October 23, 2014
Last 32 Round 1 - February 19, 2008 CET: 18:00 Local time: 19:00 - GOLDBERG ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final 0-0
0-0 Semi-Final 0-0
0-0 Quarter Final 0-0
0-0 Last 16 0-0
0-0 Last 32 0-0
5-5 Regular Season 10-0
5-5 Overall 10-0

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY, Russian Federation
Umpire
MARICIC,SASA, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
82.0 Points 82.3
29.9 Rebounds 32.9
8.4 O. Rebounds 9.0
21.5 D. Rebounds 23.9
16.1 Assists 16.7
10.5 Steals 11.3
1.8 Blocks 2.1
13.6 Turnovers 12.6
53.6 % 2PT 53.5 %
43.1 % 3PT 32.4 %
79.1 % FT 74.5 %
89.2 Index 92.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.7 / BOWERS, TIMOTHY Points 17.1 / SHUMPERT, PRESTON
4.1 / SHASON, SHARON Rebounds 7.1 / Peker
1.6 / SHASON, SHARON OR 2.1 / Peker
2.7 / Pnini DR 5.0 / Peker
3.9 / HAGAG, DROR Assists 5.0 / DALMAU, C.
1.6 / SHASON, SHARON Steals 1.9 / DALMAU, C.
0.8 / ARNOLD, J. Blocks 0.9 / Peker
3.0 / BOWERS, TIMOTHY Turnovers 2.8 / DALMAU, C.
73.2 % / ARNOLD, J. 2PT 75.0 % / Ozer
60.6 % / SHASON, SHARON 3PT 57.1 % / Veyseloglu
100.0 % / ORLAND, YEHU FT 90.9 % / Veyseloglu
27.2 / ARNOLD, J. Index 19.3 / Peker

THE TAKE

Hapoel Jerusalem faces an uphill task as it plays against the only undefeated team left in the ULEB Cup, Besiktas Cola Turka. Head coach Dan Shamir's Jerusalem started at 3-1 but dropped four of five before knocking off PGE Turow Zgorzelec to reach the Last 32. The Israeli side has been one of the best three-point shooting teams (43%) in the competition while shooting 54% from inside the arc and making 79% of its free throws. Jerusalem also committed just 13 turnovers per game. But Shamir's problem has been rebounding. Hapoel finished the regular season with a minus-66 rebounding margin, which was minus-97 if the two games where it won the battle-of-the-boards are taken out. A big help to that cause will be the return of power forward Jamie Arnold, who averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals but missed the final four games of the regular season injured. It remains questionable if playmaker Timmy Bowers will return in time from the United States - a loss which would be substantial as he added 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Expected to play a big part will be small forward Guy Pniny (10 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), power forward Sharon Shason (14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg and 61% on three-pointers) as well as guard Ramel Curry (9.4 ppg). And the addition of forward Jayson Wells should help as well. Besiktas, for its part, is looking to remain perfect, having finished Group B at 10-0. Head coach Ergin Ataman's Turkish team was solid shooting (53% 2-pts, 32% 3-pts) and rebounding (32 rpg) but did an outstanding job taking care of the ball, committing just 12.6 turnovers per game. Largely responsible for that was point guard Christian Dalmau, who averaged 12 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.9 steals, while guard Rick Apodaca chipped in 9.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals. Besiktas's leading scorer was small forward Preston Shumpert, who had 17.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. Shumpert injured his ankle during the Turkish Cup but is expected to play against Jerusalem. Any injury is extremely detrimental to Besiktas as all five of Ataman's starters have played at least 28 minutes per game. Power forward Kaya Peker averaged 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals and center Sandro Nicevic added 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals. The fitness of Arnold and Shumpert could go a long way in deciding the outcome of this one.
Monday, February 18, 2008
ULEBCup.com

