2014-15Regular SeasonRound 6
November 20, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 BEAUBLANC

Maccabi backcourt paves way to tough win at Limoges

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv edged feisty Limoges CSP for a 73-79 road win in the Game of the Week on Thursday night. Maccabi led by 18 points in the third quarter behind great scoring from Sylven Landesberg as well as the perimeter defense and steals from Yogev Ohayon that led to many fast breaks. Limoges rallied and took over the lead in the fourth quarter, however Jeremy Pargo scored key baskets down the stretch to win it for Maccabi. Pargo had 9 of his 13 points in the final minute, while Landesberg led the way with career-highs of 22 points plus 9 rebounds for Maccabi to improve to 4-2 and at least a share of second place of Group B. Ohayon, who played a career-high 33 minutes, had 11 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 8 steals, which is a club record and the most steals in a single Euroleague game in more than six years. For the hosts, Leo Westerman scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, Nobel Boungou-Colo added 13, Adrien Moerman amassed 11 points plus 13 rebounds, while Jamar Smith scored 10 for Limoges, which dropped to 1-5.

First quarter: Maccabi strikes first, Limoges quickly rallies

Leo Westermann opened the game with a basket-plus-foul, before Yogev Ohayon got Maccabi going with a three-pointer. Nobel Boungou-Colo nailed a corner triple to make it 6-3, but Sofoklis Schortsanitis muscled his way inside, and Ohayon drove for a layup and a 6-9 lead. Great ball movement by Maccabi led to a layup from Jake Cohen before a timeout, and Tyus scored a pair of layups after a timeout to open a 6-15 advantage. Adrien Moerman nailed a triple to snap a five-minute Limoges drought and a 0-12 run. After Tyus and Boungou-Colo traded layups, a wide open three-pointer from Ramel Curry made it 14-17. Curry followed with a driving layup that got Limoges within a single point, forcing the visitors to call a timeout. J.P. Batista put Limoges back in front with an open jumper, and after Schortsanitis fed Landesberg for an easy two, Boungou-Colo buried a three in the in the closing seconds of the quarter for a 21-19 edge.

Second quarter: Landesberg leads the champs to a halftime lead

Fastbreak points from Landesberg and MarQuez Haynes got Maccabi back into the lead, and Landesberg drove baseline for a sweet finger roll. Another fastbreak finish from Haynes gave Maccabi a 21-27 lead. Batista snapped a 0-8 run with free throws, and Curry had two quick and uncontested fastbreak layups. A fastbreak finish from Jamar Smith put Limoges in front 29-27, before Landesberg from the right side, and Devin Smith from the left, each hit a baseline jumper. It snapped an 8-0 run, and started another 0-8 run. Tyus and Devin Smith finished fast breaks with dunks, and after a basket from Batista, Maccabi opened a 31-38 lead with a three-pointer from Landesberg. In the final two minutes of the quarter, Jamar Smith nailed a baseline jumper, but Landesberg put back his own miss and Devin Smith finished a fastbreak to give Maccabi a 35-42 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Ohayon’s steals lead fast breaks and Maccabi control

Maccabi used fast breaks to open a double-digit lead at the start of the third quarter. Ohayon made a steal and raced for a layup, then threw a length-of-the-court pass for an easy layup for Cohen and a 35-46 advantage. Pargo finished another breakaway with a layup, and Tyus drew an unsportsmanlike foul on the fourth consecutive counter attack. Meanwhile, the visitors kept Limoges scoreless for more than six minutes, while Cohen’s layup on a feed from Pargo, and another Ohayon steal and fastbreak bucket made it 35-53. Trent Plaisted snapped a 0-11 run by splitting free throws, then scoring from close range, but Maccabi remained in complete control as Landesberg nailed a triple from the corner to make it 38-56. However, Plaisted scored a basket in heavy traffic, before Westermann buried a triple and then banked in a buzzer-beating three-quarter-court shot to cut the deficit to 48-57 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Limoges rallies back, but Pargo and Maccabi prevail

