Regular Season Round 9 - January 05, 2006 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - NOKIA ARENA

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
5-3 Overall 4-4

Referees

Crew Chief
ZACHARA, IVAN, Czech Republic
Referee
MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO, Croatia
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
86.9 Points 74.5
36.5 Rebounds 32.9
7.3 O. Rebounds 9.8
29.3 D. Rebounds 23.1
17.5 Assists 10.4
11.8 Steals 9.4
2.9 Blocks 2.4
13.8 Turnovers 14.8
52.4 % 2PT 49.4 %
41.9 % 3PT 32.9 %
70.8 % FT 70.3 %
100.0 Index 72.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.9 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Points 12.3 / EDNEY, TYUS
6.6 / PARKER, ANTHONY Rebounds 6.0 / Zizic
1.9 / BASTON, M. OR 2.3 / Zizic
6.0 / PARKER, ANTHONY DR 3.9 / LEWIS, QUINCY
5.1 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA Assists 4.1 / EDNEY, TYUS
1.9 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Steals 1.5 / EDNEY, TYUS
1.0 / BASTON, M. Blocks 0.9 / LEWIS, QUINCY
2.9 / SOLOMON, WILLIE Turnovers 2.5 / VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
75.0 % / Green 2PT 66.7 % / AGADAKOS, LAZAROS
52.9 % / SHARP, DERRICK 3PT 57.1 % / VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
93.8 % / BURSTEIN, TAL FT 100.0 % / VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
21.0 / PARKER, ANTHONY Index 13.5 / EDNEY, TYUS

THE TAKE

Hoping to get revenge for its first defeat of the season, defending champion Maccabi will host Olympiacos in a key Group B encounter on Thursday in Tel Aviv. This will be the first return visit to Tel Aviv for Olympiacos scorer Quincy Lewis, who his Euroleague debut with Maccabi in 2002-03. Lewis scored a season-high 21 points and Sofoklis Schortsanitis played a big part with 13 points off the bench as Olympiacos earned an 83-78 win against Maccabi in Athens during November. Olympiacos (4-4) was playing well before the holiday break, having won its last two games by an average of 17 points, However, the Reds have yet to taste victory on the road, losing by double figures in every game. In fact, Olympiacos has dropped nine straight road games dating to 2004. Maccabi Tel Aviv (5-3) saw its impressive 10-game home run end when it hosted Lietuvos Rytas in Week 6, but bounced back with road wins at Winterthur Barcelona and Prokom Trefl to show that it is still a force to be reckoned with. This game features a match-up between the two point guards considered among quickest players in Europe: Tyus Edney of Olympiacos (12.2 ppg., 4.1 apg.) and Will Solomon of Maccabi (14.8 ppg.). Both lead their teams in scoring and are dangerous with the ball, able to slash and find the open man, take it to the hoop or fire in the jumper. Both will be looking for their big men on Thursday. Nikola Vujcic (14 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 5.21 apg.) and Maceo Baston (11.7 ppg., 6 rpg.) are the anchors inside for the champs, and will try to find the answers for Schortsanitis (10 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in 19 mpg.) that they did not have in Athens. The Olympiacos frontcourt also boasts Andrija Zizic (8.3 ppg., 6 rpg.), coming off his highest-scoring game with 18 points against Winterthur FCB in a home victory, and Nikos Barlos (7.3 ppg.). Of course, the swingmen will play a major role in this game, with Lewis (9.7 ppg.) and Nikos Hatzis pitting their skills against reigning MVP Anthony Parker (14.1 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 4.5 apg.) and Tal Burstein (8.1 ppg.). Maccabi is the Euroleague's highest-scoring team, with 86.9 points per game – a number which jumps to 90 at home. Olympiacos will need extra production from Hatzis and Lewis, among others, to catch the hosts. But if their shots are falling, particulalry from downtown, this is anybody's ballgame.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Euroleague.net

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Two-time defending champion Maccabi Tel Aviv began the 2006 portion of its title defense with a high-flying 101-95 home win over never-say-die Olympiacos in Group B on Thursday. A points race that lasted into the final minute saw five Maccabi players score 12 or more to lift their team's recordto 6-3, good for at least sole possession of third place in the group. Olympiacos fell to 4-5 and is still in fifth place. Will Solomon was the big gun for Maccabi with 29 points and 7 assists. The big surprise was backup shooter Sharon Shason, who shot 6-for-6 from the floor for 16 points. Tal Burstein added 15, Maceo Baston 13 and Anthony Parker 12 for the winners. Quincy Lewis led Olympiacos with 24 points against his former team, while Andrija Zizic of Olympiacos set a Euroleague record by making 17 of 17 free throws among his 23 points. Tyus Edney and Renaldas Seibutis chipped in 11 each for the guests.

