Regular Season Round 7 - December 15, 2005 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

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
3-3 Overall 3-3

Referees

Crew Chief
KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS, Greece
Referee
JUNGEBRAND, CARL, Finland
Umpire
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.7 Points 87.7
30.3 Rebounds 37.0
6.8 O. Rebounds 7.5
23.5 D. Rebounds 29.5
15.5 Assists 18.7
9.2 Steals 12.7
3.0 Blocks 3.0
12.5 Turnovers 14.0
58.4 % 2PT 50.9 %
37.9 % 3PT 43.1 %
67.6 % FT 69.0 %
86.7 Index 102.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.2 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND Points 15.7 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
6.0 / MARCONATO, DENIS Rebounds 6.7 / PARKER, ANTHONY
1.7 / MARCONATO, DENIS OR 2.0 / BASTON, M.
4.3 / MARCONATO, DENIS DR 6.0 / PARKER, ANTHONY
4.2 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND Assists 5.5 / VUJCIC, NIKOLA
1.5 / Basile Steals 1.8 / PARKER, ANTHONY
1.3 / MARCONATO, DENIS Blocks 1.0 / BASTON, M.
2.8 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND Turnovers 2.8 / SOLOMON, WILLIE
81.8 % / GASOL, M. 2PT 100.0 % / Green
100.0 % / GASOL, M. 3PT 57.1 % / SHARP, DERRICK
100.0 % / TRIAS, JORDI FT 90.9 % / BURSTEIN, TAL
14.8 / WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND Index 19.5 / PARKER, ANTHONY

THE TAKE

A classic showdown will take place in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday night when Winterthur FCB faces Maccabi Tel Aviv, in a tough battle between the last two Euroleague champions in Group B. Barcelona took its first-ever Euroleague title in 2003, while Maccabi has become the first back-to-back continental titlest in a generation. There will be plenty of drama on Thursday, because one of these preseason favorites, now tied 3-3, will reach midway point of the regular season with a losing record. Maccabi is 0-2 on the road so far, having lost to Olympiacos in Athens and to Efes Pilsen in Istanbul. Barcelona has already dropped a home game unexpectedly, to Lietuvos Rytas in Week 3. There will be big matchups all over the court, even though Barcelona star Juan Carlos Navarro will miss the game due to a leg injury. Maccabi bases its game on a highly-talented frontcourt in which Nikola Vujcic (14.5 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 5.5 apg.) and Maceo Baston (11.1 ppg., 60.5% FG, 5.6 rpg.) play the major roles. Jaime Arnold (9.8 ppg., 4.3 rpg.) will be ready to provide instant offense off the bench. Barcelona counts on center Denis Marconato (6 rpg., 1.3 bpg.) as its defensive anchor, and on Gregor Fucka (5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg.) and Michalis Kakiouzis (12.1 ppg, 50% 3FG) to open Maccabi's defense with their shooting range and versatility. One of the biggest matchups of the night will feature defensive stopper Rodrigo De La Fuente (2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg,) on a tough mission to slow do-it-all swingman Anthony Parker (12.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.8 apg.), the Euroleague MVP last season and one of Maccabi's top scorers. Barcelona has one of the best backcourts in the competition even with Navarro sidelined. Bootsy Thornton (6.5 ppg.) and Gianluca Basile (10.3 ppg., 78.5% 2FG) will have bigger roles without him, while also having to work on defense against Parker, Tal Burstein (5.5 ppg., 4 rpg., 3.5 apg.) and shooter Kirk Penney (6.2 ppg.). If Maccabi manages to slow down Shammond Williams (14.1 ppg., 4.1 apg.), its winning chances will dramatically increase, although former Euroleague scoring champ Milos Vujanic could explode at any minute for the hosts. The same could be said, however, of Will Solomon (15.6 ppg.) and the always-decisive Derrick Sharp (10.8 ppg, 57.1% 3FG), who share Maccabi's point guard duties. Expect an all-out battle as two giants fight to avoid dropping further in Group B.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Euroleague.net

