2018-19Regular SeasonRound 22
February 07, 2019 CET: 20:05

Maccabi outlasts Olympiacos

In a thriller that came down to the final shot, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv recorded its sixth consecutive home win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by edging Olympiacos Piraeus 65-64 at home on Thursday. Maccabi improved to 10-12 to remain within striking distance of the playoff zone from 10th place, while Olympiacos dropped to 12-10 and sixth overall. Tarik Black led the winners with a season-high 19 points plus 7 rebounds and Scottie Wilbekin added 17 – including the go-ahead jumper with 4.4 seconds left. Nigel Williams-Goss and Vassilis Spanoulis paced Olympiacos with 16 points apiece. It was a hard-fought battle that came down to the final seconds, in which Wilbekin attacked Nikola Milutinov off a pick-and-roll switch and hit the game-winning shot. Olympiacos had a final chance, but Georgios Printezis missed a key shot.

Zach LeDay got Olympiacos going with a couple of turnaround jumpers that gave the visitors an early 2-6 lead. Williams-Goss followed a mid-range shot with a floater that prompted a Maccabi timeout at 4-10. Wilbekin took over with a wild driving basket. Williams-Goss answered with a close jumper and Printezis hit his trademark jump hook, but Black kept the hosts within 10-14. Jeremy Pargo struck from downtown, but a driving layup by Spanoulis restored a 14-16 Olympiacos lead after 10 minutes. Milutinov scored down low early in the second quarter. Wilbekin answered with a driving layup and Black split free throws. However, Printezis scored down low for a 17-20 Olympiacos lead. Williams-Goss sank consecutive floaters, but Johnny O'Bryant kept Maccabi within 20-24. Wilbekin downed a floater and a driving basket by Michael Roll tied it at 24-24. Georgios Bogris hit a baseline jumper and Janis Strelnieks finished a three-chance Olympiacos offense with a triple that made it 26-29 at halftime. O'Bryant scored in the paint soon after the break and a layup by DeAndre Kane gave Maccabi a 30-29 lead. LeDay made free throws and a fallaway jumper by Williams-Goss set a 30-33 Olympiacos lead. Wilbekin struck from beyond the arc and got help from Kane and Black to put Maccabi back ahead, 39-37. Spanoulis buried a jumper and Printezis added a layup to provide another lead change, 39-41. Black sank a jump hook, Roll added a close basket and a power layup by Alex Tyus gave Maccabi a 45-42 edge after 30 minutes. Williams-Goss followed a floater with a coast-to-coast layup to keep Olympiacos within 47-46 early in the fourth quarter. Roll rescued Maccabi with a triple that Milutinov matched with a layup-plus-foul. Spanoulis struck from downtown, but free throws by Pargo and Black kept Maccabi in charge, 55-52. Black took over with an alley-oop slam and answered Axel Toupane's triple with a dunk for a 59-55 Maccabi lead with 2:36 left. Spanoulis split free throws and a layup by Black seemed to seal the outcome, 61-56, in the next-to-last minute. Black made free throws, but Spanoulis singlehandedly kept the Reds within 63-61. Olympiacos got the ball back and Spanoulis buried a triple that hit the rim, went up and fell down with 14 seconds to go. Maccabi called timeout and Wilbekin downed a step-back jumper with 4.4 seconds left. Printezis missed a jump hook on Olympiacos's final shot.

Pivotal performer

Wilbekin became the game hero with the final basket, but Maccabi could not have won it without Black and his strong fourth quarter. Black had 10 of his 19 points in the final 7 minutes, making sure Maccabi kept the lead most of the way. He added 7 rebounds and a block for a game-high performance index rating of 23.

Game-changing moment

Maccabi led 63-58 late in the game, but back-to-back three-pointers by Spanoulis gave Olympiacos a 63-64 lead with 14 seconds remaining. Wilbekin stepped up with a step-back jumper and a final defensive stop allowed Maccabi to win the game.

Stellar stat

Maccabi hustled hard in this game, finishing it with 6 blocks and 9 offensive rebounds. It also limited Olympiacos to low shooting percentages (48.8% 2FG, 19.2% 3FG).

Did you notice?

Spanoulis had a block against Maccabi - his 7th in his 299-game career. He blocked Michael Roll's shot with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. It was his first block in the EuroLeague since May 2015 in a Final Four semifinal against CSKA Moscow – and his first shot rejection in exactly 100 games!

Next game

Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague on Thursday, February 21. Olympiacos visits Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Maccabi visits AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan in a rematch of the 1987 and 1988 EuroLeague championship games. Maccabi won its last EuroLeague title on Milan's home court, Mediolanum Forum, in 2014.

