2006-07QuarterfinalsGame 1
February 27, 2007 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 GOLDBERG ARENA
Meir Tapiro - Hapoel Migdal A historic performance by Meir Tapiro helped Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem take another step on the Road to Charleroi with an 88-79 win over FMP Zeleznik in the first game of the teams' ULEB Cup quarterfinals series on Tuesday night at Malha Arena in the Israeli capital. However the visitors will have a chance to turn the tables in the second leg of the two-game series next week in Serbia. Tapiro recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for only the second triple-double in the history of the ULEB Cup and the first that was accomplished without overtime. Hapoel went into the fourth quarter ahead by 16, but FMP stormed back and cut the lead to 4, before Terrence Morris and Dror Hagag wrapped up the 9-point victory. Mario Austin led Hapoel with 26 points, Timmy Bowers added 14, Hagag had 11 with 5 assists and Jurica Golemac posted 10 before fouling out. FMP got 22 points from Branko Cvetkovic, including 5 three-pointers. Zoran Erceg scored 17, Dragan Labovic had 13 and Milos Teodosic contributed 11.

Erceg got things going for FMP with a three-pointer to start the game, but Hapoel replied right away. The hosts shared the ball as four players scored four baskets and Austin's three-pointer made it 9-9. Cvetkovic with 5 points in a row led a 0-7 run that forced Hapoel to take a timeout, but FMP climbed an 11-19 lead after Aleksandar Rasic nailed a three-pointer of his own. Hagag came off the bench and had an immediate impact with 4 points in a row that forced FMP to call a timeout still up by a point, a little over two minutes to go in the quarter. Teodosic stepped up with 6 points to give FMP a 21-26 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Milos Teodosic - BC FMPFMP maintained the lead for two more minutes, before Hapoel struck back. Tapiro with a corner three was followed by Austin's alley-oop and power slam to make it just 32-33 with 6 minutes to play in the first half. Erceg quieted things down with another three-pointer as FMP refused to let Hapoel take the lead. Even when Morris tied the score from the line with his first points, Cvetkovic added another triple and kept Hapoel waiting. But a minute later, Austin's mid-range bucket gave Hapoel its first lead and after Bowers stole the ball at mid-court and finished with a dunk, FMP was took a time out down by 3 points, 42-39. Cvetokic added two more from the line to reach 10 points in the first half, but Tapiro answered with a buzzer-beater to end up the second quarter with a 44-41 Jerusalem lead.

Bowers came back from the locker-room fired up. With a steal and 4 points in a row he pushed Hapoel to a 6-0 opening spurt and forced FMP to call a timeout after just two minutes. Labovic broke the drought a minute later, but FMP continued to struggle from the field as Hapoel took a 52-43 lead. Cvetkovic and Golemac exchanged points beyond the arc, but Hapoel's defense forced FMP to take long distance shots that kept missing. Tapiro and Bowers used that to give Hapoel its first double-digit lead of the night, which grew to 59-46. Labovic scored 5 points in a row for FMP but the Hapoel machine continued to roll. Tapiro in a fast break and Austin with a lay up made it 67-53 for the hosts, before Erceg added a point for FMP from the line. Hapoel took a timeout for the last shot of the quarter and came back with another buzzer-beater by Tapiro, this time beyond the arc, to enter the last quarter with a 1- point lead, 70-54.

