Basketball: Maccabi Seeks A Perfect First Round

– by Amir Shoam

Maccabi Tel Aviv will play tomorrow in Germany against Alba Berlin in the basketball Euroleague group stage. Maccabi has a 4-0 score so far in the competition, and another win tomorrow will complete a perfect first round. “Berlin is a great place to play in. The problem is that Alba is a great home team”, said head coach David Blatt. So far in the tournament Alba has a 2-2 record.

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Last Sunday Maccabi had another impressive domestic league win, 87-67 over Maccabi Haifa. The men in yellow led 32-16 after the first quarter, and although Haifa roared back its energy was over by the last quarter. A dispute occurred in the first half over Yogev Ohayon’s angry response to a foul made on him while the game was paused. David logan was named man of the match for his 19 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Ohayon added 11 points and 6 assists, while Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Soccer – Hapoel Tel Aviv lost this week 2-1 to Maccabi Netanya, and another loss against Maccabi Tel Aviv this Sunday will open a gap of 9 table points between the two teams and severely hurt the reds’ championship aspirations. Tomorrow Hapoel will play in Czech against Viktoria Plzen in the European league group stage, but Coach Yossi Abukasis declared that the game against Maccabi is more important and that he will bench a few of his stars in order to rest them in preparation for it.

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