Maccabi Tel Aviv will fly out to Greece on Sunday afternoon ahead of its
best-of-five Euroleague quarterfinal series against Panathinaikos after
improving to 24-1 in the Adriatic League on Saturday night with a 92-76 victory
over Serbia’s KK Radnicki at Nokia Arena.
Maccabi turned its focus to the
series against Panathinaikos, which begins on Tuesday, more than two weeks ago,
but it still won all seven of its effectively meaningless BSL and Adriatic
games, much of the time doing so with ridiculous ease.
“We did what we
had to do in the last two weeks,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said. “We kept the
players as fresh and as sharp as possible. Pana played three games in the last
two weeks while we played seven. That can be a disadvantage or an
“At least we are injury free and now have a few days to
prepare. There is no doubt we are facing a real obstacle, but we did very
well to reach the last eight and we want to make the Final Four.”
Smith had 18 points on Saturday, with Lior Eliyahu adding 14 points and eight
rebounds for Maccabi, which had its BSL game against BC Habika’a postponed to
allow it to leave early for Athens.
On Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem goes for
its third straight BSL win when it visits Maccabi Rishon
Jerusalem finally showed some progress under Sharon Drucker’s
guidance in last week’s 80-69 victory over Hapoel Holon.
Rishon, on the
other hand, has lost its way in recent weeks, suffering two straight league
Also Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil hosts Barak Netanya and Maccabi
Ashdod visits Bnei Hasharon.
Hapoel Holon faces Maccabi Haifa on Monday.