Summary of Hapoel Tel Aviv's victory 69:108 over Prometheus in the Eurocup (Sport1)
1. The momentum of Maccabi Tel Aviv has not stopped.
The Yellows defeated Virtus Bologna 111:80 last night (Tuesday) at Menorah Hall, recorded their fifth Euroleague win in a row, went up to a balance of 18 wins against 13 losses and are very close to completing their first goal of the season in Europe and qualifying for the playoff stage of the factory.
It was the Yellows' biggest win of the season, and the biggest since the 35-point victory over Gran Canaria at the end of the 2018/19 season.
The Yellows increased their efforts and registered a Euroleague record with 38 assists, two assists more than the record recorded by Real Madrid 7 years ago.
Lorenzo Brown and Wade Baldwin led seven players in double figures with 14 each.
Don't look back.
Maccabi Tel Aviv players (photo: Danny Maron)
At the end, the members of the team seemed happy with the great display, but made sure to keep up to date with what was happening in Turkey, where their opponent tomorrow, Milan, was defeated by Andolo Efes and avoided promotion to the playoffs.
"We played good basketball tonight, we did a really good job with a lot of effort. Obviously I'm happy with the situation, but I'm most happy that the team is succeeding, that's why we're here at Maccabi to succeed," said Jake Cohen, who started five in each of the games in the winning streak and recorded last night 9 points.
"I think this was our best team game of the season," said a happy Baldwin wearing a shirt he received from one of the fans, "I wanted to give back to them for their support. It's been a very fun season, but we still have three games left to qualify for the playoffs, the work is not done yet ".
Josh Niebo, who continued his excellent momentum, concluded: "We came into this game very focused, we did a good job distributing the ball, everyone was just involved in the game. I have to keep believing in myself, obviously I had a difficult time last month, I didn't play my best, But I continued to train and believe in myself and things improved."
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Nivo is flying (Photo: Danny Maron)
2. To understand how impressive Maccabi Tel Aviv was last night, it was possible to hear Sergio Scariolo, European champion with the Spanish national team, talking about what the Yellows did to his team.
"I congratulate Maccabi, in the first half they eliminated us on the pitch, their pace was unstoppable for us, they have the best back line in the competition, it's hard to find a better one. They played at an amazing pace, they are so fast and physical, they follow me Their top players, it was hard for us to follow them. Maccabi rightly reaches the playoffs, I wish them success in the playoffs."
In Maccabi Tel Aviv, of course, they don't talk about the playoffs until they get there, but the team members agreed to talk about the wonderful momentum they are in, "There is no doubt that we are currently playing our best basketball of the season, it is probably one of the best basketball in the Euroleague," said one of the senior members of the club With a smile, "We know that these things can change in an instant. We want to pull the momentum as much as possible, to try and reach the playoffs, which we are almost there, in the best time we can."
Will he celebrate promotion to the playoffs after the match against Milan?
Ketch (Photo: Danny Maron)
3. Baskonia's victory last night over Elba Berlin somewhat delayed the celebrations of Maccabi Tel Aviv about the playoffs, but the Yellows know that if Zalgiris loses to Monaco tonight, they will be able to qualify for the playoffs already on Thursday regardless of the results of the opponents, if they beat Milan.
The Yellows are in a great jumping off position for the sixth place in the table, and even look at the situation of the fifth Fenerbahçe, when those around the club admit that if they get Monaco in the playoffs, they will not be disappointed.
"How are we going to get to the playoffs? We have a big game against Milan on Thursday, we have to keep our home that's important," said Jake Cohen, as one of the team members added outside the locker room, "We shouldn't make those calculations. We have to play between now and The end is at the height of seriousness to achieve the victories and continue to connect as a team."
4. And with all the wonderful momentum that the yellows have, they come into tomorrow's game against Milan, in what could be the last chance game for the Italians to qualify for the playoffs after the defeat they suffered against Andolo Eps.
"A match against Milan is going to be a tough match, they are playing extremely well, they are very hungry now to get into the playoffs, so we can enjoy the win today but we have to move on to the next match very quickly because it is going to be a tough match," said Josh Nivo for the game.
Baldwin added: "We already have a game against Milan on Thursday, they are the hottest team in the Euroleague right now, but we are also a hot team right now, so it will be a fun matchup."
"We will play against the hottest team in the Euroleague, but we are also hot" (Photo: Danny Maron)
5. Maccabi's big celebration last night was clouded by a very unexpected incident just before the start of the fourth quarter.
Virtus Bologna player Toko Shenglia didn't like some of the curses that were spoken towards him, when one of the Virtus people claimed that the curses were spoken in Georgian, and began to answer the curses.
In response, a number of fans approached the stand behind the Bologna bench, and Shanglia stood up and approached them in a menacing manner as he tried to climb into the stand.
Things calmed down pretty quickly and Shangalia returned to sit on the bench but no longer participated.
As soon as the spirits calmed down, the chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Shimon Mizrahi, arrived on the scene and spoke with both Scriolo and the people of Bologna to understand what exactly happened. Mizrahi also spoke with Shanglia at the end, to clear things up. "It could have been much worse." They admitted at Maccabi, "Toco is a big guy, and if he reaches the same fan he wanted to reach, it could be unpleasant."
The incident itself was noted in the observer's report, and the Euroleague is expected to examine it closely before making a decision on whether to punish any of the parties.
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