Jon Scheyer 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt is crossing his fingers he will not lose any
more players to injury ahead of Thursday’s Euroleague Top 16 opener at Zalgiris
Kaunas after having to bench both Demond Mallet and Sofoklis Schortsanits due to
health reasons on Monday.
The yellow-and-blue cruised to its 15th
straight win in all competitions, thrashing Ironi Ashkelon 108-75 in BSL action
at Nokia Arena.
However, after already losing Guy Pnini to injury last
week, Blatt was far more concerned on Monday with the health of Mallet and
Schortsanitis, who were both clearly struggling for fitness against
“Mallet felt his hamstring so I decided not to play him too
much,” said Blatt of Maccabi’s newest recruit, who scored just two points in 12
minutes on Monday. “Sofo once more felt something in his knee and I hope that it
isn’t anything serious.
“It has been a while since our last Euroleague
game and I think we came through this period well. We also managed to practice a
little, but not as much as I would like. We did what we could, resting players
and trying different lineups so that we will enter the Top 16 in the best
Keith Langford led seven Maccabi players in double
figures with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while David Blu added 20
Sofo had 12 points in 18 minutes for Tel Aviv, which opened an
early double-digit gap (18-8) and never looked back.
Dwayne Mitchell had
12 points for Ashkelon, which never believed it had any chance of not losing for
the fifth time in six league games.