Maccabi Tel Aviv downs Valencia 76-63 to even up Euroleague record at 2-2

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Maccabi Tel Aviv thumped Valencia 76-63 with a strong second half as the Yellow & Blue won their second Euroleague game in a row to move to 2-2. Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 points, Othello Hunter added 13 points and 8 rebounds, Omri Casspi dropped 12 points and Nate Wolters chipped in with 10 points and 9 assists in the win. Jordan Loyd made his return to Israel with 17 points and Fernando San Emeterio added 15 points in the loss.

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Nate Wolters and Omri Casspi started the game off on the right foot for Maccabi as Fernando San Emeterio and Maurice Ndour countered for Valencia in the early going. But a Scottie Wilbekin 3-pointer and more points from Wolters gave the Yellow & Blue a 18-11 lead after ten minutes.

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Othello Hunter scored back to back baskets and John DiBartolomeo hit a jumper off the glass but Bojan Dubljevic pulled the visitors to within 3-points, 24-21 midway through the frame. Wilbekin hit his second triple of the game plus Casspi raised his team leading total to 8 points with the help of Wolters 6th assist of the night as Maccabi took 33-28 advantage into halftime.

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Deni Avdija scored his first points of the game while yet another Wilbekin 3-pointer and buckets by Hunter and Casspi gave Maccabi a 10-point, 43-33 lead with 5:14 left in the third quarter. Yovel Zoosman hit back to back triples while DiBartolomeo added one of his own as the Yellow & Blue went into the final frame with a 56-44 advantage.

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Avdija bounced home a 3-pointer to start the 4th quarter while Hunter added a pair of baskets before Wilbekin hit his 4th triple of the game to give Maccabi a 69-49 with less than 6 minutes to go in regulation. Jordan Loyd tried in vain to keep Valencia relevant but Zoosman capped the game off with a dunk to give Maccabi a 76-63 victory.