Macabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv began its season on Saturday with what will surely be the first
of many straight-forward victories in the coming year, beating Novo Mesto 83-68
in Slovenia in its Adriatic League opener.
The yellow-and-blue opened an
early lead and was in complete control after taking a 25-13 margin into the
The hosts closed to within six points (38-32) at one
stage, but Maccabi increased its margin to double-digits by the break (42- 32)
and maintained it throughout the second half on its way to a comfortable
Sofoklis Schortsanitis led Tel Aviv with 18 points, hitting
seven-of-eight shots, with Devin Smith and Jordan Farmar adding 11 points
Yogev Ohayon surprisingly started the game for Maccabi and had
eight points and six steals in his debut for the team. However, Jon Scheyer has
yet to find his place in David Blatt’s side, scoring just two points in four
“We began the game well and had some very good moments,” Maccabi
assistant coach Guy Goodes said. “This win gives us a lot of confidence going
forward. We are only in the beginning of the season and many players are still
trying to find their place in the roster.
“Scheyer did some wonderful
things in college, but we mustn’t forget that he is still a rookie in Europe. We
should give him some more time before we judge him and I believe that he will
eventually find his place.”
Maccabi visits Lasko in its second Adriatic
game on Monday before hosting Cibona Zagreb in its home opener at Nokia Arena on
Tel Aviv will play in the BSL preseason Chance Cup at
Malha Arena next week before opening its Israeli league campaign at Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil on October 16 and beginning its participation in the Euroleague
away at Milano on October 20.