Maccabi Tel Aviv drop Bayern Munich to sweep Euroleague Double Week, clinch Play In spot

Mar 23, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Bayern Munich 89-74 to win their fifth Euroleague game in a row and bump their record up to 18-13 while also clinching a spot in the Play In. The victory coupled with the win over Villeurbanne earlier in the week marked the first time this season that saw Oded Katash’s team sweep a double week.

The yellow-and-blue came out strong and after the first quarter that saw the visitors go up 22-21 thanks to Lorenzo Brown, Bonzie Colson and Wade Baldwin the second period saw fine play by Jasiel Rivero, James Webb and Tamir Blatt to send Katash’s squad into halftime with a 48-35 lead. However, fine play by Leandro Bolmaro, Carson Edwards and Serge Ibaka cut down the Maccabi lead and move in front 69-65 at the start of the final frame, but an 18-0 run led by Baldwin, Brown, Josh Nebo and Antonius Cleveland closed out the 15-point victory.

Wade Baldwin – Photo Credit: FCBB/Johannes Ritter

Maccabi is still in contention for a place in the quarterfinals and automatic postseason bid as they sit in 7th place just a game behind both Fenerbahce and Olympiacos with three games to go. This coming week, Valencia will visit the yellow-and-blue at their home away from home in Belgrade which will be followed by a trip to Barcelona while the final game of the regular season will be back in Belgrade against Milano.

Lorenzo Brown – Photo Credit: FCBB/Johannes Ritter

Rivero led the way with 17 points, Baldwin added 15 points while Brown and Webb each chipped in with 12 points a piece in the win. Bolmaro scored 21 points, Ibaka checked in with 14 points and Edwards added 12 points in the loss.

Bonzie Colson – Photo Credit: FCBB/Johannes Ritter

“It was a great win for us in a tough place to play,” Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Oded Katash said. “We played against a really aggressive, well-coached team. Basically, I think we won the game twice – once in the second quarter and another time in the fourth quarter. In both of those quarters [the second and the fourth] we kept them on 12 and 14 points. That that was the key for us. Offensively, we were more consistent. In the third quarter they had a run but, again, we showed character.”

Josh Nebo – Photo Credit: FCBB/Johannes Ritter

Josh Nebo also spoke about coming out of halftime and then hi the team captured the win, “I think we relaxed a little bit. We didn’t come out with the right energy, but you got to give credit to Bayern. They’re a good team and of course they were going to fight back in the game. But I think we responded well in the fourth quarter.”

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