After two disappointing away games in Spain, which include losses to Real Madrid and Valencia, Maccabi Tel Aviv will return tonight (Thursday) to the Yad Eliyahu arena when it hosts Olympia Milan in the 11th round of the Euroleague.
With a balance of three wins against seven losses, the Israeli champion hopes to stop the new negative streak created for her at home, where she also recorded her last victory – an impressive 57:85 against Zalgiris. At the beginning of the week, Yannis Sapropoulos recorded a victory in the Premier League against Hapoel Haifa, in a game in which it got back John Dibertolomao, who is expected to have his first minutes this season in the senior European factory as well. Apart from him, Omri Caspi also returned to the floor after more than a year, but tonight he did not sign up for the squad, as did Sandy Cohen who suffered a suspension after committing a disciplinary offense.
On the other hand, Ettore Messina’s Milan hold a four-game winning streak this season, with the last game also mimicking a two-game losing streak with a 92-98 win over Zalgiris in northern Italy. Who could cause a lot of trouble for Maccabi Tel Aviv tonight is Sergio Rodriguez, the leader of the team that started a second season under Messina. The one who will be absent from the game is Luigi Datuma.
the progress of the game
Maccabi Tel Aviv started with Elijah Bryant, Scotty Wilbkin, Angelo Cloiaro, Tyler Dorsey and Ante Zizic in a quintet. Milan on the other hand came up with Malcolm Delaney, Kevin Punter, Zack Laday, Vladimir Positioning, and Caleb Tarzowski. Wilbkin opened the game with a three, Delaney responded to him immediately with one on the other side. The swing continued with a shot by Cloiaro and a counter-answer by Mitsur, but from there Maccabi Tel Aviv continued with points from Bryant and Dorsey and went up to 5:10. After that, Zizic dropped 2 easy points below the point, and Maccabi Tel Aviv Already led in double digits, 5:15, but from here Milan went for a personal run and closed the whole gap. Later, Chris Jones and Othello Hunter came off the bench and made sure that Maccabi Tel Aviv came down from the first quarter with an advantage, 18:20 At the end of ten minutes of basketball.
The close game continued well into the opening of the second quarter. John Dibertolomao came off the bench for his debut minutes this season in the Euroleague and scored a big three, followed by Dragan Bender, Hunter and Oz Blazer who contributed points to the Yellows. Positioning and Punter kept Milan in the picture all the time. The turning point was when Wilbkin had to go down to the bench to receive treatment due to a blow he received in his hand, and until the end of the quarter the star of Maccabi Tel Aviv did not return to the floor. The last of the quarter with a three And set 35:47 for Milan at the break.
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