Summary: Fenerbahçe - Topaz Bursa 94:89 (Sport1)
Maccabi Tel Aviv cruised to an easy 80:111 win over Virtus Bologna and took another step towards securing its place in the Euroleague playoffs, and now the team's star Lorenzo Brown also admits that expectations are rising and that eyes are on them.
"This is our best game of the season, our good offensive display," stated Brown who scored 14 points and provided 8 assists out of 38 provided by Maccabi Tel Aviv players on their way to breaking the Euroleague record, "Everyone is looking at us now, but we still have a long journey ahead of us," he added.
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, Oded Ketch (Photo: Danny Maron)
Oded Ketch said after the game: "A big victory for us, as a coach you don't expect such a performance, it was almost a perfect half for us, offensively and defensively. The offensive flow, the defensive stops. I am very satisfied with the result, the most significant statistic is that we gave 38 assists compared to 6 turnovers, You can't ask for more."
"It was impossible to expect such a game," Ketch added, "we talked last week about Villerban. Bologna is a good team with a good squad, some players were missing, but there are no easy games in the Euroleague."
On the next match against Milan: "Milan plays in a completely different style. We will have to see their game today against Anadolu, and prepare."
"At the beginning of the season when I talked about a process, maybe it sounded like an excuse, but we believed in it as a team. You have to remember that this is a team that was built from scratch. I'm happy that it connected with us at crucial stages of the season. The winning streak came on time, I don't know such a streak that doesn't come on time. Glad it's happening In a way, today's game is a kind of record for us, you can't expect to play like this. We know what we want, big challenges ahead of us, and we have a lot to prove."
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An unusual confrontation with the yellow fans.
Shanglia (Photo: Danny Maron)
An unpleasant moment in the hall (Photo: Danny Maron)
A less pleasant moment was registered even before the end of the game, when at the beginning of the fourth quarter there was a particularly unusual incident when Toko Shanglia, the Georgian forward of the guests received curses from some fans of the yellows and did not remain liable.
Shanglia did not like the curses directed at him and he approached the fans to confront them.
The security personnel at the place intervened and prevented a real physical confrontation, when after a few minutes the spirits calmed down and Shanglia returned to sit on the bench.
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