Maccabi Tel Aviv downed ASVEL Villeurbanne 93-85 to pick up their first in on the road as well as evening their Euroleague record to 2-2. The Yellow & Blue put together a complete game on both sides of the floor for the first time this season with stellar play from the outset by James Nunnally who scored at will from everywhere on the hardwood going while going perfect from inside the arc. That coupled with fine inside scoring by Jalen Reynolds and Mathias Lessort while Scottie Wilbekin and Keenan Evans managed the ball handling duties helped Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad picked up the victory.
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Nunnally led the way with 25 points, Reynolds added 17 points while Wilbekin and Evans each scored 13 points in the win. Elie Okobo was TJ Parker’s high scorer with 23 points as ex-Maccabi guard Chris Jones scored 14 points in the defeat.
Chris Jones got the game underway with a bucket against his former club, but Derrick Williams nailed a corner 3-ball while Scottie Wilbekin hit a floater in the lane and Angelo Caloiaro drilled a triple as well however, Elie Okobo went from deep as Maccabi Tel Aviv grabbed a 10-6 lead midway through the first quarter.
Keenan Evans scored over Jones, James Gist, Okobo and Dylan Osetkowski scored for ASVEL while at the other end Jalen Reynolds put down a monster dunk, Caloiaro nailed a runner on the baseline, Evans hit a wide open 3-pointer as did James Nunnally as the Yellow & Blue took a picture 25-21 lead after ten minutes.
Evans fed Reynolds inside for a mini hook, Evans then followed up with a triple and Reynolds put back a missed Nunnally 3-pointer as Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad bumped up their lead to 33-23 with 7:30 left in the second quarter. William Howard went from deep, deep beyond the arc and Charles Kahudi scored his first basket of the game in the paint forcing Maccabi to call a quick timeout to stop the ASVEL run.
Reynolds and Kameron Taylor answered after the short stop in action, Nunnally went in for a layup and Wilbekin scored to keep Maccabi ahead 43-32 with 3 minutes remaining in the first half. Jones went from outside as well as the inside, Caloiaro drilled a corner 3-pointer while Evans kept finding the hoop as Maccabi went into halftime with a 49-42 advantage.
Howard began the third quarter with points while Wilbekin answered at the other end and Mathias Lessort scored a quick 6 points in the paint as Maccabi stayed in the lead 58-48 midway through the frame. Nunnally went from deep, Fall put in a Youssoupha baby hook but was ejected aft picking up his a technical foul after having been given an unsportsmanlike earlier in the game.
Nunnally added points from beyond the arc and inside the paint, Reynolds knocked down a midrange jumper but Matthew Strazel went from downtown and added free throws while Kostas Antetokounmpo his second dunk of the game, however, the Yellow & Blue continued to hold the lead 75-62.
Reynolds slammed the ball home, Nunnally scored a layup and Lessort added points inside to increase Maccabi’s lead to 81-66 to begin the fourth quarter. Howard tried to keep ASVEL in the game with a triple, Jones cut into the paint for a layup, Gist and Kahudi scored in inside but Williams, Evans and Reynolds also scored to keep the Yellow & Blue ahead 88-80 with just over two minutes left in the game. Wilbekin hit a floater at the end of the shot clock and Nunnally went from way downtown to seal the 8-point win.