Quotes Head Coaches

Players

Jamie Arnold - Hapoel Jerusalem Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem took a big step towards the next round in the ULEB Cup after beating Besiktas ColaTurka 88-73 in the first leg of the Last 32 on Tuesday in the Israeli capital. The loss was Besiktas’s first of the season after becoming the first team in competition history to go through the regular season undefeated. Hapoel used a second-quarter run to take a double-digit lead at halftime, and saw a stunning third quarter show by Guy Pniny in which he nailed 4 three-pointers to give the Reds a 22-point lead. Besiktas came back to minus-10 in the closing quarter, but will have to win by at least 16 point next week in Istanbul to survive. Jaime Arnold had another big day in the office with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Pniny finished with 20 points, Ramel Curry missed just a single field goal shot and reached 12 points, Dror Hagag added 12 points of his own with a game-high 8 assists. Rick Apodaca scored 15 points in the second half to reach 23 for the game, while Preston Shumpert added 18. Besiktas suffered from a bad night of its inside players – Kaya Peker, Sandro Nicevic and Predrag Drobnjak – who combined for only 14 points as Jerusalem outrebounded Besiktas 39-22.

Hapoel saw a very active start by Pniny, on both ends of the floor. He drew a foul, stole the ball and put Hapoel on top 4-0 before Besiktas took its first lead behind the first baskets of Shumpert and Apodaca who made it 6-7 after three minutes. But then both teams seemed to lose their focus and turned the ball over time after time. Pniny added 5 more points, but saw Christian Dalmau warm up with 4 points in a row as the teams finished the first 10 minutes tied at 13-13. Nicevic scored 4 in a row for Besiktas early in the second, but Curry started Hapoel's 10-0 run, which was capped by a Sharon Shason three-pointer. Nicevic broke the drought from the line, but soon picked up his third foul, while Arnold pushed Hapoel and with a three-point play that made it 32-21. Besiktas kept missing open shots, while Hagag stepped inside his zone and hit back-to-back threes to jump the margin to 40-23 with three minutes on the clock. Besiktas head coach Ergin Ataman took another timeout to stop the collapse. Sinan Guler came off the bench to hit the visitors' first three-pointer of the night after 9 misses to make it a 41-29 game before Hapoel added the last bucket of the half after which Timmy Bowers rose to the ceiling to deny a Dalmau layup to give Hapoel another big momentum push before the break.

