Teodosic stars as Maccabi Tel Aviv falls to former coach Sfairopoulos and Red Star Belgrade

Dec 21, 2023 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv fell to Red Star Belgrade 98-92 in a game that was never as close as the score indicated as their Euroleague record dropped to 9-7 on the season as they end the double week with a 1-1 record. Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad did as they pleased from the outset of the game as veteran guard Milos Teodosic led the attack with 3-pointer after 3-pointer, Mike Tobey and Joel Bolomboy added points at will while Giedraitis did the same in the second half to hand the visitors the win.

Baldwin scored 22 points, Brown added 20 points and Nebo scored 18 points in the loss. Teodosic scored 27 points, Bolomboy added 20 points, Giedraitis chipped in with 16 points and Mike Tobey scored 12 points in the victory.

Wade Baldwin – Photo credit: Dragan Tesic and Djordje Kostic

“We fought until the end, it wasn’t easy for us and it wasn’t our best game offensively as we missed a lot of shots,” Maccabi coach Oded Katash began. In double weeks, the second game a a lot of things can happen but we haver to give credit to Red Star and coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos it’s not that they only played better than us, they hit some really tough shots and Teodosic did his thing. we were mot good enough and the best team won.”

“We showed that we wanted to win a lot and we fought for the balls offensively and defensively,” Red Star head coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos said. “We had players participating on both ends of the court against a very good team, Maccabi is very talented and very athletic, but we saw a very good defensive face and very good participation from the pales offensively which is why we took the lead and we won at the end. This game was special as it was the first time I faced Maccabi.”

Lorenzo Brown – Photo credit: Dragan Tesic and Djordje Kostic

Lorenzo Brown knocked down a corner 3 for Maccabi Tel Aviv’s first points while Josh Nebo also filled up the bucket in the paint, Joel Bolomboy came back with points and Milos Teodosic put in a 4-point play plus another ball from deep, Tamir Blatt came back with a clean triple off a screen as Teodosic hit another triple and added assist to Bolomboy but a last gasp 2-pointer by Brown ended the first quarter all knotted up at 20-20.

Joel Bolomboy – Photo credit: Red Star Belgrade

Nemanja Nedovic an active Bolomboy and Mike Tobey all went from downtown, Nebo dunked but more points from deep by Teodosic and a bucket by Tobey gave Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad a 39-32 lead midway through the second quarter. Branko Lazic scored a pair of baskets, Blatt came back with a long deuce, Tobey once again made the yellow-and-blue pay, Jasiel Rivero scored inside, Wade Baldwin went from the outside but Adam Hanga drilled a killer 3 as the half came to an end to give Red Star a 51-42 advantage.

Milos Teodosic – Photo credit: Red Star Belgrade

Teodosic was up to his old tricks to begin the third quarter as he drained a triple over three Maccabi players, Rokas Giedraitis scored a 3-point play a 3-pointer and a deuce, Baldwin tried to keep Oded Katash’s team competitive from beyond the arc, but Giedraitis scored at will and Teodosoc did as he pleased to give Red Star a 79-65 lead after thirty minutes of play.

Milos Teodosic – Photo credit: Red Star Belgrade

The final frame started with Teodosic scoring yet again, Brown came back with a pair of buckets, Hanga responded from deep, Baldwin tried to will Maccabi into the game with points from the inside and the outside but points from Dejan Davidovac gave the visitors a 89-75 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Nebo scored in the paint, Blatt went from beyond the arc, Bonnie Colson and Brown checked in from downtown as well but it was too little, too late as Red Star notched the victory.

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