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Yannis Sapropoulos: "We fought heroically in the end, I'm proud" - Walla! sport

2021-02-11T22:10:09.714Z

The Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was happy after his team reached the cup final for the first time since 2018: "Glad we didn't give up." DADAS: "We stopped playing"



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Yannis Sapropoulos: "We fought heroically in the end, I'm proud"

The Maccabi Tel Aviv coach was happy after his team reached the cup final for the first time since 2018: "Glad we didn't give up."

DADAS: "We stopped playing"

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Thursday, February 11, 2021, 11:48 p.m.

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First reached the Cup final in Israel.

Sapropoulos (Photo: Danny Maron)

What a drama we got tonight (Thursday) in the second round of the Cup semi-final, when Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Holon 85:87 at the end of overtime and a great thriller.

Stefanos Dadas' team already had a 50:67 advantage in the last quarter, but succumbed to a 5:22 run by Maccabi Tel Aviv led by the excellent Oz Blazer (19) and Scotty Wilbkin who forced extra time with a basket that set 72:72.

In the next five minutes, Sapropoulos' players managed to secure the victory and Yannis Sapropoulos celebrates his first promotion to the Israeli Cup final.

Maccabi Tel Aviv returns to the finals for the first time since 2018.



Maccabi Tel Aviv coach

Yannis Sapropoulos

: "I am pleased that we did not give up when the game did not go well, we continued to fight, it was very important that in the last 12 minutes we made a supreme effort, changed the momentum, made them "We had a lot of loss of the ball, we had a chance to win in normal time. As we fought in the end it was heroic, and I want to congratulate the players."

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Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Holon 85:87 after extra time and advanced to the cup final

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A big disappointment in Holon.

Pnini (Photo: Danny Maron)

The coach who qualified for the first cup final in Israel explained what happened to his team: "It was critical from the outside that we did not enter in the third quarter, we pressed and did not play good defense.



The Greek continued: "I want to thank the fans who came here, it was a pleasant surprise, their voice was always in our ears. We miss the Maccabi crowd, and are happy that we brought them this victory."

On the champion of the game, Oz Blazer: "I trust Blazer, we brought him because he is a fighter, who has the quality and the heart to play great games."

He and his team were discouraged.

Dads (Photo: Danny Maron)

Hapoel Holon coach

Stefanos Dadas

: "I am proud of how we played, this is our third official game against Maccabi and it shows a lot for me, we controlled the game, especially in the second half against a high budget Euroleague team, they know us and still managed to control the game through our basketball until the minute. 33. They started playing like us, and from that point on it seemed like we stopped playing, we managed to go through them 6 times, we did not change strategy, I took timeouts, I did not change anything. Everyone saw, we are a good team and made our team proud. It is not an easy evening. For us, we were led by 17 points, something else happened. "



The Greek of Holon continued: "At the beginning of extra time they gave us a slight offense, we fought and did not give up, obviously I tried to put balls in de Zhao inside, to change the attack structure but we did not have good space to punish. Our game is simple, and I feel we could win. "We have opportunities, it's not easy. I did not change anything, what everyone has changed in the last 7 minutes."



Dadas concluded: "Maccabi is our biggest rival, everyone has a chance to get close to them, we are in a good direction, we have had successful seasons, we reached the Winner's Cup final, we lost to them at the last second, we missed a stage in Europe, we missed a few games in the league and that keeps us in a lower place. "From what we deserve to be. We are at the top of the league."

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