Maccabi Tel Aviv slam 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv cruised to its 17th straight BSL victory on Saturday night,
thrashing Maccabi Ashdod 107-78 on the road in front of empty stands due to the
security situation in the south of Israel.
Ashdod led 28-21 after 10
minutes, but Tel Aviv outscored the hosts by doubledigits in each of the next
three quarters on the way to another easy league win, improving to 23-1 on the
Milan Macvan had 25 points and seven rebounds for Tel Aviv, with
Jeremy Pargo adding 16 points.
Josh Duncan had 20 points for Ashdod,
whose foreign players had to be convinced to take part in the game after Mayor
Yehiel Lasri decided to close the encounter to fans following the firing of
dozens of projectiles from Gaza over the weekend.
Maccabi still has
plenty of BSL games to play before the Euroleague Final Four gets underway on
May 6, but the yellow-and-blue’s preparations for continental basketball’s
showcase event will get underway on Sunday now that Tel Aviv knows who it will
be facing in the semifinals.
Real Madrid beat Valencia 66- 58 on Thursday
night to claim a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinal series and Maccabi coach David
Blatt is expecting a tough encounter against Emanuele Molin’s team, which was
guided by Ettore Messina until the Italian resigned in March.
claimed a difficult yet expected victory in Game 5 against Valencia and will be
a very difficult opponent,” Blatt said. “Real will be a real challenge for us
and I expect a superb game in the battle for a place in the final.”
Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil hosts Bnei Hasharon in a direct battle between two
of the teams fighting for the runnersup position in the BSL.
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trails second-place Hapoel Jerusalem by just half a game after winning at Malha
Arena last week, while Bnei Hasharon squandered a chance to move tied on points
with Jerusalem after losing to Maccabi Rishon Lezion.
Maccabi Haifa on Sunday, while Rishon Lezion hosts Hapoel Holon and Barak
Netanya welcomes Ironi Ashkelon.
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