Mac TA hoping to continue winning ways vs Herzliya

Maccabi enters Sunday’s BSL game against Bnei Herzliya at Nokia Arena brimming with confidence after climbing to the top of Euroleague Group D with Thursday’s 76-74 victory at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.

By
November 10, 2013 05:50
1 minute read.
MACCABI TEL AVIV coach David Blatt has had plenty of reasons to applaud

David Blatt 370. (photo credit: Adi Avishai)

Three road wins in seven days have turned Maccabi Tel Aviv’s early season struggles into a distant memory.

Maccabi enters Sunday’s BSL game against Bnei Herzliya at Nokia Arena brimming with confidence after climbing to the top of Euroleague Group D with Thursday’s 76-74 victory at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


After beginning its BSL campaign with two defeats in its first three games for the first time in club history, Maccabi beat Hapoel Gilboa/Galil in Gan Ner last week and will be aiming to finally improve to a winning record with another victory against Herzliya on Sunday.

“We had a good game, but like in any game you have some better moments and some worse ones,” said Maccabi coach David Blatt following the team’s return to Israel from Lithuania on Friday.

“What’s important is that we won a second straight difficult game on the road.”

For the first time this season, Blatt will have Devin Smith at his disposal in local action, with the key American swingman being rested in Tel Aviv’s past four BSL games due to an ailing knee.

Herzliya currently leads the league in points per game (84.0 ppg), but it has recorded just a 3-2 record, suffering tight defeats to Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa.

Even with Sofoklis Schortsanitis to sit out Sunday’s game ahead of Thursday’s Euroleague showdown with Panathinaikos, Tel Aviv should have a significant size advantage under the baskets.

Herzliya will be counting on another stellar performance from Ndudi Ebi in the hope of limiting Tel Aviv in the paint, with the Nigerian currently leading the league in redounds (10.6 rpg), blocks (2.8 bpg) and steals (3.0 spg), while also averaging 14.4 points.

Maccabi Haifa will look to make it seven wins in a row in all competitions when it visits Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Sunday.

While Haifa has been in relentless form, winning five games over 11 days, Rishon has struggled desperately in recent weeks, losing its past four contests by an average 20 points.

Also Sunday, Hapoel Eilat hosts Maccabi Ashdod and Barak Netanya visits Hapoel Holon.

Hapoel Jerusalem visits Ironi Ness Ziona on Monday while Hapoel Tel Aviv goes to Gilboa.


Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI

Israel Weather
  • 15 - 24
    Beer Sheva
    17 - 22
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 13 - 19
    Jerusalem
    16 - 22
    Haifa
  • 20 - 28
    Elat
    17 - 27
    Tiberias