Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Ironi Kiryat Ata at the Shlomo Group Arena 71:95 on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the Winner's Cup, where it will meet Hapoel Tel Aviv for an intriguing derby in two days.
Positives - Israel Hayom Basketball Podcast - Episode 50
After two weeks of preparatory tournaments against Euroleague teams, Oded Katsch's pupils returned to Israel and went to their first official game in the local framework, which they had no trouble getting through. The coach chose not to register Lorenzo Brown for the match, and in his absence the keys were given to Tamir Blatt, who returned to Israel after two years and made his debut in the yellow uniform.
Ben Scharf, one of the most intriguing talents in Israeli basketball, made his official debut in the first division on the other hand and managed to help his teammates come back from a double-digit deficit, but in the second half differences in quality and talent made the difference in favor of the Yellows.
Josh Nivo led all scorers with 16 points and 7 rebounds, Bonzi Coulson added 14 points and John DiBartolomeo contributed 13 of his own.
Tamir Blatt, Photo: Danny Maron
Omer Meyer, Photo: Danny Maron
Rafi Manko, Photo: Danny Maron
Wade Baldwin, Cinematography: Danny Maron
Ben Scharf, Photo: Danny Maron
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