2003-04Final FourSEMIFINAL B
April 29, 2004 CET: 20:40
Local time: 21:40 NOKIA ARENA
Anthony Parker - Maccabi Elite - Final Four 204 - EB03

Rolling spectacularly through a memorable second half, Maccabi Tel Aviv beat mighty CSKA Moscow 93-85 in the second Euroleague semifinal on Thursday. Maccabi advances to the final to play Skipper Bologna on Saturday night at 20:30 CET. Having trailed by 11 in the first half, Maccabi closed the gap to just a point at halftime and used its surging momentum to put the game away in the fourth quarter. In a game that featured stars from top to bottom of both lineups, Anthony Parker proved to be the biggest one of all. He poured in 27 points including a pair of alley-oop dunks in the game-turning third quarter that almost lifted Nokia Arena off its foundation. Maccabi took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and never let it slip below five to the finish. The game-breaker was Tal Burstein's triple with 2:30 left, giving Maccabi its biggest lead of the game, 80-68, after which CSKA could not pull within striking distance. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the winners. Nikola Vujcic added 14 more for Maccabi and Maceo Baston a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. For CSKA, Marcus Brown put up 23 points, J.R. Holden 16, Victor Alexander 12 and Sergei Monya 10. Mirsad Turkcan added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for CSKA.

Maccabi scored the game's first basket, but CSKA dominated the next 10 minutes. Turkcan responded with a triple from the wing, and on CSKA's next possession Monya nailed another one from the same spot. CSKA swallowed up two Maccabi shots around the basket, sending a message that they would not allow easy points. Turkcan then scored on a baseline drive, giving CSKA a 2-8 lead, but Anthony Parker connected on back-to-back jumpers to make it a 6-8 game halfway through the first quarter. CSKA continued to find holes in Maccabi's defense, as Monya scored his fith point on a baseline jumpshot. Nokia Arena errupted for the first time when Baston rose up for a signature two-handed slam. Maccabi tied at 12-12 on the next possession when Parker who hit nothing but net from long range. CSKA didn't stop attacking, however.

It went on an 0-10 run keyed by spectacular baskets from Holden, plus Monya's second triple. Maccabi took a timeout with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter, trailing 12-20. Maccabi scored on its next two possessions, but couldn't cut into the lead. Each time Maccabi hit a shot, CSKA responded with a basket of its own. The quarter ended with an amazing triple by Brown from 8 meters that set the score at 18-27. CSKA veteran Dragan Tarlac scored to give CSKA a nine-point lead early in the second quarter, but Maccabi did not give up. Pushed by an incredible crowd, Baston followed a big three-pointer by David Bluthental with an alley-oop dunk to cut CSKA's lead to 23-29. Brown retaliated quickly, however, and drilled another long bomb from downtown. CSKA used a small lineup with twin point guards and Brown at the small forward spot, as the game turned into a physical battle. Tarlac, playing a key role off the bench, made a tip-in to restore the Russians' double-digit lead at 23-34. Maccabi had been scoreless for more than 2 minutes. Bluthental stepped up with a long two-pointer and Vujcic added free throws for a 27-34 score as CSKA's second unit stepped on court. The loss of Brown to his third foul would hurt CSKA before the quarter ended, however. Jasikevicius made 2 free throw that capped an 8-2 Maccabi run and made it a five-point game at 31-36. Alexander drilled his trademark mid-range jumper, but nothing seemed to stop the Israeli champs, as a tip-in by Baston brought the hosts within 35-38 after 18 minutes. A carousel of free throws followed, in which youngster Yotan Halperin made 4 for Maccabi, pulling the home team to within 41-42 before the halftime buzzer.

