2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 19, 2015 CET: 20:15

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.8 Points 89.6
33.4 Rebounds 35.0
12.0 O. Rebounds 10.4
21.4 D. Rebounds 24.6
16.0 Assists 20.6
3.6 Steals 9.2
2.6 Blocks 2.8
12.4 Turnovers 12.8
49.3 % 2PT 61.2 %
36.0 % 3PT 39.8 %
65.4 % FT 73.9 %
69.6 Index 111.2

Player Stats

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15.0 / Smith Points 18.0 / De Colo
7.2 / Mbakwe Rebounds 4.8 / Vorontsevich
3.4 / Mbakwe OR 2.2 / Hines
4.8 / Smith DR 3.2 / Vorontsevich
5.0 / Rochestie Assists 7.0 / Teodosic
0.8 / Farmar Steals 1.4 / De Colo
1.0 / Mbakwe Blocks 0.6 / Hines
2.2 / Rochestie Turnovers 2.8 / Teodosic
77.8 % / Randle 2PT 100.0 % / Korobkov
50.0 % / Rochestie 3PT 52.6 % / Vorontsevich
100.0 % / Rochestie FT 100.0 % / Korobkov
13.0 / Rochestie Index 21.0 / De Colo


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-4 Regular Season 4-1
1-4 Overall 4-1


Crew Chief

The Take

Another clash between two of the competition’s storied teams takes place in Tel Aviv and this time catches both teams coming off a loss. However, while CSKA looks to bounce back from its first defeat and stay within striking distance of first place in Group D, Maccabi hopes to climb to a top four spot after starting the season 1-4. To aid Maccabi in that quest, the club hired Zan Tabak as head coach on Monday and his first game on the bench will be against CSKA, which hammered Maccabi by 31 on opening night. Tabak will have his work cut out for him from the start; Maccabi has been a slightly-below-average team offensively thus far (73.8 ppg.) and is ranked bottom five in performance index rating, defensive rebounds and steals, while allowing the third-most points in the league (83.4). CSKA arrives with the top-ranked offense (89.6 ppg., 111.2 index rating) and the as the league leader in true shooting percentage (54.9%). The leaders of the CSKA attack have been guards Milos Teodosic, Nando DeColo and Aaron Jackson, while Kyle Hines anchors the frontcourt alongside Andrey Vorontsevich and Nikita Kurbanov. Tabak can choose from Taylor Rochestie, Yogev Ohayon and Jordan Farmar as his main weapons at guard, while the league’s top-ranked offensive rebounder, Trevor Mbakwe (3.4 orpg.) is one of six big men in the rotation. With a new head coach, it’s hard to predict how Maccabi might look, but at home with its back to the wall, there is no doubt the 2014 champs will give everything they have.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Game Notes

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

Zan Tabak was named Maccabi FOX head coach this week and will coach his first game in the Euroleague since the 2012-13 season with Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.

Trevor Mbakwe leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding this season though five games with an average of 3.4 boards per game.

Taylor Rochestie was the 2015 Ford Trophy winner after leading the Euroleague in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

Rochestie has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Devin Smith has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games. He’s made multiple threes in six of those games.

Vitor Faverani was a teammate of CSKA’s All-Euroleague guard Nando De Colo during the 2011-12 season at Valencia Basket. They helped the team reach the Eurocup championship game that season.

CSKA Moscow

This will be the 38th game on record between CSKA and Maccabi… all of which have come in the framework of Europe’s top-tier competition. CSKA leads the all-time series 19-18 and three of Maccabi’s victories from the mid-1970s were technical wins from the period when there were no diplomatic relations between Israel and the Soviet Union.

Milos Teodosic is tied with retired CSKA star Marcus Brown for seventh place on the all-time Euroleague charts with 327 career three-pointers. Next on the list is another CSKA great, Trajan Langdon, with 339 threes.

Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in 29 consecutive Euroleague games.

Nando De Colo has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 1 Euroleague games.