Just as Hapoel looked ready to turn the last quarter into garbage time, FMP fought back. Hapoel scored only 2 points in the first 4 points of the deciding quarter, as Golemac fouled out and Tapiro picked his fourth foul. On the other end Cvetkovic hit two three pointers and Erceg scored from the line to make it a 7-point game, 72-65. Hapoel finally managed to stop FMP's run, but the visitors continued to fight. Teodosic hit the visitors' fourth three-pointer of the quarter to get his team within 5 as the pressure on Hapoel kept growing. Tapiro's three-point shot spun on the rim and went out, and Labovic made it 78-74. Morris saved the day for Hapoel with a tough three and after Rasic hit just one from the line, Hagag excelled in clutch with another three that pushed Hapoel to a 9-point lead, 84-75. Labovic added another lay up and two points from the line to bring the difference down to 7. With 2.9 seconds on the clock, Bowers went to the line for what can turn out to be crucial points, and hit twice, setting the final score at 88-79.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Yarone Arbel, Jerusalem
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Referees: CICORIA, GIANPAOLO (ITA), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), MASTRAFTSIS, CHRISTOS (GRE)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
Hapoel Migdal21232618
BC FMP26151325
End of Quarter1234
Hapoel Migdal21447088
BC FMP26415479
Hapoel Migdal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 NAOR, MATAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 COTA, ED 10:15               1 1       2    
6 HAGAG, DROR 29:45 11 2/3 1/4 4/4 1 2 3 5         3 2 14
7 GOLEMAC, JURICA 24:00 10 3/4 1/2 1/3   2 2   1 2     5 2 4
8 MARKOVICH, EREZ 2:30 2 1/1                     1   1
9 MORRIS, TERENCE 17:00 7 1/2 1/2 2/2 1 2 3   1   2   1 2 12
11 PNINI, GUY 14:30 2 0/1 0/3 2/2   1 1 2   1     3 3  
12 TAPIRO, MEIR 37:00 16 5/8 2/5   1 10 11 10 1 3 1 1 5 3 27
13 MOSCOVICH, MORDECHAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DERY, AVISHI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BOWERS, TIMMY 28:30 14 4/7 0/2 6/6   3 3 1 3       3 6 19
33 AUSTIN, MARIO 36:30 26 9/12 1/2 5/7 1 5 6 1 3 6 3 1 3 6 29
Team             2 2   5           7
Totals 200:00 88 25/38 6/20 20/24 4 27 31 20 15 12 6 2 26 24 113
        65.8% 30% 83.3%
Head coach: SHAMIR, DAN
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
BC FMP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 26:45 11 1/1 2/6 3/5   3 3 6 1 2 1   1 3 16
5 CVETKOVIC, BRANKO 30:15 22 2/3 5/8 3/4   4 4 1   4     4 4 18
6 DJERASIMOVIC, MARKO 24:00 4 1/3 0/3 2/2 2   2         1 3 1 -2
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 34:00 17 1/6 3/6 6/8 1 4 5 1 1 3     3 9 17
9 LABOVIC, DRAGAN 23:45 13 4/7 1/1 2/2 2 6 8 2 1 1   3 4 2 15
10 POPOVIC, SLOBODAN 1:15               1             1
11 KRSTOVIC, BOJAN 1:30 1     1/2         1         1 2
12 MICIC, DJORDJE 8:00   0/2 0/1           1           -2
14 PROTIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PANTIC, MLADEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 TODOROVIC, IVAN 3:00 3 1/1   1/2           1     1 1 1
19 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 28:00 5 0/1 1/3 2/4   1 1 7   3   1 2 4 6
20 ZIGERANOVIC, IVAN 9:00 3 1/1   1/2 1 3 4   1 1 1   3 1 5
21 SAMARDZISKI, PREDRAG 10:30   0/1     2   2   1     1 3   -2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 11/26 12/28 21/31 8 21 29 18 7 15 2 6 24 26 75
        42.3% 42.9% 67.7%
Head coach: VUKOICIC, VLADA
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Head Coaches

SHAMIR, DAN
Hapoel Migdal
"I'm not going to talk a lot about this game, because it's still half time. In a regular game, when we are up by 9 points, the game is still open. I've seen maybe 11 games of FMP. I love the way they play and are coached. Tonight we were a little bit successful to change their game. Each team will make adjustments for the next game. I think this series is a very good one with lots of talent and fun to watch. The second game is totally open anyhow. Today in most of the game we made them play and take shots that forced them to make only 43% from the field. In the fourth quarter they played zone. The balls didn't fall in the good spots for us. Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes out. A player who makes a triple-double, it says a lot about how he plays in the system and how he can find his teammates. Tapiro knows what he's doing is great. I'm very happy he can succeed in the individual sense, and I'm more than happy it leads to team success.”
VUKOICIC, VLADA
BC FMP
"I want to congratulate Hapoel for the victory, and also Hapoel's coach for the good job. We lost by 9, but this difference gives chances to both teams in the second leg. I'm not satisfied with the way we played, especially in the third quarter, because we didn't do on court what we like to do. Hapoel played good defense, and we tried several options on offense, but we didn't find easy shots and good situations. The result of that was very bad scoring in third quarter for us. Hapoel won the third quarter with a 13 points difference. After that we changed something in our defense, and other things in our offense and we came back to the game. We didn't have enough patience to score in the moment we came back to only 5-6 difference. I believe we can play better in the next match and have a chance to try to make a victory. Unfortunately we lost by 9 and I think Hapoel isn't unhappy and we are not. Both teams have chances to go in the semifinals. One very bad statistic we had was from the free-throw line. I believe we'll shoot better at home, and maybe that's why we believe we can win by more than 9 in the second leg."

Players

TAPIRO, MEIR
Hapoel Migdal
"It's an honor for me to make a triple-double, but it's more important to win. What won the game for us was our defense. In the last quarter we missed some open shots, and that's what prevented us from winning by a bigger margin. FMP is a very young team, but very intelligent. They made adjustments during the game and I'm sure they'll make adjustments in the second game as well. We'll study them again and hope to give our fans one more home game in the ULEB Cup."
ERCEG, ZORAN
BC FMP
"We started the game very well, but when Hapoel switched to zone defense, we didn't have an answer, especially in the third quarter. We didn't give up when they came up to a 16-point difference. The second game is still open. We can still qualify."
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