Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Euroleague campaign ended in humbling fashion on Tuesday
night, with Real Madrid claiming a 69-57 win at Nokia Arena to complete a 3-0
sweep in the quarterfinals.
Despite being outplayed in the first two
games in the Spanish capital, Maccabi was confident that the return to Tel Aviv
and the change of scenery would also bring about a change in
However, Maccabi was on its back foot for most of Game 3,
leading briefly in the third quarter, only for Madrid to surge ahead with a 14-2
run and steamroll the yellow-and-blue in the final period.
beat a team like Real with 57 points,” said coach David Blatt. “This is the best
we could do against this team and there is no shame in that.
teams far more talented than us that didn’t even make the
I think we did an amazing job just by reaching the last
Shawn James led Tel Aviv with 18 points, while Ricky Hickman,
David Logan and Yogev Ohayon added 11 points each.
having four players in double-figures, Maccabi’s offense once more looked lost
for large periods on Tuesday and ended the series averaging 57.7 points per game
after averaging 79.8 PPG entering the quarterfinals.
scored 16 points for Real, with Sergio Llull contributing 13 points. It took
Maccabi more than four minutes to score its first points of the night, but Real
fared no better, with Logan’s basket tying the score at 2-2.
scoring 53 points in Game 1, its fewest ever in a Euroleague game, and netting
just 63 points in Game 2, Maccabi’s offensive struggles continued in the first
period on Tuesday, with Llull’s three-pointer giving Madrid a 14-5 lead with
1:53 remaining in the quarter.
Tel Aviv limited the damage until the end
of the frame, with Carroll’s basket from an offensive rebound giving Madrid a
six-point cushion (16-10) after 10 minutes.
Maccabi finally found its
range in the second period, with a Hickman triple bringing the hosts within a
single point (26-25) and Ohayon’s long-range jumper finally bringing the
yellow-andblue back on level terms (30-30) with two minutes to play in the
Tel Aviv entered the second half down by three points (33-30), but
it would finally take its first lead of the night in the third
Five straight points by Ohayon opened a two-point advantage
(40-38) and Logan’s lay-up seconds later capped a 12-2 run and increased the gap
However, Real replied with a 10-0 run over the next four
minutes, with Rudy Fernandez hitting a three after beginning the game 0-for-7
from the field before Carroll completed the surge (48-42).
just two points to its tally in the final five minutes of the third frame and
Real took an eightpoint gap (52-44) into the final quarter.
never came close to mounting a comeback, with a Nikola Mirotic three followed by
a Fernandez triple opening a 13-point gap (61-48) and effectively securing the
sweep with more than seven minutes still to play.