De Colo has scored in double figures in each of his last 10 Euroleague appearances.

Kyle Hines is closing in on a spot among the competition’s all-time top 10 in blocked shots. He enters this game tied with former CSKA forward Marcus Goree for 12th place with 120 career rejections. Nikola Vujcic (122) is 11th and Darjus Lavrinovic (123) 10th.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Vorontsevich had one of the best games in his Euroleague career against Maccabi last season. He recorded 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks for a performance index rating of 29 in a 99-80 regular season victory in Moscow.

Aaron Jackson scored a season-high 18 points in the 2013-14 Top 16 finale against Maccabi in Tel Aviv. He made 3 of 5 three-pointers in leading CSKA to a 76-81 victory.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We can't change everything in an instant, so we will do it in stages. We are working on basic things, like aggressiveness on defense, something that was always a part of Maccabi's style. Also a fast-paced game. We need to have a better spread on offense. CSKA is an unpredictable team with a lot of threats, and you can never tell what they will do. They're coming here after a loss to Malaga, and this game is also important to them because they want to stay in the picture for first place in the group. We'll need to be more decisive and more aggressive in order to beat them."
CSKA Moscow
"Maccabi has just changed the head coach and that can really shake the team. Besides, the coaching staff rested several key players in the recent Israeli league game, and that tells how serious they are about our upcoming meeting. Our opponents are very talented individually and as a team, I think the new coach also use the chance to add something new to their game. It is also always tough to play on their gym in front of 11 thousand fans. As for us, we need to bounce back after the loss to Unicaja and return to the winning path. I like the way our team reacted in the latest game against Unics in VTB League and I hope we will continue showing the same effort, especially on defense, and play focused throughout whole game."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We've won our last two games, and the atmosphere has improved. Now we've got a new coach with a relatively new system which we need to get used to and in a day or two, not a week. We've been working a lot on defense for the last two days, and I hope we'll show it. Tomorrow we play CSKA, one of the best teams in Europe, of course there's tactics we use against CSKA, a team that has a lot of offensive tools that we'll try to stop. I wouldn't say we're the underdogs, we're playing here at home in Menora Mivtachim and we're coming to win."
CSKA Moscow
"Usually the coaching change can push the team so we have to be ready for some surprises both in tactics and in motivation level. Still in any case we do not pay much attention to the standings. Maccabi – CSKA games are always special, and we know what our opponents are capable of doing. So we will come to Tel Aviv focused and serious."

CSKA spoils Coach Tabak’s Tel Aviv debut

CSKA Moscow spoiled the debut of new Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv head coach Zan Tabak with an 82-88 victory at Menora Mivtachim Arena on Thursday night. Milos Teodosic scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half as the visitors survived Maccabi’s aggressive start to lead 37-38 at halftime. After a back-and-forth third quarter, a pair of threes by Cory Higgins and another from Teodosic helped CSKA pull away for good and stroll to a 5-1 record, which is good for at least second place in Group D. Also, CSKA will now qualify to the Top 16 with one more win, or one more Dinamo Banco di Sardegna defeat. This loss dropped Maccabi to 1-5. Nando De Colo added 15 points and Vitaly Fridzon 12 for the winners, who made half of their 22 three-point attempts. Taylor Rochestie paced Maccabi with 20 points, Brian Randle scored 19, Ike Ofoegbu 15 and Devin Smith had 14 in defeat.

First quarter: Aggressive defense fuels Maccabi early

Maccabi’s guards forced a steal that led to a Smith layup to open the scoring. De Colo’s crisp pass to Fridzon inside got the visitors on the scoreboard. Both teams were playing aggressive and physical defense, so when Randle banked in a shot, it was only 4-2 after three minutes. Teodosic, fresh off the bench, got to the line for 2 free throws to tie it at 4-4 midway through the quarter. Randle was fouled on the break and sank the resulting free throws to the hosts back ahead. Trevor Mbakwe added free throws and Randle scored on the break before CSKA called timeout down 10-4. Teodosic and Ofoegbu traded free throws before the former trimmed the gap to 12-8. De Colo made it a 2-point game, but Ofoegbu kept the hosts rolling with more free throws. Ofoegbu’s put-back and Rochestie’s floater after a Yogev Ohayon steal put the hosts up 8. De Colo’s triple on the buzzer made it 18-13.

