2009-10Regular SeasonRound 7
December 10, 2009 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 NOKIA ARENA

Caja Laboral shocked Maccabi 82-91

Caja Laboral swept the season series from Maccabi Electra and moved into a share of the top spot in Group C with an 82-91 victory on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Mirza Teletovic had a career night, scoring a career-best 28 points on 8-for-14 three-point shooting to lead Laboral, which improved to 5-2 and will host Union Olimpija next week. Maccabi, which is also 5-2, travels to Moscow to face CSKA next week, which is also tied for the group lead. Teletovic helped Laboral pull away in the second quarter to take a 34-43 halftime lead, but Maccabi raced back to take a 50-49 lead in the third quarter. However triples from Teletovic and Carl English helped Laboral pull away again. The lead peaked at 15 in the fourth quarter and Maccabi’s late run was not enough. English went 6 for 11 from downtown for 18 points, while Stanko Barac and former Maccabi star Lior Eliyahu added 11 each for the winners. Chuck Eidson paced Maccabi with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Guy Pnini scored a career-high 18, Stephane Lasme posted 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks and D’Or Fischer added 10 points.

It was an electric beginning with both teams sprinting up and down the floor. Andrew Wisniewski got the hosts on the scoreboard first with a free throw before Teletovic drained a three-pointer. Eidson responded from downtown before English made it 4-6 with a three of his own. Eidson split the Laboral defense for a slam and then fed Fischer for a slam and a Maccabi lead. Eliyahu came on early to play alongside Teletovic, who drained his second three. English connected from behind the arc again to make it 8-12. The pace slowed as both teams started to run halfcourt plays. Lasme sank 2 free throws and followed that with a second chance basket to tie the score. Eliyahu scored on the offensive glass for his team’s first two-point basket. Alan Anderson fed Fischer for a two-handed alley-oop slam. English ht again from downtown, but Lasme converted a basket-plus-foul to keep the teams tied. Eliyahu did the same as Laboral took an 18-20 lead after 10 minutes.

Teletovic assisted Barac to start the second quarter. Teletovic was feeling it as he blocked Fischer at one end and sank a three at the other to make it a 7-point lead. David Bluthenthal responded with a high-arcing jumper. Barac scored from the line and Eliyahu scored and drew a foul from Eidson as the visitors made it 20-29. Fischer hit a jumper and Elyahu missed a dunk, but the momentum remained with Laboral as Teletovic scored on a put back. Fischer tapped in an Anderson miss and Pnini made a scoop shot, but Eliyahu kept the visitors rolling, first with 2 free throws and then with a dish to an open Barac for a jumper. Barac soon added a free throw to stretch the Laboral lead to double figures. Pau Ribas drained a long jumper s the fans in Tel Aviv sat speechless. Anderson ended the Maccabi drought with 2 free throws and Pnini followed with a three to give the fans hope, but Ribas answered with a triple of his own. Anderson added a free throw and neither team scored on their final possessions of the half to leave Laboral up 34-43 at halftime.

Fischer rose high to slam home a Lasme miss and Eidson fired in a three to bring the hosts back. Sean Singletary made a circus shot off the top of the backboard plus the resulting foul shot, but Eidson connected again from downtown to narrow the gap to 4. Teletovic answered with a triple, however Pnini matched him. A Laboral timeout did not dampen the Maccabi spirits as Wisniewski found Pnini open for his third three-pointer. Lasme blocked Teletovic at one end and sank 2 free throws at the other to give Maccabi its first lead since the opening minutes, 50-49. English drilled a three – his fourth of the night – and Tiago Splitter scored his first points of the night as Laboral started to climb back. Teletovic added another triple as the visitors rebuilt a sizeable lead. Lasme scored on the offensive glass, but then committed his third foul and took a seat on the bench. Maciej Lampe powered a layup in only to see Teletovic drain a deep three for an 8-point lead. Teletovic sank another three from the corner – his seventh. Doron Perkins scored down low, but Ribas matched him. A Perkins free throw made it 57-67 with 10 minutes remaining.

Perkins began the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and Teletovic missed threes on back-to-back possessions, but Splitter stepped up in the paint. Caja Laboral head coach Dusko Ivanovic put Stanko Barac in for Teletovic alongside Splitter, causing Maccabi to go big too. The move created space for the shooters and English took advantage to drain a three-pointer. Fernando San Emeterio did the same as the visitors’ lead reached a new peak, 60-75. Yaniv Green, in to guard Splitter, drew the fourth foul from the All-Euroleague center. Eidson then drew Spliter’s fifth foul. Free throws from Green and Eidson and soon a Wisniewski layup brought the hosts back within single figures. Eidson drilled a triple from the top of the key to cap a 9-0 run as Ivanovic called another timeout. Barac hit a baseline jumper to quiet the crowd. English fired in another crucial triple to make it 70-80 with three minutes remaining. Eidson scored on the offensive glass, but Barac made a pair of free throws. Anderson scored with an acrobatic layup and made the resulting free throw, but time was running out. A Teletovic triple with 1:41 remaining seemed to seal the result. Wisniewski quickly made a layup and Maccabi began fouling to stop the clock. Singletary missed twice from the line and Pnini willed in a three-pointer to get within 80-85 with 78 seconds to play. Wisniewski sent Singletary back to the line and he made only 1, but David Bluthenthal missed a long three at the other end. San Emeterio made a free throw with 48.5 seconds left and another 2 with 36.8 left as Laboral hung on for a major road win.

Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Attendance: 11500
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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 2:28   0/1       1 1       1       1
6 SHARP, DERRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 WISNIEWSKI, ANDREW 32:37 5 2/5   1/2 1 2 3 3   1     3 2 5
8 PERKINS, DORON 13:32 6 1/3 1/2 1/2 3 3 6 2   1     2 1 8
9 GREEN, YANIV 5:20 2 0/1   2/2                 2 1  
10 PNINI, GUY 19:46 18 2/3 4/8 2/2   2 2 2 1       4 2 16
11 ANDERSON, ALAN 22:30 7 1/8 0/3 5/7 1 4 5 2 2 3   1 4 6 2
12 LASME, STEPHANE 24:06 11 3/10   5/5 6 3 9 3 2 1 3   3 5 22
13 EIDSON, CHUCK 31:25 19 2/7 4/6 3/4 3 4 7 3 1       4 4 22
14 LAMPE, MACIEJ 8:57 2 1/2 0/1     2 2               2
15 BLU, DAVID 18:32 2 1/2 0/3     1 1               -1
21 FISCHER, DOR 20:47 10 5/7     2 5 7 4 1   2 1 4 2 19
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 82 18/49 9/23 19/24 16 28 44 19 7 6 6 2 26 23 97
        36.7% 39.1% 79.2%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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
Caja Laboral
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 RIBAS, PAU 24:08 7 2/2 1/2     4 4 7         2   15
06 BUESA, MARTIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SINGLETARY, SEAN 23:15 4 1/4 0/1 2/5   6 6 3 2 2   1 3 3 5
11 ELIYAHU, LIOR 24:26 11 4/6   3/6 1 5 6 3 1 2     4 7 17
12 TELETOVIC, MIRZA 37:44 28 1/2 8/14 2/2 1 5 6 2 1   1 1 2 1 29
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 22:20 6   1/3 3/4 1 3 4 2 1 3     2 3 8
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 23:53 6 1/5   4/6 1 1 2 2       2 5 6 3
23 ENGLISH, CARL 28:09 18 0/2 6/11   1 1 2 2   3   1 3 3 11
25 URIARTE, JON IRKUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 16:05 11 3/6   5/6 1 3 4       1 1 2 3 12
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 91 12/27 16/31 19/29 7 30 37 21 5 10 2 6 23 26 103
        44.4% 51.6% 65.5%

Head Coaches

Maccabi Electra
"We scored 37% for two-points and they scored 52% from three, and with these numbers it's very difficult to win. We came back twice, but every time we made it back, we got a three-pointer because of mistakes on defense. Splitter and San Emeterio were the more important players on Caja Laboral in most games, but today they had Teletovic and English who stepped up and they deserve all the compliments for that. We tried to stop Splitter and we did it, but that wasn't enough. We made only 6 turnovers today, which I think is the best performance on that aspect for us the whole season, and that was another key, but it still wasn't enough. Teletovic is a very high-class shooter with a very quick release and he had a big day. The game in Moscow is more difficult than the game we had here, and if we didn't beat Laboral, then we'll have to play much, much better next week."
Caja Laboral
"We won this game thanks to very good defense throughout the entire game. We had a lot of patience in offense and that helped us a lot. Mirza Teletovic and Carl English are very good shooters, but shooters have ups and downs. Sometimes they shoot very well and sometimes they miss a lot of shots and today both my shooters were in a very good day. We prepared to play inside and Maccabi played very close to the big guys, so we pushed the ball in and out. It's a very open group. All top three teams have the same chances to win first place. Both us and Maccabi still have to play in Moscow, so this is where the group will be decided."


Maccabi Electra
"They had a crazy day from long distance. We knew they can shoot well and we needed to defend the arc, but we didn't do it well enough. We must keep our heads up. It's still a long season and there is a long road ahead of us, and we need to see how we recover from this loss and climb up. We had a lot of energy, but at this level, you also need to play well, not just with energy, and we didn't do that tonight."
Caja Laboral
"I had great motivation, because as I said, it wasn't just any game for me. We played with a lot of energy. There's something in this arena that brings a lot of energy to whoever steps on court. I don't remember us taking so many three pointers so far this season, but most shots were open ones and it helped. It was more difficult to attack the rim today, and every shot in the paint was difficult. This win brings us very close to the top spot in the group, but there are still tough games, and we need to be careful not to make mistakes."
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