Mac TA extends Adriatic lead

Devin Smith scores 14 points for Maccabi Tel Aviv in its 83-77 Adriatic League win over Cedevita Zagreb.

DEVIN SMITH (photo credit: Adi Avishai)
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv all but wrapped up first place at the end of the Adriatic League regular season on Saturday, beating second-placed Cedevita Zagreb 83-77 in Croatia to improve to a 20-1 record.
A three-pointer by Cedevita’s Chris Owens tied the game at 77-77 with exactly one minute to play, but David Blu put Maccabi back in control with a triple of his own with 35 seconds remaining before clinching the win from the free throw line.
Richard Hendrix, Devin Smith and Lior Eliyahu all had 14 points, with Blu scoring 12 for Maccabi, which visits Hapoel Holon in BSL action on Monday.
Owens and Matjaz Smodis scored 16 points each for Cedevita, which despite dropping to a 17-5 record is still on course to play in the Adriatic League Final Four in Tel Aviv at the end of April.
On Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem, which has won just two of seven games in all competitions since Sharon Drucker replaced Oded Katash as coach more than two months ago, will surely be expecting to return to winning ways when it visits rock-bottom Maccabi Haifa, which has lost 11 straight league games.
Also Sunday, Maccabi Rishon Lezion hosts Maccabi Ashdod, Barak Netanya visits BC Habika’a and Ironi Ashkelon faces Bnei Hasharon.