Yellow-and-blue drops to painful loss in Russia

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost battle for a top-two finish in Top 16 Group F on Friday with 78-76 defeat to Lokomotiv Kuban.

March 9, 2014 02:20
1 minute read.
Maccabi Tel Aviv center Sofoklis Schortsanitis

Maccabi Tel Aviv center Sofoklis Schortsanitis. (photo credit: ADI AVISHAI)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost important ground in the battle for a top-two finish in Top 16 Group F on Friday, but remained well placed to advance to the quarterfinal playoffs from third position despite the 78-76 defeat at Lokomotiv Kuban.

A 10-0 run bridging the first and second quarters gave Kuban a lead it wouldn’t relinquish, but Maccabi never lost touch. The yellow- and-blue had a chance to snatch a win in the closing seconds, but David Blu missed a three-pointer with seven seconds to play and Maccabi fell to a 6-3 record, two games behind Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Kuban improved to 4-5 to move tied with Bayern Munich for fourth place, but Maccabi still holds a two-game gap over the two with five Top 16 games to play.

Maccabi center Sofoklis Schortsanitis was excellent once more against Kuban, scoring 18 points in 18 minutes, hitting 7-of- 8 field goals, but just 4-of-11 free throws.

David Blu and Ricky Hickman scored 16 points each for Maccabi, which was outrebounded 37-26, with Kuban taking 12 offensive boards.

“We played much better in the second half and had some chances to seize control but couldn’t make the most of them,” said Blu. “I scored four three-pointers but missed the most important one and that hurts. Coach Blatt drew up the play and Hickman found me but my shot was a few centimeters short.”

Krunoslav Simon led Kuban with 23 points, scoring 15 of them in the fourth quarter.

“People always remember the end of the game, but we lost the encounter earlier when we had some annoying misses and mistakes,” said Blatt. “Kuban is a very good team and came very close to beating CSKA and Real. We had already beaten them three times this season and it is a shame we didn’t manage to do so again. We have a big week ahead of us with the BSL regular season coming to an end before facing Zalgiris Kaunas in the Euroleague.”

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov