2014-15Top 16Round 7
February 12, 2015 CET: 20:05

ALBA Berlin, McLean stun champs in Tel Aviv

ALBA Berlin used a stellar defensive effort in the second half to hold off Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 59-66 on the road on Thursday night. ALBA improved to 3-4 for fifth place in Group E, while Maccabi saw its five-game winning streak snapped, slipped to 5-2 and sits in second place. Maccabi pulled away early in the second quarter behind Nate Linhart, but the visitors caught up before halftime, then used a 0-7 run to open the second half. ALBA never trailed again, as it allowed only 23 points in third and fourth quarters, with defense contesting every pass and shot. Jamel McLean made bunch of key baskets to lead the way in victory with 18 points plus 6 rebounds, while Marko Banic scored 11 points with 5 rebounds. Reggie Redding contributed 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Cliff Hammonds netted 8 in victory. Devin Smith collected 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Maccabi, Linhart scored 15 points, while Sofoklis Schortsanitis muscled his way to 12 in defeat. Maccabi was hurt by its poor free-throw shooting (10 of 19; 52.6%).

First quarter: Lead changes hands early on

Leon Radosevic split free throws to open the scoring, and after Brian Randle scored from close range for Maccabi, Hammonds nailed the first shot from long range for ALBA. Schortsanitis plowed his way inside for the hosts, but Niels Giffey hit another three-pointer for the visitors. After another basket in the paint from Schortsanitis, ALBA took a 6-9 lead with Giffey making a steal and racing for a dunk. A fast break layup from Smith, and an alley-oop dunk from Randle put Maccabi in front, before Redding and Randle traded jumpers to make it 12-11. Smith nailed a long jumper, with his toes on the three-point line, but Redding answered with a mid-range shot after a timeout. McLean’s tip-in briefly put ALBA back in front, but Linhart drove for a layup that beat the buzzer, giving Maccabi a 16-15 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Maccabi takes control, but ALBA stays close

Linhart drove for a layup and sank a triple at the start of the quarter, and Schortsanitis scored a basket that made it 23-15. After a put-back from Redding, which snapped ALBA’s three-minute drought, Schortsanitis made a nifty pass in the paint that allowed Linhart an easy layup and a 25-17 lead. McLean made a fadeaway from close range, and Jonathan Tabu hit a jumper to halve the deficit, before a fastbreak layup from Banic cut it to 26-23. Schortsanitis spun his way in traffic for another layup, but Banic hit a pair of free throws and got a feed from Tabu for an easy reverse layup to get ALBA within 1. After a Maccabi timeout, Smith made free throws for the hosts, but Hammonds buried a triple that tied the game, 30-30. Smith answered with a three-pointer of his own, before McLean hit fouls shots and Alex King nailed a three-pointer for ALBA to regain the lead, only for Pargo to hit a corner triple and give Maccabi a 36-35 halftime lead.

Third quarter: The Berliners take lead behind defense

McLean scored inside followed by a fastbreak layup from Hammonds that put ALBA back in front at the start of the third quarter, before Redding nailed a three-pointer for a 36-42 cushion. The visitors held Maccabi scoreless until Smith made a floater, snapping a 0-7 run, but that was the hosts’ lone basket in almost seven minutes. ALBA was on a four-minute drought from the field of its own before Banic made a put-back on a fast break and McLean made free throws to extend the difference to 39-47. Schortsanitis made a strong move inside and Linhart hit from the outside to get Maccabi within 4, but a tip-in from McLean in the final seconds of the quarter gave the visitors a 44-50 lead at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: McLean and Renfroe hold off Maccabi

Linhart went back door for another easy layup, but Alex Renfroe bettered him with a three-pointer for a 46-53 lead. Maccabi got a spark through Smith, who fought his way inside for a tough basket, then followed it with a driving layup before Pargo nailed one from way downtown to tie the score, 53-53. After a timeout, however, Tabu knocked down a corner three-pointer and Banic made free throws for a 5-point margin. Maccabi made four consecutive defensive stands while Smith, Linhart and Pargo cut the deficit with free throws to 57-58. McLean made 2 foul shots for ALBA, but Schortsanitis only split his pair before Renfroe nailed a long jumper for a 58-62 lead with 35 seconds to go. Randle also only split free throws for the hosts, before McLean sealed the deal with a big dunk and then rounded out the scoring with a fastbreak layup to put an exclamation point on a big victory.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Attendance: 11060
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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 33:34 7 0/4 2/5 1/4 1 4 5 3   3   1 2 7 6
5 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 7:33     0/1             1         -2
6 SMITH, DEVIN 37:13 17 5/7 1/6 4/4 1 8 9 4   2 1   4 5 23
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 34:55 8 3/4   2/5   6 6 2   3 2 1 1 3 12
8 LINHART, NATE 19:44 15 4/4 2/4 1/2 1 1 2 1     1 1 1 2 16
9 TYUS, ALEX 19:52           3 3     1     1   1
11 COHEN, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 27:01   0/2 0/2     3 3 2 2 4 1   3 3  
14 HARARI, ARAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 16:32 12 5/6   2/4 2 1 3 1   2     3 4 12
23 ALEXANDER, JOE 3:36     0/1             1     1   -3
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 59 17/27 5/19 10/19 6 28 34 13 2 18 5 3 16 24 67
        63% 26.3% 52.6%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY
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
ALBA Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIFFEY, NIELS 7:06 5 1/1 1/1     2 2   1       1   7
7 KING, ALEX 12:00 4   1/2 1/2   1 1   1         1 5
9 TABU, JONATHAN 22:15 5 1/4 1/2         7   2   1 3   2
11 VARGAS, AKEEM 12:16     0/1     3 3 1 1       2 1 3
13 BANIC, MARKO 22:24 11 3/8   5/6 2 3 5 1     1 1 4 3 10
15 REDDING, REGGIE 31:26 9 3/7 1/5   2 4 6 2   3   3 4 3 2
18 WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN, JONAS 2:06   0/2   0/2 2   2             1 -1
20 RENFROE, ALEX 23:25 5 1/6 1/4   1 1 2 2 1 1 1   1 2 3
25 HAMMONDS, CLIFF 21:45 8 1/1 2/3     2 2   1       4   6
33 MCLEAN, JAMEL 28:42 18 6/10   6/6 2 4 6 1 2       2 4 25
43 RADOSEVIC, LEON 16:35 1 0/4   1/2 1   1 1 2   1   3 1 -1
Team           1 1 2     4         -2
Totals 200:00 66 16/43 7/18 13/18 11 21 32 15 9 10 3 5 24 16 59
        37.2% 38.9% 72.2%

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It was a very important game for us – we knew it before the game, we knew who we were playing against. Unfortunately we could not do enough. But we have to give the credit to ALBA Berlin, who played very aggressively. We were not successful enough on the offensive end. We need to think about how to get into the playoffs. Period. This is our aim. I have a lot of experience in the Euroleague and we need to collect wins slowly and then think about where we are going. It is my role to worry about how we do this and I have my feet on the ground because I know what the Top 16 is. We need to be focused and collect wins.”
ALBA Berlin
“I am very proud of my guys who won here in a great atmosphere. They did a great job. They played a smart game. We knew that if we had an open court game here with Maccabi, we wouldn’t have a chance. We were solid offensively and great defensively. I am extremely happy for what we did tonight, in a great atmosphere against a big opponent. We took a great win in their home court. We do not have the highest aspiration and ambitions and every win in the Top 16 is a big one. We do not have the best experience of playing the best teams. This is a part of our game. So for me it was very important that even after the losses, we can always make surprises because we play tough basketball and tough defense. And if you play like that, we always have a chance to win.”


Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
“I want to give a lot of credit to ALBA. I think they really showed a lot of mental fortitude and toughness. That run in the first half put them away. They really forced a lot of turnovers and it’s a big credit to them – they pushed through and fought hard. Forcing us into a lot of turnovers really disrupted our flow, so we scored way below our average. Like the coach has been preaching to us – you are only as good as your last game. You can call it a reality check, but we have had wakeup calls before. Hopefully we will take heed of this loss and turn it around for ourselves.”
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
“It was a very tough game. We gave up a great opportunity and this is something we can’t do. Now we have to move on to the next game and do our best to make sure not to let the things that happened tonight happen in the future. We only scored 59 points as a team, so it was a hard time for everybody. We just need to clean it up and be better. They came out and did what they wanted to do. We played great defense, but we didn’t execute and do what we wanted to do on offense. That cost us a big game tonight. There is only one thing that can turn it around and that’s wins. So we need to look forward to the next game and do our best to win.”
ALBA Berlin
“We felt good. We just wanted to come here and have a good showing. I think we did that and hopefully we can keep that going, going into the league and continue it for the rest of this month. We definitely didn’t expect it to be easy and I don’t think it was easy. They fought pretty hard and we had to dig it out at the end there. Any time you work hard, then you have a chance to dig games out and that’s what I think we did tonight.”
ALBA Berlin
“It is a great win for us because in the last games we were not satisfied with how we played, especially with the loss in Frankfurt in overtime, so we definitely needed this one. We knew we had the chance to win because we saw from last time we played here that Maccabi is a great team, but if we put a good focus and intensity and stop their main players and play for 40 minutes we can win. We played a good game, especially defensively, and it means a lot to us. We knew that we needed to use all of our offense and stay calm. “
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