1 Round, 06/10/99 Maccabi Haifa 72 Nikol Pret Gustivar
(MKD) 45 (Andrew Kennedy 16 points,
Me'eir Tapiro 16 points, Mark Dean 12 points, Jessie Rosenfeld 10
points, Moshe Brener 6 points, Uri Grinvald 4 points, Asaf Harrari 4
points, Alexich 4 points - Suchevich 14 points, Sisich 12 points)
The bottom line is Maccabi Haifa got the win. The Bottom line is
that they played great basketball in the second half. But if you
look slightly above the bottom line, you'd see an aweful first half,
in which everything went opposite as planned for Maccabi Haifa and
their young (and talented) coach Avi Ashkenazy. Now, what should
they feel after this game? Should they be happy about the great
basketball they played in the first half, or should they be upset
about the poor performence in the first half? Only Haifa's players
and coaches know. Anyway, the first half was terrible for both
teams, and the Macdenoian team managed to get a 1 points lead,
27-26, going into halftime. the second half was a whole new story.
Haifa showed its strong defense whcih was its trademark last season,
and completely locked their basket, allowing only 18 points for
Gustivar's players in the second half. Me'ir Tapiro, Andrew Kennedy
and Mark Dean completed the job on offense.
2 Round, 13/10/99 Maccabi Haifa (ISR) - Pallacanestro Reggiana
MACCABI HAIFA: Kennedy 15 (6/13), Grunvald 5 (1/1 da
3), Brener 3 (1/3 da 3), Rosenfeld 8 (3/4), Harari, Cohen 1, Tapiro
18 (5/7, 2/2), Aleksic 17 (2/5, 4/4), Dean 18 (8/9), Chaider. All.
BIPOP REGGIO E.: Damiao 7 (2/2, 0/1), Davolio 7 (2/3, 1/1), Moore 9
(0/3, 3/10), Raggi 2, Betts 13 (6/9); Miloserdov 12 (3/8, 2/6),
Gamba 7 (0/4, 1/2), Picazio (0/1). N.e.: Carra. All. Lombardi
was supposed to be a tough game for Haifa, but they crushed Reggio
from the opening tip and until the final buzzer sounded. Mark Dean,
the excellent Haifa center, slowed down Emilia's center, Andrew
Bets, and Moshe Brener did the same for Tracey Moore, an ex-NBA
player. Dean also contributed on the offensive end as he gave his
usual rock-solid contribution under the baskets. Dragen Alexich,
Haifa's bosman player, had a nice game as well, and he's really
starting to know what they are looking to get from him in Haifa.
Meir Tappiro led Haifa's offensive charge, and a team effort helped
limit Reggio to only 25 first half points. Haifa pretty much
assured, with that win, that they will advance to the next round in
the Kurac cup.
4 Round, 03/11/99 Nikol Fert – Maccabi Haifa 86-92, OT
5 Round, 10/11/99 Bipop Carire (ITA) -
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) 70-69, OT
BIPOP REGGIO EMILIA: Miloserdov 6 (0/2, 2/7),
Davolio 18 (4/9, 1/2), Moore 13 (5/10, 1/4), Raggi 12 (3/5, 1/3),
Betts 16 (6/8); Carra, Gamba (0/1), Cittadini 5 (1/2). N.e.: Picazio
e Maioli. All.: Lombardi. MACCABI HAIFA: Brener 11 (1/1, 3/5),
Kennedy 8 (1/11), Dapiro 12 (3/7, 2/4), Aleksic 8 (1/4, 2/4), Dean
20 (8/13); Grunvald (0/2, 1/2), Rosenfeld (0/3), Harary, Akiva 3
(1/2 da 3), Cohen 2 (1/1). All.: Ashkenazi
Haifa lost in Italy,
but will remain in first place, as it won Emilia by 25 in Israel.
Haifa's big man, Mark Dean had 7 offensive reb (14 total), and led
Haifa's scorers list with 20. This is a very good achievement for BC
Haifa, that only made its way back to Div A 2 yeara ago.
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