By Amy Samin
Pini Gershon once again gave Maciej Lampe the night off, and started the game with Andrew Wisniewski, Yaniv Green, Guy Pnini, Chuck Eidson, and D’or Fischer.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the game, with the home team eventually taking a 7 – 0 lead.
Pnini then took the game in hand, scoring two straight three pointers to get Maccabi, with three and a half minutes elapsed, on the scoreboard and into the game.
The game stayed sluggish for the next few minutes, until Pnini sank an off-balance finger roll plus free throw to tie the game at 12 with less than two minutes remaining.
A bucket by Doron Perkins on the inbounds gave Maccabi their first lead of the game, 14 – 12; Perk then added an assist to David Bluthenthal under the basket.
Pnini hit one for two from the charity stripe to give Maccabi a 17 – 14 lead at the end of the first period.
Three pointers by Limonad and Bluthenthal got the game rolling in the second quarter, and a putback by Stephane Lasme put Maccabi up 27 – 20 with three minutes gone.
A technical called on Ashkelon helped give Maccabi’s lead a boost, then Limonad drilled another long one, making it 35 – 20.
Limonad continued to dazzle, with a layup off a behind-the-back pass from Perkins, a layup plus foul, and yet another shot from outside the arc that set the score at 52 – 35 as the teams went into halftime.
Pnini kicked off the third quarter with another three-pointer, putting Maccabi up by twenty, 57 – 37 in the first minute.
Overall, the period was a demonstration of teamwork, with points coming from at least six different players, including another shot from downtown by Limonad, and two free throws by Derrick Sharp, who subbed in for number 5 with less than two minutes remaining in the period.
The quarter ended with the score 73 – 61, Maccabi.
The fourth quarter saw yet another three-pointer from Limonad, plus points by Eidson, to put Maccabi up 84 – 65 after three minutes.
Pnini nailed two more long ones of his own, while Eidson added a couple of layups and a jumper from near the top of the key to finish things off, and the game ended in another victory for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, 102 – 85 over Eldan Ashkelon.
Maccabi: Limonad 23 points, 4 assists; Pnini 21 points; Bluthenthal 14 points; Lasme 12 points; Eidson 10 points; Fischer 7 points; Perkins 7 points, 6 assists; Wisniewski 2 points, 4 assists; Green, Sharp and Anderson 2 points each.
At the end of the game, Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon said, “All in all there were some good minutes, and we did some things that we hadn’t been able to do since the start of the season.
I hope the players will stay sharp.”
Guy Pnini, who had yet another excellent game, finishing with 21 points and 3 of 5 from three point range, said, “I knew that this was a tough arena; it’s always been hard for me to play here.
We opened a little lazy and unfocused, but we got into the game and I’m pleased we got over that hurdle.
Personally, I felt good, the way I’ve been feeling for awhile now with my shooting.
We’ve gotten back some of our confidence after the loss to Caja.
We looked like a team out there.
That’s what we need to take from this game.”
The top scorer of the night was Raviv Limonad, who was 100% (5 for 5) from three point range.
”I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play in the Euroleague,” said Limonad when asked about the time he spends on court in
“But I know where I stand.
I hold my tongue and hope for an opportunity.
I know, and the coaches know, that I have the ability to help the team in the Euroleague.
Right now, I’m not in the rotation, but I hope to be down the line.”
About the upcoming game against CSKA in
A tough game against a great team awaits us.
Minus 14 degrees Celsius?
My long johns are packed.”