|Maccabi wins thriller!
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has beaten Montepaschi Siena..
at home in a very close game in the Euroleague "Sweet 16": 97-82 (43-37). Because of this victory, Maccabi has taken a spot for the Euroleague Top 8 with a 3-2 record. Maccabi Electra is in 1st place of Group F together with Real Madrid, while Siena is 4th. After a very good finish of Montepaschi in the first Quarter (21-19), the home team took the lead in the second quarter, 24-16, and was able to stay ahead at the half: 43-37. The second half was uptempo from both sides according to the score. Due to an outstanding level of defense Siena took the lead back and ended the 3rd quarter with an impressive (11-20) run: 54-58, in favour of the the visitors. In the last quarter, pushed by its “crazy” fan-support, Maccabi set a Euroleague record with 43 points in 1 period.
Chuck Eidson was again one of the key players together with Allen Anderson (24pts). Chuck Eidson ended his 34 minutes on the floor with 16 pts ( 2/5 two’s, 1/3 three’s, 9/10 FT), grabbed 5 rebounds, dished 4 assists and provocated 6 fouls, having an overall ranking of 19. The MVP and winner of the Eurocup 2009 averages this Euroleague season 12.6 ppg , 4.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg in 32 minutes. Maccabi now turns its attention to next week's visit to Madrid, which will decide the Group F winner and home-court advantage in the next round.