Maccabi Elite of Tel Aviv Israel, with ex-Terp starting forward Terence Morris (1997-2001), rolled on to the Final Four of the Euroleague Championships last night, winning game 3 of their series with AXA FC Barcelona, and thus winning the quarterfinal series 2 games to 1. Maccabi won game 1 in Tel Aviv, with Morris getting 14 points and 10 rebounds. They then lost game 2 on the road in Barcelona, despite 16 points, 11 boards, and 3 blocks from Morris. Heading back home again this week, Terence scored 8 points and 8 rebounds in the series-clinching game 3.
For the whole tournament, Terence leads all players with 1.87 blocks per game. He is in second place for the tournament in rebounds, (8.43 RPG), but was the rebounding leader for both the round of 16 (10.17 RPG) and the semi-final round (9.67 RPG).
Up next: Maccabi takes on Montepaschi Siena in the semi-finals on May 2 (trivia: Lonny Baxter played for Siena last year when they won the Italian League Championship). The Final Four is one-and-done. No "best-of" series. The finals are on May 4.
And now, let's learn some basketball fundamentals with Terence Morris.
In this first instructional video, Terence teaches younger players the finer points of offensive rebounding during game 1 of his series against FC Barcelona:
Now watch as Terence demonstrates how to play low-post defense during a round of 16 match-up against Lithuanian Champs Zalgiris Kaunas:
I hope we've all learned something to make ourselves better players today.