2021-22Regular SeasonRound 5
October 21, 2021 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Maccabi avoids meltdown to nip Greens

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv narrowly avoided a massive meltdown as it held off Panathinaikos OPAP Athens for a 77-73 home victory on Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena. Maccabi controlled most of the game and built a 20-point lead with 6 minutes left before Panathinaikos charged back within 2 points with 8 seconds left. Scottie Wilbekin hit 2 free throws with 7.2 seconds left to secure the win, which gave Maccabi a 3-2 record. James Nunnally scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half to pace the winners while Wilbekin finished with 16 points and Derrick Williams added 11. Panathinaikos drained 6 three-pointers in the fourth quarter to make it a game but the hole was too deep and the Greens dropped to 1-4. Daryl Macon Jr. tallied 17 points in the loss, Ioannis Papapetrou had 15, Okaro White 14, Nemanja Nedovic finished with 13 and Georgios Papagiannis chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds.

Keenan Evans’s three-point play opened the scoring for the game for Maccabi. Nedovic hit a layup at the other end and Papapetrou added 5 points for a 3-7 lead while the hosts went more than 3 minutes without a score. Maccabi went up 11-9 on a 6-0 run and the hosts got 6 points and an assist from Nunnally in an 8-0 surge for a 19-13 advantage after 10 minutes.

After a Nunnally score to start the second quarter, Nedovic drained a triple. But Nunnally added 6 more points - including a four-point play as the lead grew to double figures, 29-18. Ante Zizic’s first basket of the season increased the margin to 33-21 and it was 33-23 at intermission.

Williams started the second half with a three-pointer for the hosts and Wilbekin’s first triple increased the cushion to 43-25. White hit back-to-back three-pointers to try to keep Panathinaikos close at 46-31. Yogi Ferrell, Macon and White all knocked down triples for the visitors but the deficit was still 55-40 after 30 minutes.

Macon’s score to start the fourth quarter cut the deficit to 55-42. But Maccabi didn’t let Panathinaikos dream too long as Wilbekin had 5 points and an assist in a 9-2 run as the lead swelled to 20 points (64-44) with 7 minutes to play. The visitors were not ready to leave Israel with a loss as Macon had a four-point play and triple and Nedovic scored 5 points in a 4-15 Panathinaikos run in just more than 2 minutes to pull within 66-59. Williams answered with two scores and Wilbekin drained a big three-pointer to put Maccabi up 71-60. Panathinaikos stormed back again with Papapetrou hitting 2 three-pointers and Macon’s layup made it 75-73 with 8 seconds left. Wilbekin followed with 2 free throws with 7.2 seconds left and then Angelo Caloiaro grabbed a steal to secure the win.

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Pivotal performer - Scottie Wilbekin does it all

James Nunnally was the man of the first half, but Scottie Wilbekin finished off the game for Maccabi. The team’s star tallied 16 points including 3 three-pointers - the last one a big one with less than 3 minutes left. He also hit the big free throws in the waning seconds. Wilbekin finished with 7 rebounds and also dished out 4 assists to just 2 turnovers. Those numbers resulted in an index rating of 12. While the stats might not stand out, Wilbekin was there when the team needed him most.

Both teams welcome much-needed help: Debuts for Zizic, Ferrell

Both teams saw important figures make their first appearance of the season. Ante Zizic threw down a big dunk on his first possession on the court for Maccabi and the Croatian big man helped the team with 6 points on 3-of-5 shooting while also picking up 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 10 minutes of action. While Zizic was with Maccabi last season, Panathinaikos just added playmaker Yogi Ferrell. He dished a couple of assists in the early going and his first points came on a pull-up three-pointer. Ferrell ended up collecting 3 points, 3 assists and 1 turnover in 10 minutes.

Telling numbers: Maccabi controls the glass

Maccabi shot a blistering 57.5% on two-pointers as the biggest statistical difference in the game while holding Panathinaikos to just 37.5% from two-point range. The hosts also controlled the glass with 42 rebounds to 32 for Panathinaikos. In addition, Maccabi made 13 free throws to just 7 for the visitors. The Greens were not able to take enough advantage of turnovers, picking up 16 points off 14 Maccabi turnovers compared to 5 Maccabi points off 10 Panathinaikos turnovers.

