Tikteknu: today's summary clip in sports, 16.3 (Sport1)
Maccabi Tel Aviv tonight (Thursday) took a significant step towards obtaining the ticket to the Euroleague playoffs with a 79:93 victory over Basconia, a direct rival for the top 8 spot. The advantage until the end with a rise above Basconi in the table with a third win in a row.
Wade Baldwin was above everyone with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, Lorenzo Brown added 17 points.
"At the end of the first half they gained momentum, we lost a bit of confidence. Both Wade and Lorenzo in those minutes made some less typical moves", concluded Oded Ketch.
"We played against a very talented team offensively. We reduced their percentages to three to unusual numbers, most of the time we kept excellent and we also had a bit of luck. We showed character, and more magic happened here. We need a few more of these. We had experiences, many times we were behind and knew how to get out of it . As soon as we turned on the energy and switched to a formation of guards, it worked. Something was released at the end of the third quarter."
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Approaching the top 8. Catch (photo: Danny Maron)
Ketch was asked about the change of the Yellows in recent weeks and said: "How can you compare the beginning of the season to now? We are much more coordinated, time has passed. We built a team from scratch, players with not much experience in the Euroleague, today we know what needs to be done. I think we are playoff worthy , but we are the only ones worth a playoff. The Euroleague is unusual this year in terms of equality and level, but the onus of proof is on us. It's not going to be easy, towards the end it's only getting stronger. It's not a good feeling for us to be favorites, so very quickly we have to find a way not to feel Like that. I don't think you are a favorite in any game except in the Euroleague, and with this attitude I want to get to the game."
More magical moments in the hall (photo: Danny Maron)
The remaining games for Maccabi Tel Aviv until the end of the regular season:
Villerban (away), March 23
Virtus Bologna (home), March 28
Milan (home), March 30
Zalgiris Kovna (away), April 6
Real Madrid (home), April 13
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