To get going against his old team, Quincy Lewis hit a jumper to put Olympiacos on the board first. Maccabi's first points came from a Maceo Baston tip-in. On the next play, a well-executed pick-and-roll with Parker left Vujcic open for a slam to make it 4-2. Olympiacos struck right back, but Nikols Barlos was whistled for his second foul, prompting coach Jonas Kazlauskas to bring in Renaldas Seibutis earlier than expected. Crisp passing saw Maccabi continue to put points on the board, with Tal Burstein benefiting on several occasions, but the never-ending work of Zizic in the paint kept the visitors neck-and-neck. After a Baston free throw made it 16-12, two Zizic free throws and a Lewis score tied it again. Now, Maccabi reeled off seven straight points, capped by a Burstein fastbreak layup-plus-free throw. Lewis stopped the run with a free throw, but then picked up his second foul. A Seibutas layup trimmed the gap to 25-21, but he was soon in foul trouble with three. A late Baston bucket put Maccabi up 6 points again, but yet another Olympiacos contributor, Panayiotis Vasilopoulis, drilled a three to end the quarter 29-26.

Olympiacos big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis planted himself in the paint for 2 points to start the second quarter. Vasilopoulis limped off injred after a Maccabi miss, and then Schortsanitis tied it 30-30 with a powerful slam. Maccabi went back on top as Solomon beat the 24-second clock with a triple, but visitors stayed close on a Lewis layup. Schortsanitis kept dominating when he got the ball inside, but he also struggled with fouls, picking up three quickly and going to the bench. Zizic picked up where Schortsanitis left off, however, drawing a fouls on Burstein and Vujcic and sinking all 4 free throws to make it 39-38. A Parker steal and slam followed by a Solomon bucket put Maccabi up 44-38, but after a timeout, Zizic drew reserve center Yaniv Green's fourth and kept hitting his free throws. And after an off-balance jumper by Baston, Zizic was at it again, getting a goaltending call and a foul from Parker for a three-point play to cut Maccabi's advantage to 51-45 at halftime.

On his team's first possession after the break, Zizic scored inside to give himself a season-high 19 points already. Then Tyus Edney took over scoring duties to keep Olympiacos close. Sharon Shason's second three-pointer extended Maccabi's lead to 64-56, but on the other end, a Zizic kept an offensive rebound alive and Parker heard his fourth foul whistled. Solomon made the crowd forget about that quickly with a fastbreak slam for the first 10-point lead, 66-56. Lewis, Seibutas, Hatzis and Zizic responded with a 1-8 Olympiacos run that made it a whole new game at 67-64. Schortsanitis subbed Zizic, but within seconds picked up his fourth foul and Zizic was back on the court. Solomon set Vujcic up for a three-pointer and then drove to stretch the lead back to 8. He then finished his great quarter with a triple that provided Maccabi's biggest lead yet, 79-68 after 30 minutes.

