Maccabi Tel Aviv's Theo Papaloukas 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Despite hosting Maccabi Haifa in BSL action on Sunday night before welcoming
Vrsac to Nokia Arena in the Adriatic League one day later, Maccabi Tel Aviv has
already got one eye on March 20 when the Euroleague quarterfinal playoffs get
Maccabi secured its progress to the last eight of European
basketball’s premier competition for the eighth time in nine years on Thursday
night after beating Zalgiris Kaunas 70-66 and benefitting from Barcelona’s 63-62
win over Bennet Cantu.
Tel Aviv will wrap up its Top 16 games with a
meaningless visit to Barcelona this week and will be far more concerned with the
outcome of one encounter in Group G, the winner of which it will face in a
best-of-five playoff series for a place in the Final Four.
Euroleague champion Panathinaikos visits Unics Kazan on Wednesday, with the
winner to clinch first place in Group G and face the yellow-and-blue in the
quarterfinals, which tip-off in just over three weeks time.
meantime, Maccabi will be kept very busy by local league and Adriatic action,
starting with Sunday’s game against Haifa.
Haifa has lost 10 straight
league encounters and will surely not be expecting to record its first win in
more than three months at Nokia Arena.
Also Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil
hosts Bnei Hasharon, BC Habika’a visits Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Ashdod
welcomes Hapoel Holon.
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