Second quarter: Teodosic heats up to put CSKA on top

Ofoegbu turned another offensive rebound into 2 free throws, but Teodosic and Pavel Korobkov drew the visitors within 3. De Colo’s scoop shot made it 20-19, but Rochestie’s step-back jumper kept the hosts ahead. Korobkov entered the highlight reel with a dunk over Smith. Randle took charge with free throws at one end and a pair of rejections at the other. Rochestie made a circus shot from the corner, but Kyle Hines shined with a massive two-handed jam. Cory Higgins free throws made it 26-25 midway through the quarter. A Teodosic triple gave CSKSA its first lead, 26-28. Teodosic added 2 more from the foul line before he and Rochestie traded threes. Ofoegbu missed twice from the line and Fridzon made a pair to extend the difference to 6. Smith halved the deficit with a triple from the corner. Randle turned Ohayon’s long pass into a layup that made it 34-35. After a timeout, Teodosic buried his third three, but Guy Pnini matched him and the teams went into the locker rooms for halftime with the scoreboard showing a 37-38 CSKA edge.

Third quarter: After 0-10 CSKA run, Rochestie rescues Maccabi

Arinze Onuaku found a cutting Randle for a layup, but he soon committed his third foul. Friddzon went into the paint for a layup before Randle added 2 more free throws. Aaron Jackson used his speed to get a layup before Onuaku scored on the offensive glass. Ohayon made a layup for his first points and Teodosic whipped an assist to Andrey Vorontsevich inside. Ohayon limped while favoring his ankle. Smith drew a foul shooting a triple and made 2 of the resulting shots to make it 47-44. Randle raced down court for another fast break dunk, but Teodosic responded with his fourth three-pointer. Onuaku and Smith each split free throws, but De Colo’s wide-open three-pointer from the corner made it a 1-point game. After a long Rochestie jumper, Fridzon tied the game at 53-53 with a three-pointer. A series of great passes led to a Fridzon three-point play. Vorontsevich nailed a three from the elbow and a technical foul on Rochestie enabled De Colo to cap a 0-10 CSKA march with a free throw that made it 53-60. Ofoegbu awakened the Maccabi fans with a triple and Sylven Landesberg added a pair of free throws. Vicheslav Kravtsov dunked off an inbounds play, but a Rochestie triple made it a 1-point game. Rochestie missed his next three, but Mbakwe pounced on the rebound and gave it to a cutting Rochestie to put Maccabi back ahead 63-62. Free throws by Higgins and Jackson put the visitors up 63-65.

Fourth quarter: Higgins delivers knockout punch

Higgins drained a triple from the top of the key. Nikita Kurbanov drew Mbakwe’s fourth foul and sank 2 free throws. Another three by Higgins gave CSKA a double-digit lead. Hines missed 2 free throws that could have added to the lead. Higgins left the game with 5 fouls, after which Smith sank a jumper. But Higgins’s replacement, Teodosic, reached 25 points with a triple over Ohayon that made it 65-76. Ohayon assisted Smith on a cut that led to 2 free throws. Randle split free throws before De Colo’s layup put the difference at 10 again. Vorontsevich’s fast break dunk kept CSKA in control. Landesberg hit a jumper and Rochestie added a bucket to make it 74-83 with a little over three minutes to go. Hines tipped in his own miss and De Colo netted free throws to practically wrap up a victory with a 13-point lead and two and a half minutes to go. Smith drove for a layup and Randle cut the deficit to 9, but it proved to be too little, too late for Maccabi.