CSKA came out of the lockers and got back-to-back baskets by Alexander and Holden to extend its lead 41-46, but from that point onwards, little went right for the visitors. Maccabi got back on track with a three-pointer by Jasikevicius while Parker made a putback to make it 46-46. Maccabi took its first lead since the game's very first shot at 49-48, on a Parker free-throw. They would not reliquish the lead for the remainder of the game. Another easy basket by Parker forced a CSKA timeout. while Maccabi fans celebrated the change in momentum. There was more fun to come. Jasikevicius connected with Parker on a pair of spectacular alley-oop dunks that almost brought down the house. Brown gave CSKA some fresh air with a three-point play, but Maccabi was unstoppable in both ends of the court. Jasikevicius followed 2 free throws by Vujcic with a bomb from downtown, extending his team's lead to 58-51. CSKA stayed in the game thanks to a driving layup by Holden and 2 foul shots by Theo Papaloukas made it a three-point game at 58-55. Vujcic stepped up for Maccabi with 4 quick points as he and Maccabi matched very physical. Even with Turkcan rebounding on both ends of the floor, Maccabi kept a 62-55 lead entering the fourth.

Gur Shelef opened the final period with a reverse layup. Brown brought CSKA back to life with his third three-pointer of the game, but only CSKA's first after 10 misses since the first quarter. Brown's three ignited a 2-7 run in which Papaloukas added a layup and 2 free throws, enough to make it a four-point game at 66-62 with more than 6 minutes to go. Bluthental stepped up in crunch time with a five-meter jumper. Alexander and Turkcan combined for 4 points to keep the Russian champs into the game at 70-66. Maccabi looked to Parker, who made his second three-pointer, after which the play started getting physical on both ends of the court. Maccabi had a different level of intensity, however, grabbing two offensive rebounds in the same play for a third-chance layup by Baston, while 2 free throws by Jasikevicius off a midcourt steal gave Maccabi a 77-68 lead with less than 3 minutes to go. CSKA called timeout to put a small lineup on the floor, with Monya at power forward, but it didn't work. Burstein then drilled a three-pointer that was the game-breaker, extending Maccabi's lead to double digits for the first time, 80-68. CSKA had no other option than shooting threes, but even when Alexander and Brown combined on 3 hits from downtown, Maccabi made smart choices on offense, sending Jasikevicius and Vujcic to the line at every opportunity. Maccabi made 9 of 10 free throws in less than a minute, enough to prevent any kind of comeback. The local fans erupted in joy in the final minute, as the outcome was clear and Maccabi returned to the Euroleague final!

Thursday, April 29, 2004
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Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BEN-CHIMOL, AVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 BASTON, MACEO 28:15 11 5/10   1/2 4 6 10 2   1 2 1 3 3 17
6 SHARP, DERRICK 6:15 1   0/2 1/2   1 1           1 1 -1
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 31:30 14 3/9 0/1 8/10 5 2 7 2 2 3 1 2 2 6 16
8 PARKER, ANTHONY 37:00 27 7/12 2/3 7/8 2 4 6 2 2 3 1   3 6 31
9 SHELEF, GUR 10:00 2 1/2       2 2 1 1 1     3   1
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 23:30 5   1/2 2/2   3 3 2 1       4 1 7
11 HALPERIN, YOTAM 6:30 4     4/4                 2 4 6
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 31:30 18 1/4 2/4 10/10   2 2 6 1 1   1 3 7 24
14 SUNDOV, BRUNO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 THOMAS, DEON 5:45 2 1/3       1 1   1       2    
33 BLU, DAVID 19:45 9 3/3 1/1     2 2           5 1 7
Team           1 4 5   4           9
Totals 200:00 93 21/43 6/13 33/38 12 27 39 15 12 9 4 4 28 29 117
        48.8% 46.2% 86.8%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 16:30 6 1/2 0/1 4/4         1 2     5 2  
5 BROWN, MARCUS 35:30 23 3/6 5/8 2/3 2 2 4 6 1 4     4 4 23
6 PANOV, SERGEY 6:15           1 1     1     2   -2
7 YUDIN, ANTON 9:45 2 1/1 0/2         1         4   -3
10 HOLDEN, JR 38:15 16 4/12 2/7 2/2 1 3 4 5 2   1 3 4 4 12
12 MONIA, SERGEY 22:30 10 2/3 2/5     2 2 2   1 1   4   6
13 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 3:00                   1         -1
14 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 3:00       0/4                 1 2 -3
15 BASHMINOV, ALEXANDR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 TURKCAN, MIRSAD 28:15 10 1/5 1/3 5/8 4 6 10 1 1 1 2   1 8 21
20 ALEXANDER, VICTOR 16:00 12 3/4 1/1 3/4 4 1 5     2   1 1 3 14
21 TARLAC, DRAGAN 21:00 6 2/6   2/2 5 1 6           3 4 9
Team           1 2 3   4         1 8
Totals 200:00 85 17/39 11/27 18/27 17 18 35 15 9 12 4 4 29 28 84
        43.6% 40.7% 66.7%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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Head Coaches

Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"We'll come to win the cup on Saturday night. We are playing not just for ourselves but for the whole country. The fans were amazing tonight and gave us a great, great push. We beat a good team. Ivkovic is a huge opponent and he gave a very good battle. I told my players in the first timeout that CSKA can't score from 3 that good for too long. We made a change in defense and we did a very good job for the majority of the last three quarters. CSKA is a team that scored throughout the season around 30% from 3 and 70% from the line, and I told my players there's no reason in the world, that we'll lose to such team. Anthony Parker was very good but he didn't win the game by himself. It takes a team to win, and if he hadn't had help from his teammates we couldn't have won. The final against Skipper will be very tough. It's a great team and we'll need to score more than 90 or maybe even more than 100 to beat them, and Parker can't do it by himself. The fans enjoyed two great semifinals. They were games with a high score and great offense of all 4 teams. Don't be wrong and think the teams didn't play hard on defense. Nobody helped us to make it here. We did it by ourselves. We're the best offensive team in Europe and has the most points and evaluation. Nobody can take that from us, and nobody but us did the job to get there."
CSKA Moscow
"After Marcus Brown's third foul we lost our concentration. That became a big problem for us as we had also problems with their defensive matchuips of 1 to 2. At the same time our defense was worse as the game advanced. It was also a shame that we didn't receive as much help from our bench players as we normally do. I'm proud of my players however, they fought for the 40 minutes and at the end of the game they were all really disappointed. I think the final game between Maccabi and Skipper will be a good one."


Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"They shot the ball well tonight. I don't know the percentage, but they gave us a great game. We expected this kind of game so we were ready. We got contributions from everybody. We limited our turnovers and got a lot of defensive rebounds and that's what we wanted to do. It feels great. Skipper's a tough team, they beat us here already. They're going to come in with confidence, but we've got to keep playing our game and we'll be alright. Right now it's all about getting rest and being ready for Saturday. Skipper is unpredictable. That's what makes them so tough. They shoot the ball so well and they've got a lot of weapons so we've got to play great defense."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"We, the players, all know who is Skipper. They are a young but fearless team, but I am sure that we will do our best to beat them."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"In the first half of the game we started bad and they had a great percentage for a great opening. They have always had a good percentage in three-point shooting throughout the season. I think that it was normal that they started so good. But we found the way to stop them and that was our improved zone defense, and they started to miss the shots. I always prefer to start bad and end well than the other way round. We all know about Skipper, they have a great coach and they will be a tough rival in the final."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"Staying with our game plan and being confident in our team is the point of the Final Four. We were well prepared for this game. As a professional, every game is a new game. We are where we aimed to be."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"It was a very physical game, but that's what I would prefer in a game like this. I'd rather have the game played the way it's played then a tightly called game. We had confidence all game even though they got off to a good start. We never doubted that we'd be there. The crowd was behind us the whole time and we just played our game. We're going to go with the same recipe against Skipper on Saturday. We've just got to play our game."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"We were very confident coming in to this game. We worked hard and we just kept fighting. The key for us was that we didn't make many mistakes. We cut down our turnovers and rebounded well. Now we've got one more that's the most important. We've got to come out on Saturday and be ready to play. We don't have time to reflect on this win, we've got another one on Saturday night."
Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv
"We started the third quarter with very good defense, We tried to get their big guys off early, rebound hard and get good shoots, that's the way this game has to be played. We are in the final but we haven't done anything yet. We managed to turn the game round in the third quarter."
CSKA Moscow
"We were ahead at the beginning but the game suddenly changed, I think it is easy, for everyone who saw the game, to see what happened tonight. We played very well but they took their chances to win. All our players wanted this win but we just couldn't."
CSKA Moscow
"After we started the game really well, Maccabi got a good offense and we failed in defense. Maccabi had a great game from the three-point line and Anthony Parker was superb. He is a great player."
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