2018-19Regular SeasonRound 28
March 22, 2019 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Maccabi bounces back to keep playoff dreams alive

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv recovered from a slow start to keep its playoffs dreams alive with a hard-earned 71-76 victory at Khimki Moscow Region. The host was dominant early on and led by 14 in the first quarter, but Maccabi soon got to grips with the game and controlled the final three quarters. The Israeli side was powered by a double-double from Johnny O’Bryant, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Roll top scored with 17 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting, and Angelo Caloiaro combined 13 points with 9 rebounds. Jeremy Pargo added 12 points. Alexey Shved scored 17 points for Khimki but only made 5-of-20 field goal attempts. Jordan Mickey scored 14, and Malcolm Thomas paired 12 points with 8 rebounds. Maccabi is now 13-15, just one win short of the playoffs places with two games remaining.

Khimki made a fast start, racing to a 7-0 lead as Andrew Harrison made a three-pointer before Andrey Zubkov and Thomas scored inside. Shved knocked down a pair of triples for a 19-5 lead, before deep strikes from Roll and Jake Cohen reduced the gap to single digits as Maccabi finally started firing. Sergey Monia’s three-pointer made it 24-15 after ten minutes, but Roll netted another pair of triples and John DiBartolomeo and O’Bryant also struck from deep for 28-27. Baskets were traded evenly before O’Bryant scored twice to tie the game at 35-35. Caloiaro’s three-point play gave Maccabi its first lead, and it was 39-40 at the break. Roll scored from downtown again early in the third quarter and two baskets from O’Bryant kept Maccabi ahead. Three-pointers from Pargo and O’Bryant extended the lead as Khimki went nearly five minutes without a field goal before a deep strike from Shved, and it was 55-59 at the end of the third. Shved’s three-point play and Monia’s corner triple tied it up early in the fourth, but Roll and O’Bryant netted again for a 61-67 lead. Mickey made it a one-possession game, 69-71, inside the final 3 minutes, but Scottie Wilbekin and Pargo gave the visitors breathing room. Khimki missed a couple of long-range efforts, and that was enough for Maccabi to hold on.

Rebounding record for Maccabi

A major reason for Maccabi’s dominance in the final three quarters was its thunderous control of the boards. Maccabi ended up with 54 rebounds – 15 offensive and 39 defensive – to set a new club record and the competition’s second-highest in a non-overtime game this century. Only Olympiacos, with 55 boards in a playoffs win against Montepaschi Siena in 2011, was higher.

A different way to win

Maccabi’s leading scorers for the season, Scottie Wilbekin and Tarik Black, both suffered tough nights with neither scoring a single field goal in the first 38 minutes. Wilbekin ended up with 6 points (1 two-pointer and 4 free throws) and Black had just 1 free throw. But that was compensated by Michael Roll and Angelo Caloiaro both nearly doubling their average points tallies.

Free throw improvement boosts Maccabi

The visitors came into the game as the worst free throw shooting team in the league, making just 69.4% of its foul shots. But that stat was turned around on this occasion, with the Israeli side making 15-of-17 free throws (88.2%). And in a close game, that big improvement made a major difference.

Ton up for Monia

Veteran Khimki big man Sergey Monia reached the milestone of 1,000 points in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with a three-pointer from the corner early in the fourth quarter. The 35 year-old has made 198 appearances in the competition for three Moscow clubs – CSKA, Dynamo and Khimki – over the course of nine seasons.

Next round

Both teams will play their final home games of the regular season in Round 29: Maccabi will welcome Herbalife Gran Canaria next Thursday, while Khimki hosts CSKA in the Moscow derby on Friday evening.

Johnny OBryant - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB18
Friday, March 22, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; ROCHA, FERNANDO; NEDOVIC, MILAN
Attendance: 4901
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Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SHVED, ALEXEY 31:51 17 2/10 3/10 4/5 1 3 4 4 2 1   1 2 4 11
5 CROCKER, TONY 29:15 4 1/4 0/3 2/2   3 3 2   1     2 2 2
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 10:07               1         4   -3
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 28:36 2 0/2 0/4 2/2 1 2 3 5 2       2 5 9
11 HARRISON, ANDREW 20:11 7 1/4 1/3 2/2   2 2   1   1   1 1 6
12 MONIA, SERGEY 8:22 6   2/2     1 1   1 1 1   1 1 8
15 GUBANOV, PETR 1:56     0/1                       -1
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 24:18 9 4/6 0/1 1/2 1 6 7   3 1     2 1 13
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 26:23 12 3/4 1/3 3/6 1 7 8 2 1 2 1 1 2 5 18
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 19:01 14 3/8 2/3 2/2   3 3     1       2 12
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 71 14/38 9/30 16/21 6 29 35 14 10 8 3 2 16 21 78
        36.8% 30% 76.2%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 25:46 6 1/2 0/4 4/4   3 3 2 2 1       3 10
2 PARGO, JEREMY 22:23 12 0/3 2/5 6/6   3 3 5   2   1 1 3 13
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY 28:10 16 5/9 2/7     11 11   1 1 1   3   16
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 30:12 13 5/9 0/3 3/3 6 3 9 4 1 4   1 3 3 15
5 ROLL, MICHAEL 21:46 17 1/3 5/7     4 4 3   3     3 1 15
8 AVDIJA, DENI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 TYUS, ALEX 17:48 4 2/4     2 5 7     2     3   4
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 10:28 4   1/4 1/2 1   1           2 3 2
15 COHEN, JAKE 11:01 3 0/4 1/1   1   1 1       1 1   -1
28 BLACK, TARIK 21:08 1 0/3   1/2 1 2 3 1     1   2 3 3
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL 11:18     0/1   1 3 4     2     3   -2
Team           3 5 8     1         7
Totals 200:00 76 14/37 11/32 15/17 15 39 54 16 4 16 2 3 21 16 82
        37.8% 34.4% 88.2%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“Congratulations to Maccabi and their coach for a good win. This game was tough because both teams had flights and no time for preparations. As for the game, we had the same problems: rebounding, as we lost not by 2 or 3 rebounds, but by 19 or 20. The good point is that even with such a huge margin we were still in the game and even had chances for a win. We should have played smarter and more solid in the crucial minutes. We have to work harder. This is all about physical condition and to do something more is really difficult right now. We do not lose courage. We improved our turnovers as we made only 8 mistakes during the whole game. We have to work on rebounds and improve our defense, but it will need time.”
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
“Good defense was the key, especially on Shved – he scored 17 points but with low percentages. For sure both teams had chances to finish the game earlier, but finally at the end we had clear minds and good decisions, we also got two offensive rebounds at the end which was important, and I think we deserved to win.”

Players

MONIA, SERGEY
Khimki Moscow Region
“It’s the second game in a row when we lost at the end. We started really well but finished the game badly. We showed poor offense, missed many shots whereas Maccabi played the ball well. These small details played their part. Everyone is in the same position as Maccabi also played two days ago. We have two more EuroLeague games, and we must finish this European season with dignity. There are no chances for the playoffs, but the next game we play against CSKA and we need to play well in front of our fans. I hope the whole team will have the right approach and show a good game.”
O'BRYANT, JOHNNY
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
“It was a tough win, Khimki is a great team at home. We started slow but kept going and got back in it. The second unit came in, got the momentum and then we kept going.”
ROLL, MICHAEL
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
“It was one we needed, absolutely, especially after the last two losses. We came out to fight through it and play with energy. It’s a big one. Our second unit came in and really sparked us. We started slow but they came out and got a couple of steals and easy buckets in transition, and that got us going.”
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