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.
Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - 1 day ago
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Jerel McNeal(191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2... [read more]
Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2 assists. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, he has 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
There's great wealth in sports, and basketball is not lagging behind in any way. NBA players have been known for some of the most fascinating success stories. However, they definitely took the phrase 'from rags to riches' literally. With astounding amounts of money overflowing their bank accounts, these people are living proof that talent can get you a long way. With frequent ups and downs, NBA players go through their careers with one goal only - scoring. The astounding amounts of money... [read more]
There's great wealth in sports, and basketball is not lagging behind in any way. NBA players have been known for some of the most fascinating success stories. However, they definitely took the phrase 'from rags to riches' literally. With astounding amounts of money overflowing their bank accounts, these people are living proof that talent can get you a long way. With frequent ups and downs, NBA players go through their careers with one goal only - scoring. The astounding amounts of money they make along the way are just an added benefit. Now, where do the greatest riches lie?
#5 - Kobe Bryant ($280 million)
This player's golden talent got him straight out of high school and into the ball court. Ever since he was drafted in 1996, Kobe has kept a loyal position with the Los Angeles Lakers. With numerous recognitions and awards behind him, he basically gets paid for existing, as his income from endorsements is as big as his paycheck with the Lakers. Despite a sexual assault lawsuit to damp his career, it seems like his account doesn't mind any publicity.
#4 - LeBron James ($300 million)
Known as 'King' James, he holds the fourth position on our list due to the many smart decisions he has made both on and off the court. LeBron is another high school draftee whose life simply skyrocketed through the greatest number of endorsements that a single player could handle. Back in 2014, LeBron took a chance with his share in Beats Audio which some of us wouldn't do with our bet365 bonus code. Keeping to the same policies as in basketball, this player is definitely headed up the list.
#3 - Shaquille O'Neal ($350 million)
'Shaq' is known as NBA's most recognizable public figure and a proud symbol of the great wealth in this business. Although he no longer plays, you can often find him on the commentator's place. When he's not dealing with anything basketball-related, Shaquille is present elsewhere on the air. His numerous big screen and TV appearances, as well as on-going endorsements keep his wealth on a steady rise.
#2 - Magic Johnson ($500 million)
Understandably it's not Magic, but did you know his real name is Earvin? Mr. Earvin Johnson is a legendary NBA player, no short of imagination in his moves, rightfully defending his title. Half a billion dollars deep, he still keeps a spark lit in his games and sticks to what he knows, choosing the LA Dodgers for one of his greatest business investments.
#1 - Michael Jordan ($1.1 billion)
The greatest of them all, Michael Jordan, has accumulated riches beyond a billion dollars, and still counting (if you could count them all). His skills earned him this rightful place, just as they have earned him one of the most valuable contracts in history. Jordan's commercial and sports career have proven his many talents, making him the first billionaire in NBA history. And as all financial forecasts seem to show, this is not the end.
Adidas Next Generation tournament will be played in Belgrade from February 24th until February 26th. Host of the tournament is KK Crvena Zvezda and all games will be played in Zeleznik. In group A are: KK Crvena Zvezda, KK Partizan, Ludwigsburg, Stellazurra and in group B Mega Bemax, Maccabi, Spars Sarajevo, Get better Academy Prague. KK Crvena Zvezda roster: Arijan Lakic, Aleksa Uskokovic, Lazar Zivanovic, Sergej Malesevic, Dusan Bubanja, Stefan Momirov, Vuk Djordjevic, Ranko Simovic, F... [read more]
Adidas Next Generation tournament will be played in Belgrade from February 24th until February 26th. Host of the tournament is KK Crvena Zvezda and all games will be played in Zeleznik. In group A are: KK Crvena Zvezda, KK Partizan, Ludwigsburg, Stellazurra and in group B Mega Bemax, Maccabi, Spars Sarajevo, Get better Academy Prague.
KK Crvena Zvezda roster: Arijan Lakic, Aleksa Uskokovic, Lazar Zivanovic, Sergej Malesevic, Dusan Bubanja, Stefan Momirov, Vuk Djordjevic, Ranko Simovic, Filip Karanovic, Zoran Paunovic, Milos Stajcic and Aleksa Ilic. Head coach Slobodan Klipa
KK Partizan roster: Davitkov Aleksanar, Stefan Adzic, Stevan Karapandzic, Ljubo Popovic, Mateja Jovanovic, Aleksa Popovic, Tadija Tadic, Bogdan Trifunovic, Boris Latinovic, Nemanja Bisevac, Dusan Tanaskovic, Bogdan Rutesic, Zarko Ecim, Filip Segota, Strahinja Grujanic and Aleksa Negovanovic. Head coach Aleksandar Bucan.
KK Mega Bemax: Nikola Miskovic, Igor Drobnjak, Altin Islamovic, Mihajlo Jovicic, Jovan Virjevic, Aleksa Matic, Aleksandar Langovic, Uros Trifunovic, Novak Miskovic, Petar Raickovic, Luka Cerovina, Bogdan Nedeljkovic, Danilo Matovic, Uros Draganic, Amar Mehic, Goga Bitadze
Games schedule, February 24th
Group A 10.00 - KK Crvena Zvezda Vs Ludwigsburg 12.00 - KK Partizan Vs Stellazzura 18.00 - Ludwigsburg Vs Stellazzura 20.00 - KK Crvena Zveza Vs KK Partizan
Group B 14.00 - KK Mega Bemax Vs Maccabi 16.00 - Spars Sarajevo Vs GBA Prague
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