Hapoel85-96

23-22, 17-16, 20-37, 25-21

St. Petersburg

 

Date: 22.12.2004, 20:00hGroup:  DVenue:   Tel Aviv (ISR) Spectators: 1500
Referees:  Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Eric Bertrand (SUI), Dragan Kralj (BIH)
TEAM LEADERS
Hapoel St. Petersburg
Kelvin Gibbs (25)PtsVladimir Veremeenko (21)
Gil Moshe Mossinson (6)RebOgnjen Askrabic (11)
Curtis Mc Cants (8)ASEd Cota (10)
Samo Udrih (4)STJon Stefansson (2)
Samo Udrih (1)BS4 players tied with 1

GAME REPORT

23.12.2004
Hapoel 85 vs. Dynamo 96
Hapoel Tel Aviv played good enough basketball last night to beat most teams, but it simply wasn't enough against David Blatt's undefeated Dynamo St. Petersburg.

The Russian side had too many big guns and got the better of the Israelis 96-85 in the FIBA Europe League match at Ussishkin, but Hapoel can hold its head high. Coming off a good win in Cyprus, Hapoel played with great intensity and hustle and did well to restrict Dynamo to just 38 points in the first half.

The Group D leaders ripped off the leash in the second halftime exploding for 58 points compared to Hapoel's 45.

Vladimir Veremeenko led Dynamo with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. Kelly McCarty, who was the MVP of last season's ULEB Cup final with Hapoel Jerusalem, added 15, and ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv forward David Bluthenthal had 13.

Kelvin Gibbs paced Hapoel with 25 and Curtis McCants added 21 points and eight assists.

The match began with both sides showing signs of nerves; Dynamo racing to a 5-0 lead before Hapoel responded to make it 6-5. From there it was basket for basket as Hapoel rode on the back of Samo Udrih's eight points took a slender 23-22 lead into the second quarter.

For much of the second quarter Hapoel struggled to find the basket and it was only Dynamo's nine turnovers for the term keeping them in it. The Israelis found some rhythm on offense late in the quarter, capping it off with Udrih's massive three-pointer that sailed through the net as the shot clock expired. That gave Tel Aviv a 40-38 half time lead.

In the third quarter, Dynamo stepped on the gas, displaying the form that has seen it the only undefeated side in the competition.

Veremeenko dominated in the paint in the third as he scored 12. With the Hapoel offense drying up, Dynamo went on a 12-point run to increase its lead to 75-60 at the end of the third.

Hapoel retaliated in the start of the fourth and tried its best to whittle down the lead, but having to resort to speculative three-pointers wasn't the best way to go.

Blatt praised Veremeenko's play afterwards. "I was really pleased by his game tonight. He has the potential to be a first-rounder in the NBA Draft and is an exciting talent."

Overall, Blatt was pleased by his side's performance. "It was a great game, especially the second half, but we had 26 turnovers, 15 alone in the first half, which simply is too much."

Bluthenthal was also happy to return to Israel. "It was great to be back. [Ussishkin is] a tough place to play and we were good for most of the game. I was a bit nervous beforehand but they were only good nerves."

Hapoel coach Effi Birenboim, while disappointed with the result, was pleased by the way his side fought so tenaciously. "We learned a lot tonight and hopefully will improve as a result of it. We had a lapse for three minutes, and against a side like Dynamo, that is all they need."

Top performers

Hapoel St. Petersburg

Curtis Mc Cants

 

Vladimir Veremeenko

21Pts21
2Reb6
8AS3
1ST1
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Hapoel St. Petersburg
35/74FG M/A31/57
29/54 (53.7%) FG2P M/A23/37 (62.2%)
6/20 (30.0%) FG3P M/A8/20 (40.0%)
9/12 (75.0%) FT M/A26/30 (86.7%)
28 (10-18) Reb (O-D) 42 (11-31)
19AS21
12TO26
21ST8
1BS4
26PF15
85Pts96

PHOTO GALLERY

HAPOEL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Axebrad, T. DNP
*5Eytan, O. 283/933.33/837.50/10.00/00.0044243056
6Nizan, R. 70/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011000020
7Shaashoua, O. 70/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000011000
8Itzhak, E. DNP
9Berkoviz, I. DNP
*10Sheinfeld, I. 153/475.03/475.00/00.00/00.0033211036
*11Mc Cants, C. 349/1656.36/1060.03/650.00/10.01128310421
*12Udrih, S. 386/1346.23/560.03/837.52/2100.00222141317
13Simin, I. 90/50.00/20.00/30.00/00.0000001030
14Mossinson, G. 265/955.65/862.50/10.00/00.02462030110
*15Gibbs, K. 369/1850.09/1752.90/10.07/977.82243220425
TEAM/COACH51601
TOTAL35/ 7447.329/ 5453.76/ 2030.09/1275.010182819122112685
ST. PETERSBURG
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Goritskov, A. DNP
*5Cota, E. 362/450.01/333.31/1100.02/2100.00111031017
6Ivanov, A. 81/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.0022020113
*8Mc Carty, K. 314/944.43/742.91/250.06/785.72352410215
*9Stefansson, J. 324/1040.02/366.72/728.64/4100.02240620414
11Khloponin, D. 162/450.00/00.02/450.00/00.0145110136
*12Veremeenko, V. 269/1275.09/1181.80/10.03/3100.02463211021
13Blu, D. 223/742.92/450.01/333.36/6100.00332011413
*14Askrabic, O. 286/1060.06/966.70/10.05/862.5011113700017
15Sepelev, A. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
TEAM/COACH41510
TOTAL31/ 5754.423/ 3762.28/ 2040.026/3086.71131422126841596
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Hapoel St. Petersburg

Curtis Mc Cants

 

Vladimir Veremeenko

21Pts21
2Reb6
8AS3
1ST1
0BS1
34Min26

TEAM STATS

Hapoel St. Petersburg
35/74FG M/A31/57
29/54 (53.7%) FG2P M/A23/37 (62.2%)
6/20 (30.0%) FG3P M/A8/20 (40.0%)
9/12 (75.0%) FT M/A26/30 (86.7%)
28 (10-18) Reb (O-D) 42 (11-31)
19AS21
12TO26
21ST8
1BS4
26PF15
85Pts96