2013-14Regular SeasonRound 3
October 30, 2013 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 ARENA RIGA
Moran Roth - Maccabi Haifa - EC13 (photo Mikus Klavins, VEF Riga)Maccabi Haifa Bazan improved to 2-1 in Group G of the Eurocup with a 73-94 road victory against previously undefeated VEF Riga. Donta Smith collected the fifth triple-double in Eurocup history with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists as well as 2 steals for Haifa while Moran Roth had 22 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Brian Randle and Ike Ofoegbu both tallied 12 points for the guests and Ido Kozikaro hit for 10 points. Derrick Nix paced Riga with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Kristaps Janicenoks scored 13 points, Tomas Delininkaitis had 12 and Dee Brown added 10 points.

Kozikaro scored four points as Bazan opened a 2-7 lead. Janicenoks tallied seven points as Riga answered with a 9-0 run to go up 11-7. Ofoegbu and David Cubillan both nailed three-balls to knot the game at 13-13 and back-to-back scores by Alex Chubrevich pushed the guests ahead 17-19. Brown and Delininkaitis finished the first quarter with long balls as VEF was up 23-21 after 10 minutes. Dagan Yivzori knocked down two treys and scored all eight of his points as Maccabi Haifa reeled off a 5-20 spurt to open a 30-43 advantage. Roth’s layup at the buzzer made it 35-47. Kozikaro increased the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter, 39-57, before triples by Janicenoks and Delininkaitis got Riga back to within 45-57. Bazan had too many weapons and increased the gap back to 47-64. Brown’s trey trimmed it back to 53-64 but the guests led 55-70 after three quarters. A triple and a foul shot by Delininkaitis cut the deficit to 61-73 early in the fourth quarter but that was as close as Riga would get the rest of the way. Haifa reeled off a 2-12 run for a 63-85 lead, all but finishing the game with less than four minutes to play. The hosts would crawl to within 17 points before Smith extended the advantage to a game-high 23 points, 69-92 with a minute left.
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Referees: VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 3700 (Tentative)
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VEF Riga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 PLAVNIEKS, KRISTAPS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ROBINSON, ANTYWANE 25:59 7 3/6 0/1 1/2 3 3 6 1   2   1 3 3 6
7 BERZINS, ARTURS 11:40 1   0/3 1/3       2   1     5 1 -7
8 NIX, DERRICK 26:44 14 6/11   2/3 4 5 9 1 2 3   1 3 4 17
11 STRELNIEKS, ARTURS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 JANICENOKS, KRISTAPS 29:43 13 4/5 1/4 2/4 1 1 2     3     1 2 7
23 BROWN, DEE 34:31 10 2/5 2/8     3 3 6   1     3 2 8
25 DELININKAITIS, TOMAS 17:02 12   3/8 3/4       2 2 1     1 4 12
32 PASECNIKS, ANZEJS 7:29 1     1/2 2 2 4 1 2 1     1 1 6
33 BERZINS, JANIS 12:49 9 1/1 1/3 4/4   1 1   2 1     3 3 9
45 ILJINS, VIKTORS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 34:03 6 2/5 0/6 2/2 2 2 4 4   1     2 3 5
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 18/33 7/33 16/24 14 18 32 17 8 15 0 2 22 23 65
        54.5% 21.2% 66.7%
Head coach: BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
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 Haifa Bazan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 KOKIA, URI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SMITH, DONTA 38:38 18 7/8   4/6 3 13 16 10 2 5     3 6 41
7 CHUBREVICH, ALEX 19:13 9 4/7   1/2   2 2   2 1     1 2 9
8 YIVZORI, DAGAN 19:33 8 0/1 2/2 2/2   1 1   2       5 3 8
9 ROTH, MORAN 28:50 22 8/13 1/2 3/4 1 4 5 7 1 2     1 4 29
10 CUBILLAN, DAVID 24:01 3 0/1 1/2     1 1 3   2     2   1
11 REIS, BEN 8:00   0/1           1         2   -2
12 ARIELY, LIRAZ 0:29                         1   -1
13 KOZIKARO, IDO 15:36 10 4/6   2/2 3 3 6 1   1     3 2 13
14 BER AVEN, TOMER 0:29                              
15 RANDLE, BRIAN 20:12 12 2/6 2/2 2/4   4 4 2 1 3 1   2 2 11
21 OFOEGBU, IKE 24:59 12 2/4 1/3 5/6 2   2 1 1 4 1   3 3 8
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 94 27/47 7/11 19/26 9 31 40 25 9 18 2 0 23 22 120
        57.4% 63.6% 73.1%
Head coach: FRANCO, DANNY

Head Coaches

BUTAUTAS, RAMUNAS
VEF Riga
"Congrats to our opponents, they were much better. We lost in almost every aspect of the game. The only thing that surprised me from our opponents was that some of their players shot unexpectedly well. To explain this loss further, we have to watch the game once more and analyze it. I can say that we are not as bad as we looked in this game. We have to keep working."
FRANCO, DANNY
Maccabi Haifa Bazan
"We are very happy with the win tonight. We know we played an excellent team and the difference in points doesn't represent the quality of the opponent. I'm proud of the way my players played tonight and the way we shared the ball. We need to continue to be consistent and get ready for our next challenge on Saturday."

Players

BERZINS, JANIS
VEF Riga
"We didn't play well enough on defense, so that's why we had such big loss. We had big problems stopping their transition offense. Also, we didn't execute our game plan. We shouldn't hang our heads, because there's still a lot of games and lots of opportunities in the Eurocup ahead of us."
ROTH, MORAN
Maccabi Haifa Bazan
"It was a great effort from the entire team to win in a difficult place. The idea that five guys are scoring in double figures and we had 25 assists is a great sign. We are happy to have two wins in the Eurocup and we know we have a very balanced team."
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