Devin Smith and Jamar Smith traded shots at the start of the quarter, before Pargo drove for a layup to make it 50-61. But Jamar Smith banked in a shot the lane, then Moerman had a pair of second chance buckets to get within 5. After a Maccabi timeout, Limoges continued on defense with its half-court press, and 2-3 zone defense. Westerman and Haynes traded triples, before Moerman drove the baseline for a layup that made it 61-64. The run from Limoges continued with Boungou-Colo finishing a fast break with a slam, then knocking down a triple on the next trip down the floor to give Limoges a 66-64 edge. Landesberg snapped a 16-3 run with a triple, and then nailed another one from downtown - his fifth - to make it 68-70. Limoges regained the lead with a layup from Jamar Smith after an inbound pass, but Pargo buried a tough triple and a fastbreak layup for 71-75 advantage with 39 seconds to go. On the ensuing possession, Jamar Smith forced, and missed, a tough triple, and Pargo made it a 6-point game from the free throw line. Westermann drove for a layup, but Pargo made 2 more free throws, and Ohayon made his eighth steal, to seal the deal.

Harquez Haynes - Maccabi Electra - EB14
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 4755
By Quarter1234
Limoges CSP21141325
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19231522
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Limoges CSP21354873
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19425779
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 SMITH, JAMAR 30:03 10 5/6 0/3     2 2 5   2     2 1 10
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 33:54 16 2/3 3/5 3/3 3 2 5 8 2 3   1 4 2 22
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 6:26               1   1          
13 BATISTA, J.P. 19:31 9 2/7   5/6 1 2 3 1 1 1   1 3 5 8
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 32:00 11 3/5 1/6 2/2 1 12 13 2   2 1   2 3 19
24 ESTIENNE, VALENTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 CURRY, RAMEL 20:47 9 3/4 1/5     1 1 2 3 3     1 3 9
31 SOUTHERLAND, JAMES 3:15           1 1   1           2
41 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 32:35 13 2/3 3/9 0/2 2 1 3 3 1 4     3 5 9
44 PLAISTED, TRENT 10:09 5 2/4   1/3   1 1     1   1 1 2 1
50 KANTE, LAMINE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 11:20   0/2     1   1     1   1 1   -4
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 73 19/34 8/28 11/16 10 23 33 22 8 18 1 4 17 21 79
        55.9% 28.6% 68.8%
Head coach: DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PARGO, JEREMY 28:58 13 3/6 1/5 4/4   3 3 6   2     3 2 12
5 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 17:57 7 2/2 1/3     1 1     1     3 2 4
6 SMITH, DEVIN 27:08 8 4/5 0/7     4 4 7 1 4 1   3   6
7 RANDLE, BRIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LINHART, NATE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 TYUS, ALEX 20:58 9 4/6   1/2 1 1 2     2 1   2 1 6
11 COHEN, JAKE 23:16 7 3/3 0/1 1/2 3 2 5 1 2 1 1   3 3 13
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 33:39 11 3/5 1/3 2/4   4 4 6 8 3     2 3 21
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 29:02 22 5/8 4/7   3 6 9   1     1 1 4 28
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 13:37 2 1/2       2 2 1   2 1   4 2 1
23 MARIC, ALEKS 5:25           1 1 1 1           3
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 79 25/37 7/26 8/12 8 26 34 22 13 16 4 1 21 17 96
        67.6% 26.9% 66.7%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY

Head Coaches

DUPRAZ, JEAN-MARC
Limoges CSP
"It was an important game for showing team improvement. We made some progress, but we need to improve again. "
GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"The shot of Leo Westermann from half court at the end of the third quarter changed the momentum of the game and we started a little bit to take bad decisions. We went a little bit back and the Limoges players could feel it and they made their run. We make good baskets, especially Jeremy Pargo with his three-points shot and we had a great defensive deflection and a steal for a layup that won the game. "

Players

WESTERMANN, LEO
Limoges CSP
"We speak every time about the third quarter. For five or seven minutes, we have another game and we go from minus-18 points to plus-3 points. The Euroleague is the best level in Europe, Maccabi Tel Aviv is the champion. We lost some balls, it’s difficult for us to win at a level where every ball is important. "
LANDESBERG, SYLVEN
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
" It was a tough environment to play in. Any time you play on the road is hard. They are a talented team that can score the ball. So, we did a good job defensively; we were able to hold them to what we wanted to, and convert on offense. In an arena like this, you definitely have to concentrate more on the shots, and be ready to shoot."