Yellow-and-blue dominates Netanya in playoff opener

Maccabi Tel Aviv takes 1-0 lead in BSL quarterfinal playoff series.

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April 27, 2011 05:46
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Lior Eliyahu of Maccabi Tel Aviv

lior eliyahu maccabi tel aviv_311. (photo credit: Adi Avishai)

 
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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.

Netanya got off to a flying start leading 28-15 at one stage.

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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 frame.

Reigning-champion Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will begin its playoff series on Wednesday when it hosts Hapoel Holon.

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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 relegation playoffs.

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