Euro hoops: Maccabi Tel Aviv wins twice in Cyprus

Israeli champs beat Pini Gershon's Olympiacos 95-81 on Saturday evening after downing Greek side Panellinios 103-83 on Friday.

October 7, 2007 04:56
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Maccabi Tel Aviv capped an excellent weekend of warm-up games in Cyprus on Saturday evening with a 95-81 win over Pini Gershon's Olympiacos. Maccabi, which defeated Greek side Panellinios 103-83 on Friday, trailed by 14 points at the end of the first quarter of its first ever game against former coach Gershon. However in the second and third periods they raced ahead to take the lead and claim the win. "This was our best game of the preseason so far," new Maccabi coach Oded Katash said. "We played well on offense and we improved our defensive play as well," he added. David Bluthenthal led Maccabi in scoring in both of its games, scoring 22 points on Friday and 17 on Saturday. Terence Morris added 14 points and 10 rebounds against Olympiacos, with Vonteego Cummings also scoring 14 points. Also in Cyprus, Hapoel Jerusalem defeated AEK Athens 82-81. Former Maccabi player Jamie Arnold, who blocked an Athens shot at the buzzer, led the team with 27 points. On Friday, Jerusalem came close to surprising reigning European champion Panathinaikos, losing 98-96 after a tight game. Jerusalem, which came up against former Maccabi star and new Panathinaikos signing Sarunas Jasikevicius, trailed for most of the game. But Jerusalem never allowed its opponent to open a substantial lead and wasn't far from surprising the Greeks. Guy Pnini and Timmy Bowers led Jerusalem with 17 points each, with Jasikevicius scoring eight points for Panathinaikos. "It was close, but not close enough," Hapoel coach Dan Shamir said. "We can't learn much from this game as we are only at the very beginning of the season. We shouldn't get too excited by the close score," Shamir said.

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