2015-16Regular SeasonRound 3
October 29, 2015 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.5 Points 76.0
27.5 Rebounds 31.0
10.5 O. Rebounds 8.0
17.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
14.0 Assists 13.5
3.5 Steals 7.0
3.0 Blocks 4.0
12.0 Turnovers 17.0
50.6 % 2PT 51.4 %
40.0 % 3PT 32.1 %
65.5 % FT 84.6 %
65.5 Index 67.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.0 / Rochestie Points 15.0 / Stipcevic
7.0 / Smith Rebounds 6.5 / Alexander
3.0 / Mbakwe OR 2.5 / Varnado
5.5 / Smith DR 5.5 / Alexander
4.5 / Rochestie Assists 3.5 / Haynes
1.0 / Ohayon Steals 2.0 / Logan
1.5 / Mbakwe Blocks 1.5 / Petway
3.0 / Rochestie Turnovers 5.0 / Haynes
75.0 % / Ohayon 2PT 100.0 % / Marconato
100.0 % / Rochestie 3PT 66.7 % / Stipcevic
100.0 % / Ohayon FT 100.0 % / Stipcevic
14.0 / Rochestie Index 17.5 / Stipcevic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-2 Regular Season 0-2
0-2 Overall 0-2

Referees

Crew Chief
CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS, Greece
Referee
GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Umpire
ZASHCHUK, SERGEY, Ukraine

The Take

These teams face each other for the first time ever. Three Sassari players - MarQuez Haynes, David Logan and Joe Alexander - played for Maccabi in the past. Haynes is one of the three options coach Romeo Sacchetti has at point guard, along with Rok Stipcevic and Lollo D'Ercole. They will not have it easy against Taylor Rochestie and Yogev Ohayon, two high-scoring guards. Meanwhile, Logan faces a pivotal matchup against Maccabi star Jordan Farmar. With Brian Randle still out, Arinze Onuaku, Trevor Mbakwe and Dragan Bender still see extended playing time around the baskets against Alexander, Jarvis Varnado and Brent Petway. Sassari needs to find the way to slow down forward Devin Smith and can rely on the experienced and athletic Christian Eyenga to do so. Sassari will try to lock down the defensive boards and run the floor, while Maccabi must get Rochestie and Farmar involved to get a much-needed win. Expect intensity and a great crowd at Menora Mivtachim Arena.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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Game Notes

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

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

Rochestie has scored in double figures in each of his last 23 Euroleague games.

Rochestie has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 22 of his last 23 Euroleague games.

Brian Randle has a performance index rating of at least 10 in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Trevor Mbakwe was a teammate of Sassari guard Lorenzo D'Ercole at Virtus Rome during the 2013-14 season.

Guy Pnini has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague games.

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari

This will be the first ever meeting between the sides.

David Logan has made at least 1 three-pointer in 14 consecutive Euroleague games.

Logan spent the 2012-13 season with Maccabi. Devin Smith, Guy Pnini, Sylven Landesberg and Yogev Ohayon remain on the Maccabi roster from Logan’s time there.

Logan had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Maccabi. He scored 25 points and recorded a performance index rating of 27 for Caja Laboral Vitoria on opening night in the 2010-11 season.

Denis Marconato is ranked 10th in competition history in rebounds. He needs 31 more boards to reach the 1,000 milestone for his career.

Marconato needs 4 more offensive rebounds to catch Aleksey Savrasenko for 10th place on the competition’s career charts. Marconato is 12th with 290 offensive rebounds; Erazem Lorbek (291) is 11th.

MarQuez Haynes and Joe Alexander both played for Maccabi last season. They were teammates of nearly half of the team’s current roster.

Jarvis Varnado was a teammate of Maccabi forward Brian Randle during the 2011-12 season at Hapoel Jerusalem.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

GOODES, GUY
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This will be our third game this season in the Euroleague. We want to get into a pattern of winning in Europe, and this game is a good opportunity for us. We'll be facing a very athletic team that likes to shoot three pointers in transition. We'll need to stop that, and the one on one that they like to play. Our last two practices were full practices, and we coaches have seen a change in the team's energy."
SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"We are proud and excited to play against Maccabi Tel Aviv for the first time in our history. We have to be focused on basketball and this game; we'll try to do our best for 40 minutes. I think the key of the match will be intensity, aggressiveness and tough defense."

