Maccabi Tel Aviv's David Blu_370.
(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
Maccabi Tel Aviv won the first of five games it faces over an eight-day stretch
on Saturday, improving to 21-1 in the Adriatic League with an 88-68 victory over
KK Zagreb at Nokia Arena.
Maccabi effectively clinched the win in the
first period, going on a 25-5 run to open a gap (31-12) it had little trouble
maintaining until the final whistle.
David Blu had 19 points and seven
rebounds for Maccabi, with Demond Mallet and Devin Smith adding 15 points
Maccabi, which has already secured first place in the Adriatic
League regular season ahead of next month’s Final Four tournament in Tel Aviv,
hosts Maccabi Rishon Lezion in the BSL on Sunday before visiting Domzale in
Slovenia in Adriatic action on Tuesday after which it will return home for
Thursday’s game against Red Star Belgrade.
However, with all due respect
to this week’s encounters, Maccabi is already focusing on Game 1 of its
best-of-five Euroleague quarterfinal playoff series against Panathinaikos next
Tuesday, with coach David Blatt resting the likes of Keith Langford and Richard
Hendrix on Saturday.
In other BSL action on Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem
hosts Hapoel Holon, Barak Netanya plays Bnei Hasharon and BC Habika’a visits
Maccabi Ashdod should the security situation in the south of Israel allow
Ironi Ashkelon hosts Hapoel Gilboa/Galil on Monday.