Milos Teodosic - CSKA Moscow - EB15
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv18192619
CSKA Moscow13252723
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv18376382
CSKA Moscow13386588
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 FARMAR, JORDAN 10:00           1 1 2 1 2     3 1  
3 BENDER, DRAGAN 2:05                              
6 SMITH, DEVIN 30:25 14 3/5 1/4 5/7   4 4 3 1 2     3 4 14
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 27:12 19 6/10   7/8 2 2 4 1   1 2   3 5 22
10 PNINI, GUY 11:44 3   1/3           1       1   1
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 21:30 2 1/4 0/3     1 1 9 2 1   1 3   3
13 FAVERANI, VITOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 20:41 4 1/7 0/1 2/2   4 4   1 3   2 2 3 -2
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 21:39 15 1/2 1/1 10/12 2 3 5           3 7 21
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 26:23 20 6/12 2/4 2/2       5   2   1 4 2 12
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 16:18 2     2/2 2 4 6 2   3     4 3 6
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 12:03 3 1/2   1/2 2 4 6 1 1 1     4 2 6
Team           4   4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 19/42 5/16 29/35 12 23 35 23 7 16 2 4 30 27 86
        45.2% 31.3% 82.9%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 DE COLO, NANDO 26:47 15 3/8 2/5 3/3   3 3 5 1 1     3 5 17
3 KULAGIN, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 28:27 25 2/4 5/9 6/6   1 1 5   5     1 5 24
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 23:36 12 3/6 1/2 3/3   2 2 2 2 1   2 2 3 12
8 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 9:34     0/1   1   1     1     4   -5
9 JACKSON, AARON 17:11 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   1 1 1   2     2 2 1
12 KOROBKOV, PAVEL 5:21 4 2/2               1     2 1 2
15 KRAVTSOV, VIACHESLAV 3:27 2 1/1                         2
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 30:30 7 2/4 1/2   1 5 6 3   1     3 2 11
22 HIGGINS, CORY 16:54 9 0/2 2/2 3/4   4 4 2   1     5 3 9
41 KURBANOV, NIKITA 7:01 3 0/1   3/4 3 2 5     1 1   4 3 5
42 HINES, KYLE 31:12 7 3/7   1/5 4 5 9 1 2 2 3   1 5 16
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 88 17/38 11/22 21/27 11 23 34 19 5 17 4 2 27 29 95
        44.7% 50% 77.8%

Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"There are two aspects of this game. The first aspect is that we lost the game. Result-wise this was really important for us and we wanted to get one step closer to qualifying for the Top 16. And that’s important because of the situation we’re in right now. That’s the negative. The second one is a positive because of the team effort the team gave from minute one to the last minute, I have a feeling that my team gave 100% effort. There were mistakes that we made. But more than anything I think that the biggest difference was at the moment we physically went down. I am asking of them to play a kind of basketball that they are not used to. "
CSKA Moscow
"I think that the second and third quarters meant a lot for us. We established some good things and actually started to build confidence with what we did defensively and offensively. It definitely helped that we made some tough shots, especially Milos and Nando and Vorontsevich and Fridzon. When we started playing our game, with drives and kicks, we did spread the floor. And we played against a team that is really passionate and had the help of an amazing crowd. Congratulations to the crowd: this is what basketball actually needs. And congratulations to my team. That's another good and big road victory. But it's a long road, a marathon like I say from the beginning."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"From the start of the game, we played with a level of energy that I don’t think we had before. But we lost. We lost to a very good team, but still we lost and now our situation is even tougher. We really wanted to win today and you could see that on the court. I believe and our coach said that is we continue the way we played today our situation will be okay. "
CSKA Moscow
"It was a very tough game for us. All 40 minutes it was a tight game. Maccabi has a very good team, although maybe they are not playing very well right now. I'm happy that we won tonight. It was an important win for us and we need to keep playing like this. I feel this is a team win and a team game and I'm happy we won."
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