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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.
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