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In the most difficult crisis, Oded Ketch shone again: "Not everyone would have succeeded" - voila! sport

2024-01-26T05:37:43.332Z

Highlights: Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Panathinaikos 75:90 in Belgrade. The Yellows climb back into the playoff zone with 13 wins and ten losses. Maccabi's man of the match was Wade Baldwin who finished with 22 points in excellent percentages and 8 assists, including a great 33 index. The American guard registers 7 assists per game in the yellow team's victories and only 3.4 assists in losses, compared to 2.7 in wins and 2.5 in losses. The minute of silence in memory of Lior Liubin was held before the game.


The coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, in the midst of a professional and personal crisis, managed to get his team back on track against Panathinaikos when he pulled Cohen's card again and shortened the rotation from his sleeve


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Maccabi Tel Aviv stopped the crisis it went through in the last two weeks with an important home victory 75:90 over Panathinaikos in Belgrade.

Thanks to the victory, the Yellows climbed back into the playoff zone with 13 wins and ten losses, and they hold a double victory over the Greeks, who won only one game more than them.



Maccabi came into the game after four losses in the last five games, and Oded Ketch, who is going through difficult times, responded by changing the five and put Jake Cohen back in there, who looked good in the opening.

Panathinaikos controlled the offensive rebound, and held the lead for most of the first half, but the yellows finished it well and went down with the lead.

In the second half, Maccabi took control of the game, and managed to increase the difference in the last quarter, avoiding drama.



Maccabi's man of the match was Wade Baldwin who finished with 22 points in excellent percentages and 8 assists, including a great 33 index.

Three other players scored 14 points each - Lorenzo Brown, Bonzie Colson and Josh Niebo - with the latter adding 12 rebounds.



"We were in a difficult period, we lost two Euroleague games and two games in Israel, but today we played well and got back on track," concluded Baldwin, "we found their weak part in defense, we attacked them. We knew their strength, we fought today, it was an important victory for us."



"It was a great physical game, both teams fought, we played very good defense and I'm happy that we were able to win this game. The next game will be difficult, but we'll want to know how to enjoy this victory," Nibo added.

Came back looking good after a weak period.

Coulson/Official Site, Djordje Kostic

It is hard to think of a coach in whom the story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's ups and downs drains as much as Oded Ketch, and the last week demonstrated this perfectly.

The loss in the derby on Saturday night had quite a lot written on his name as the coach was also quick to take responsibility.

The crisis deepened two days later with the loss to Kiryat Ata City, to which he appeared a few hours earlier burying his best friend Lior Liubin.



But Ketch's karma, the one that accompanied him throughout most of his career, appeared again and the team that was waiting for him for the first meeting in the Euroleague after Liubin's departure, was the team he and his assistant coached in the Euroleague - Panathinaikos.

The ceremony before the game only made the game more powerful for him, and the coach and his team managed with the help of a game plan to show the dominance that Maccabi has in so many games this season.



"It was the kind of week that not every coach manages to survive mentally, but Oded somehow does it," said one of the Maccabi men from Belgrade early in the morning, "when he was on the lines after Kiryat Ata, it felt like it was automatic, but yesterday in the final training, and in the entire preparation for the game He was there, it felt like he was able to make this impossible transition, and show up for his team. It's something unbelievable, not sure anyone would have succeeded."

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The minute of silence in memory of the late Lior Liubin/Official website, Djordje Kostic

Last week we wrote here about the fact that Maccabi Tel Aviv can't get along without Lorenzo Brown, and Wade Baldwin doesn't get along with his other half either.

Last night Baldwin recorded his best game of the season, he was Maccabi's man from the first moment until the end of the game and recorded a very important victory that keeps the team strong in the playoff picture.



The amazing data regarding Baldwin this season shows his most significant gap between wins and losses.

The American guard registers 7 assists per game in the yellow team's victories, and only 3.4 assists in losses.

In losses, the gap is also large - 4.1 losses in losses compared to 2.7 in wins, with the gap in the ratio also large.

What is the difference in the other indices?

In victories Baldwin scores 14.7 points compared to 16.9 in losses.

In victories he scores less well on 3's than in losses, and in the rest of the data there is no significant difference.



During the week, one of Maccabi's people said that what the team needs from Baldwin is mainly judgment and making good decisions, "Wade has the talent to be the best player in the team and the best in the Euroleague, but he doesn't always have the composure", he said yesterday after the victory, "When Wade From Fox, and knows how to make the friends next to him better, so he looks better and we win the game."

When it's foxed it looks different.

Baldwin/Official Site, Djordje Kostic

When assistant coach Joseph Maria Brokal spoke at the end of the loss to Kiryat Ata on Monday about the fact that Maccabi Tel Aviv needs to get back to basics, the thought was about the form of the game, and not about the return of Jake Cohen to the top five for the first time after a month.

The veteran citizen of Maccabi, who started the entire first part of the season in the top five as he finished last season, was returned to the top five, and responded in the typical Jake Cohen way - two three-pointers in the first quarter, one more in the third quarter, 9 points in 9 minutes without a foul.



Ketch decided to shorten the rotation.

Brown, Baldwin, Niebo and Colson played over 30 minutes, Webb 22 and a half minutes, Blatt and Sorkin barely passed the 10 minutes and all the rest barely saw the court, with Antonios Cleveland not stepping on the floor at all.

But Cohen's minutes, the one who is always there when you need him, were critical.

"He helped us get into the game, and sometimes we need what he brings at the beginning of games," Maccabi praised.



Cohen was also at the center of things this week after Katz took him out in the derby in the last quarter despite his great minutes, and without him Maccabi collapsed.

The veteran forward proved once again that he is there when you need him.

Busy schedule ahead. Catch/official website, Dragana Stjepanovic

Last night's game opened another opening of a crazy game schedule for Maccabi, which will reach its peak starting this Tuesday.

The yellows will meet the city of Nes Ziona on Saturday night, and then they will enjoy three days without a game until Tuesday when they go to Real Madrid, in what will start a streak of four games in seven days.

In Askonia and Hapoel Holon are away on Thursday and Saturday, and Hapoel Eilat is at home on Monday.



The close and crowded schedule will be Maccabi's lot almost until the end of the season.

The yellows have to play 21 league games and 11 Euroleague games at least until the end of April, with a game or two in the state cup in between.

The fact that Maccabi will not play during the national team break will mean that on average they will play almost every other day throughout this period.

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