Players

LANDESBERG, SYLVEN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I think everybody is ready for the game tomorrow, we're excited to play. We understand it's a must win tomorrow, and it's going to be a lot of fun out there. We got off to a slower start than we wanted to, but everybody's keeping their head high and staying positive. We know we have a very good team and it's only a matter of time until it starts clicking. Every day in practice we see ourselves getting better."
SACCHETTI, BRIAN
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"On Thursday we'll play a difficult game, even if Maccabi comes from a particular moment, they're a great team with many players with a lot of experience in Europe. We'll fight for 40 minutes, knowing that we must give something more in the game. We have some players that played in Maccabi and know very well the special atmosphere you can find there. We just have to play our basketball and do our best. It's our second Euroleague season and we know how important it is to win road games."

Smith stars as Maccabi FOX downs Sassari

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv raced past Dinamo Banco Di Sardegna Sassari 79-63 for its first victory of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season. Devin Smith’s 22 points paced five Maccabi scorers in double figures while Trevor Mbakwe collected 11 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists. Smith and Mbakwe were crucial in the third quarter as Maccabi used a 13-4 run to pull away before finishing the deal early in the fourth. Brian Randle added 12 points, Sylven Landesberg had 11 and Yogev Ohayon chipped in with 10 points as Maccabi improved to 1-2 in Group D. Sassari dropped to 0-3 with a second road loss despite Christian Eyenga scoring 21 points, while David Logan and Jarvis Varnado both added 11 points in the loss. Sassari was dominated on the glass with just 29 rebounds to 44 for Maccabi.

First quarter: Offensive rebounds give Sassari early lead

After two losses to start the Euroleague campaign, Maccabi coach Guy Goodes reworked his starting line-up with Smith and Jordan Farmer the only two starters from the home loss against Unicaja Malaga. Taylor Rochestie, Randle and Mbakwe came on for Ohayon, Guy Pnini and Arinze Onuaku. Sassari coach Romeo Saccetti made just one change in his team’s first-ever game against Maccabi with Joe Alexander starting in favor of Brent Petway alongside Marquez Haynes, Logan, Eyenga and Varnado. Randle got the game going by scoring off the glass with Alexander hitting a baseline jumper against his old team to put Sassari on the board. After Rochestie free throws, Sassari got two inside scores from Varnado and a three from the left wing by Haynes before Eyenga scored following an offensive rebound to give the guests a 4-11 advantage. Smith stopped the Sassari run with a left corner three only to see Varnado block his next attempt and knock down a hook shot at the other end as Sassari went up 7-13. Smith drained a long jumper and that was followed by a driving layup from Ohayon to cut the deficit to 2 points. Alexander and Eyenga scored to push the gap to 12-17 before Maccabi scored the final three points of the first quarter on a Smith free throw and a Randle put-back.

Second quarter: Maccabi grab big lead, Sassari unfazed in comeback

Rok Stipcevic opened the quarter with a three-pointer to give Sassari a 15-20 lead. Maccabi raced back into the game as Smith sandwiched a jumper and three-pointer around an Ohayon drive to the basket before Mbakwe delivered a fine pass to a cutting Ohayon for another driving layup and a 24-20 Maccabi lead. Eyenga blocked a shot by Landesberg and then hit a jumper at the other end to stop the 9-0 Maccabi run. Landesberg came right back for a corner three-pointer and Mbakwe’s three-point play gave the hosts a 32-24 advantage. Sassari was not fazed and used three-pointers from Logan and Eyenga to get back into the game. Logan fed Eyenga for a fast break layup to put the visitors ahead 32-33. Smith however finished the first half scoring with a three-pointer from the left corner for a 35-33 Maccabi lead at intermission.

