2008-09Regular SeasonRound 6
January 13, 2009 CET: 18:30
Local time: 19:30 METRO WEST RAANANA
Meir Tapiro - Bnei HasharonBnei Hasharon finished its Eurocup season with a big win by edging Aris BSA 89-86 at home in Group D on Tuesday. Bnei improved to 2-4 and finished fourth in this group. Despite winning its three opening games, Aris was third in Group D with a 3-3 record - and therefore out of the competition - due to its tie-break disadvantage against Panellinios. Ricahrd Roby led the winners with 21 points. Meir Tapiro added 20, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, Shawn James posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Ousmane Cisse got 12 points for Bnei. Dimitris Tsaldaris led Aris with 29 points on 7-for-14 three-pointers. Keydren Clark added 14, Spencer Nelson had 11 while Blagota Sekulic pulled down 10 rebounds for Aris, that led 10-18 early. Roby led a game-breaking 16-0 run that allowed Bnei to get a 41-32 edge at halftime. Aris trailed 69-55 midway through the fourth quarter but Tsaldaris led a rain of three-pointer that brought the guests within 86-85 with seconds to go. Roby sealed the outcome from the foul lines.

Sekulic got Aris going with a layup-plus-foul while Tsaldaris and Clark soon added back-to-back triples for a 2-9 Aris edge. Cisse stepped up for Bnei while Tsaldaris sank a jumper to keep Aris ahead, 6-13. Tapiro nailed a jumper but Spencer Nelson answered from downtown to boost Aris' lead to 8-16. Cisse scored in the paint, James added a layup while a three-pointer by Tapiro brought the hosts back in the game, 15-18, after 10 minutes. Roby scored right at the start of the second quarter but Savvas Iliadis sank a big triple. James matched that with a three-point play while a dunk by Roby gave Bnei its first lead, 22-21. Both teams went scoreless for more than 2 minutes until Roby nailed a triple while Erez Katz made 4-for-4 free throws free throws. Aris kept struggling to score while Cisse and Roby capped a 16-0 Bnei run with consecutive baskets. Clark stepped up for Aris with a triple while Lazaros Agadakos and Nikos Barlos soon added free throws for a 37-30 Aris deficit. James and Tapiro allowed Bnei to keep a 41-32 lead at halftime.

Tsaldaris nailed a triple right after the break but Tapiro fed Ugonna Onyekwe for a dunk and then sank a jumper for a 45-35 Bnei margin. Nelson made free throws that Roby matched with a big basket, as Aris only managed to trade baskets now. Tapiro sank a jumper to make it a 12-point game, 49-37. Nikos Argyropoulos struck from downtown while Nelson and Sekulic brought Aris back to life, 51-44. Onyekwe followed a jumper with another dunk while a three-point play by Sean Munson kept Bnei way ahead, 59-50, after 30 minutes. Onyekwe scored down low early in the fourth quarter, igniting a 7-2 Bnei run highlighted by Roby's triple for a 66-52 margin. Tsaldaris fired in another three-pointer but a layup-plus-foul by James made the guests call timeout at 69-55. Aris needed a quick comeback to keep its options alive and Tsaldaris trying to ignite one with a put-back layup and a triple. Clark also struck from downtown for a 75-68 Aris deficit. Clark scored again but Roby gave Bnei some fresh air with free throws, 79-71. Three-pointers by Tsaldaris and Sean Marshall got Aris back in the game, 82-80. Tapiro and Clark traded free throws, Belcher sank foul shots but once again Tsaldaris struck from downtown to make it a one-point game, 86-85. Roby sank 3-for-4 free throws in the final second to seal the outcome.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Referees: MUHVIC, DUBRAVKO; CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY; NESKOVIC, DRAGAN
Attendance: 2500
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Bnei Hasharon
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 REIS, BEN 2:06                              
5 MUNSON, SEAN 3:20 3 1/1   1/1 1   1           1 2 5
7 BELCHER, SEGADO 36:45 4 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 1 2   3 1 2
8 ROBY, RICHARD 24:27 21 4/7 2/3 7/8 1 2 3 1         3 4 21
9 AMITAY, GIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 ICHAKI, ORI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 HOFFMAN, ELAD 1:52                         1   -1
12 TAPIRO, MEIR 34:10 20 6/11 1/4 5/6 1 7 8 8 1 3     2 7 30
13 KATZ, EREZ 23:57 4 0/1   4/6 1 4 5 5 1 4     5 3 6
14 CISSE, OUSMANE 22:49 12 6/9     1   1   1 2 1   4 3 9
15 ONYEKWE, UGONNA 31:01 9 4/6 0/3 1/2 1 5 6 3   1 1   5 1 8
21 JAMES, SHAWN 19:33 16 7/11   2/2 2 8 10 1 1   1   5 2 22
Team             5 5   4           9
Totals 200:00 89 29/51 3/12 22/27 9 32 41 20 9 11 5 0 29 23 111
        56.9% 25% 81.5%
Head coach: BEIT HALAHMY, ARIEL
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
Aris Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CLARK, KEYDREN 29:09 14 1/3 3/9 3/4 1   1 3 1 1     2 6 13
5 MARSHALL, SEAN 10:14 6   2/5     1 1           4 1 1
8 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 24:16 9 3/9   3/6 4 6 10 1   2   1 2 5 11
9 ARGYROPOULOS, NIKOS 10:51 3   1/2 0/2 1 1 2 1           1 4
10 ILIADIS, SAVVAS 17:31 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 1 1 1         2
11 GAVEL, ANTON 17:56 2 1/1 0/3   1   1 2         2    
12 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 AGADAKOS, LAZAROS 10:40 4 0/1   4/6       1         2 3 3
15 BARLOS, NIKOS 9:42 5   0/2 5/6         1     1 2 5 5
16 TSALDARIS, DIMITRIOS 36:42 29 2/4 7/14 4/4 2 5 7 3 1 4   2 5 4 24
17 NELSON, SPENCER 32:59 11 0/1 2/3 5/6 1 8 9 1 1 1   1 4 4 17
Team           1   1   6           7
Totals 200:00 86 7/20 16/41 24/34 11 22 33 13 11 9 0 5 23 29 87
        35% 39% 70.6%
Head coach: MAZZON, ANDREA

Head Coaches

BEIT HALAHMY, ARIEL
Bnei Hasharon
"I wish to congratulate my players on a very good game. We showed a great sportsmanslike spirit. It was very difficult to play well today because of all the happenings around the team lately, but we came out to play a very tough game against a team that needed the win to qualify. We played very well in most parts of the game. The last 5 minutes were an exception, because we kept them on a low score for most of the game."
MAZZON, ANDREA
Aris Thessaloniki
"We made a couple of mistakes and lost some possessions we shouldn't have that cost us the game. It happened to us also last week when we lost to Panellinios by a bigger margin than we should have, and that all together cost us the ticket to the next round."

Players

ROBY, RICHARD
Bnei Hasharon
"We didn't finish the game as we wanted to, but it's a great win for us anyhow. I'm trying to learn in every game and go out there to have fun. We're just happy to come out with the win. I hope we could use it to have a better momentum and win some more games down the road."
MARSHALL, SEAN
Aris Thessaloniki
"We should have won this game, but didn't play as tough as we should have. In the last five minutes we woke up and started to play with more intensity and that made a difference. Too many shots were missed in the third quarter and it allowed them to make a run. It's disappointing we couldn't complete the come back in the end and finish the season early."
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