Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelms Maccabi Ramat as State Cup Final Four field set

Apr 1, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv overwhelmed Maccabi Ramat Gan from the get to notch a 104-72 as half a dozen yellow-and-blue players scored in double digits to ease into the semifinals. Wade Baldwin scored 17 points, Rafi Menco added 13 points and captain John Dibartolomeo chipped in with 12 points in the win. Isaiah Miles scored 19 points and Kendall McCullum checked in with 14 points in the loss.

“We did a good job on defense,” Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach Oded Katash said. “In the first quarter of shots didn’t fall but we did what we wanted to on offense which was fine. We played against a very dangerous team and we have to give them credit, but we came into the game and did what we needed to do.”

Rafi Menco also spoke about the game, “We aren’t taking this game for granted whatsoever and we have to work hard every day in order to continue to improve our play and to ensure that we win. We played really well defensively and we pressed them into turning the ball over.”

“You can’t turn the ball over 25 times against a team like Maccabi Tel Aviv,” Ramat Gan coach Shmulik Brenner said. “This was very disappointing as I felt that we weren’t there and I need to know why that was the case. This was all in all not a very good game for us.”

The final four teams are now set for the semifinals as Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Beet Sheva and Kiryat Ata join Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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