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(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv took a 1-0 lead in its BSL quarterfinal playoff series against
Barak Netanya on Tuesday night, winning 94- 72 at Nokia Arena.
got off to a flying start leading 28-15 at one stage.
However, Tel Aviv,
which ended the regular season with a 26-1 record, closed to within one point
(46-45) by the break and outscored the visitors 24-8 in the final 10 minutes to
claim another easy local win.
“By the time we woke out we were in a hole,
but I think that we have a mature team which knows how to lift itself and win
games,” said Maccabi coach David Blatt, whose team visits Netanya in the
best-of-five series on Saturday in its final game before its Euroleague Final
Four semifinal against Real Madrid next Friday.
Chuck Eidson led six
Maccabi players in double-figures with 20 points, with Richard Hendrix adding 14
points and 11 boards.
Adrian Banks had 28 points for Netanya, which gave
Maccabi a fight for three periods before collapsing in the final
Reigning-champion Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will begin its playoff
series on Wednesday when it hosts Hapoel Holon.
On Thursday, Bnei
Hasharon welcomes Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Jerusalem hosts Maccabi
Ashdod at Malha Arena, while Maccabi Haifa faces Ironi Ashkelon in the