Maccabi Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv will enter Thursday’s Euroleague Top 16 opener at Barcelona on
the back of yet another double-digit BSL victory, beating Hapoel Holon 88- 74 on
the road on Sunday.
Maccabi trailed by four points at the break (45-41),
but outscored the hosts 47-29 in the second half to improve its record to 13-1,
with all its BSL wins coming by nine points or more.
“There is something
to learn from every game, including this one,” Maccabi coach David Blatt said.
“Barcelona is a great team, but not unbeatable.
“We are a better team
than we were when the Euroleague’s regular season ended, but we are facing the
toughest game possible in Barcelona.”
Doron Perkins had 18 points for
Maccabi, with Jeremy Pargo adding 17.
Rich Melzer scored 17 points for
Holon, which has lost three of four games.
Also Sunday, Maccabi Haifa
dropped to its ninth defeat in 10 league games, losing 100-97 to Bnei Hasharon
in overtime, while Maccabi Rishon Lezion defeated Hapoel Gilboa/Galil
Hapoel Jerusalem hosts Ironi Ashkelon on Monday, looking to
rebound from its recent woes, which include an early State Cup exit at the hands
of Barak Netanya and just one win in its last three BSL games.
tight start to the game in Holon, Maccabi went on a 13-3 run in the closing
stages of the first period and led 30-23 after 10 minutes.
hosts ate away at the lead as the second quarter progressed and had a surprising
45-41 advantage at the break after ending the first half with a 13-3
Holon fans began dreaming of a stunning upset, but Tel Aviv would
seize control of the encounter once more in the third period, tightening its
defense and attacking the hosts on the break.
A Guy Pnini steal and
lay-up capped a 15-3 run to start the half to give Tel Aviv a 56-48 advantage,
and Maccabi never lost control after that.
A 68-60 margin with 10 minutes
to play quickly mushroomed and the visitors sailed to yet another double-figure
In Rishon, the hosts pulled ahead in the second period, outscoring
Gilboa 24-13 to open a 40-28 halftime gap.
Gilboa came back to take the
lead in the third quarter, but Rishon quickly regained the initiative and
claimed an important win.
Aaron McGhee had 20 points and 12 rebounds for
Rishon, with Yehu Orland adding 19.
Gal Mekel scored 17 points for
Gilboa, which has lost two straight games.
In Haifa, Bnei Hasharon got
off to a flying start and led 21-13 after one quarter.
The hosts came
right back in the second period and had a two-point edge (41-39) at the
An extremely tight second half would ensue and the game went into
overtime after Haifa’s Derek Low hit two free-throws.
There was little to
separate the teams in the extra period as well, but Bnei Hasharon was the more
composed side in the final two minutes and held on for a third win in four
Lee Nailon led the winners with 32 points, with Dan Grunfeld
Frank Robinson scored 27 for Haifa, with Marco Killingsworth
adding 22 points and 14 rebounds.