Third quarter: Smith three-pointers key Maccabi run

Varnado evened the game to start the second half before Mbakwe gave a nice feed to Randle for a big dunk. After Alexander knotted the game at 37-37, Randle finished a fast break with a fancy reverse layup which was followed by a Mbakwe put-back and Rochestie driving layup as Maccabi inched ahead 43-39. Eyenga trimmed it to 43-41 before Maccabi gained control of the game. Mbakwe got around his defender for a dunk and then Smith drained a three-ball to increase the margin to 48-41. Smith knocked down another triple from the right wing, which is from where big man Ike Ofoegbu canned a three-pointer as well for a 56-45 advantage. The gap was 57-47 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Maccabi never let Sassari get close

Maccabi didn’t stop in the fourth quarter as Landesberg and Ohayon pushed the lead to 61-47. Stipcevic’s driving layup got Sassari on the board in the final quarter and after a big Mbakwe dunk over Alexander, Logan nailed a three-pointer to make it 63-52 halfway through the quarter. But Ohayon scored another basket and Landesberg knocked down a three-ball for a 68-52 advantage. Logan did make five straight free throws to trim the margin to 68-57 with just under three minutes to play. But Randle got a tough shot to fall and Landesberg converted a three-point play. Mbakwe then stepped up with a blocked shot against Alexander and then threw down an alley-oop for a 77-58 lead. Haynes followed with a three-ball before Smith and Eyenga both hit two free throws for the final scoreline.

Devin Smith - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB15
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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Referees: CHRISTODOULOU, CHRISTOS (GRE), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR)
Attendance: 11060
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv15202222
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari17161416
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv15355779
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari17334763
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 9:19     0/2     1 1 1 1 1 1       1
6 SMITH, DEVIN 35:40 22 2/5 5/7 3/4 1 6 7 2 1 3   2 2 2 21
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 22:02 12 6/7   0/1 1   1 1   2     5 4 9
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 9:44     0/1             1     1   -3
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 28:07 10 5/5 0/3   2 2 4 6 1 1     1   16
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 23:01 11 2/8 2/7 1/3   3 3 2 1 2   3 2 6 3
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 12:17 5 0/2 1/1 2/2 3 1 4     1 1   2 1 6
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 23:12 6 1/1 0/3 4/4   1 1 4   3     2 4 7
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 29:36 11 5/10   1/1 5 10 15 2   2 1 1 1 1 21
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 7:02 2     2/4 3 2 5     1     2 4 6
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 79 21/38 8/24 13/19 16 28 44 18 4 18 3 6 18 22 89
        55.3% 33.3% 68.4%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY
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
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 32:14 7 0/2 2/8 1/2       3   2     2 3  
1 PETWAY, BRENT 19:27     0/1   1 2 3 1 1 1     5   -2
3 LOGAN, DAVID 29:48 11 0/2 2/8 5/5       3 5 4   1 2 6 10
5 FORMENTI, MATTEO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DEVECCHI, GIACOMO 9:36                              
9 ALEXANDER, JOE 30:22 8 3/12 0/3 2/2 3 5 8 2   1 3 2 4 1 3
10 D'ERCOLE, LORENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MARCONATO, DENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 SACCHETTI, BRIAN 4:00                         1   -1
24 STIPCEVIC, ROK 15:59 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2     1       1 5
31 EYENGA, CHRISTIAN 32:30 21 7/10 1/2 4/4 3 3 6 1 1 2 1   3 4 25
32 VARNADO, JARVIS 26:04 11 5/10   1/2 2 5 7     2 2   5 3 10
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 63 16/38 6/24 13/15 11 18 29 10 7 13 6 3 22 18 53
        42.1% 25% 86.7%
Head coach: SACCHETTI, ROMEO

Head Coaches

GOODES, GUY
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"First, I want to congratulate the team and the club on our first victory in the Euroleague. We defended well and stopped them at 63 points. We were stressed at too many points during the game and made too many turnovers, but Yogev [Ohayon], Sylven [Landesberg], and Devin [Smith] all had a fantastic game. Every player on any given day can make a big contribution. Everyone needs to be ready at any time to help the team win. We're making progress step by step to get to where we want to be."
SACCHETTI, ROMEO
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari
"We had many opportunities to take good three-point open shots, but we didn't make them for 15 or 17 minutes. We didn't make easy threes and the average rebounding in the first half was tied, but in second half they had too many second shots. It seems like our three players felt some pressure coming back to play against Maccabi, they are better than they showed tonight."

Players

SMITH, DEVIN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We came out and competed, and that’s important. We have a lot of new guys and everybody is starting to get it, what it takes and how you have to play here at Maccabi. You have to fight and give everything you got. And that’s what we did tonight."
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