Tarik Black - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EB18
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Attendance: 11060 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv14121920
Olympiacos Piraeus16131322
End of Quarter1234
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv14264565
Olympiacos Piraeus16294264
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 DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 22:34 17 7/11 1/7   1   1 2 1 1     1 1 10
2 PARGO, JEREMY 22:49 5 0/3 1/4 2/5   5 5 1   2   1 3 3 -1
3 O'BRYANT, JOHNNY 26:58 7 2/5 0/5 3/4   8 8 1   4 2   5 2 2
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 21:43           2 2 1 1           4
5 ROLL, MICHAEL 18:04 9 3/7 1/1     4 4 2       1 2 1 9
7 KANE, DEANDRE 14:51 6 3/4 0/2   1   1   1       3   2
9 TYUS, ALEX 12:35 2 1/3             1   3   1 2 5
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 4:59           1 1 1           2 4
15 COHEN, JAKE 11:57   0/2       1 1 1         2   -2
28 BLACK, TARIK 24:28 19 7/9   5/9 5 2 7     1 1   3 6 23
50 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL 19:02         1 2 3 1         1   3
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 65 23/44 3/19 10/18 9 29 38 10 4 8 6 2 21 17 64
        52.3% 15.8% 55.6%
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL 28:51 16 8/14 0/1   1 1 2 2         3 3 13
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 5:52 3   1/3     1 1           1   1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 22:11 16 2/5 3/8 3/4   2 2       1 1 1 3 11
10 TIMMA, JANIS 7:18     0/2                       -2
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 29:44 9 4/7   1/1 4 3 7 1 2 1   2 3 5 15
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 22:07 4 0/1 1/6 1/1   1 1 2 2 2   1 2   -2
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 5:09           1 1               1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 23:52 6 3/7 0/2 0/1 1 7 8 1   1     2 6 11
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 27:18 2 1/2 0/3     7 7     2 1 1     3
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 7:36               1   2         -1
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 5:39 2 1/1     3   3     1     2   2
32 LEDAY, ZACH 14:23 6 2/6 0/1 2/2   3 3         1 3 3 3
Team           4 7 11     1         10
Totals 200:00 64 21/43 5/26 7/9 13 33 46 7 4 10 2 6 17 20 65
        48.8% 19.2% 77.8%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This is a very important win for us because with this win, we stay alive in the fight to try to be in the EuroLeague Playoffs. It was a very important, very difficult game for both teams, as you saw. The game didn't have quality, it was a derby and I think that, in the end, it was very important that we didn't panic when Spanoulis made these 2 three-pointers. We executed really well in our last offense and made the basket and then in the last 4 seconds, we were smart on offense and got away with a win. It was a close game, either team could have won it. When the game is a derby and it goes down to the end, sometimes you also need to be lucky. I think our determination in the last quarter gave us a 5-point lead with 5 minutes to go, but Olympiacos has the quality to come back to the game. As I said, we had a clear mind and showed good character, scoring the last basket to win the game. I want to say big thanks to our fans, who supported us today. They created a great atmosphere. I think it was the best atmosphere since I joined the team. We want them here to fight with us, to support us and to push us for the next home games. We want to continue as well as we can in all of our games from now until the end of the season and hopefully achieve our goals."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Congratulations to Maccabi. Obviously, that was a game that could have gone either way and they made one more good play than we did and that ultimately determined the outcome. Playing here is a great experience, obviously, for the fans and for the players alike. It was that kind of game - extremely competitive, hard-fought, teams didn't shoot well a lot because of the defenses and the pressure of the situation. Sometimes the ball goes in for you and the other misses, and sometimes the ball goes in for them and you miss. I think that, at the end of the day, that is basically what it came down to. A few months ago, we played against Fenerbahce at home and it was the same thing; it came down to the last shot and we had the last shot - similar shot, similar distance, and we missed. And we lost the game. That is basketball! Maybe you remember one play at the end, or one shot, but the game ultimately is not determined by that one thing. There were a lot of good plays, but a lot of situations during the game where perhaps unnecessarily in the backcourt, we threw the ball out of bound and lost the possessions. In the third quarter, we had 3 fouls to give and pretty clear directive on making a foul, we didn't do it and they scored a basket. That's just 2 points that you are missing at the end of the game. Everybody sees and remembers the great plays that Billy [Spanoulis] made, but there are a lot of things that a lot of other guys could have done that perhaps could have got us over the top."


Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This game definitely came down to who wanted it more and we put in a battle. We stayed with the strategy, stayed calm and came out with a win."
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