2016-17SemifinalsRound 2
March 17, 2017 CET: 13:00
Local time: 14:00 PAIS ARENA JERUSALEM

Jerusalem rules late to force Game 3 in Valencia

There will be a decisive Game 3 in the 7DAYS EuroCup Semifinals after Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem used a huge fourth quarter to defeat Valencia Basket 79-66 on Friday afternoon at Pais Arena Jerusalem to even their best-of-three series 1-1. The hosts entered the fourth quarter trailing by 4 points, but put together both their best offensive quarter and defensive quarter when it mattered most, outscoring Valencia 26-9 over the final 10 minutes. Curtis Jerrells highlighted the comeback by scoring 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Tarence Kinsey led Jerusalem with 18 points and Yotam Halperin netted 11, including a pair of fourth-quarter triples. For Valencia, EuroCup three-point king Rafa Martinez led the way with 22 points, tying his season high, while Pierre Oriola scored 12 and Will Thomas 10. In many ways, three-point shooting was the story of the game as Jerusalem saw six players strike from downtown and the team collectively made 11 of 21 triples (52.4%), while only Martinez made any for Valencia, which shot 4 for 24 (16.7%) as a whole.

Travis Peterson's cross-court pass to Kinsey for a triple and Amare Stoudamire's layup opened the scoring at 5-0. After Peterson hit free throws and assisted Kinsey's layup, it was 9-0 and Valencia needed a timeout. Fernando San Emeterio finally got Valencia's first points after 4 minutes. Kinsey then picked San Emeterio's pocket and broke away for a dunk at 11-2. Thomas and Stoudamire exchanged inside baskets before Bar Timor's reverse made it 15-5. Martinez struck from downtown for the visitors but Timor and Halperin matched him from deep as Jerusalem led 24-14 after 10 minutes. Sam Van Rossom joined Valencia's scorers early in the second quarter but Timor's fastbreak upped the difference to 28-16. Thomas, Luke Sikma and Pierre Oriola all got to the rim to cut that difference in half, 28-22. Kinsey returned with free throws that Oriola matched with a jumper and a layup on Sikma's feed, forcing a Jerusalem timeout at 30-26. Stoudemire and Dubljevic scored in close before Martinez drilled a triple at 34-31. Jerome Dyson, Martinez and Peterson hit three-pointers in succession and San Emeterio's tough back-door layup made it 41-37 at halftime.

Oriola made two easy layups after halftime to quickly tie it up, 41-41. San Emeterio then gave Valencia its first lead with a baseline driving layup. Dyson and Sikma exchanged free throws before Peterson's drive forged a 45-45 tie. Stoudamire broke it from under the rim but San Emeterio responded with a runner that Kinsey and Martinez both matched at 49-49. Free throws by Jerrells and Halperin for Jerusalem, Bojan Dubljevic and Joan Sastre for Valencia, made it 53-52. But a tip-in by Thomas and a picture-perfect three-pointer for Rafa Martinez to end the third quarter put the visitors in charge, 53-57. After Jerrells opened the fourth quarter from downtown, Halperin followed him for another tie, 59-59. Thomas scored in close, but Halperin hit another triple at 62-61. Martinez raced for a layup as the lead changed again, but Jerrells brought it back with Jerusalem's fourth three-pointer in 2 minutes at 65-63. After a timeout, Kinsey upped the difference but Dubljevic fed Thomas for a dunk at 67-65. Kinsey from way downtown beat the shot clock and hit a shorter fadeaway to make it 72-66 with less than 4 minutes left. When Jerrells then hit an open layup, Valencia needed a timeout, but could not score after it. The next layup by Jerrells restored a double-digit lead with 2 minutes left. When his open three went through the net, it was 79-66 and the series was headed back across the Mediterranean Sea for a deciding Game 3 next Wednesday in Valencia.