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Maccabi Tel Aviv showed why it is the reigning Euroleague champion by downing Winterthur FCB 78-88 on the road in Barcelona, Spain in Group B on Thursday night. Maccabi improved to 4-3 and now ties for the third place in Group B with Cibona. Barcelona dropped to 3-4 and shares fifth place with Olympiacos. Tal Burstein led the winners with 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Anthony Parker added 17 for Maccabi while Nikola Vujcic and Maceo Baston each scored 16. Michalis Kakiouzis led Barcelona with 21 points while Bootsy Thornton and Shammond Williams each had 10 points. Several VIPs attended the game, such as ULEB president Eduardo Portela, Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague-winning coach Svetislav Pesic and NBA legend Larry Bird. Maccabi showed its power in the opening quarter, when Vujcic and Baston combined for 14 points of a 15-27 visitors lead. Burstein scored 11 points in the second quarter as Maccabi kept ahead 38-48 and 5 points in a late 0-7 third-quarter run that made it 55-71, after which the guests never looked back.

Maccabi forced a Barcelona timeout in just 82 seconds as Burstein followed Vujcic's jump hook with a fast break layup, while Baston dunked it to make the hosts stop the game. Shammond Williams picked up his second foul and went to the bench, while Baston took over with a big one-handed dunk and a layup to cap a 0-10 opening run for Maccabi. Barcelona went scoreless for almost 4 minutes, but a three by Basile ignited a 7-0 run which Vujanic capped with a driving basket. Vujcic came to the rescue with a dunk, igniting another 0-7 run highlighted by Parker's corner three which boosted Maccabi's lead to 7-17. Marconato nailed a jumper, but Maccabi now had its momentum going. Vujcic made free throws, Baston had his third dunk and Burstein copied him for a 9-23 margin. Back-to-back layups by Parker and Sharon Shason capped a 4-17 run, but Marc Gasol and Williams combined for 4 free throws to bring Barcelona within 15-27 after 10 minutes.

Maccabi kept rolling early in the second, as Vujcic banked in a short jumper and fed Burstein for a corner three which made it a 17-point game, 15-32. Barcelona had troubles against Maccabi's matchup zone defense until Marconato stepped up with a three-point play and Roger Grimau added a bomb from downtown. Kakiouzis followed a reverse layup with a close basket and Williams dunked it in a 7-2 run which brought Barcelona within 28-39 after 16 minutes. Maccabi called timeout and Parker shined with a driving layup, but the guests had entered the foul bonus and Barcelona made the most of it. Baston and Jordi Trias exchanged dunks, while free throws by Grimau got the hosts as close as 36-43. Vujcic made free throws and again fed Burstein for a big three, but a buzzer-beating basket by Vujanic fixed the score at 38-48 at halftime. The teams combined to make 11 triples in the second quarter.

Vujcic came back strong after the break with a two-handed fast break dunk, but Williams nailed a tough jumper and Kakiouzis nailed a corner three to keep Barcelona into the game, 44-52. Barcelona had improved its defense, but Maccabi stayed loyal to its run-and-gun game. Parker nailed a six-meter jumper while Solomon fed Baston for a layup to give Maccabi a 44-57 margin. Bootsy Thornton made a short jumper and fed Kakiouzis for an easy basket, but Solomon silenced the crowd with an acrobatic jumper and the free throw which came with it. Free throws by Trias and Kakiouzis brought Barcelona within 51-61 after 27 minutes. Burstein slashed for a layup, but Kakiouzis answered from downtown to fire up the crowd. Jaime Arnold made an ellegant turnaround layup and Burstein followed a three-point play with a baseline jumper to keep Maccabi fully in charge, 55-71, after 30 minutes.