Seibutas started the fourth quarter with a three-point play, but Kirk Penney answered with a triple for Maccabi. An 0-7 Olympiacos run on Edney's jumper and triple brought the Reds back at 82-78. Maccabi called timeout and brought Parker back, after which Lewis got his fourth foul trying to stop Baston. Schortsanitis matched Baston's free throws with a slam, but three-pointers from Solomon and Shason soon had Maccabi back in control. A baseline move by Shason made it 92-82 as Olympiacos called timeout with 5 minutes to go. Lewis scored 5 quick points to surpass his previous season-high – 21 vs Maccabi – and cut the gap to 5, but Derrick Sharp's triple from the corner with 3:15 remaining made it 97-88. Even that didn't put the visitors away, however. Free throws by Zizic combined with some easy misses kept things too close for Maccabi's comfort. Parker fouled out as Barlos scored and hit the free throw for 99-93 with 1:30 left. But Solomon came right back and drove for a basket to make sure nothing threatened Maccabi's eventual 101-95 home win.
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Frankie Sachs, Tel Aviv
Referees: ZACHARA, IVAN (CZE), MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO (CRO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB), DAGAN,DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 0
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Maccabi Elite29222822
Olympiacos26192327
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Maccabi Elite295179101
Olympiacos26456895
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 18:15 13 5/9   3/4 1 3 4 1   1 1   5 2 10
6 SHARP, DERRICK 22:45 4   1/3 1/2   1 1 1 2       3 1 3
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 32:00 6 1/6 1/2 1/2 3 6 9 5 1   2   3 4 17
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 27:45 12 5/6   2/4   4 4 2 1 1     5 2 12
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 31:30 15 5/8 1/6 2/3 1 5 6 2   2     4 2 10
11 SHASON, SHARON 21:15 16 3/3 3/3 1/2       1 1 1     3 1 14
12 DOTAN, ASSAF 0:30   0/1                     1   -2
14 CASSPI, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SOLOMON, WILLIE 33:30 29 8/10 3/6 4/5   1 1 7 1 2     3 7 34
20 PENNEY, KIRK 4:00 3   1/1                       3
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE 0:45     0/1                       -1
41 GREEN, YANIV 7:45 3     3/4 1 1 2       1   4 2 3
Team           1 1 2   4           6
Totals 200:00 101 27/43 10/22 17/26 7 22 29 19 10 7 4 0 31 21 109
62.8% 45.5% 65.4%
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: KAZLAUSKAS, JONAS
Olympiacos
# 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 EDNEY, TYUS 32:30 11 4/5 1/1 0/2 1   1 3 1 4     3 3 9
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 19:45   0/3   0/2 1 2 3 1   2   1 2 2 -4
8 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 20:15 11 4/4 0/1 3/3 1   1 1         3 3 12
9 CHATZIS, NIKOLAOS 17:30 4 2/4 0/3     1 1 1         1    
12 BARLOS, NIKOS 15:30 9 3/4 0/3 3/3 2 2 4 1 1 2   1 2 3 9
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 6:45 3 0/2 1/1     2 2         1     2
14 AGADAKOS, LAZAROS 5:15   0/1                         -1
20 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 30:15 23 3/5   17/17 4 5 9 1           10 41
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 11:30 9 4/6   1/3 1 2 3     1   1 4 3 5
24 LEWIS, QUINCY 32:45 24 8/9 1/7 5/8   6 6 2 3       4 6 27
32 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS 8:00 1 0/1   1/2   1 1     1     2 1 -2
45 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 1 4   2           6
Totals 200:00 95 28/44 3/16 30/40 13 22 35 10 7 10 0 4 21 31 104
63.6% 18.8% 75%
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
"It was very difficult for me to be in focus because of everything that happened in Israel in the last 24 hours, but Olympiacos gave me a reason to be 100 percent focused. I knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, but I didn't know how difficult it was going to be. We have good offense but we still need to improve our defense, and it will come in time. Sasson gave a great show tonight. We played better than our average game, but our defense isn't at its best. We can't agree that a visiting team here will make more than 100 index rating."
KAZLAUSKAS, JONAS
Olympiacos
"I think our biggest problem was defense. If we want to win this game we had to play much better defense. we couldn't find a player to stop Solomon. Our three-point shot was bad today. Lewis played two of his best games against Maccabi, for sure we want him to keep this level."

Players

SHASON, SHARON
Maccabi Elite
"Everybody were stars tonight. I'm very happy we won. Of course I'm happy about my game, that I helped the team. I work very hard from my first day in the team, like everybody else. Like every player that comes to a new team I waited for this game. I hope it will continue. The fans very excited me, when they called my name. Everybody dreams about that."
SOLOMON, WILLIE
Maccabi Elite
"My teammates helped me to get to easy shots. Everybody played well today and did their share in the win. From the first day of the season I'm saying there are ups and downs in basketball and I'm not letting myself get too excited about this game. Our system in offense takes time and today we were able to get many open shots. Sharon was the star today. He came off the bench and helped us a lot."
LEWIS, QUINCY
Olympiacos
"Maccabi played well today. It doesn't matter how I play because we lost. We played hard but Maccabi outplayed us. Solomon is a good player. We have to give credit where credit is due. We made some mistakes in the last minutes and that's what made a difference. Their bench contributed a lot and that's what makes a team."
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