(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv improved to 17-2 in the BSL with a 92- 75 victory over Bnei
Hasharon on Saturday night, but far more importantly, it came through the
encounter at Zisman Arena in Ramat Gan unscathed ahead of Tuesday’s Euroleague
showdown with Panathinaikos.
There was nothing to separate Maccabi and
Bnei Hasharon at the break, with the score tied at 43-43, and the visitors were
still within striking distance with 10 minutes to play (66-58).
the yellow-andblue began the fourth frame with a 12-3 run to clinch another easy
league win despite resting Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Keith Langford and Devin
Maccabi’s other key players were also only given limited minutes,
with coach David Blatt doing his best to make sure his team will be as fresh as
possible for the resumption of its best-of-five quarterfinal series against
Panathinaikos at Nokia Arena on Tuesday night.
Maccabi recorded a
thrilling 94-92 overtime victory in Game 2 in Athens last Thursday to tie the
series at 1-1.
Game 4 will also be played in Tel Aviv on
Lior Eliyahu led Tel Aviv with 19 points on Saturday, with Guy
Pnini scoring 17.
LaceDarius Dunn had 21 points for Bnei Hasharon, which
has lost three straight games.
Four more BSL games will be played on
Sunday, with Hapoel Jerusalem hosting BC Habika’a, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil visiting
Maccabi Ashdod, Maccabi Haifa welcoming Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Barak Netanya
facing Ironi Ashkelon.