A storm in the kingdom with Alon Mizrahi, part 2 (Sport1)
Great disappointment reigned in the locker room of Maccabi Tel Aviv last night (Friday) at the end of the dramatic 88:86 loss to Panathinaikos in Ouaka.
The team members left the hall with the feeling that with a little more concentration in the decisive minutes, they could have come out with a victory that would have given them the gap they want in the playoff battles for the rest of the road, but they were unable to do so.
Maccabi managed to come back from 8 behind in the deciding minutes, after chasing the Greek team from the start of the game.
Wade Baldwin with a big last quarter of 13 of his 21 points, and Bonzie Colson with a monster night of 29 points and 14 rebounds put the team in the picture, but Derek Williams' 3-pointer and then Baldwin's foul on a free throw pretty much tied the game, We gave the Greeks the victory.
"A tough loss, we fought until the end, we couldn't make the important stops when it mattered, we'll have to learn and build from this until we get better," Colson concluded the game, "Basketball is a game of runs, we made our run at the end, but we couldn't make The stop that was important."
Josh Niebo added: "It was a very difficult game, both teams played hard and competed, they scored one more shot than us which decided the game. We fought and came back, we will have to know how to take the momentum from the end of this game to the next game."
His monstrous game was not enough.
Bonzie Colson (photo: official website, official website of Maccabi Tel Aviv)
The sense of loss that accompanies Maccabi Tel Aviv all the way from Huaca to returning to Israel is also due to the way the team lost the game, but also due to its meaning.
Maccabi know that they will have to find the away games in which they can achieve victories, when their next series of away games includes Olympiakos (third place in the table), Barcelona (second place in the table), Valencia.
"Obviously, this was one of the games we marked in this round that could be won away from home, and it's a shame that we didn't know how to do it," said one of Maccabi's people after the game, "we really hope that in two months we won't look back and say, that was the game that cost us in the playoffs."
As far as Maccabi's ability is concerned, the complaints were not for Derek Williams' last shot, but for what happened a few minutes before, that the Yellows let Devin Bacon warm up, and did not take the ball out of his hand, "to play with such a player one on one, it is unwise to say the least". They said in the team, "He has personal abilities at the highest level in the Euroleague, and after one basket you have to understand that the ball shouldn't go to him, not after 3 baskets. It took us a whole half to get into the energy and want this game the way they wanted, and it's a shame, it was already too difficult to close".
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Baldwin (photo: official website, Maccabi Tel Aviv)
And yet Maccabi comes out of Huaca with two bright spots.
The first is of course Bonzie Colson who recorded an amazing game with an index of 41 points, with his statistical line including 11 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 6 from outside the arc, only 48 hours after scoring 19 points and adding 7 rebounds against Partizan Belgrade, when in the range he celebrates His 27th birthday.
The second point is Wade Baldwin who scored 21 points, 13 of them in the last quarter which he took over, and this despite his rather comfortable miss in Money Time.
Baldwin stepped into the place left by Lorenzo Brown in one of his weaker games this season, shook off the injury that caused him to miss a month, and showed that Maccabi has someone to rely on for the rest of the road.
may find himself outside.
Hollins (photo: Danny Maron)
Maccabi Tel Aviv are expected to inform Jaylen Adams at the beginning of the week that they are taking the option on him until the end of the season.
But besides this decision, the Yellows may make another decision, since the rotation in the existing situation does not allow some of the players to get on the floor.
Darren Hilliard did not play at all in the two games this week, Austin Hollins played an average of 5 minutes, not to mention Yeftah Ziv who does not dress and Rafi Manko who does not play at all.
Maccabi knows that too many players disappointed by a few playing minutes may lead to bad results, and besides the decision to keep Adams, they may in the near future give up one of the other guards, when it is very possible that it will be Hollins, the cheapest of the other Americans.
One of the problems regarding Hollins is the fact that Maccabi did not sign him up for the league games, unlike Adams and Hilliard, and assuming that the team will bring in an interior player in the near future to replace Alex Poithers and sign him up for the league as well, they will keep only one spot for themselves as a substitute, and if they decide to make it, they will have to subtract one From the players of the current squad from the squad to the league.
He doesn't have much time to recover.
Lorenzo Brown (photo: official website, Maccabi Tel Aviv)
The Yellows don't have too much time to recover from the disappointment in Athens.
Already this coming Monday (18:00) they will meet Bnei Herzliya in the quarter-finals of the State Cup, with the team from Sharon sitting well in the memory of the Maccabi people.
Herzliya was the one that knocked out the Yellows in the semi-finals of the playoffs last year, and a little over a month ago they beat them at Menorah Hall.
"We know how important the game against Herzliya is," the team said even before leaving for Athens, "everyone around us remembers the feeling of ending a season without a title, and we want to take a trophy that can bring us forward. It's an important game and we believe the players know that."
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