James Nunnally - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv - EB21
Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; RACYS, SAULIUS; PATERNICO, CARMELO
Attendance: 10255 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 32:32 16 2/5 3/9 3/4 2 5 7 4   2   2 3 2 12
2 EVANS, KEENAN 22:32 7 3/3 0/2 1/1   2 2 1 1 3     2 2 6
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 30:13 4 2/5 0/2     2 2 1 1       1 1 3
6 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 24:22 11 2/3 2/3 1/3   3 3   1 4   1 2 3 7
7 TAYLOR, KAMERON 4:36                         1   -1
8 REYNOLDS, JALEN 23:30 6 3/7     1 8 9 4 1 1     3 1 13
9 SORKIN, ROMAN 15:04 9 4/4   1/3 1 5 6     1 1     2 15
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 5:12               1 1           2
21 NUNNALLY, JAMES 25:23 18 4/6 1/4 7/7   6 6 3   1     2 6 25
23 ZIZIC, ANTE 9:53 6 3/5     1 1 2 1   1 1   2 1 6
26 LESSORT, MATHIAS 6:43   0/2     1 2 3   2 1     2    
99 ZIV, IFTAH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 77 23/40 6/20 13/18 7 35 42 15 7 15 2 3 18 18 89
        57.5% 30% 72.2%
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
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PERRY, KENDRICK 16:35   0/4 0/3         2 2 1     1 1 -4
5 MACON JR, DARYL 22:52 17 2/3 3/6 4/5 1 2 3 2   1     4 4 16
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 29:15 6 3/5       12 12   1 1 1   2   15
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 30:08 15 3/4 3/7   1 5 6 3   3 1   1 3 19
11 FERRELL, YOGI 10:26 3 0/2 1/2         3   1       2 4
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 3:43 3 0/2 1/1                       1
15 WHITE, OKARO 31:31 14 1/2 4/6     2 2   1       5 1 10
20 FLOYD, JEHYVE 4:24                         1   -1
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 22:41 13 3/7 2/6 1/3   3 3 4 2 1   1 2 5 13
40 EVANS, JEREMY 14:34 2 0/2   2/2 2 2 4     1   1 1 1 2
72 MANTZOUKAS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 13:51   0/1 0/1     1 1   3 1 1   1   1
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 73 12/32 14/32 7/10 5 27 32 14 9 11 3 2 18 17 76
        37.5% 43.8% 70%
Head coach: PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
“Today we got a very important win. A win that we wanted a lot. As you saw, we controlled the game for three periods. At the end, Panathinaikos scored a lot of tough shots. They scored 33 points in the last period even though we kept them to 23 points in the first half. They came back into the game. For sure we take away from the win how we played the first three quarters. And we need to improve the last minutes. We need to control the game better if something does not go well. I congratulate our players because every win is very important. Panathinaikos is a team that fights every minute in every game. All of the games they have lost came in the end and were by a small margin. So, I am very satisfied with the win although we need to improve the moments when something doesn’t go well and we collapse so easily. I want to thank our fans who supported us, especially at the end when Panathinaikos came back. They were there and with their voice helped us win.”
PRIFTIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
“Congrats to Maccabi. They deserved this win. For the most part, they played better than us. Regarding our performance, I would say it was a bipolar performance - two different faces. One for 30 minutes and the fourth quarter was totally different. I’m wondering if we would play 20 or 25 minutes like we played the last quarter what would happen. But this is something that we have to do and see what can happen. Unfortunately, it was very unfair what we did to ourselves; the way we started the game. But it was very positive the way we reacted in the last quarter. We saw some character and some personality. We got the game close, we had a chance. And of course, we have to build on that in the future.”

Players

NUNNALLY, JAMES
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
“Oh my god, way too dramatic. We were up by 15 plus. We gotta be better at finishing out games, especially at home. We need to just keep playing our game. Do what got us the lead. We stopped doing that. That’s why they came back.”
WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
“It was frustrating for me, but other players stepped up. James [Nunnally] played a great first half, all-around game. We played good defense except for the last part of the fourth quarter. That’s not how we want to finish the game. We’re up 20, we want to finish the game up 20. But the important thing is we got the win.”
MACON JR, DARYL
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We fought until the end, we stayed as a team together. I'm proud of myself and my team that we tried to get back. We have to keep working and keep trying. We learn the game, we learn as a team. We have to work to appear for 40 minutes."