAS, MINDAUGAS 13:21 3   1/2   1 2 3 2   1     3 1 4
16 GENTILE, STEFANO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MARELLI, DAVIDE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GIOVACCHINI, ANTHONY 9:36   0/1       2 2 1 1       2 1 2
19 MARELLI, SANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 81 17/31 10/27 17/23 8 19 27 15 12 10 1 1 20 22 90
        54.8% 37% 73.9%
Head coach: CAJA, ATTILIO
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 BYNUM, WILL 17:05 2 1/3 0/1     1 1 5 1 4     2 3 3
5 FIZER, MARCUS 13:29 3 0/4 1/1     3 3           2 2 2
6 SHARP, DERRICK 22:28 3   1/4     1 1 1 1 1     2 3 3
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 16:06 6 3/6     1 2 3 3 1       2 2 10
9 MORRIS, TERENCE 27:05 17 7/8 1/2   5 3 8   1 1 1   2   22
10 FANAN, REGEV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CASSPI, OMRI 4:07 2 1/1 0/1         1 1           3
12 GARCIA, ALEX 14:21 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3   1 1     2 1 1
13 BLU, DAVID 20:36 8 1/2 2/2   1 2 3     2     5   3
14 CUMMINGS, VONTEEGO 15:54 8 2/3 1/4 1/2   3 3 4 1 2     3 1 7
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 17:12 11 4/8   3/7 4 4 8   1 1   1 2 8 16
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 31:37 20 4/5 4/5   1   1 2   2         19
Team                                
Totals 200:00 82 24/42 10/22 4/9 13 21 34 16 8 14 1 1 22 20 89
        57.1% 45.5% 44.4%
Head coach: KATTASH, ODED

Head Coaches

CAJA, ATTILIO
AJ Milano
"Congratulations to Maccabi, but I think that we have played a good game, with great intensity. I am satisfied with our defense in the last two quarters, but we had a lot of problems with their offensive rebounds, and they punished us at the end. We were in the last minutes, especially with Vukcevic and Booker, who played too many minutes. But we have to be proud, because we showed that we can be competitive against anyone in the Euroleague."
KATTASH, ODED
Maccabi Elite
"We were happy tonight, because when you win by 1 point you have to be lucky. We didn't played well, while we came off two good games in Euroleague, so I am not satisfied by what I saw on the floor. We had a lot of pressure on us, because to reach our goals we have to win every time, even on the road, so that was maybe a problem for us tonight. We have too many turnovers, and if we want to reach the Final Four we have to play better than tonight."

Players

GALLINARI, DANILO
AJ Milano
"We played a good game for sure, and showed that we are a better team compared to the first games. It's hard to lose a game like this, but we have to be focused for the next game. I think that we still have to believe in the Top 16, but every player in the team has to find in himself the concentration for all the games. I liked the mentality of my team in this game, we lacked some luck in the last quarter on some key shots to win, but also we don't have to forget the mistakes we made in defense, especially in the first half."
MORRIS, TERENCE
Maccabi Elite
"Winning a game like this on the road will give us more confidence, as we finally won a game out of Nokia Arena. We are finding the good chemistry between the guys that were here last season and players like me to improve together and be effective. It's only about translating on the court all the work we make during the practices. The key for us will be to stay together and work together, because we have a lot of experienced and talented players on the team."
BYNUM, WILL
Maccabi Elite
"That was a great win for us even if we didn't play as well as the last games, but it's always tough to win on the road. We are definitely working to rebuild a winning team and I think that at the end we'll be fine. We are trying to be consistent every time. I think that our defense in the last quarter was the key to getting back in the game after the problems we had in the final minutes of third quarter. We are working to lead our group and then be ready for the Top 16."
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