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.
As of today, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano President, Livio Proli, and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) mutually agreed on a solution that will allow the player to finish the remaining part of this season in a different club. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano thanks Alessandro for his great contribution and wishes him to find the right path for his expectations and potential. Alessandro Gentile desires to thank from the deep of his heart Mr. Giorgio Armani for giving him the opportunities received d... [read more]
As of today, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano President, Livio Proli, and Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) mutually agreed on a solution that will allow the player to finish the remaining part of this season in a different club.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano thanks Alessandro for his great contribution and wishes him to find the right path for his expectations and potential.
Alessandro Gentile desires to thank from the deep of his heart Mr. Giorgio Armani for giving him the opportunities received during the years spent in his basketball project, the Olimpia organization for the time and the victories and finally all the Olimpia fans for the love they showed to him during his time in Milan.
Brown's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
follow us on
29-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Anadolu Efes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (5-5) 86-77. Anadolu Efes is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Anadolu Efes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 reco... [read more]
29-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-F-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for Anadolu Efes and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. He had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (5-5) 86-77. Anadolu Efes is placed at 7th position in Euroleague. Anadolu Efes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-5 record. It's Brown's second year at Anadolu Efes and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Derrick Brown averages this season 13.5ppg and 6.6rpg.
Second best performed player last round was Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask.. He is Italian forward in his 2nd season at Brose Bask.. In the last game Melli recorded impressive 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Brose Bask. was edged by the higher-ranked CSKA (#1, 9-1) 90-88. Brose Bask. are still at the very bottom. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Brose Bask. managed to get this year. Melli is well-known at Brose Bask. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics (#14). Langford scored 25 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 100-79 easy win against slightly higher-ranked EA7 Armani (#13, 4-6). The chances of Unics not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Langford could try to bring Unics' a little bit higher in the standings. Langford has individually a great season in Euroleague. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.2ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Tibor Pleiss (217-C-89) of Galatasaray - 16 points and 11 rebounds 6. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Zalgiris - 20 points and 4 rebounds 7. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92) of Brose Bask. - 19 points and 9 rebounds 8. Milko Bjelica (207-F/C-84) of Crvena Zvezda - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 31 points and 8 assists 10. Will Clyburn (201-F-90) of Darussafaka - 21 points and 5 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Fenerbahce pen contract extension with Zeljko Obradovic - 3 days ago
follow us on
Zeljko Obradovic and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of contract extension. The new deal is for three season. The Serbian specialist took over Fenerbahce back in 2013. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2016. He led the team to the Turkish League titles in 2014 and 2016. He also steered the Istanbul powerhouse to EuroLeague Final Four in 2015 and 2016. [read more]
Zeljko Obradovic and Fenerbahce have agreed on terms of contract extension. The new deal is for three season. The Serbian specialist took over Fenerbahce back in 2013. He was named All-Turkish League Coach of the Year back in 2016. He led the team to the Turkish League titles in 2014 and 2016. He also steered the Istanbul powerhouse to EuroLeague Final Four in 2015 and 2016.
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.