Rodrigo De La Fuente tried to get Barcelona back into the game with 5 quick points on a basket-plus-foul and a driving layup. Williams nailed a six-meter jumper to bring the hosts within 62-73, but Parker matched it with a high-flying layup. Solomon fired in a three from the right wing which Parker - who else? - followed with another jumper to put the victory on ice, 62-80, with under 6 minutes to go. Barcelona called timeout, but Vujcic made it a 20-point game with a left-handed layup. The outcome was clear midway through the final period, as Barcelona only managed to exchange baskets for the next couple of minutes. Meanwhile, Vujcic fired in a five-meter jumper which for a 69-88 Maccabi lead, enough to show that the Euroleague champs stay as a top contender to win it all again yet again this season.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
Referees: KOUKOULEKIDIS, STELIOS (GRE), JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), RECUENCO, ANGEL MIGUEL (ESP)
Attendance: 0
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Maccabi Elite27487188
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
# 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 BASILE, GIANLUCA 19:00 6   1/7 3/4       2     1   3 2 1
7 FUCKA, GREGOR 11:00 1     1/2 1 1 2 1   2     1 2 2
8 TRIAS, JORDI 7:30 4 1/2   2/2 2 1 3       1     1 8
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 26:00 9 4/8   1/2   6 6     1 1   4 2 8
10 WILLIAMS, SHAMMOND 25:30 10 3/5 0/3 4/4 2 5 7 2 2 4     3 6 15
13 VUJANIC, MILOS 14:30 6 2/3   2/2       1   1   1 2 3 5
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 20:00 10 3/8 1/2 1/1 3 1 4     1   1 2 1 5
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 31:45 21 4/8 2/5 7/10 4 8 12   2 4   1 3 6 23
21 THORNTON, BOOTSY 19:15 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2 3 3 3     3   4
32 SADA, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 GASOL, MARC 3:45 2     2/2                   2 4
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 21:45 5 0/2 1/4 2/2   1 1   1       2 2 2
Team           2   2     1     1    
Totals 200:00 78 19/39 5/22 25/31 15 24 39 9 8 17 3 3 24 27 77
48.7% 22.7% 80.6%
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 29:00 16 7/9   2/4 1   1 1   5 2   5 3 9
6 SHARP, DERRICK 15:00 2   0/3 2/2 1   1 2         2    
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 27:45 16 6/9   4/5   4 4 2 1     1 4 5 19
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 38:00 17 5/14 1/2 4/4 1 5 6 5 2 1     3 4 20
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 39:00 24 6/9 3/5 3/3 2 5 7 1 2 1 1   2 5 32
11 SHASON, SHARON 5:00 2 1/1           1         5 1 -1
12 DOTAN, ASSAF 0:15   0/1               1   1     -3
14 CASSPI, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SOLOMON, WILLIE 26:45 8 2/5 1/3 1/1   1 1 2 2 4   1 3 3 3
20 PENNEY, KIRK 0:15                              
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE 11:45 2 1/1     1 3 4     1     2   3
41 GREEN, YANIV 7:15 1     1/2         1       1 2 2
Team             4 4   1         1 6
Totals 200:00 88 28/49 5/13 17/21 6 22 28 14 9 13 3 3 27 24 90
57.1% 38.5% 81%
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GERSHON, PINI
Maccabi Elite
"I don't think it was such a good game for us. We missed some easy baskets, too. I don't think people could judge us for our play until now, and also they should not judge us by our game tonight. I knew that when Burstein would be back to the team, we would get back to our usual level. Barcelona is a team with big possibilities to win the Euroleague, so it's a great win for Maccabi. We had excellent defense and we managed to stop Shammond Williams. When you stop the point guard, it's easier to stop the rest of the team."
BASTON, MACEO
Maccabi Elite
"Barcelona is a new team, with new players and new coach, and it's a bit tough for them to get together. But they are all good and I am sure they will be back to fight for the top positions. We have had a season with too many ups and downs so far, due to injuries like mine, for instance. But I think we are on our way now. Our aim is still the Final Four and winning the third straight title would be a nice record to set."
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