Maccabi Tel Aviv and Real Madrid took to the floor in the second semi-final of EuroLeague Final Four 2011in Barcelona looking to join Panathinaikos in the Final. While the game may have been taking place on Spanish soil it was noticeable inside the Arena that Real fans were outnumbered by Maccabi fans by as many as ten to one. In a sea of yellow shirts, the game could have been being played in Tel Aviv itself. Ante Tomic opened the scoring in the game for Real and it was quickly followed by a nice jump shot by Felipe Reyes as Real started strongly. It was Guy Pnini who finally got Maccabi off and running with a big triple and by the time Jeremy Pargo also converted from downtown, he had tied the game up at 8-8 with just under three minutes to play in the opening period.
An unsportsmanlike foul on Richard Hendrix gave Real Madrid the opportunity to restore their advantage but Ante Tomic missed both resulting free-throws. Both teams were tied down offensively but another outside score, this time by Pnini again helped his team into a 14-10 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. He was then back in the thick of the action after he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for a heavy foul uner the hoop on D'or Fischer who cut the gap to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv 14-12 in front after the first period.
David Blu continued the excellent work of Maccabi from range as he buried a three-pointer and that kept the small numbr of Real fans even quieter than they already were. Reyes went to work inside and got one to drop as Real looked to get some momentum. That was always going to be difficult with Pnini still having the hot hand from downtown with yet another triple and when Sofoklis Schortstanitis flushed one down it was time for a Madrid time-out and 22-14 behind with 6:30 to go until the midway point of the game.
Madrid needed a lift badly and it was provided in the form of a first three-pointer of the game. Pablo Prigioni took Real to one of seven from outside which was in stark contrast to Maccabi who were five of seven from the arc and that was the story of the game. Real were always going to compete inside with the class and warrior like play from Reyes and he brought the Spanish side to within one shot of Maccabi at 22-19 approaching the midway point of the second period. A nice reverse lay-up by Chuck Eidson kept Maccabi in front but Prigioni was beginning to warm up as another three ensured Madrid posted an 8-2 run. That was the extended further with another score as Madrid tied things up through Tomic at 24-24.
Maccabi then got their noses back in thefront sparked by a big dunk by Hendrix but Tomic was supporting Reyes well for Madrid to keep things tight as the teams left court with Maccabi 32-29 ahead at the half.
They extended their advantage during the early exchanges when the game resumed with Schortstanitis getting the job done inside and then one of the highlights of day one as Jeremy Pargo threw one down to send the Maccabi fans into absolute raptures and take his team out to a 40-32 lead. After a quiet first half, Sergio Llull finally came alive with a three-pointer for Real but Maccabi supporters were still singing when Pargo then finished inside after a great spin-move.
After being pretty much the sole threat from downtown during the first half for Madrid, Pablo Prigioni continued his good work after draning another from the corner and that brought the Spanish side to within four at 42-38 with five minutes of the penultimate quarter remaining. Carlos Suarez then drained a triple from the top with a hand right in his face and suddenly Real had the momentum and David Blatt was looking agitated in the sideline. It was also around the same time Felipe Reyes moved on to a double-double in the game.
However Maccabi had other ideas and Blatt looked a lot more comfortable when his team made a big push in the closing minutes of the quarter. With 90 seconds remaining they led 50-43 and in a pivotal moment of the game, D'Or Fischer threw the ball away from under his own basket on the in-bound and that gave a gleeful Chuck Eidson a three point play as they went into a double figure lead at 53-43. While Real scored two of the last thre baskets in the period, Maccabi still held a healthy lead at 55-47 heading into the last ten minutes.
Real needed a strong start but it didn't arrive and they found themselves 14 points behind at 63-49 after successive threes by Eidson and Pargo. Maccabi threatened to blow the game wide open and Madrid were not yet on the floor but certainly on the ropes and in need of some inspiration. Some might argue that with six minutes left when David Blu put Maccabi 17 ahead, Real needed divine intervention. You would think by this point the Spanish team might have learned their lesson and tightened up their perimeter defence but the shooting class from the arc continued as Eidson made another triple.
Maccabi had one foot in the Final already and only a collapse of spectacularly epic proportions would deny them. When Schortsanitis scored inside and took it out to a twenty point margin it was all over at 71-51. Real could make no impression whatsoever as the downtown party for Maccabi continued to the final buzzer as they ran out comfortable 82-63 winners to face Panathinaikos in the 2011 Final.