Curtis Jerrells - Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem - EC16 (photo Hapoel)
Friday, March 17, 2017
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), PETEK, SASO (SLO), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 10091
By Quarter1234
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem24171226
Valencia Basket1423209
End of Quarter1234
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem24415379
Valencia Basket14375766
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 STOUDEMIRE, AMARE 30:41 9 4/8   1/2 2 6 8   2 2 3 1 4 3 13
2 DYSON, JEROME 18:26 5 0/2 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1   2     3 3 3
7 RON, OR 0:14                              
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 7:26 1 0/2   1/2 1 1 2       1   1 1 1
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 18:56 11 0/2 3/3 2/2 1 2 3 3         1 1 15
11 TIMOR, BAR 14:54 8 2/4 1/2 1/2   2 2     1   1 2 1 3
21 KINSEY, TARENCE 30:33 18 5/7 2/4 2/2   2 2 2 1   1   3 3 20
22 JONES, SHAWN 9:19 3 1/2   1/2 2 1 3     1 1   1 1 4
42 PETERSON, TRAVIS 32:34 7 1/4 1/2 2/2 2 2 4 3 2   1   3 3 13
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 36:57 17 2/5 3/8 4/4   4 4 5   1   1 2 3 17
91 ROSEFELT, ISAAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 79 15/36 11/21 16/20 9 26 35 14 5 7 7 3 20 19 94
        41.7% 52.4% 80%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 19:19 10 5/8 0/4   1 2 3     1   1 1   3
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 26:17 2 1/3 0/2     3 3 3 1 2     4 1  
10 SATO, ROMAIN 17:51 2 0/2 0/2 2/2 2 3 5 1     1 1 2 1 3
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 17:47 5 1/4 0/2 3/6 6 3 9 1   1 1 1 1 3 8
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 29:40 22 4/5 4/7 2/2 2 3 5 1   1   1 3 5 24
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 22:13 12 6/10     1 1 2 1     1   2 1 11
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 23:08 7 3/6 0/2 1/2 1 2 3 1   1   1   6 9
30 SASTRE, JOAN 22:30 2 0/1 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 2         4 2 1
42 FERRANDO, LUIS 0:54   0/1                         -1
43 SIKMA, LUKE 20:21 4 1/4 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 1   2 2 1 1
52 SAVIC, EMIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 66 21/44 4/24 12/16 18 23 41 12 2 7 3 7 19 20 64
        47.7% 16.7% 75%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"I think something that is obvious is that it was one more time an unbelievable basketball game. Congratulations to Valencia, they are an amazing basketball team that few teams in Europe can resist. How we started the game tonight was perfect on defense, we decided the rhythm on offense. And Valencia was so strong and stayed within its system. For our fans, this was something special. I am so happy for them. I really think that Valencia is for sure a EuroLeague playoff team. And we see that in their league how they compete with the EuroLeague teams in Spain. I am so proud of my players. I think we did something unbelievable in the first quarter. Then we tried to resist, because we could not continue playing at this kind of rhythm. There is the moment you have to recover. But everybody that stays on the court resisted, gave us something and in the third quarter we missed some unbelievable layups, it was unlucky, minimum three baskets. This is something that when we make this kind of effort can kill a team like us. And the way we came back in the last quarter, after the rotation with the players a little bit more fresh, is something special. "
MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Valencia Basket
"I think both teams were a little bit tired at this moment [starting the fourth quarter], but Hapoel made some very good three-pointers and that broke our rhythm, because we had to play five-on-five, unlike in the third quarter when we played with more speed. And that is very important for us. And threes by Jerrells, Halperin and Kinsey was very good for them. I think some of them against good defense, but Hapoel has players with great quality and they can make these shots… I think Hapoel deserves to play the third game and we deserve to play this third game at home after our regular season, with all due respect to Hapoel. They have great players, they play great, very tough. We hope to win, but we know it is going to be very difficult. "

Players

HALPERIN, YOTAM
Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem
"We had some excellent minutes and a lot of ups and downs. We led by 12 and trailed by 4 and came back again because this is a team at a very high level. It is most important that we tied the series. Now the pressure is on them. We have some time to recover… My points and Bar [Timor]’s points were not what made the difference, but definitely were important in the win. Today both Bar and I entered the game well and in a different game it could be different. A big rotation is important in a best-of-three series. "