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1. It took two and a half months, but in its sixth away game of the season last night (Tuesday) Maccabi Tel Aviv managed to break the barrier of away games in Milan with an important victory 71:77.
Thanks to the victory, the Yellows returned to a positive balance in the Euroleague with seven wins against six losses and sunk the Italian team deep in last place with a ninth loss in a row in the factory.
Even in the game in Italy it was far from a trip.
Maccabi Tel Aviv did start the game not bad, but in the third quarter lost concentration and saw its opponent run away to a 47:57 lead.
The yellows tightened the defense, ran 2:12 until the end of the third quarter, closed it with a tie and in the last quarter continued the momentum all the way to the victory.
Lorenzo Brown excelled with 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, while Roman Sorkin added 14 points and 6 rebounds of his own.
Jarrell Martin had a very good game as well with 13 points.
Excelled in the first away win in the Euroleague this season.
Brown (photo: official website, Elad Goldstein, official Instagram page of Maccabi Tel Aviv)
"It was very important, we were hungry for this victory, it will make us hungry, and we will want to continue it on Friday as well," said Roman Sorkin at the end, "in the third quarter we raised our defense and in the attack we did the simple things. I didn't do anything special , I wanted to be active in rebounding, Lorenzo and Jaylen found me and I'm happy that we won."
Jarl Martin added: "It was very big for us, we wanted to get the first away win, you could see the emotions after the win, it was huge. Our intense defense achieved the turnaround, once we raised the defensive level we were able to get to the transition game and make the moves also in the attack."
The yellow fans who came to Milan also celebrated for the first time this season outside the hall (photo: official website, Elad Goldstein, official Instagram page of Maccabi Tel Aviv)
2. The Maccabi Tel Aviv players celebrated the victory in the dressing room and on the floor, not hiding their happiness for getting the monkey off their shoulders and achieving the first away victory of the season.
The fact that this is a second win in a row at the factory and preventing another negative momentum after the loss to Bnei Herzliya on Saturday, added to the good feeling of the Maccabi Tel Aviv people.
At the India club, they were also happy for Oded Ketesh who, thanks to the victory, is expected to get more peace from the club's close and less close surroundings.
"Anyone who is waiting to cheer in the corner can continue to wait," said one of the team members from Milan last night, "We are approaching the midpoint of the season with a positive balance, we came out of a bad period and a difficult situation with many injured people and we managed to win two important games. Some people probably don't like him , it's their problem."
A victory that will give him more peace.
Ketch (photo: official website, Dragana Stjepanović)
3. The statistic that pleased the Maccabi Tel Aviv people the most in the game in Italy was the rebounds.
The Yellows collected 27 rebounds in defense and 11 rebounds in attack, and allowed Milan to take only 5 rebounds in attack, the lowest number that Maccabi has allowed since the start of the season.
For almost two months, Maccabi Tel Aviv has been working on the issue of rebounding in training.
"We've already reached a point where it's not clear why it's not getting better," admitted one of the club's members last night, "we hope it will continue in the next games."
The professional team emphasized throughout the period that the issue of rebounding does not fall only on the team's inside players, but even more so on the outside players who have to help in shutting down players who come to help with the offensive rebound and create a problem.
In last night's victory, Lorenzo Brown and Jaylen Adams collected 9 rebounds in defense, more than the interior games, a statistic that is very encouraging for the rest.
27 rebounds in Milan for Maccabi Tel Aviv (photo: official website, Elad Goldstein, official Instagram page of Maccabi Tel Aviv)
4. Maccabi Tel Aviv will stay in Milan today and begin its preparation for the match against Virtus Bologna that will be held on Friday.
Some of the members of the team will watch Virtus' game against Elba Berlin in Bologna this evening, and only tomorrow will the team make their way by bus to Bologna.
In Maccabi they pay respect to their second opponent in the Italian tour, but know that with the current balance of forces they have a good chance of coming out with an important victory for the rest of the season.
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