(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv Website)
Maccabi Tel Aviv strolled to a third straight victory in the Adriatic League on
Thursday night, thrashing Cibona Zagreb 97-81 in its home opener at Nokia
Tel Aviv had little trouble dominating the Croats, taking a 41- 29
lead into the break and opening an 18- point margin (76-58) by the end of the
Zagreb closed to within eight points (80-72) at the start
of the fourth quarter, but Maccabi responded with a 13- 2 run to end any hope
Cibona may have had of completing a comeback.
Jordan Farmar had 19 points
and seven assists for Maccabi, with Devin Smith also scoring 19, hitting five of
eight three-point attempts.
Lior Eliyahu added 14 points, with Sofoklis
Schortsanitis and David Blu scoring 11 points each.
“I’m not happy that
we allowed 52 points in the second half,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said. “We
turned off defensively in the second half and that is something we can’t afford
when we play at the next level.
Cibona has a lot of talent, but they have
yet to gel as a team and we took advantage of that.”
Maccabi will not
play its next Adriatic League game until October 22 when it visits Siroki in
Next week, Maccabi takes part in the BSL’s preseason Chance Cup
at Malha Arena, facing Barak Netanya in the quarterfinals on Monday, with the
semifinals to be played on Tuesday and the final to take place on
Hapoel Jerusalem, which plays Maccabi Ashdod in its
quarterfinal on Sunday, breathed a huge sigh of relief on Thursday after it was
revealed that Brian Randle will only have to miss 10 days with a foot
Jerusalem was worried Randle might had broken his foot in
training, but Thursday’s diagnosis means that he will only miss the Chance Cup
and Hapoel’s BSL opener against Bnei Hasharon on October 17.
should be back for the team’s second BSL game of the season against Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil the following week.
On Wednesday, Hapoel completed the
signing of two new players, veteran big man John Thomas and Boston Celtics guard
Avery Bradley, who is set to return to the US once the NBA lockout
Bradley was selected with the 19th pick overall in the 2010 draft,
but only averaged 1.7 points and 5.2 minutes in the 31 games he played for the
Celtics last season.