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After learning that she will not be able to secure her place in the Euroleague playoffs tomorrow (Thursday, 9:05 p.m.), due to Zalgiris Kovna's victory over Monaco this evening, Maccabi Tel Aviv continues to prepare for the home game against Olympia Milan in the 32nd round.
The yellows will come to the game after a streak of five wins and with a record of 18 wins against 13 losses, which places them in sixth place.
Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to training today after the overwhelming and impressive victory over Virtus Bologna yesterday.
The club said after that game that they very much respect Atmilano, which until the loss to Anadolu Efes last night was one of the hottest teams on the continent, but the defeat in Turkey almost definitively took them out of the picture of advancing to the quarter-finals and to maintain any chance they will have to win at the hands of Eliyahu tomorrow, otherwise they will be relegated.
Before the game, coach Oded Ketch emphasized to his players that against Milan there is a certain way to play, otherwise they will have a hard time getting into the rhythm.
Maccabi Tel Aviv is determined to continue the wonderful momentum from the last few weeks and reach the playoffs in the best shape.
Maccabi Tel Aviv wants to reach the playoffs in peak form.
Oded Ketch (Photo: Danny Maron)
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even Ketch was surprised: "I didn't expect such a performance, it was an almost perfect half"
"Milan has an amazing squad, an extraordinary guard and this is a team defensively that will make it difficult for us. I can already guess that we won't have the same amount of assists, they play differently," Ketch said before the meeting.
"It won't be easy, we will have to come more focused and everything depends on our defense. This is another very important game for us. We try not to look at the table and the meanings, Milan is a high hurdle. They play aggressively in defense and control the pace. I trust my players who knew how to the adjustments in such a short time."
Lorenzo Brown added: "It's a big game, they are in good shape just like us. It will be important to maintain the same intensity and the same energies on both sides of the field. I feel that if we come with the same mentality,
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Milan's last chance to reach the quarter-finals passes with a victory in Eliyahu's hands.
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Olimpia Milano started the Euroleague season in a very bad way and was even the first team to lose at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv this season.
The Italian team recorded a great comeback until the loss to Anadolu last night, when the main responsible was the reinforcement player, Shabazz Napier, who recorded in the ten games since arriving, averaging 14.7 points and 4.1 assists.
Other leading players in the squad of the experienced and decorated coach Ettore Messina, are the veterans Kyle Haynes and Niccolò Meli, the shooter Billy Baron and the American inside player Brandon Davis.
Milan's last victory at the hands of Eliyahu was recorded in the 2020/21 season, 85:86 at the end of overtime.
Apart from that game, Maccabi Tel Aviv won the other ten Euroleague meetings held at the "Menora Mitvathim" hall between the teams.
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