2018-19Regular SeasonRound 13
December 19, 2018 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Maccabi rolls past Khimki

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv got back to its winning ways with a 79-63 victory over Khimki Moscow Region on Wednesday night at Menora Mivtachim Arena. Kendrick Ray came off the bench to score a career-best 17 points in 14 minutes on 4-of-4 three-point shooting as Maccabi won for the third time in its past four games to improve to 4-9 for the season. Scottie Wilbekin added 14 points and Michael Roll tallied 10 points and 5 assists for the Israeli champs. Jordan Mickey paced Khimki with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Tony Crocker and Egor Vialtsev added 11 points each. The loss was the third in a row for Khimki without league-leading scorer Alexey Shved and saw its record drop to 4-9.

Tarik Black was a force inside for Maccabi early, but a four-point play by Charles Jenkins gave Khimki the lead. DeAndre Kane heated up to tie it before Crocker's fadeaway buzzer-beater lifted Khimki to a 16-18 edge after 10 minutes. Mickey made his presence felt as he lifted the visitors to 19-25 with an alley-oop layup. Threes by Johnny O'Bryant and Michael Roll kept Maccabi close and Wilbekin took charge with 6 straight points in an 8-0 run that put the hosts ahead 33-29 en route to a 35-31 halftime edge. Wilbekin drilled a three-pointer and Angelo Caloiaro made a put-back three-point play as Maccabi started the second half on an 8-0 tear. Khimki fought back, but Maccabi got a lift from Ray who had 8 points in the third quarter, including a triple to end it at 61-42. Egor Vialtsev tried to ignite Khimki with a three-point play to open the fourth quarter and Mickey's tip-in narrowed the gap to 64-50, but Caloiaro and Wilbekin kept Maccabi in control. Ray made it a 20-point game with his third triple of the night with three minutes to go and Khimki never threatened again.

Unheralded efforts

DeAndre Kane, Alex Tyus and Tarik Black both played important roles for Maccabi, even though they were not among the leading scorers. Kane's hustle led to 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as he contributed everywhere. Tyus protected the paint and intimidated the opposition with 3 blocked shots plus an alley-oop slam-plus-foul. Black was plagued by foul trouble, but still amassed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes.

Telling stat

The game was decided by three-point shooting. While Maccabi made 13 triples at 50% accuracy – both of which were season highs, Khimki shot 6 for 24, making its second-fewest threes of the season at a season-low percentage. If both teams had shot a more representative 40% from downtown, Maccabi would have scored 9 fewer points and Khimki 9 more in a game that had a final margin of 16.

Two-time champs pay a visit

Before the game, Maccabi held a short ceremony to welcome former EuroLeague champions Derrick Sharp and Maceo Baston back to Tel Aviv. The two flew in for a mini-reunion of the 2004 and 2005 EuroLeague-winning squads as part of a documentary being filmed this week.

Next games

On Friday, Maccabi visits Lithuania to take on old friend Sarunas Jasikevicus and Zalgiris Kaunas, while Khimki returns home for a showdown with Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul.

Scottie Wilbekin - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB18
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; PEERANDI, RAIN
Attendance: 10655
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv16192618
Khimki Moscow Region18131121
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv16356179
Khimki Moscow Region18314263
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 RAY, KENDRICK 13:36 17 1/1 4/4 3/4   1 1 1         2 3 19
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 26:56 14 2/5 2/5 4/4   3 3 1 1 1     3 5 14
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY 21:09 5 1/4 1/3 0/2   2 2 1   3     2 2 -2
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 25:02 7 3/5 0/3 1/1 2 1 3   2 1     3 2 5
5 ROLL, MICHAEL 24:54 10 2/3 2/4   2 1 3 5   1     1 1 14
7 KANE, DEANDRE 27:27 9 2/4 1/3 2/4 4 1 5 3 3 3     4 2 9
9 TYUS, ALEX 18:43 2 1/3   0/1   5 5   1 1 3   2 3 8
10 LEVI, NIMROD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 5:50 3   1/2         1             3
15 COHEN, JAKE 4:32 3 0/1 1/1                   2    
28 BLACK, TARIK 20:05 6 2/2   2/2 3 6 9   1 4 1   4 2 11
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL 11:46 3 0/1 1/1     1 1 2 2 1       1 7
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 79 14/29 13/26 12/18 14 23 37 14 10 16 4 0 23 21 92
        48.3% 50% 66.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BOST, DEE 25:27 6 0/5 2/5   2 3 5 3 1 2     2 2 5
5 CROCKER, TONY 15:26 11 5/7 0/2 1/1       1   1   1 4 2 4
6 VIALTSEV, EGOR 16:56 11 2/2 2/4 1/3 1 1 2 2 2 2     2 3 12
7 GREEN, GARLON 11:58   0/1 0/2             1     1 1 -4
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 25:45 2   0/3 2/2   2 2 7   2       4 10
12 MONIA, SERGEY 22:18 5 1/2 1/3   4 1 5 1   1     4 1 4
15 GUBANOV, PETR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 YAKUSHIN, TIMOFEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 12:13     0/1     1 1     2     2   -4
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 24:28 8 1/3 1/2 3/3 1 1 2   2 2     3 3 7
23 THOMAS, MALCOLM 18:44 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 4 3 7   2     1 2 2 9
25 MICKEY, JORDAN 26:45 15 5/12 0/1 5/6 2 5 7         2 1 5 15
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 63 16/36 6/24 13/17 16 18 34 14 7 14 0 4 21 23 60
        44.4% 25% 76.5%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Before I talk about the game I want to give a big thanks to our fans for their support today. They were really by our side all game and besides the game we saw also the legends of Maccabi from the team that won two times the EuroLeague and this gave us extra power for the game. It was very important for all of us to participate in this celebration. As for the game, I want to say we dominated the game because we played very good defense. We allowed 31 and 32 points in two halves. And although we played one of our best defensive games so far, I believe that in the first half we were a little nervous and actually this caused us to be missing shots, missing layups, some hesitations and turnovers. After halftime we talked with the players and we said that we need to be more concentrated, more determined and more aggressive with the ball and this is what happened in the second half. I think we were more determined and slowly we built a double-digit difference. The third period was very important because form one side they scored 11 point,s which was the least point they had in a period today, and from the other side we score dour maximum and I believe that was the key point to take the game to our side."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Khimki Moscow Region
"I think, more or less, we had a normal game in the first half. The only thing is that our problem was a very low percentage for threes, 1 out of 13. Last, we gave them nine possessions more out of offensive rebounds, but it was a tight score. In the second half we should have played much better. First of all, we stopped playing together. We took some rushed shots, turned the ball over, sometimes we had extra passes and didn't get them. I cannot say we have played with a selfish mentality, but we could pass the ball more. Maccabi felt confidence from this, found a lot of confidence in transition and won the game. They deserved it. Anyway, it's a difficult environment to play over here to win, but we needed to play much better, even if we had played all together, with Shved and Gill. We need to think about the next game as in two days we have a game with Darussafaka in Moscow. So, we'll try to analyze our mistakes and improve our play in the next game."

Players

RAY, KENDRICK
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We really played hard, we played good defense in both halves. We really wanted it. Some shots weren't falling in the first half, but they all went down for us in the second half, so it was a perfect combination."
WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"We really played hard, we played good defense in both halves. We really wanted it. Some shots weren't falling in the first half, but they all went down for us in the second half, so it was a perfect combination."