Regular Season Round 10 - January 12, 2006 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - BASKETBALL CENTER DRAZEN PETROVIC

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
5-4 Overall 6-3

Referees

Crew Chief
PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS, Greece
Referee
DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR, Ukraine
Umpire
CASTANO, ANIBAL, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
66.7 Points 88.4
33.6 Rebounds 35.7
8.9 O. Rebounds 7.2
24.7 D. Rebounds 28.4
8.8 Assists 17.7
8.9 Steals 11.6
1.8 Blocks 3.0
12.8 Turnovers 13.0
45.7 % 2PT 53.5 %
32.6 % 3PT 42.4 %
69.2 % FT 70.2 %
64.2 Index 101.0

Player Stats

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14.9 / PENN, SCOONIE Points 16.4 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
6.4 / DAVISON, BENETT Rebounds 6.6 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.7 / DAVISON, BENETT OR 1.8 / BASTON, M.
4.6 / Markota DR 5.8 / PARKER, ANTHONY
2.6 / PENN, SCOONIE Assists 5.1 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
2.4 / PENN, SCOONIE Steals 1.8 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
0.7 / DAVISON, BENETT Blocks 1.0 / BASTON, M.
2.3 / SKELIN, MATE Turnovers 2.8 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
65.5 % / Markota 2PT 75.0 % / Green
46.7 % / Markota 3PT 51.4 % / SHARP, DERRICK
100.0 % / MARCELIC, DAVOR FT 89.5 % / BURSTEIN, TAL
15.4 / PENN, SCOONIE Index 20.0 / PARKER, ANTHONY

THE TAKE

Cibona will looks to cement its homecourt reputation and stake a claim for one of the top spots in Group B when it hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Drazen Petrovic center in Zagreb, Croatia on Thursday. Cibona would match Maccabi's record and take a share of at least third place in the group with a victory, but could fall three wins behind the current leader, Lietuvos Rytas, with a defeat. Will Solomon and Jamie Arnold scored 20 apiece to lead Maccabi to an 83-74 win when these teams met in Tel Aviv back in Week 3. Cibona point guard Scoonie Penn led his team with 25 points that night. Maccabi has had Cibona's number over the years, winning the last five Euroleague meetings between them, including two in Zagreb. Cibona is undefeated this season at home in four games, three of which it won by double figures. However Maccabi has been playing its best basketball of the season recently and has won its last three, two on the road. The pre-game headlines focus on Maccabi center Nikola Vujcic (13.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 5.1 apg.) returning home to Croatia. Vujcic is used to being the center of things as he controls Maccabi's half-court game from the pivot, ranking second in the league in assists. Not only are Vujcic and teammate Anthony Parker (13.8 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 4.1 apg.) the only two non-point guards among the league's top 10 in assists, but together they average more the entire Cibona team (8.8 apg.). This game will be about a clash in styles with the league's top scoring team, Maccabi (88.4 ppg.), taking on the second-lowest in Cibona (66.7 ppg.). The backcourt of Solomon (16.4 ppg.), Tal Burstein (8.8 ppg.), Parker and Derrick Sharp (9 ppg., 51.3% 3FG) will try to entice opponents Penn (14.8 ppg.), Davor Kus (9.7 ppg.) and Damir Rancic into picking up the pace of the game, but Cibona may be better off in the half-court, where Bennett Davison (10.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg.), Damir Markota (10 ppg., 65.5% 2FG), Mate Skelin and Davor Marcelic can be more involved. If that's the case, Maccabi may turn more to Arnold (7 ppg.), whose best game this season was against Cibona, even though he has totaled 4 points in his last four appearances. There is also Sharon Shason, whose speed and outside shooting from the power forward position have enabled Maccabi to exploit mismatches. Shason's 16 points on perfect shooting from the floor was key to Maccabi outgunning Olympiacos last week. Ultimately, Cibona will need a big game from Penn and for him to beat Solomon in their head-to-head matchup to stop the defending champs.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Euroleague.net

