(photo credit: Associated Press)
Maccabi Tel Aviv continued to dominate its BSL opponents on Sunday night,
thrashing Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 82-61 in Gan Ner to improve to a 9-1 record on the
Maccabi has been in imperious form since the start of the season
and it showed no mercy against Gilboa, which remains the reigning-champion, but
only in name.
Gilboa began the game well enough, but completely lost its
way in the second period and showed absolutely no fighting spirit before
dropping to a second straight defeat and a 5-5 record.
Doron Perkins had
18 points and Richard Hendrix added 15 for Maccabi, which shot a remarkable 30
of 38 from two-point range (79 percent).
Dagan Yavzuri scored 14 points
for Gilboa, which hit just 22 of 64 field goal attempts (34
Earlier Sunday, Maccabi completed the signing of Serbian Milan
Macvan, with the 21-year-old forward to join the team in training on
Tel Aviv has been extremely impressive this season, winning 17 of
19 games in all competitions, including eight straight in the
However, coach David Blatt was looking to strengthen his
front court since the start of the campaign and he has found his man in Macvan,
who is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in European
Macvan signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Maccabi and
joins from Serbia’s Hemofarm Vrsac at which he averaged 17.0 points and 8.3
rebounds in the Eurocup this season.
“Maccabi is one of the biggest clubs
in Europe and I am proud to join them,” Macvan said after scoring 15 points in
his final game for Vrsac in Saturday’s Adriatic League loss to Zadar.
regret having to leave Vrsac in the middle of the season, but an offer like this
only comes around once in a lifetime and I couldn’t turn it down.”
Sunday, Maccabi Rishon Lezion won its first game in over a month, defeating
Barak Netanya 99- 96 in overtime.
Rishon began the game with a 10-2 run
and ended the first quarter with an 11-1 surge to take a 27-13 lead into the
However, the hosts would score 19 of the first 22 points
of the second period and led 32-30 midway through the frame.
have the edge at the break (44-40) and there was still very little to separate
the teams with 10 minutes to play, with Netanya leading 60-59.
would go back and forth in the fourth quarter and game would go into overtime
after Netanya’s Adrian Banks tied the score at 82-82.
It was still
difficult to separate the teams in the extra five minutes, but a clutch
three-point play by Dwayne Mitchell would give the visitors a 98- 95 lead they
would not relinquish on the way to an important victory.
scored 28 points for Rishon, with Mitchell adding 24 and 10
Elton Brown had 25 points for Netanya.
hosts Maccabi Ashdod on Monday.
At Gan Ner, a Tyler Wilkerson basket tied
the score at 13-13 with less than three minutes to play in the first period and
it seemed the hosts just might be able to remain in touch with the
However, Maccabi ended the first quarter with an 11-3
run, capped by Tal Burstein’s three-point play, and never looked
The visitors held Hapoel to just six points in the first five
minutes of the second frame and outscored Gilboa 29-12 in the period to open an
unassailable margin by the break (53-28).
The second half was pure
garbage time, allowing Blatt to rest his starters ahead of Thursday’s final
Euroleague regular season game at Prokom Gdynia.