After the great comeback and the very impressive victory over the European champions Anadolu Efes, Maccabi Tel Aviv is now hosted by Real Madrid and will hope to continue the momentum against the old and strong rival that they have not beaten at home since March 2010.
While Ketch's team comes to this game after six consecutive victories in all competitions and two Impressive Euroleague victories, the Blancos come after two losses - against Basconia in the Euroleague and in the Clasico against Barcelona in the Spanish league.
These opposite trends have greatly narrowed the gaps between the teams and a Maccabi victory this evening will equalize their balance sheet with that of Real.
Wade Baldwin returned to the Ketsch squad, which builds on his "Spanish" star Lorenzo Brown, who swept the Spanish team to the Eurobasket victory.
The Blancos build mainly on their excellent tall players - Tavares and Poirier, while veterans Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Yui also tend to stand out against the Yellows - but will have to do without two of their stars, Gabriel Beck and Mario Zonia, as well as Rudy Fernandez, who has been sidelined for a long time.
As you remember, the two teams met in the playoffs last year and then the Blancos showed complete dominance and swept the Yellows away.
Maccabi Tel Aviv is building on it.
Lorenzo Brown (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
Chos Matteo made it into the top five with Walter Tavares, Gershon Yabosla, Alberto Abelda, Fabian Coser and Nigel Williams-Goss.
Ketch started with Bonzie Colson, Josh Niebo, Jarel Martin, Lorenzo Brown and Jaylen Adams.
Niebo was the first player to score and in position later and Martin tried to dunk on Tavares, but was blocked by him in a wonderful defensive move.
The center of the Blancos also blocked Adams a minute later and left the Blues with only three points.
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