Maccabi Tel Aviv sweated this evening (Sunday) at the Menorah Mittehim Hall for fifty minutes against Hapoel Haifa but finally got back on the winning track with a home victory after two overtimes with a score of 104:108 thanks to a wonderful game by Jaylen Adams and Bonzie Colson, at the end of one of the most exciting games of the last few years .
Blood sweat and tears that ended in victory, photo: Oded Karni
Forty-eight hours after the painful defeat to Real Madrid away in the Euroleague, Oded Ketch's apprentices returned to the floor and their home court and met Sharon Drucker's team, which they met only five days ago in a make-up game from the first round, and overcame them without difficulty with a score of 59:80 in Rome.
The yellows did not succumb to fatigue, photo: Oded Karni
However, unlike the short time that has passed since the two teams met, on the floor we witnessed a completely different game.
The Reds from Carmel started the game with a storm, played with confidence and showed good minutes of fighting on both sides of the field, and gained a double-digit lead, with the Yellows looking off and tired.
Ketch is frustrated.
In the end it worked out, photo: Oded Karni
In contrast to the competition in Rome last week, when the northerners were stopped at 59 points in the entire game, tonight in the hall they already scored 55 after twenty minutes of basketball, when Devonta Epson, who was not registered for the first game between the teams, provided the goods tonight and rewarded his coach for his trust with 21 points and 7 rebounds , but stopped offensively in the second half and allowed the Yellows led by Bonzie Colson and Jaylen Adams to turn the game around and send the game to overtime.
After no decision was reached, the teams went to another overtime, where the depth and quality of the yellows prevailed, in a game that reminded the hall's residents of the previous confrontation between the teams last season, which was also decided after two overtimes.
The Yellows don't have much time to recover for the next game when already on Wednesday Partizan Belgrade will arrive at the Menorah Mivathim Hall, while two days later the Yellows will play in Athens against the Greek Panathinaikos.
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