2015-16Last 32Round 2
January 13, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 20:00 CEC NAGORNY
Trevor Mbakwe - Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv - EC15 (photo Nizhny Novgorod)

Maccabi FOX holds on to win thriller at Nizhny

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv continued its strong start to the Last 32 with a tough 83-87 road win at Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday. Taylor Rochestie led the way with 17 points against his former team and Trevor Mbakwe added a double-double as the visitors held on late to improve to 2-0 in Group M. The result also dropped Nizhny to 0-2. The game was close throughout with Maccabi leading by as many as 7 in the first half and Nizhny by 5 in the fourth quarter. The final 20 seconds decided the game; after Devin Smith put Maccabi up 3, the two teams combined to miss 3 free throws and commit 2 turnovers before Sylven Landesberg iced the game from the free throw line. Arinze Onuaku scored 15 for the winners, Guy Pnini added 13, Smith 10 and Mbakwe posted 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Dimitriy Khvostov paced Nizhny with 14 points and 10 assists, Evgeny Baburin and Semen Antonov each scored 13, Victor Rudd added 12 points and Kaspars Berzins 11.

Sylven Landesberg opened the scoring with a three-pointer, but Nizhny soon tied it at 4-4 after Rudd free throws. Rudd gave the hosts their first lead and Khvostov and Antonov extended it to 13-8. Rochestie sparked Maccabi with a three-pointer as the visitors reeled off 7 straight points to move in front. Antonov connected from downtown and Ivan Strebkov made it 18-15, but Dagan Yivzori scored the last 5 points of the quarter to end it at 18-20. Yivzori scored the first basket of the second quarter and Onuaku scored twice inside as the visitors surged ahead 21-28. After a Baburin triple, Maccabi added to its lead through Mbakwe. Antonov kept the hosts in the game and Khvostov free throws narrowed the gap to 34-36. Pnini nailed a triple and Rochestie free throws boosted the difference back to 7. In the final minute of the half, Berzins scored inside and Strebkov hit from behind the arc to make it 43-45 at the break.

Rochestie and Onuaku scored the first baskets of the second half, but Nizhny rode Khvostov’s hot hand to a 50-49 advantage. The lead changed hands on nearly every possession for the next several minutes, with Brian Randle splitting free throws to put the visitors up 54-56. Pnini pushed the lead to 5 with a three-pointer, but Baburin buried a pair from behind the arc to tie it at 63-63 through three quarters. Mbakwe and Randle put Maccabi back on top, but it would be a short-lived advantage as Andrey Kirdiachkin scored three times and Baburin made his fourth triple to push the hosts in front. It was 76-71 after Berzins next three. However Maccabi made up the difference through Rochestie free throws and triples by Smith and Landesberg to lead 78-79. Strebkov’s three kept the hosts within 1 entering the final minute, however Mbakwe’s rejection of Rudd and Smith floater gave Maccabi an 81-84 edge with 20 seconds to play. The finish was a test of nerves and free throw shooting; Khvostov, Smith and Strebkov all split free throws and Rochestie and Rudd each turned the ball over before Landesberg iced the game from the line.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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Referees: KOROMILAS, ELIAS (GRE), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), BIJEDIC, HARIS (BIH)
Attendance: 2550 (Tentative)
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Nizhny Novgorod
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RUDD, VICTOR 31:36 12 4/10 0/6 4/5 1 6 7 2 1 6   2 2 4 3
4 BABURIN, EVGENY 22:06 13 0/1 4/8 1/1   4 4 1 1 1     2 1 12
7 VIKTOROV, IVAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ZARYAZHKO, VICTOR 2:57                         1   -1
10 IVLEV, VLADIMIR 17:13 3 1/4 0/1 1/2 3 1 4     1     2 1  
11 ANTONOV, SEMEN 29:44 13 4/7 1/2 2/2 3 2 5 2   2 1   5 1 11
12 MAHALBASIC, RASID 14:24 2 1/5   0/1 1 2 3   1 2   2 3 4 -2
13 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 26:29 14 3/4 1/3 5/6 1   1 10   1     3 5 22
14 BERZINS, KASPARS 26:23 11 2/4 2/4 1/2   4 4 1     1 2 4 5 11
19 STREBKOV, IVAN 16:41 9 1/4 2/2 1/2 3 2 5 2   1       2 13
20 POPOV, ILYA 3:01       0/2   2 2           5 2 -3
47 KIRDIACHKIN, ANDREI 9:26 6 3/3     1   1           1   6
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 83 19/42 10/26 15/23 16 23 39 18 3 15 2 6 28 25 74
        45.2% 38.5% 65.2%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 BENDER, DRAGAN 5:41     0/2               2   2 1 -1
6 SMITH, DEVIN 34:52 10 2/3 1/7 3/4   3 3 4 2     1 1 3 12
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 15:55 3 1/2   1/2 2 2 4 2     2   5 2 6
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN 10:00 8 2/3 1/2 1/4 1 1 2   1 1     2 1 4
9 SEGEV, ITAY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 PNINI, GUY 25:13 13 3/4 2/4 1/1   2 2 2   2     3 1 10
14 ZOOSMAN, YOVEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 19:52 9   2/5 3/4   1 1 1 2 2   1 1 2 7
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 7:04 2   0/1 2/2       1   1     4 1 -2
22 ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR 39:20 17 4/6 1/3 6/6   1 1 4   3       6 21
32 MBAKWE, TREVOR 26:13 10 3/6   4/4 5 9 14 1 1   2   5 4 24
33 ONUAKU, ARINZE 15:50 15 6/8   3/6   2 2 1 1 3     3 7 15
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 87 21/32 7/24 24/33 9 23 32 16 7 14 6 2 26 28 97
        65.6% 29.2% 72.7%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Nizhny Novgorod
"It was an interesting and equal game. I think my team gave everything they had. We missed some free throws in the end of the game. And we didn’t make the right decisions. However we played tough and were pretty smart on defense. "
TABAK, ZAN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"This victory was very important and we cannot forget that we won with a short-handed roster. I am very happy. I have a lot of respect for Nizhny and its coach; it’s a great offensive team. I remember that even last year when we came here with Real Madrid we barely won. Throughout the game we had trouble rebounding because they played with very tall lineups that made it hard for us. There were a few chances for us to pull away and end the game, but we didn’t do it and we’ll have to learn from that. We had a short rotation and we still accomplished our mission. It’s an important victory, which puts us ina good spot in our group. "

Players

RUDD, VICTOR
Nizhny Novgorod
"The plan for our final possession was to get me the ball. It was clear that I stepped out, but I think I was pushed a little bit. Anyways I guess Maccabi made some right decisions at the end, and this is why they won. "
ROCHESTIE, TAYLOR
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It’s a very tough place to get a win. We had a good game plan and we executed it pretty well. They kept changing their defense, which was hard for us. We showed some character in the end of the game and it’s great to get a victory in Nizhny. "