Maccabi blasted at Baskonia 116-87 in blowout loss

Nov 3, 2022 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv would have liked to been able to fast forward through the second half of their 116-87 loss to Baskonia because nothing went right for the Yellow & Blue in Vitoria as their recored dropped to 4-2 in Euroleague play. There was only one team on the court in their game as the hosts jumped out to a quick 35-20 lead after just ten minutes of play and then went up by 21 at halftime as they never looked back to send Oded Katash’s team to the heavy road defeat.

Joan Pennaroya’s squad held the upper hand in almost all statistical categories, rebounds 39-27, assists 30-16, 3-pointers 15-10 and free throws 19-11 in an absolutely dominant performance.

Lorenzo Brown – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Lorenzo Brown paced Maccabi with 20 points, Josh Nebo added 16 points and Wade Baldwin chipped in with 13 points in the loss. Markus Howard led the way with 23 points, Maik Kotsar added 18 points and Darius Thompson scored 15 points in the win.

Oded Katash – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

“We were not there from the first minute,” Maccabi coach Oded Katash said. “We just let them play their game. We knew they are a really dangerous team and just let them play. We were not concentrated from the first minute. Not a nice experience for us, we have to remember that.”

“I think we played a good game,” Baskonia coach Joan Pennaroya said. “It is important to win a game at home. Great atmosphere, I am happy for the win. The message is: we have another game on Sunday.”

Markus Howard – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Game MVP Markus Howard also looked back at the game, “It is not different than any other game, honestly. Best fans – the passion, the great atmosphere they provide each and every game for us. They are a big reason why we get wins like tonight, so super appreciative of our fans coming in night in and night out. I think our defense and our defensive rebounding [were the key factors].”

Josh Nebo – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Baskonia jumped out to a quick first quarter 17-10 lead as Daulton Hommes and Sander Raieste scored for the hosts while Josh Nebo countered for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Maik Kotsar scored at will, Markus Howard went from deep as did Rokas Giedraitis as Alex Poythress scored inside and Jalen Adams found points on the outside but Howard hit another one from downtown right at the end of the period to give Joan Pennaroya’s squad a 35-20 lead after ten minutes.

Lorenzo Brown – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Lorenzo Brown opened the second quarter with points in the paint, Howard came right back with a quick trio of baskets, John Dibartolomeo drained a 3-pointer, while Brown came back with points from the inside and outside but Baskonia stayed in front 43-30 wont 5:52 left in the first half. Nebo dunked, Bonzie Colson scored, Baldwin fed Nebo for an alley-oop, Vanja Marinkovic responded with a 3-point play, Brown added a deuce, Darius Thompson scored a pair of baskets, Nebo answered with a pair of scores, but baskets by Marinkovic, Thompson and Hommes bumped the Baskonia lead up to 63-42 at halftime.

Wade Baldwin – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Nebo with a dunk and Colson with a triple began the third quarter, Kotsar put in a 3-point play, Brown scored a bucket but Thompson dialed up long distance to take a 73-49 lead midway through the period. Baldwin scored 8 straight points for Oded Katash’s squad, Nebo scored in the paint but Howard and Marinkovic kept scoring to keep Baskonia firmly ahead 90-67.

Lorenzo Brown – Photo Credit: Roi Kfir

Marinkovic and Pierria Henry scored to get the fourth quarter underway, Brown scored a pair of baskets, but Matt Costello and Darius Thompson dunked while Howard topped off the victory with a pair of triples to help Baskonia run away with the blowout win.

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