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Maccabi Tel Aviv joined a three-way tie atop Group B by handing Cibona its first home loss of the season by a blowout score of 66-94 in Zagreb, Croatia on Thursday. Maccabi improved to 7-3 and now shares first place in the group with Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen. Meanwhile, Cibona dropped to 5-5 and a piece of the fourth place with Winterthur FC Barcelona. Will Solomon led the winners with 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Maceo Baston had 16 points, also on 8-for-10 shooting, with 8 rebounds, while Anthony Parker had 13 points and 7 rebounds for Maccabi. None of them played in the final period. Yaniv Green added 11 points and Tal Burstein 10 for Maccabi. Marino Bazdaric was the only player who scored in double digits for Cibona, with 15 points. Cibona led 15-11 midway through the first quarter, but then Baston and Nikol Vujcic fueled a 2-15 run that sent Maccabi on its way to a 34-55 halftime lead. Maccabi scored the first 7 points of the second half and cruised to an uncontested win.

Luksa Andric made a tip-in which Bazdaric followed with a floating layup for a 4-0 Cibona lead. Parker got Maccabi going with a high-flying basket-plus-foul but Davor Marcelic hit a three from the top of the key, good for a 7-3 Cibona lead. Baston and Parker combined for 4 quick points to tie it at 7-7. Marcelic fired in another triple, but Cibona had already entered the foul bonus. Vujcic stepped up with a jumper which Andric erased with a hook shot. Baston dunked it off a pick-and-roll but Penn answered from downtown for a 15-11 Cibona lead. Baston scored inside, Solomon had 4 quick points and Green added a layup to give Maccabi its first lead, 17-21. A red hot Solomon hit a long jumper, forcing a Cibona timeout at 17-23. Vujcic shined with a three-point play which capped a 2-15 run and gave Maccabi a 19-26 lead after 10 minutes.

Sharp hit a corner three and followed it with free throws which gave Maccabi a 12-point lead, 19-31, early in the second quarter. Damir Markota scored in penetration but Baston erased that with a close basket. Vujcic had a big block which allowed Solomon to fire in a three, forcing a Cibona timeout at 21-36. Mate Skelin followed free throws with an uncontested layup but Cibona only managed to exchange baskets for the while. Kus beat the guests' 2-3 zone defense with a three but Solomon followed Vujcic's jump hook with a fast break dunk in a 0-9 run which Tal Burstein capped with a close basket to make it a 19-point game, 28-47. Cibona went scoreless for almost 4 minutes until Marin Rozic made a basket-plus-foul. Green answered with consecutive baskets while Parker beat the buzzer with a turnaround jumper for a 34-55 Maccabi lead at halftime.

Maccabi kept rolling after the break, as Solomon hit a corner three and soon added another bomb from downtown to give the current Euroleague champs a mamooth 34-62 margin. Bennett Davison even missed a put-back dunk for Cibona, which now struggled at both ends. Rancic tried to wake the hosts up with a driving layup, but the hosts needed much more than that. Solomon - who else? - hit a short jumper and Baston took over with a huge alleyoop dunk. Bazdaric tried to please the crowd with 4 quick points, but Maccabi stayed in charge. Burstein made a layup and Baston dunked it again for a 40-72 Maccabi margin. Nothing changed in the final minutes of this period, as Maccabi had sealed the outcome, 44-78, at the end of third quarter.

