Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Bnei Herzliya in the BSL on Sunday night, looking to
rebound from Thursday’s worrying Euroleague setback.
Maccabi was second
best throughout the 79-69 loss at Montepaschi Siena, dropping to a well-deserved
defeat in its Top 16 opener.
Nevertheless, coach David Blatt didn’t seem
too concerned as Maccabi returned to Israel on Friday.
“We will play 14
games in the Top 16 so one game doesn’t determine what type of team we are,”
“This was a tough road game and it doesn’t mean anything
apart from the fact that we have fallen to 0-1.”
As in its two defeats in
the Euroleague regular season, Maccabi once more struggled desperately from
beyond the arc, connecting on only four of 18 threepoint attempts in Siena. Over
its three continental losses this season the yellow-andblue has shot just 24
percent (11-of-46) from three.
“We did a pretty good job defensively, but
we didn’t play well offensively,” Blatt admitted.
“We need to first
prepare for Sunday’s game and after that work during the week in the hope that
we will beat Caja Laboral Vitoria on Thursday,” Blatt added. “Any BSL game after
a difficult trip abroad is tough. Herzliya is coming off a good win last week
and its rebuilt roster is starting to gel.”
Herzliya beat Hapoel Eilat
83-77 last Sunday, winning its second straight game after losing five
Also Sunday, Hapoel Holon will look to snap its
six-game losing streak when it visits Barak Netanya, while Maccabi Ashdod hosts
Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa goes to Maccabi Rishon Lezion.
Monday, Hapoel Jerusalem welcomes Eilat to Malha Arena and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil
visits Ironi Ashkelon.