(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv avenged its one and only BSL defeat of the season in emphatic
fashion on Sunday night, humbling Bnei Hasharon 113-67 in Herzliya.
Hasharon handed Tel Aviv a 91-88 loss at Nokia Arena two months ago, but it was
blown out from the start of Sunday’s game, eventually falling to one of the most
embarrassing defeats in its history.
“This was bad,” Bnei Hasharon coach
Dan Shamir said. “I apologize to anyone who watched the game. These kinds of
things happen in basketball, but there is no excuse for our play. We started
poorly and it only got worse.”
Maccabi entered the game after thrashing
Lottomatica Roma by 41 points in the Euroleague on Thursday, and there was
little doubt another rout was in the cards in Herzliya after the yellow-and-blue
began the encounter with a 20-3 run.
“I’m happy to see that we are back
to being an aggressive and relentless team,” said Maccabi coach David Blatt,
whose side hosts Olimpija Ljubljana in the Euroleague on Thursday.
can’t say Bnei Hasharon is a weak team, because they beat us earlier in the
season. We took that defeat to heart and everyone gave their all tonight, which
can be seen in the score-line.”
Sofoklis Schortsanitis had 22 points in
18 minutes for Maccabi, which also got 18 points from Doron Perkins and 15 from
Dan Grunfeld scored 11 points for Bnei Hasharon, which
allowed Maccabi to shoot a blistering 71 percent (36 of 51) from two-point
Meanwhile, Maccabi Haifa won for just the second time in 13 BSL
games, beating Maccabi Ashdod 95-81.
Marco Killingsworth and Jermaine
Jackson had 20 points each for Haifa, with Ramel Bradley scoring 19 for Ashdod,
which has lost four of five games.
Also Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil beat
Barak Netanya 72-66 on the road.
Jack McClinton and Warren Carter scored
13 points each for the winners, with Romeo Travis netting 21 for the
Ironi Ashkelon hosts Hapoel Holon on Monday.
Maccabi looked intent to make the hosts regret they ever won at
Tel Aviv opened the game with an 11-0 run, capped by a Jeremy
Pargo three-pointer, and that was just the start.
A Doron Perkins triple
extended the gap to 20 points (25-5) midway through the first period and the
game was all but won after just 10 minutes, with Maccabi leading
Tel Aviv continued to pile the misery on Bnei Hasharon in the
second period, opening a 63-30 margin by the break.
Maccabi didn’t let up
and continued to pour salt on Bnei Hasharon’s wounds in the second half,
crushing the poor hosts.