Maccabi Tel Aviv bounces back in Adriatic

Maccabi encountered little trouble in Siroki, outscoring the hosts 27-12 in the second period to open a 50-33 halftime margin it easily maintained after the break.

October 23, 2011 01:56
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Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yogev Ohayon

Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yogev Ohayon 311. (photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)


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Maccabi Tel Aviv bounced back from its defeat at Olimpia Milano in Thursday’s Euroleague opener with an 84-60 victory at HKK Siroki of Bosnia on Saturday night, improving to 4-0 in the Adriatic League.

After struggling against the Italians in an 89-82 loss on Thursday, Maccabi encountered little trouble in Siroki, outscoring the hosts 27-12 in the second period to open a 50-33 halftime margin it easily maintained after the break.

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Lior Eliyahu scored 19 points for Maccabi, with Richard Hendrix adding 16.

Jordan Farmar rested after straining a groin muscle last week.

Maccabi was still without new guard Keith Langford, who was added to the roster on Friday. After freeing out some money by loaning out Milan Macvan to Partizan Belgrade, Tel Aviv almost immediately signed the 28- year-old Langford, who took the Euroleague regular- season scoring title last year with 18.7 points per game for BC Khimki Moscow, in addition to 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Langford posted similar figures in his rookie Euroleague season with Khimki, in 2009-10, when he averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Langford is not expected to play when Maccabi visits Ironi Ashkelon in the BSL on Monday, but could make his debut when the yellowand- blue hosts Partizan Belgrade in Euroleague action on Thursday.

On Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will meet in Gan Ner, looking to improve on their performances in their BSL openers last week.

Gilboa looked hopeless in a 95-60 thrashing at the hands of Maccabi Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem was far from impressive in a 99-96 overtime win over Bnei Hasharon.

Bnei Hasharon added Sacramento Kings forward J.J. Hickson to its roster until the NBA lockout ends on Friday, bringing him in as a replacement for Washington Wizards big-man Trevor Booker, who returned to the US to nurse a bruised thigh which will keep him out of action for several weeks.

Should the NBA lockout continue, Booker will likely return to Israel to join forces with Hickson, who will not be on court for Bnei Hasharon’s game against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.

Also Sunday, Maccabi Ashdod visits Barak Netanya and BC Habika’a welcomes Hapoel Holon.

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