Rick Apodaca - Besiktas Cola TurkaPniny opened the second half with two three-pointers to put his team up 51-31. Shumpert countered with 5 points in a row and glued a third foul to Hagag, but after Apodaca failed to finish a fast break Hapoel climbed back to 19 and Nicevic committed his fourth foul fighting for the rebound. Pniny was on fire and added a corner three to stop the score on 59-39 and his next play was to add yet another three from the exact same spot, only this time he drew the foul and added a point from the line to make it a 22-point game. Besiktas' young point guard Mehmet Yagmur came off the bench and doubled his team's three-pointer total by adding 2 hits and with another assist helped make it 66-50 after 30 minutes. Besiktas finally found its rhythm and after Shumpert and Apodaca hit from long range as well, Hapoel held a 69-59 lead and took a timeout with 7:05 on the clock. Shason and Arnold kept Hapoel with a double-digit margin, but Apodaca with his jumpers made sure Besiktas stayed alive. Just when it seemed the visitors would go back home with a reasonable loss came a series of turnovers which allowed Hapoel to make another run and once again take a 20-point lead, 84-64, with three minutes on the clock. Apodaca and Shumpert once again hit from long range to make it just a 14 point game, but Hagag with a layup and an assist to Curry made it an 18-point game with a minute on the clock. Besiktas tried to make a good finish to keep its hopes high for the second leg, and Guler hit another three pointer that could turn out crucial in a week from now.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Yarone Arbel, Jerusalem
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), MIKHAYLOV, SERGEY (RUS), MARICIC,SASA (SRB)
Attendance: 5000
By Quarter1234
Hapoel Jerusalem11302522
Besiktas Cola Turka13162123
End of Quarter1234
Hapoel Jerusalem11416688
Besiktas Cola Turka13295073
Head coach: SHAMIR, DAN
Hapoel Jerusalem
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 MOR, EVIATAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CURRY, RAMEL 36:58 12 5/5 0/1 2/3 2 4 6 4 2 6     2 3 17
6 HAGAG, DROR 26:18 12 3/5 2/3   1 1 2 8 2 5     3 1 14
7 SHASON, SHARON 21:51 9 0/1 2/4 3/4   4 4 5 1 2     3 2 12
8 MARKOVICH, EREZ 9:03 2 1/2     1 2 3 1   1     4 1 1
10 PNINI, GUY 33:25 20 2/3 5/9 1/1   3 3 3 1 1     4 5 22
11 WELLS, JAYSON 5:36                              
12 ORLAND, YEHU 2:36                              
13 SIMCHOVITCH, JONATHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FELIX, NOEL 11:55 4 2/2     1 1 2           2   4
15 BOWERS, TIMMY 20:52 1 0/1   1/2 1 4 5 3   1 1   1 1 7
23 ARNOLD, JAMIE 31:26 28 11/17 0/2 6/7 2 9 11     4     2 4 28
Team             3 3   7           10
Totals 200:00 88 24/36 9/19 13/17 8 31 39 24 13 20 1 0 21 17 115
66.7% 47.4% 76.5%
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
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
Besiktas Cola Turka
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 VEYSELOGLU, ERKAN 7:59   0/1 0/1         1 1         1 1
6 SHUMPERT, PRESTON 31:36 18 5/10 2/6 2/3 2 2 4 1   4       5 14
7 OZER, CEVHER 3:53     0/1                       -1
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 27:09 4 2/3 0/5 0/1   3 3 4 3 2   1 2 2 4
10 NICEVIC, SANDRO 27:56 6 2/5   2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2     4 5 7
11 AYDIN, ONUR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PEKER, KAYA 19:58 5 2/6   1/1   2 2 3 2 2     3 2 5
18 DROBNJAK, PREDRAG 21:31 3     3/4 1   1 2 1       1 2 7
22 APODACA, RICK 36:07 23 8/10 2/8 1/1   5 5 1 1 2     4 2 18
32 GULER, SINAN 11:00 7   2/3 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     2 1 6
41 YAGMUR, MEHMET 12:51 7   2/3 1/2 2   2 2 1 1     1 1 9
Team           1   1   8           9
Totals 200:00 73 19/35 8/27 11/16 7 15 22 16 19 14 0 1 17 21 79
54.3% 29.6% 68.8%
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Head Coaches

SHAMIR, DAN
Hapoel Jerusalem
"I was in this situation before. Next week's game is totally open. They are very tough team in a great season and a home court that gives them a big push, so the 15-point difference doesn't matter. It will only make a difference with two minutes to go at the end of the next game. I'm happy how we played today and the position we took. After the loss to Maccabi on Sunday night we felt we're on the way down and it didn't feel good. The last 48 hours were tough, but I'm happy we made it through."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Besiktas Cola Turka
"We'll need to win by 16 next week and it won't be easy, but we can do it. We didn't play well today, missed too many shots and we'll have to do better in the second leg. We received 88 points today and that's too much for us. If we want to qualify we need to play better defense."

Players

CURRY, RAMEL
Hapoel Jerusalem
"I want to thank God for the victory. We came together and played pretty good. I know what we can do at home, and we showed it all season. When we come together and play as a team we can beat anybody. A 15-point win should be enough but we won't think about that. We'll go to Turkey and try to win the game over there as well."
APODACA, RICK
Besiktas Cola Turka
"They played very well as a team. I was always taught to respect my opponent. I have to take my hat off for them. We didn't play very good today. We missed a lot of shots we usually make. It was a fun atmosphere here, but next week we'll have to play different to make it."
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