Basketball: Rishon Lezion suffers Europe Cup blow in Frankfurt

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March 17, 2016 01:40

 
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Maccabi Rishon Lezion faces an uphill battle to extend its Europe Cup campaign after being outplayed by Skyliners Frankfurt in Game 1 of their best-of-three series on Wednesday, losing 92-57 in Germany.

Rishon is the only Israeli team still playing in continental competition, with both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem suffering disappointing exits in the Euroleague and Eurocup.

While Rishon did well to reach the last eight, it discovered on Wednesday that overcoming Frankfurt presents a challenge of a completely different magnitude.

The Germans improved to 15-0 in the competition this season, opening a double-digit gap at the start of the second quarter and maintaining complete control until the final buzzer.

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