Maccabi Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
A Jeremy Pargo basket with 1.3 seconds to play gave Maccabi Tel Aviv an 83-81
win over Caja Laboral Vitoria in Spain on Thursday, tying the best-offive
Euroleague quarterfinal series at 1-1.
Maccabi seemed to be heading to a
second straight defeat after trailing by four points with a minute to play, but
Lior Eliyahu cut the deficit with a three-point play and Pargo hit a dramatic
jumper to give Tel Aviv a crucial road win.
Maccabi hosts Games 3 and 4
at Nokia Arena next week and two home wins will see it advance to the Final
Sofoklis Schortsanitis led Maccabi with 22 points, with David Blu
scoring 18 and Pargo adding 13.
Esteban Batista and Fernando San Emeterio
had 17 points for Caja.
After scoring just four points in 13 minutes in
Game 1, Sofo had a ax to grind on Thursday and he was unstoppable in the first
The Greek giant scored Maccabi’s first nine points of the night,
but he got little help from his teammates, and Fernando San Emeterio’s
threepoint play opened a sevenpoint margin (16-9) midway through the first
However, Maccabi came right back and Guy Pnini tied the score at
Mirza Teletovic’s three-pointer to beat the buzzer ensured the
hosts were still ahead after 10 minutes (22-19) and Vitoria didn’t need long to
extend its margin into double-figures.
David Logan’s triple with four
minutes to play opened a 40-29 advantage, but Maccabi was still within striking
distance at the break (46-38) after scoring the final four points of the
Tel Aviv continued to eat away at the deficit as the third period
progressed and a Doron Perkins dunk with 6:29 to go in the quarter tied the
There would be little to separate the teams for the
remainder of the frame and David Blu’s three with 1:30 to go gave Maccabi its
first lead of the night (63-62).
A pair of accurate free throws from
Marcelinho Huertas ensured the hosts were still in front with 10 minutes to play
(66-65), and Vitoria’s defense limited Tel Aviv to just one point in the first
five minutes of the final frame.
An Esteban Batista dunk gave the hosts a
71-66 lead and after Sofo fouled out, San Emeterio scored twice from the line to
give Caja a 73-66 advantage.
However, just when it seemed like the game
was running away from Maccabi, Blu caught fire once more and his three with 3:05
remaining tied the score at 75-75.
A huge Teletovic three with 1:40 to
play put Vitoria back in the lead (80-77), but a threepoint play by Eliyahu with
58 seconds left brought Maccabi within a single point (81-80).
Pargo then tied the score from the line with 35 seconds to go and hit the
dramatic winner to give Maccabi a massive win it had to have.