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NLB Semi Final | Round 1 | 28/04/2012 | 21:15 |  Ch. 10
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Maccabi’s 82 – 60 Win Puts Them in the Final

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv defeated Budućnost VOLI 82 – 60 and advanced to the Final of the 2012 Adriatic League Final Four, where they will face Cedevita Zagreb on Monday. Eliyahu and Langford were outstanding with 18 points and 17 points respectively.

28/04/2012
HOME · News Archive · Maccabi’s 82 – 60 Win Puts Them in the Final

By Amy Samin

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv defeated Montenegrin champions Budućnost VOLI 82 – 60 and advanced to the Final of the 2012 Adriatic League Final Four, where they will face Cedevita Zagreb on Monday at 9 p.m. Lior Eliyahu led all scorers with 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Keith Langford contributed 17 points. Crowd favorite David Blu added 13 points (2 of 2 from 2; 3 of 4 from 3) and Devin Smith scored 9.

Maccabi’s starters were Richard Hendrix, Devin Smith, Lior Eliyahu, Yogev Ohayon and Keith Langford. In spite of a quick reverse layup by Eliyahu in the opening seconds of the game, the pace crawled in the early minutes of the quarter. At the halfway mark Budućnost led 6 – 4. The score remained close for the next few minutes, with Ohayon and Eliyahu scoring for Maccabi. With just under two minutes left in the period, David Blu sank a catch and shoot from the left corner (assist Smith) to put Maccabi up 13 – 10, then went on to score twice more to end the period with Maccabi up 17 – 12.

The second quarter opened with yet more points from Blu, who sank a trey from the right corner. Smith added a baseline drive and a putback to make it 24 – 12, while Maccabi’s defense choked off the visitors’ offense with blocks and forced shot clock violations. A drive by Langford in the lane made it 28 – 16 midway through the period. With three and a half minutes left in the half Maccabi went on a scoring spree that included points by Eliyahu (who scored off a slick dish from Guy Pnini), Smith, Langford and Shawn James that brought the home team’s lead to twenty, 38 – 18. Budućnost scraped together two points from the charity stripe, but a dunk by Hendrix and a drive to the basket by Langford wrapped up the quarter with Maccabi leading 42 – 20.

The third quarter got underway with points by Hendrix and a block by Smith. Vladimir Mihailovic made a valiant effort to get Budućnost back in the game, but Eliyahu and Langford combined for seven points (including a catch and shoot from downtown by the latter) that made it 51 – 23 after three minutes. Blu and Langford each scored twice more, including a dazzling spin and in by Blu on the baseline (assist Hendrix), 60 – 29 with three and a half left in the period. James took control of the defensive boards, pulling down three rebounds in less than a minute, but Budućnost eventually put together a string of buckets, closing the gap to 60 – 36 with less than one minute on the clock. A fadeaway jumper at the buzzer by Theo Papaloukas ended the period with Maccabi leading 64 – 38.

Maccabi seemed to let up somewhat on the intensity in the final period, but Pnini and Eliyahu scored to make it 71 – 45 after almost five minutes. Team captain Tal Burstein sank a three pointer (assist Pnini) to make it a thirty point game, 78 – 48 with three and a half minutes remaining. Budućnost continued to fight hard in the closing minutes of the game, while Burstein scored once more and Hendrix added a drive in the lane, and Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv defeated Budućnost VOLI in the 2012 Adriatic League semi-final game by the score of 82 – 60. Maccabi will face the victor of the other semi-final game, Cedevita Zagreb, in the Final on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. at Nokia Arena.

BOXSCORE

Maccabi: Eliyahu 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Langford 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Blu 13 points, 1 rebound; Smith 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks; Hendrix 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal; Papaloukas 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Burstein 5 points, 1 assist, 1 block; James 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Pnini 3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Ohayon 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds; Schortsanitis 3 rebounds, 3 assists.

Top scorers for Budućnost: Dubljevic 17 points; Vitkovac 11 points.

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