Maccabi Tel Aviv overcomes tough Kiryat Ata 91-72 after stellar 4th quarter

Mar 24, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv dropped Kiryat Ata 91-72 as the yellow-and-blue were finally able to pull away in the fourth quarter in a tight opening thirty minutes of play.

Raz Adam and Amin Stevens along with Guy Palatin helped Kiryat Ata get off to a hot start, but Roman Sorkin and Josh Nebo began dominating the paint while Tamir Blatt got busy as well to give Maccabi Tel viv a 24-21 lead after ten minutes of play. Stevens and Adam continued to pace Sharon Avrahami’s squad while Yariv Amiram found the bucket for the hosts, but Joe Thomasson, John Dibartolomeo, Jasiel Rivero and Blatt scored for Oded Katash’s team as Maccabi stayed in front 49-45 at halftime.

Roman Sorkin – Photo credit:

Wade Baldwin and Nebo scored deuces while Dibartolomeo and Blatt put in triples, but Adam and Stevens kept finding points along with Ben Saraf to lead the hosts on a 17-4 run to end the period as Kiryat Ata grabbed a 66-65 lead after thirty minutes of action. Baldwin and Nebo opened the fourth quarter with points, Adam and Stevens came back with points, Rafi Menco went from deep while Rivero scored as well as Maccabi wrapped up the victory.

Rivero scored 16 points, Blatt added 15 points, Baldwin scored 12 points and Nebo scored 11 points in the win. Adam scored 23 points, Stevens chipped in with 21 points as Saraf scored 10 points in the loss.

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“Kiryat Ata played quick and the game was fast paced for the first half despite not having one of their best players. We stopped Kiryat Ata in the second half and from there we took the win,” Katash said following the win.

“We were missing some energy but the free throws going 6/21 was awful,” Kiryat Ata head coach Sharon Avrahami said. “You can’t win a game especially against a team like Maccabi with that percentage, but the guys deserve credit as we kept it tight for three quarters. The guys all believe in themselves and that is why we were able to get back into the game.”

Josh Nebo – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Josh Nebo spoke about the win, “I’m just trying to be consistent with my focus, effort and attitude and those are the things that I can control. Tamir Blatt has great floor vision and makes my job easier. My focus is to try and finish strong and achieve all my goals in the Israeli league.”

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