Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Maccabi Electra won the Israeli State Cup for the 42nd time on Sunday by beating Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem in the final. Devin Smith scored 27 for Maccabi.
Nate Linhart had his highest-scoring Euroleague game against Panathinaikos in the Top 16 opener with 16 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting.
Devin Smith has made 17 straight free throws in Euroleague action.
Smith has scored in double figures in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.
Smith has a performance index rating of at least 10 in 10 straight Euroleague games.
Sofoklis Schortsanitis played for Panathinaikos during the 2012-13 season. He was a teammate of current Greens Dimitris Diamantidis and James Gist. Together they won the Greek League and Cup double.
Schortsanitis teamed with Panathinaikos guard Dimitris Diamantidis and forward Antonis Fotsis on the Greek national team. He played alongside both Diamantidis and Fotsis on the silver-medal winning squad at the 2006 World Championships and teamed with Fotsis again on the bronze-medal squad at EuroBasket 2009.
Yogev Ohayon shined bright in the 2012 Euroleague Playoffs against Panathinaikos. As a Euroleague rookie, he averaged 9.8 points on 46.2% three-point shooting plus 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals for the series.
Coach Dusko Ivanovic has used 11 different starters and 15 different players in Euroleague games this season. No player has started every game and only Janis Blums and James Gist have appeared in every game.
Recent-signing Gani Lawal is due to make his first appearance of the Euroleague season for Panathinaikos.
A.J. Slaughter has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 straight Euroleague games.
Nikos Pappas has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
James Gist need 2 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Gist has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight Euroleague games. His is shooting 50% (9 of 18) from downtown over that stretch.
Antonis Fotsis is 2 offensive rebounds shy of tying Aleksey Savrasenko for ninth place on the Euroleague’s career list of offensive rebounds. Fotsis nters this week’s game with 292.
Fotsis has made at least 1 three-pointer in six consecutive Euroleague games.
Esteban Batista played a season and a half at Maccabi from the start of the 2007-08 campaign until December 2008. He helped Maccabi reach the 2008 Euroleague championship game in Madrid. Maccabi manager Nikola Vujcic was a teammate of Batista’s on that team and current assistant coach Pini Gershon coached Batista the following season.
Dimitris Diamantidis had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Maccabi in Game 5 of the 2012 playoffs. He scored 25 points – 1 off his career high – by making 15 of 18 free throws in addition to 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block for a career-best performance index rating of 34.
Diamantidis was named the 2011 Final Four MVP after tallying 16 points and tying a title game record with 9 assists in a 70-78 victory over Maccabi in Barcelona.
Diamantidis has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven of his last eight Euroleague games.
Vlantimir Giankovits has recorded at least 1 steal in five straight Euroleague games.