Maccabi coach Pini Gershon emptied his bench once the outcome was clear. Cibona tried to at least cut the difference to please its many fans in the stands. Davison stepped up with a three-point play and Andric added free throws, but Maccabi still ruled as Green scored inside to make it 51-84. Youngsters Omri Casspi of Maccabi and Aleksander Ugrinoski of Cibona stepped on court midway through the final period, giving fans the chance to follow two of the most promising players in European basketball. Green shined with another dunk while Burstein added a follow-up layup. In the end, Maccabi won 66-94.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Euroleague.net
Referees: PITSILKAS, NIKOLAOS (GRE), DRABIKOVSKY, VOLODYMR (UKR), CASTANO, ANIBAL (FRA), TARTAGLIA, EDUARDO (CRO)
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Head coach: ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 PENN, SCOONIE 26:45 6 0/3 1/4 3/4   2 2 1 2 1     2 3 4
5 KUS, DAVOR 24:30 9 0/3 3/4     1 1 1   2     3 2 4
6 SKELIN, MATE 19:15 4 1/2   2/2           2   1 1 3 2
7 DAVISON, BENETT 27:45 7 2/8   3/7 5 4 9 2 2 1 2   2 7 16
9 RANCIC, DAMIR 18:15 2 1/1 0/5         1         1   -3
10 BAZDARIC, MARINO 26:45 15 3/5 2/4 3/4   2 2 2 2 1     4 3 14
11 MARCELIC, DAVOR 7:30 6 0/1 2/4   1   1   1 1     1   3
12 ANDRIC, LUKSA 17:15 8 3/7   2/3 4 1 5     1     4 2 5
20 ROZIC, MARIN 19:00 7 2/5   3/3   1 1   2 2     2 2 5
33 UGRINOSKI, ALEKSANDAR 5:45   0/1           1              
52 MARKOTA, DAMIR 7:15 2 1/3 0/2   2 2 4     1   1 2   -2
Team                   5           5
Totals 200:00 66 13/39 8/23 16/23 12 13 25 8 14 12 2 2 22 22 53
33.3% 34.8% 69.6%
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
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 BASTON, MACEO 22:45 16 8/10   0/2 2 6 8 3   1     2 5 25
6 SHARP, DERRICK 28:30 5 0/1 1/3 2/2   2 2 4 1 2     5 3 5
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 23:45 9 3/4   3/5   4 4 3 1 3 2   1 3 15
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 25:45 13 5/7   3/3   7 7 3 3 2   1 2 3 22
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 25:45 10 5/7 0/2   2 5 7 1   3     2 1 10
11 SHASON, SHARON 14:45 5 1/2 1/3   1 2 3 1 1       2   5
12 DOTAN, ASSAF DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 CASSPI, OMRI 5:45 1 0/2 0/1 1/2           2     1 1 -5
15 SOLOMON, WILLIE 25:30 21 5/6 3/4 2/2   2 2 2 4 1     2 1 25
20 PENNEY, KIRK 10:30 3     3/4                 1 2 3
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 GREEN, YANIV 17:00 11 5/8   1/2 4 5 9         1 4 3 14
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 94 32/47 5/13 15/22 9 33 42 17 12 14 2 2 22 22 121
68.1% 38.5% 68.2%
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Head Coaches

ANZULOVIC, DRAZEN
Cibona VIP
"I told my players that they could forget the game in Tel Aviv because Maccabi would play much different. That hapened, they came to Zagreb completely ready and showed their quality. However, they shot extremely well, better than usually. I am sorry for this loss in front of the full arena. Our fans could enjoy Maccabi's preformance. Maybe we can't beat Maccabi but we could have played better."
GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
"We played very good, so good that Cibona didn't have any chance in this game. Our defense was great, we shot very well. My players were concentrated the whole game, Cibona missed some open shots in the beginning and we won the game already then. They suprised us in Tel Aviv, we were down by 15 in the first half so we prepared ourselves very good for this game. In this hall it is very difficult to score 94 points like we did tonight. Don't judge Cibona on this game, they are very good, young team with a great coach."

Players

BAZDARIC, MARINO
Cibona VIP
"Very, very bad performance from our side. We tried to play with Maccabi, run with them and they are the best team in Europe, that is not the way we should play. My game is not important, we lost and I don't care if I played good or bad."
KUS, DAVOR
Cibona VIP
"Maccabi is an extremely talented team, much talented than us. We tried to run with them and we made a mistake. They felt our softness in defense, punished us on every side. It is not the same team we played a few weeks ago, they look much better now. Nothing is over, we must go to Milano and win the game and make it to Top 16."
VUJCIC, NIKOLA
Maccabi Elite
"It is always nice to come to Zagreb, I like to play here. We prepared well for Cibona, stopped Scoonie Penn and that's the reason why we won. This was maybe our best game of the season, with the one in Barcelona. As for Cibona, nothing is over for them, they need one or two more wins to make the Top 16 and I wish them all the luck."
BURSTEIN, TAL
Maccabi Elite
"We started aggressive and in a very good rhythm. After our strong beginning of the game, Cibona couldn't come back. I agree with Vujcic, this is our best game of the season so far."
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