Despite being outplayed by Real Madrid for the second time in three days on
Friday night, Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt insisted on Saturday that there
is still plenty to play for in their Euroleague quarterfinal series.
Madrid handed Maccabi its heaviest Euroleague defeat in 22
years in Game 1 of the best-of-five series with a 79-53 thrashing last
The Spaniards erased a 12-point deficit in the series opener,
but raced out to an early double-digit lead (16-6) on Friday and remained in
control until the final buzzer, eventually winning 75-63.
Game 3 at Nokia Arena on Tuesday night, hoping to force another encounter in Tel
Aviv two days later.
“We played two tough road games against an excellent
team and we find ourselves down 2-0, but lets see what we can do at home,” said
Blatt upon the team’s arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on Saturday. “I know these
guys, and no one is going to give up. We need to play better and be more
determined on Tuesday. I also hope that we will start scoring a little
After hitting just a measly 34 percent of its shots in Game 1,
Maccabi improved to a poor 40% (24-of-59) on Friday, but far more worrying, it
was once more outrebounded and outhustled by the Spaniards.
better than in Game 1, but not good enough to win,” added Blatt. “There is no
doubt that Real is a deeper and stronger team, but we have already beaten better
teams than us this season and we will have to find a way to overcome Madrid on
David Logan scored 19 points for Maccabi, with Shawn James
adding 13 points.
Sergio Llull scored a career-high 26 points for
“We did a very good job this week,” said Llull. “We worked out
very hard and we prepared for the game very well. We knew in each moment what we
had to do. We started strong, better than the first game. Maccabi played better
as well, but again our rebounding and defensive play was the most important key
to get the victory.”