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ULEB CUP 2003-2004

Play-Off bracket

Standings Group A
1.Milano 8-2
2.Real Madrid 7-3
3.Lukoil A. 7-3
4.Frankfurt 6-4
5.Zagreb 2-8
6.Ricoh 0-10

Group B

1.Cap.Lleida 8-2
2.Auna Canar. 7-3
3.Cologne 6-4
4.Zadar 5-5
5.Atlas Beo. 3-7
6.Kapfenberg 1-9

Group C

1.Varese 7-3
2.Ventspils 7-3
3.Charleroi 6-4
4.Crvena Zvez. 5-5
5.L.Alicante 3-7
6.Gravelines 2-8

Group D

1.Reflex 9-1
2.Hap.Jerusal. 6-4
3.Joventut 6-4
4.Pepinster 3-7
5.Castelmag. 3-7
6.Telekom B. 3-7

Group E

1.Estudiantes 9-1
2.Makedonikos 6-4
3.Le Mans 5-5
4.Buducnost 5-5
5.Eiffel Towers 3-7
6.Braunschw. 2-8

Group F




3.Brighton B. 4-6
4.Split 4-6
5.Cholet 4-6
6.Ionikos NF 3-7

Hapoel Jerusalem won ULEB Cup 2004 (Photo: Euroleague)
   Hapoel takes ULEB cup!

Simply unbelievable, this game, this season, there are not enough superlatives to describe the great game Hapoel Jerusalem gave today. It was a team effort, where every player contributed his share, both on offense and on defense, in the dismantling of Real Madrid. Jerusalem becomes the first Israeli team besides Maccabi Tel Aviv to win a European Cup.

Hapoel Jerusalem 83 - Real Madrid 72
The first quarter was very close; Jerusalem played very aggressive on defense and dominated the boards, to take a 9-6 lead after 5 minutes of play, but Sheffer and Solomon committed 2 quick fouls each, this helped Real on a 7-0 run and 15-11 lead with 1:30 to go in the quarter. Solomon with 1 from the line and a big three pointer, tied the game at 15 in the end of the first. Solomon opened the second quarter with another 3 pointer, but committed his 3rd foul and went to the bench for very long minutes, but Jerusalem didn't panic from this, and kept playing smart and calm, Sheffer controlled the game, Mizrahi played very well on both ends of the court, and Jerusalem took a 34-25 lead. Herreros with a 3 pointer and Bennett  with one of his own sent the teams to the halftime break with a 37-33 lead by Hapoel. The start of the second half belonged to Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) with 2 three pointers and another bucket ran Hapoel to a 45-35 lead, Real narrowed the deficit to 5 and Solomon committed his 4th which sent him to the bench again, but Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) was there again with a 3 pointer and a foul which gave sign to a 12-3 run by his team, and a 60-45 lead by Hapoel, at these minutes Awojobi was everywhere, with some great passes and a few points of his own. The good game by Hapoel continued and Katz gave his team a 66-49 lead. Bennett was there once again for Real, to narrow the gap to 13, but it was Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) again with an unbelievable shot with the buzzer to give his team a 68-53 lead at the end of the quarter. The last quarter didn't start well for Hapoel, Sheffer with 2 quick fouls, left Jerusalem starting guards with 4 fouls each, and Kambala started playing well under the basket, together with Fotsis made the score 70-63. At this point Kambala committed his 4th and Sharon Druker took a critical time out which Jerusalem came back from with a basket and a foul by Mizrahi a minute later Kambala was out of the game with  fouls and Solomon made it 75-65, 3 minutes to go, the cup looked close to Jerusalem. Fotsis didn't give up and narrowed the deficit again to 5, 75-70, but then came the most important basket of the game by who else then the ice man, Doron Sheffer, the score was now 77-70, 1:30 to go. Bennett missed an easy lay-up, fouled Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) and missed another shot. Solomon Bombed one last three pointer from downtown, and Katz closed the game with a tip in. 83-72 the Cup is traveling to Jerusalem!!
Real Madrid (15+18+20+19) Bennett 22, Kambala 19+7rb, Herreros 12, Fotsis 10, Mumbro 5, Burke 4+7rb
Hapoel Jerusalem (15+22+31+15) Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) 22, Sheffer 15+5rb+4ast, Solomon 15, Awojobi 12+10rb, Mizrahi 8, Kozikaro 7+9rb, Katz 4
Report by Dan Gerner, Israeli basketball.
Real- Hapoel 78:79 ( rkg points ),
Real- Hapoel 33:35 ( in rebounds ),
Real- Hapoel 8:13 ( in assists ),
Real- Hapoel 6:7 ( in steals ),
Real- Hapoel 9:8 ( in turnovers ),
Real- Hapoel 5:0 ( in blocks ),

Antonis Fotsis (209-F-81), Real: 1\8 for 3,
Kaspars Kambala (205-C-78, college: UNLV), Real: 8\10 for 1,
Tunji Awojobi (201-F-73, college: Boston U.), Hapoel: 10 rebounds.
Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame), Real: 22 points ( 11\12 for 1, 2\6 for 2, 2\6 for 3 ), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers ( 30 rkg points ),
Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi), Hapoel: 22 points  ( 3\5 for 1, 5\11 for 2, 3\5 for 3 ), 3 rebounds,
1 turnover ( 17 rkg points ),
Mario Stojic (201-G/F-80, agent: Capicchioni Luciano), Real: 0 points ( 0\1 for 3 ), 1 rebound, 1 turnover ( -2 rkg points ),Raviv Guy Limond (189-G-84), Hapoel: 0 points, 2 fauls ( -2 rkg points ).

