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2012-13 Club Profile: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Despite missing out on the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four by just a single point, Maccabi Electra rounded out a brilliant domestic season in which the team lifted three trophies - the Israeli League, the Israeli Cup and its first-ever Adriatic League crown. Maccabi took part in one of the most thrilling Euroleague playoffs series ever, but its Euroleague hopes ended when Maccabi lost 86-85 in an instant classic Game 5 against Panathinaikos, which denied the Israeli powerhouse the chance to fight for its sixth continental crown. With some of the most-loyal fans in the world, Maccabi has been a major player in European basketball history. Legends Tal Brody and Miki Berkowitz put Israel on the international sporting map in the 1970s and Maccabi has stood proudly since. The club has also dominated its local scene with 50 Israeli League titles, while amassing five European titles and appearing in 14 continental championship games, which is tied it for the all-time record with another legendary club, Real Madrid. The Maccabi formula of complementing the best Israeli players with talented, committed stars from abroad always seems to work. Players like Berkowitz, Brody, Motti Aroesti, Kevin Magee, Doron Jamchy, Earl Williams and Aulcie Perry and more recently Derrick Sharp, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Anthony Parker and Nikola Vujcic belong to the elite of all-time European basketball greats. Maccabi won its first Euroleague title in 1977 and did it again in 1981 with Berkowitz as the big star. Maccabi had to wait until 2001 to lift the SuproLeague trophy, which broke a string of five continental final appearances that ended the wrong way. Maccabi fans did not have to wait much longer for another big title. Sharp’s miracle three-pointer to survive the 2003-04 Top 16 has become one of the classic shots in basketball history and simply unforgettable for any Maccabi fan. Once in the 2004 Final Four, Maccabi turned to record breaking with an outstanding 118-point title game performance to batter Bologna. The next year Maccabi became the first team to repeat as Euroleague champion since Split in 1991. Jasikevicius, Parker, Tal Burstein, Maceo Baston and Vujcic, coached by Pini Gershon, became a classic lineup in European basketball history. Maccabi got back to the Euroleague final for the third year in a row in 2006, but CSKA stood in the way of a three-peat. CSKA remained a thorn in Maccabi’s side, downing Maccabi in the 2007 playoffs and the 2008 Euroleague final. Maccabi did not get back to the Final Four again until the 2010-11 season, when Coach David Blatt, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Jeremy Pargo and Lior Eliyahu joined David Blu, Chuck Eidson and Doron Perkins to make up a strong team. Maccabi downed Caja Laboral in the playoffs and knocked off Madrid in the semifinal to reach the title game. Panathinaikos prevailed in the final, but Maccabi set the basis for a bright future. Last season Panathinaikos stood in its way to Euroleague glory once more after a drama-filled series, but its overall performance in Europe and at home left the team plenty to be proud of. Now Maccabi looks to recharge and mount an assault on another Final Four berth, this time in London.
Monday, August 20, 2012
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