2013-14Regular SeasonRound 7
November 28, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 PIONIR

Maccabi survives late Crvena Zvezda rally on Blu free throws

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv survived Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade’s fervent comeback to pick up a 76-78 road win at Hala Pionir on Thursday. After the hosts rallied from an 18-point deficit to tie the game at 76-76 on Blake Schilb free throws, David Blu made 2 free throws and secured a key rebound all in the final 12 seconds to secure the win for Maccabi, which improved to 5-2 for second place in Group D. The loss – Zvezda’s third by 4 points or less at home this season – dropped the team to 2-5. With All-Euroleague center Shawn James out for the visitors, Sofoklis Schortsanitis rose to the occasion with 22 points in 17 minutes for Maccabi. Devin Smith added 11 points and Yogev Ohayon dished 9 assists. DeMarcus Nelson and Ivan Radenovic each scored 12 and Schilb added 11 for Zvezda. Up 33-35 at halftime, Maccabi scored the first 7 points of the third quarter and Alex Tyus later starred in a 0-8 run that made it 37-52. The lead grew to 46-64 early in the third quarter before Radenovic and co. rallied to create an exciting finish.

First quarter: three-point shots give Zvezda the lead

Smith got Maccabi going with a three-pointer but Nelson quickly answered from downtown and Boban Marjanovic dunked for a 5-3 Zvezda lead. Joe Ingles fed Schortsanitis for a layup which Luka Mitrovic erased with a basket at the other end. Ingles stepped up with a layup but Schilb finished a two-chance Zvezda offense with a bomb from downtown. Schortsanitis scored again but Branko Lazic did better with a big triple, good for a 13-9 Zvezda margin. Guy Pnini joined the three-point shootout and even when Marjanovic scored again, Schortsanitis shined with consecutive layups to put Maccabi back ahead, 15-16. Jaka Blazic became the fourth Zvezda player to strike from downtown and Mitrovic soon gave the hosts a 20-16 lead. Schortsanitis kept pacing Maccabi with another layup but a free throws by Radenovic allowed Zvezda to keep a four-point lead, 22-18, after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Schortsanitis gives Maccabi the lead

Blazic scored again early in the second quarter but Smith answered from downtown to keep the guests within 24-21. Tyus, who saw extended playing time tonight due to James's injury, scored around the basket but a layup by Nelson gave Zvezda some fresh air at 26-23. It didn't last long, however, as Oyahon downed a jumper and Blu copied him right after that to put Maccabi back ahead, 26-27. Mitrovic tried to change things with a layup and Schortsanitis returned to the floor and immediately split foul shots. He soon added a put-back basket for a 28-30 Maccabi edge. Charles Jenkins provided a highlight with a wild three-pointer - and the free throw that came with it, igniting the crowd at 32-30. It didn't last long, however, as Pnini hit free throws and Ricky Minard, who had been scoreless until that moment, nailed a three-pointer which allowed Maccabi to return to the locker rooms with a 33-35 lead.

Third quarter: Maccabi rolls after the break

Schortsanitis took over with a big three-point play after the break and a jumper by Oyahon boosted the guests' margin to 33-40. Zvezda could not find the way to the basket and a jumper by Pnini capped a 0-12 run which bridged between both halves. Blazic tried to change things with free throws which an unstoppable Schortsanitis erased with a close basket. Rasko Katic and Pnini traded baskets and a dunk by Tyus made it a double-digit game, 37-48. Maccabi kept rolling, as Oyahon scored off a steal and Tyus added free throws which made it a 15-point game, 37-52. Jenkins got the crowd involved with a three-pointer and even when Ingles answered from downtown, Marko Simonovic hit his own shot from beyond the arc for a 43-55 Maccabi margin. Tyus dunked again, Simonovic and Ingles exchanged three-pointers again and a layup by Tyrese Rice - his first points - allowed Maccabi to get a 46-62 margin at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda rallies, Blu steps up big