   Magic three points by Hapoel

Real Madrid beat Adecco Estudiantes 82:73 ( 18-13, 20-18, 16-19, 28-23). For winners 21 points ( 9\9 for 1, 3\5 for 2, 2\3 for 3 ) scored  great Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame). Hero of first game, Antonio Bueno (208-F/C-80, agent: Capicchioni Luciano) added 8 points.


REAL MADRID- Adecco Estudiantes Madrid 82:73 ( 18-13, 20-18, 16-19, 28-23)
REAL: Bennett 21, Herreros 11, Stojic 11, Fotsis 9, Bueno 8, Nunez 8, Mumbru 7, Burke 4, Kambala 3,
Adecco: Patterson 11, Reyes 11 and 11 rebounds, Jansen 10, Iturbe 9, Azofra 8, Vidaureta 8, Loncar 5, Jimenez 5, Misio 3.
Player of the game: Elmer Bennett (183-G-70, college: Notre Dame)- he scored importet points.
Real Madrid has always disputed the Final when it has played the second European competition, and the history is right one more year. In the derby to get a berth in the ULEB Final, Real Madrid had easier: 8 points in the first leg, it played at home, and Estudiantes arrived to the match with important injuried players in the paint: Patterson, Vidaurreta and Reyes. That's the reason Estudiantes tried giving more speed to the pace of the match and with far shots, but or 3-pointers or FT was wise. All this are too many disadvantages to defeat Real Madrid, which outrebounded his rival in first half. Patterson was disqualified at the end of third period and it was enough to certify the white squad's victory. Elmer Bennett was the best in the Finalist team leading perfectly to his mates and getting great numbers: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 9 drawing fouls, for reaching 39 ranking points.
In the Final, Real Madrid will deal with Hapoel Jerusalen, which defeated in the other Semifinal to BC Reflex 79-76 and fought back after losing the first leg in a 1-point match. The Israeli team has based the Final ticket on its strength at home, where only has lost one match in ULEB. The Final will be hosted in Charleroi next April 13.

First game: Estudiantes- REAL 75:83.

HAPOEL- Reflex 79:76 (27-22, 9-19, 24-16, 19-19)
HAPOEL: Solomon 34, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals, Awojobi 21 points and 9 rebounds, McCarthy 12, Sheffer 5, Mizrachi 3.
Reflex: Askrabic 18, Stefanovic 17, Freeman 15, Plisnic 10 and 9 rebounds, Jorovic 8, Krstovic 2.    
Player of the game: everything man Willie Solomon (187-G-78, agent: Capicchioni Luciano, college: Clemson) .
Jerusalem opened with 4-0, but Reflex answered with 2 three pointers, after a flagrant foul by McCarty and a technical against the guests bench, the score was 8-6 to Reflex, this lead grew to 15-9 but then Will Solomon (187-G-78, agent: Capicchioni Luciano, college: Clemson) got into the game, and Hapoel ran 8-0. Stefanovich answered at the other end, but Solomon led another 8-0 run by his team to give them a 27-22 lead at the end of the first. Freeman came of the bench in the second quarter but didn't help his team too much, and after 14 minutes of play the score was 29-27 to Hapoel, a minute later Sheffer committed his 3rd foul, and things didn't look good for Jerusalem. Reflex took a 34-33 lead, and with some bad minutes by the home team, the half ended with Reflex leading 41-36. Reflex took a 10 point lead at the start of the third, 48-38; the final looked far far away for Jerusalem. Solomon with some easy points, narrowed the deficit to 6, and with a great assist to McCarty the guests lead was just 2, 51-49, 5 minutes in the third. Awojobi with a dunk closed a 14-3 run by Hapoel, and gave them their first lead of the second half 52-51. Jerusalem kept dominating the game and the quarter ended, 60-57 to Hapoel. Awojobi scored 6 straight points in the beginning of the last quarter and Hapoel led 66-61, with 8 minutes to go. Flishnich with an important basket after an off
by Dan Gerner
first game: REFLEX- Hapoel 70:69.

Real Madrid-Hapoel Migdal.


   Madrid beat... Madrid

In first games of ULEBcup semifinals Real Madrid beat Adecco Estudniates 83:75 ( 21:13, 24:23, 21:24, 17:15) and BC Reflex won against Hapoel Migdal 70:69 ( 14-23, 19-12, 22-15, 15-19).

Adecco Estudiantes- REAL MADRID 75:83
Adecco: Brewer 15, Loncar 13, Patterson 12, Azofra 10, Jasen 9,
REAL: Bueno 27, Burke 15, Herreros 14, Bennett 13. 

BC REFLEX- Hapoel Migdal 70:69
REFLEX: Ffriend 17, Mandic 12, Stefanovic 11, Popovic 11,
Hapoel: Solomon 20, Sheffer 16, Awojobi 13, McCarty 12.
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