Summary clip of today's events in sport, 26.1 (Sport1)
1. Maccabi Tel Aviv had a difficult evening last night (Friday) at the Hall of Peace and Brotherhood.
On the floor, Oded Ketch's players were not far from a surprise against the Euroleague leader, but came away with a 95:89 loss.
At the end of the game, the team members who did not know, and the players, received the news of the murderous attack in Jerusalem that occurred while they were preparing for the match.
"I want to convey that our hearts are with the families of those killed and wounded in the murderous attack in Jerusalem, we want to convey to them that they will be strong and everything is dwarfed by that," said Roman Sorkin at the end, while captain John DiBartholomew said: "Before basketball, everyone is here at Maccabi, our thoughts and prayers are with Mi who was murdered and injured in the terrorist attack in Jerusalem. It's a terrible thing to hear about, our hearts are with them."
For some of the players there is a connection to Jerusalem, among them players who played for Hapoel Jerusalem in the past, such as Suleiman Barimo, Rafi Manko and Jaylen Adams, and some of them were very frightened by the announcement of the attack, so the club said.
On the floor, Maccabi was in business until the end of the game, when the deficit was only 8, three minutes to the end, but was unable to complete the turnaround that it had been trying to do since the second quarter.
"We were there, we could have won, they are a very high-quality team and we lacked a little," said Sorkin, "we have Kiryat Ata first and then a double week in the Euroleague, we will have to get the victories to climb to where we want to go in the Euroleague. I did the right actions in the game, The important thing is that we stayed in the game and proved that we can come back, we fought very well, we could have won."
John DiBartholomew concluded for his part: "I am proud of our resilience, we were behind by double digits several times and we stayed together, we played well, this is a very good team but it is very difficult, we will have to know how to win games like this in order to reach a higher place. Everyone understood the The difficulty of this hall, they hit us several times and we kept coming back, I'm happy with our fight."
The players received the news about the attack only at the end.
DiBartholomew (photo: official website, Olympiakos)
2. In fact, Maccabi Tel Aviv divides the game into two parts - 26 minutes of good basketball and 14 minutes of basketball that does not fit this class.
From 4:04 to the end of the first quarter until the end of the first half, Olympiakos ran 41:15 over the stunned Yellows, who won the other 26 minutes of the game 54:74, including a 45:53 victory in the second half.
"What happened to us from 3-4 minutes to the end of the first quarter until the end of the half? We simply lost concentration and were unable to make two good consecutive moves defensively and offensively," said Maccabi. To the house, everything is going against us and it's taking us too much time to stop it."
Maccabi entered the second half completely differently, fighting and digging its way back into the game, but was unable to complete the turnaround.
"We weren't far," continued one of the club's members on his way to the airport, "the hole we created was too big and I doubt if there is a team here that comes out of a 17 deficit like we were at the peak. If you have to take something from this game, it's that we didn't break down and continued to play hard despite the difference. What What should be worried is how we dug this thing for ourselves."
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The best evening in the Euroleague career.
Sorkin (photo: official website, Olympiakos)
3. Five players scored in double figures last night at Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Wade Baldwin again took charge but had a less good evening with 14 points, Jaylen Adams and Bonzie Colson scored 13 each, and captain John DiBartholomew who started for the first time in the five scored 12 points.
But the star of the evening was Roman Sorkin.
23 points, including 17 in the third quarter, 9 rebounds and an index of 33 in a little more than 20 minutes, the Israeli center had his best night in the Euroleague in his career.
Sorkin's evening came after a little over a month of bad games by the Israeli, who initially filled in exceptionally well after the injury of Alex Poithers, but after the talks about his new contract at Maccabi progressed and were agreed upon, he took a step back, looking significantly less well, Couldn't get into games offensively, and his contribution decreased compared to much better games of Josh Niebo.
Last night, things worked out great for him in the third quarter and he was the man who brought Maccabi back into the game in the second half.
Who else received compliments was Suleiman Breimo in his debut in yellow.
Braimo had only 6 points and 3 rebounds in 15 and a half minutes, but he gave Maccabi a lot of energy and defense in those minutes, when Maccabi was ahead by 7 with him.
Still in the top 8. Coulson (photo: official website, Olympiakos)
4. In the bottom line, Maccabi Tel Aviv finds itself even after the 21st round in the Euroleague in a place that leads to the playoffs, eighth place, with 11 wins and 10 losses.
Last night's game was the ninth loss in 11 away games for Maccabi, who managed to beat only Milan and Alba Berlin away from home, the two teams that close the table.
Maccabi added last night's game to the list of "misses" outside Menorah Hall, games they could have won and missed in the deciding minutes.
The list includes the losses to Virtus Bologna, Partizan and Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich and Panathinaikos.
Five games until last night, in which with a little more concentration, they could have come out with victories.
"It's already a bit of a burden on our backs, we'll have to know how to keep the house until the end of the season at this rate if we want to make the playoffs," they told the club before leaving for Athens.
Busy schedule. Catch (Photo: Kobi Eliyahu)
5. Already in the late hours of the night, the Maccabi Tel Aviv players landed in Israel and dispersed to their homes, in preparation for the continuation of the crazy game journey they have in the coming week.
Maccabi will leave this Sunday for an early away game against Kiryat Ata Municipal, when less than 24 hours after the game, they will be on the plane again, this time on their way to Spain, for a game against Barcelona on Tuesday and another game against Valencia on Thursday.
Lorenzo Brown is not supposed to take part in any of these games, but during the coming week he will conduct additional tests that will show the rate of recovery from his ankle injury, according to which the club will know when he will return definitively, with the hope that he will be fully fit even before the semi-final games and the final of the State Cup.
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