Maccabi Tel Aviv opened last night (Friday) its streak of three away games in the Euroleague with a 95:89 loss to the leading Olympiacos at the Hall of Peace and Fraternity in Piraeus, dropping to a record of 11 wins compared to 10 losses and a negative 9:2 away from the Menorah Mivathim Hall.
Oded Ketch's men started the game wonderfully and took a quick double-digit lead at the beginning of the first quarter, but the host was not pressured and with the help of a one-sided second quarter which she won 11:27 turned the game around and took the lead, which she kept without difficulty until the end.
"The lineup we started with worked well for us and after we made rotations they got into a problem. We lost the game in the second quarter," stated Oded Ketch at the end.
"We weren't focused, not only in basketball, but also in our body language, but we made adjustments. In the second half we fought and didn't give up. I liked to see the way we played in the second half. It's a long season and we'll have to learn from every game, we'll have to learn this thing from this game. We fought away Against the best team in the Euroleague, but we will have to be consistent."
Despite the loss, the club expressed satisfaction with the performance of Roman Sorkin, who played a wonderful game after several less than good games personally, and led the team in points (23, a career record in the Euroleague), index and offensive rebounds.
"I think we need to get some more players involved. Roman was great when he came up. After a long time and I'm happy for him. We need to strengthen the players and raise our heads. Of course it's less fun to lose, even though we played against a good team," Ketch added.
Ketch, yesterday in Piraeus,
In the absence of the injured Lorenzo Brown, most of the load in the attack and the attention of the opposing defense went as expected to Wade Baldwin who returned to Athens and met the ex, but he presented a weak game personally and finished the match with 14 points at low percentages (3/10 for two points, 1/6 for three points ).
Roman Sorkin, who was the bright spot for the Yellows in the game with 23 points and 9 rebounds, shared his feelings at the end: "We were in the game throughout, they are a quality team and we could have beaten them. We needed a little more but the face is forward. Personally I did the actions The willingness, as a team we showed that we will come back from behind and play well."
At the end of the game, the team's players received the painful update on the terrible attack that took place in Jerusalem while they were on the floor in Athens.
"We are shocked and pained. A basketball game dwarfs things like this. We want to offer our condolences to the families of the dead and best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured," Ketch shared in pain.
The Yellows will return to Israel today and already tomorrow at 17:00 they will be hosted in Remez Hall by Kiryat Ata City and will try to return to the winning track after the loss in the derby.
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