Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yogev Ohayon 311.
(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
Maccabi Tel Aviv bounced back from its defeat at Olimpia Milano in Thursday’s
Euroleague opener with an 84-60 victory at HKK Siroki of Bosnia on Saturday
night, improving to 4-0 in the Adriatic League.
After struggling against
the Italians in an 89-82 loss on Thursday, Maccabi encountered little trouble in
Siroki, outscoring the hosts 27-12 in the second period to open a 50-33 halftime
margin it easily maintained after the break.
Lior Eliyahu scored 19
points for Maccabi, with Richard Hendrix adding 16.
Jordan Farmar rested
after straining a groin muscle last week.
Maccabi was still without new
guard Keith Langford, who was added to the roster on Friday. After freeing out
some money by loaning out Milan Macvan to Partizan Belgrade, Tel Aviv almost
immediately signed the 28- year-old Langford, who took the Euroleague regular-
season scoring title last year with 18.7 points per game for BC Khimki Moscow,
in addition to 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
similar figures in his rookie Euroleague season with Khimki, in 2009-10, when he
averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Langford is not
expected to play when Maccabi visits Ironi Ashkelon in the BSL on Monday, but
could make his debut when the yellowand- blue hosts Partizan Belgrade in
Euroleague action on Thursday.
On Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil will meet in Gan Ner, looking to improve on their performances in
their BSL openers last week.
Gilboa looked hopeless in a 95-60 thrashing
at the hands of Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem was far from impressive in a
99-96 overtime win over Bnei Hasharon.
Bnei Hasharon added Sacramento
Kings forward J.J. Hickson to its roster until the NBA lockout ends on Friday,
bringing him in as a replacement for Washington Wizards big-man Trevor Booker,
who returned to the US to nurse a bruised thigh which will keep him out of
action for several weeks.
Should the NBA lockout continue, Booker will
likely return to Israel to join forces with Hickson, who will not be on court
for Bnei Hasharon’s game against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.
Maccabi Ashdod visits Barak Netanya and BC Habika’a welcomes Hapoel Holon.