2009-10Top 16Round 6
March 11, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE

Maccabi Electra edged Real Madrid 64-66

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv used a big fourth quarter comeback to stun Real Madrid 64-66 on a pair of Alan Anderson free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining and claim first place in Group F at the end of the Top 16. Madrid won the group outright with 4-2 record and will have home-court advantage when it faces Partizan Belgrade in the upcoming beast-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs. Madrid, which lost its first Euroleague game this season at Palacio Vistalegre, finished Group F second with a 3-3 record and will face archrival Regal Barcelona in the playoffs. Madrid led by as many as 19 in the first half as it limited the Israeli champs to just 21 points in the first 20 minutes. The hosts went into the fourth quarter up 9, but Maccabi chipped away and took its first lead of the night on a Chuck Eidson triple with 67 seconds left. Travis Hansen tied the game with 13.3 to play, but Anderson restored the Maccabi edge from the line and Madrid was unable to get off a shot in the remaining time. D’Or Fischer paced Maccabi with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in just 20 minutes. David Bluthenthal also scored 13, while Eidson and Stephane Lasme added 11 points each and Doron Perkins had 10 points and 5 assists. Sergio Llull paced Madrid with 14 points and Ante Tomic and Pablo Prigioni added 10 apiece.

Both teams struggled to score in a defensive start of the game until Jorge Garbajosa stepped up with a jumper. Fischer shined with a tip-in, but Prigioni fed Rimas Kaukenas for a fast break layup, good for a 4-2 Madrid lead. Kaukenas kept pacing Madrid with a jumper, but Eidson matched him with a layup. An outstanding Prigioni soon gave Madrid an 8-4 edge. Fischer sank free throws only to see Marko Jaric better him with a three-pointer. Tomic followed with a mid-range jumper to boost the hosts' lead to 13-6. Anderson found his first points with a jumper, but he didn't find much help around due to Madrid's outstanding defense. Madrid kept dominating the defensive boards through an outstanding Felipe Reyes, as Maccabi could not find the way to the basket. Travis Hansen sent the crowd to its feet with a big triple from the top of the key that caused Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon to call a much-needed timeout at 17-8. Doron Perkins finished a long, two-chance Maccabi offense with a layup that brought Maccabi within 17-10 at the end of a very physical first quarter.

Bluthenthal buried a corner three-pointer early in the second quarter, as Maccabi tried to speed up its offense and play its usual run-and-gun game. Madrid struggled to find open shots, too, despite extending its possessions almost to the 24-second limit. Llull stepped up with a bomb from downtown and Prigioni copied him soon after that to make it a double-digit game, 23-13. Madrid had fully adjusted its defense, keeping Maccabi scoreless for more than three minutes. Meanwhile, Llull buried another triple and Maccabi called another timeout at 26-13. Still Llull connected again from beyond the arc to set the crowd on fire, 29-13, completing a 12-0 run. Maccabi missed 7 consecutive shots and committed 2 turnovers until Anderson stepped up with a dunk. Garbajosa quickly answered with a backdoor layup. Bluthenthal tried to change things with free throws and then he spun to the basket for another 2 points. Stephane Lasme added free throws as the Maccabi defense denied Madrid for the last two-and-a-half minutes of the half to get within 31-21 at the break.

Madrid used Toic as a prime weapon in the paint early in the second half, but Bluthenthal was gold for Maccabi with a basket and an assist to Fischer for a slam. Fischer stopped Tomic with a big blocked shot, but Tomic responded by rejecting Perkins at the other end. Prigioni connected with a three as Madrid remained in control. Perkins attacked the basket for a basket and had another basket after a timeout as the visitors finally cracked the double-digit deficit. But just then Llull stepped up with a triple to lift his team’s spirits. Fischer scored on the offensive glass to make it 41-31. Kaukenas popped in a short jumper as the points started to flow more freely. Fischer added a basket and Felipe Reyes copied him. A Perkins free throw made it 45-36 after three quarters of basketball.

