MACCABI TEL AVIV FORWARD Lior Eliyahu 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv edged Olimpija Ljubljana 67-66 at Nokia Arena on Saturday night
to move to 7-0 in the Adriatic League.
After surviving a scare against
Spirou Charleroi in the Euroleague on Thursday, Maccabi trailed late in the
fourth quarter against previously undefeated Ljubljana before eking out a win
thanks in large part to Yogev Ohayon, who stole the ball with 20 seconds
remaining and coasted in for a layup to give the hosts a 66-62 lead.
Eliyahu led Maccabi with 19 points and nine rebounds, while David Blu added
After making it two wins in three days, Maccabi, which rested Jordan
Farmar on Saturday, will be looking to go one better and record its third
victory in four days when it hosts Hapoel Jerusalem in BSL action on
A visit to Nokia Arena is the last thing Jerusalem needs after
its rocky start to the season.
After losing two of its first three BSL
games, Hapoel improved to 3-2 last week with its second straight league
However, its vulnerability was exposed once more in its midweek
Eurocup defeat at BC Donetsk, and though he’d never admit it, coach Oded Katash
would take a close loss at Nokia.
Nevertheless, with Maccabi playing for
the third time in 72 hours, Hapoel may have a rare chance to surprise the
“We are facing an important week because after the Maccabi
game we also face Cibona Zagreb in the Eurocup,” Jerusalem forward Uri Kukia
said. “We have been thrashed in recent visits to Nokia, but I hope that the fact
they will be playing for the third time in four days will work in our
Maccabi Ashdod begins life without Craig Brackins on Sunday when
it hosts Maccabi Haifa. The Philadelphia 76ers forward returned to the US after
his contract ended and Josh Duncan returned from injury.
Gilboa/Galil will be without Courtney Fells for its game against BC Habika’a on
Sunday after the American flew to the US on Saturday following his brother’s
death in a car accident.
Also Sunday, Barak Netanya welcomes Hapoel
Holon, while Ironi Ashkelon will look to return to the top of the standings with
a win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Monday.