Schortsanitis made free throws to give Maccabi its biggest lead of the game, 46-64, early in the fourth quarter. Zvezda, pushed by an incredible crowd at Pionir Arena, did not surrender. A jumper by Lazic ignited the hosts' comeback and a layup by Radenovic gave Zvezda hope at 50-64. The hosts were all over the place on defense and back-to-back three-pointers by Nelson and Schilb brought Zvezda within single digits, 56-64, after a 10-0 run. Smith scored down low but Schilb did better with another triple. Rice answered from downtown and added a layup with seemed to seal the outcome at 59-71. Radenovic kept pacing Zvezda with a layup-plus-foul and erased Smith's layup with free throws. Nelson shined with consecutive layups and a three-pointer by Simonovic brought the hosts back in the game, 71-73. Schortsanitis scored down low but an unstoppable Radenovic struck from downtown to make it a one-point game, 74-75. Devin split free throws and Schilb did not miss from the foul line to tie the game, 76-76, already in the final minute. Blu drew a foul and split free throws with 11.4 seconds, then grabbed a key defensive rebound and returned to the line to give Maccabi a 76-78 edge with 1.5 seconds left - missing his second shot on purpose to run the game clock down.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis - Maccabi Electra - EB13
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR), PASTUSIAK, PIOTR (POL)
Attendance: 7500 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade22111330
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv18172716
End of Quarter1234
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade22334676
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv18356278
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CVETKOVIC, ALEKSANDAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 21:09 6 3/5 0/2   2 6 8 2 1 1 1   2   11
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 17:21 5 1/1 1/2     2 2 2         2 2 8
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 15:13 7 1/4 1/2 2/6 1 3 4 2 1       2 3 7
12 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 19:48 9   3/6     4 4   2       1   11
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 12:47 4 2/5     2 3 5   1 2     2   3
14 RADENOVIC, IVAN 18:44 12 2/4 1/2 5/5   2 2 1     1 1 5 5 12
15 KATIC, RASKO 13:16 2 1/3     1   1     1   2 2 2 -2
16 RISTIC, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 NELSON, DEMARCUS 28:54 12 3/10 2/7   2 1 3 5 1     1 2 3 9
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 21:25 8 0/3 2/3 2/3       1 3 5   1 1 2 2
33 SCHILB, BLAKE 31:23 11 0/3 3/6 2/2 2 1 3 2 2 4     2 4 10
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 76 13/38 13/30 11/16 14 23 37 15 11 13 2 5 21 21 76
        34.2% 43.3% 68.8%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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 22:16 7 2/4 1/1     2 2 3 1 3 1 1 1   7
6 SMITH, DEVIN 36:02 11 2/4 2/4 1/2   4 4   4 1   1 4 3 11
7 HICKMAN, RICKY 7:12 3   1/1           1 2     1   1
8 INGLES, JOE 26:56 8 1/2 2/3     5 5 5   3     3 1 11
9 TYUS, ALEX 17:57 8 3/4   2/3   7 7 1 1 3 4   2 4 18
10 PNINI, GUY 25:31 9 2/2 1/5 2/2 1 3 4 2   1     2 1 9
11 COHEN, JAKE 2:09   0/1                         -1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 25:46 6 3/5       3 3 9 1 2     2 4 17
13 BLU, DAVID 19:42 4 1/1 0/4 2/4   2 2 2 1       2 2 3
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 16:29 22 9/10   4/8 1 2 3 1         4 6 23
23 NAIMY, YUVAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                                
Totals 200:00 78 23/33 7/18 11/19 2 28 30 23 9 15 5 2 21 21 99
        69.7% 38.9% 57.9%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Congratulations to Maccabi for the win, but we deserved the win too. Definitely. It was a fantastic atmosphere, where we were 18 points down all the fans were pushing us. We opened the game good but we failed to keep the margin until the end of the first half. The third period was bad and confused and it seemed that the 18 point-margin was the end. But not for our fans. Playing fantastic defense we came back and had the last ball to win. Maccabi is an excellent team, but we were so close."
BLATT, DAVID
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It is hard to play here. As I said after our first game in Tel Aviv, Zvezda is a very good team. They played tough and together pushed by fantastic fans. We played 35 minutes of very good basketball, but in the final five minutes Zvezda players tried to steal the show. We are happy because the game lasted only 40 minutes."

Players

SCHILB, BLAKE
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"I think we opened the game well and we finished good. But in second and third quarters they were better. It is hard to lose that way. We had opportunities to take the lead, but we were unlucky. Now we have to focus on the next game and stay together."
JAMES, SHAWN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It was excellent game tonight. Both teams played extremely good. This is craziest and loudest atmosphere I ever been in. I think we made more clever moves and that is the reason we won."