Eidson opened the fourth quarter with a jumper, but Tomic scored over Lasme at the other end. Bluthenthal sank a deep triple to close the gap to 6, but Hansen matched him. The momentum started to go with Maccabi when Tomic missed twice from the line and Eidson made 2 for Maccabi. Then Perkins drained a wide-open triple to make it 50-46 with six minutes left as the Palacio Vistalegre got quiet. After a Madrid timeout, Guy Pnini committed an offensive foul and then fouled Reyes at the other end, who made 2 free throws. Perkins fed Lasme for a slam, but Garbajosa sank a big hthree as the hosts started to pull away. Anderson weaved through the Madrid defense and then Perkins found Lasme for an alley-oop slam to get within 55-42 with four minutes left. Madrid had trouble getting the shots it wanted and Bluthenthal drained a clutch triple to tie the game. Prigioni put adrid back on top with 2 free throws, but Lasme tied the game at 57-57 with an offensive rebound and slam. Tomic scored in the paint to put Madrid up 2 with two minutes remaining. Lasme shined again with a follow-slam to tie it one more time with 1:44 to go. Llull drove through the Maccabi defense for a basket 20 seconds later, but Eidson stepped up with a big time triple to give Tel Aviv its first lead with 1:07 left in the game. Prigioni missed and Eidson grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sank 2 clutch free throws with 44 seconds left. After a broken play in which Lasme nearly had a steal, Hansen buried a three fro the corner with 13.3 seconds left to tie the game at 64-64. Maccabi gave the ball to Anderson, who was fouled with 4.3 seconds on the clock. He made both free throws and Madrid grabbed the ball hoping to score a quick basket. However Llull’s pass to Hansen was wild and time expired without Madrid shooting, leaving Maccabi to celebrate.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
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Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TOMIC, ANTE 28:30 10 5/12   0/2 4   4 2   1 4 2 1 5 12
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 27:33 10 1/3 2/6 2/2   3 3 3   2     1 2 9
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 15:23 9   3/5     2 2           4   5
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 8:26                   2     1 1 -2
8 JARIC, MARKO 25:16 3 0/3 1/4     3 3 1 1       5 1 -2
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:36 4 1/4   2/2 1 7 8 2   1     3 5 12
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 19:48 6 3/4       2 2 1         2   6
14 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GARBAJOSA, JORGE 26:28 8 2/4 1/4 1/2 1 3 4 2 2       1 3 12
20 VIDAL, SERGI 4:53   0/1 0/1     1 1   2           1
23 LLULL, SERGIO 27:07 14 1/3 4/6 0/2       1 1       1 3 12
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 64 13/34 11/26 5/10 7 23 30 12 6 7 4 2 19 20 67
        38.2% 42.3% 50%
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 LIMONAD, RAVIV 0:11           1 1           1    
6 SHARP, DERRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 WISNIEWSKI, ANDREW 14:29   0/3     1 4 5 1         2   1
8 PERKINS, DORON 28:14 10 3/8 1/2 1/2 1 7 8 5   1   2 3 3 13
9 GREEN, YANIV 3:23   0/1       1 1                
10 PNINI, GUY 10:02   0/1 0/1             1     4   -7
11 ANDERSON, ALAN 36:55 8 3/5 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 6   1 2 5 4
12 LASME, STEPHANE 21:26 11 4/6   3/5 3 3 6 1       1 2 5 16
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 38:16 11 2/6 1/5 4/4   7 7 1   1     1 2 11
15 BLU, DAVID 27:15 13 1/4 3/6 2/2 2 1 3 3 1       3 2 13
21 FISCHER, DOR 19:49 13 5/6   3/4 4 4 8 3 1   2   2 2 25
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 66 18/40 5/16 15/19 12 29 41 15 3 10 2 4 20 19 75
        45% 31.3% 78.9%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI

Head Coaches

Real Madrid
"We weren't able to defend any penetration in the fourth quarter. We managed to control the game in the opening three quarters, but were nervous from then on. We allowed 30 points in the fourth quarter and it is impossible to win under these conditions. Everyone in Europe thinks that we have no chance against Barcelona, but we will fight and play hard."
Maccabi Electra
"I’ve been involved in some pretty big wins in my career. No one remembers the game in Bologna, but this is bigger than that one. I hope that everyone realizes that the hard work we’ve put in until now needs to continue in order to reach the Final Four, because that is a goal that id greater than our potential. Of course this is a great victory. Keeping the players believing so that they would play defense was the first key. Even in the second half we held them to 33 points on poor shooting percentages. I said that if we keep Madrid around that number, we could win because there was no way we would play as poorly in the second half as we did in the first. In the final minutes, we put the ball in Chuck Eidson’s hands and we played right. He took the game upon himself and I wanted that to happen, because Anderson was turning the ball over, though some of that was my fault."


Real Madrid
"We lost a good chance to be in the Final Four. We played well in the first half, but didn't play good defense in the fourth quarter. We did not feel comfortable on offense and took too many off-balance shots. We wanted to fight for the home-court advantage, but we couldn't get it. We must play really tough to beat Barcelona in the playoffs."
Real Madrid
"It's a shame. We played well for 30 minutes, but did not rebound in the fourth quarter and were not patient on offense. It is incredible to lose a game that we had so under control, but we have to bounce back and play intense in the series against Barcelona, but the Euroleague rarely gives second chances."
Maccabi Electra
"It was a very emotional game against a very tough team. We completed a great comeback and that allowed the team spirit to go up. The key was that we realized how big this game was in the fourth quarter. Our defense was good and we managed to hit some key shots that allowed us to win. We now have to go to Belgrade to play in a very tough court, but it will be a thrilling series. We play basketball to take part in games like this."
Maccabi Electra
"It was a tough game. We were not ready in the opening minutes. We managed to play as a team after that, to play tough and power the offensive boards. I am very excited to play against Partizan. It was my first team in Europe and it is always nice to go back."
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