The win really came courtesy of a stupendous 12 triples in the game with Chuck Eidson finishing with 19 points including 3 of 4 from outside as well as 6 steals and 6 rebounds. Guy Pnini was 4 of 6 from the arc while for Real, Reyes had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Suriname native is member of Dutch national team, studied in the USA (St. Bonaventure), played in Spain (CBA), Turkey (Istanbul DSI), Italy (CUS Torino) It is new challenge for Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) now. 191 cm tall guard will play in Macedonia and preparing to the way between basketball stars. The star of Charlon Kloof rises higher and higher. The Dutch guard started his professioal career two years ago in Turkish 2nd league TBL2. He w... [read more]
Suriname native is member of Dutch national team, studied in the USA (St. Bonaventure), played in Spain (CBA), Turkey (Istanbul DSI), Italy (CUS Torino) It is new challenge for Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) now. 191 cm tall guard will play in Macedonia and preparing to the way between basketball stars.
The star of Charlon Kloof rises higher and higher. The Dutch guard started his professioal career two years ago in Turkish 2nd league TBL2. He was one of the best players of whole league and key player of his team Istanbul DSI. He ended his first professional season with 20 points per game and the same result in validity.
Eurobasket 2015 was important for his next career. Dutch national team ended in the Group phase, but Kloof was the best player of his team and showed extra physical ability. Especially he confirmed he can compete with best players of Europe, when he finished with 16,2 points and 4,6 rebounds per game.
Next season Charlon started in the same team Istanbul DSI, but TBL2 wasn't enough for him. 26 year old player tried to continue in Italy with CUS Torino, but it can not find his best performance there. Kloof has a new opportunity now. He moves to MZT KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom to play three Leagues - domestic Macedonian league, Adriatic League and especially Eurocup.
So, Kloof will face in the next season teams like Bayern Munich, Zenit St. Petersburg, Unicaja Malaga or Partizan Beograd. So, new European star can be finally borned in KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom during confrontation with the best European teams.
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (BSL) signed 23-year old center Ahmet Duverioglu (209-93). He was about to sign at Anadolu Efes (BSL). The last season Duverioglu played also at Anadolu Efes where in 23 BSL games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Duverioglu also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded only 1.9ppg and 1.2rpg. He has played previously for Pertevniyal. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Bobby Dixon M... [read more]
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (BSL) signed 23-year old center Ahmet Duverioglu (209-93). He was about to sign at Anadolu Efes (BSL). The last season Duverioglu played also at Anadolu Efes where in 23 BSL games he had just 2.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. Duverioglu also played 10 games in Euroleague where he recorded only 1.9ppg and 1.2rpg. He has played previously for Pertevniyal.
Panathinaikos announce 1+1 agreement with K.C. Rivers - 1 day ago
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Panathinaikos BC announces its agreement with K.C. Rivers(196-G-87, college: Clemson) for the next two years (1+1). Kelvin Creswell "K. C." Rivers (born March 1, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB. Standing at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward position. Rivers attended high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. While there he helped his team capture two USA Today national high school bask... [read more]
Panathinaikos BC announces its agreement with K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) for the next two years (1+1). Kelvin Creswell "K. C." Rivers (born March 1, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB. Standing at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward position. Rivers attended high school at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. While there he helped his team capture two USA Today national high school basketball championships. In those two years his team's record was a combined 72-2. He holds Oak Hill's record for most three-point field goals in a game with 15! He played college basketball at Clemson University seeing action in 102 games and averaged 14.2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds a game in his four years at Clemson. In August 2009, he signed with AB Latina of the Italian Legadue Basket, second-tier league and in December 2009 he signed with Benetton Treviso of the Lega Basket Serie A for the remainder of the season. On June 30, 2010, he signed a contract with Chorale Roanne of the French LNB Pro A for the 2010-11 season. In January 2011, he returned to Italy and signed with Virtus Bologna for the rest of the season. On July 29, 2011, he signed a one-year deal with Lokomotiv Kuban of Russia. On May 30, 2012, he signed a two-year deal with another Russian team BC Khimki. In July 2013, he parted ways with Khimki. In November 2013, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. In 47 games, he averaged 15.8 points and 4 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season. On August 7, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Real Madrid. In 2014-15 season, Real Madrid continued its successes in the Euroleague from the previous seasons, advancing to the Euroleague Final Four for the third straight time. In the semifinal game against Fenerbahce lker, Rivers helped his team securing third straight final game, scoring 17 points on 5 from 6 shooting from the three-point line, in a 96-87 win. Real Madrid eventually won the Euroleague championship after defeating Olympiacos in the final game with 78-59. Real Madrid eventually finished the season winning the Spanish League championship, after 3-0 score in the final series against Barcelona. With that trophy, they have won the triple crown. On September 8, 2015, Rivers signed a one-year contract with the German club Bayern Munich. On December 22, 2015, he left Bayern and returned to his former club Real Madrid for the rest of the season. Courtesy of: paobc.gr
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