Wilbekin & Dorsey come back to haunt Maccabi Tel Aviv in Fenerbahce blowout win

Jan 4, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv was crushed by Fenerbahce 109-74 as Scottie Wilbekin came back to haunt his former club in the blowout win. The yellow-and-blue’s former star guard Scottie Wilbekin got off to a fast start along with another Maccabi-ex in Tyler Dorsey and never let up as they scored in bunches from the outside while Georgios Papagiannis did the damage on the inside in a 35-9 second quarter to break away and never look back in the victory.

Tyler Dorsey scored 18 points, Jonathan Motley added 17 points while Wilbekin and Papagiannis each scored 14 points in the win. Bonzie Colson and Wade Baldwin each scored 13 points in the loss.

Tyler Dorsey – Photo credit: Euroleague

“We were not there from the first minute,” Maccabi head coach Oded Katash said. “We had almost zero energy and we didn’t play the right way not offense and nor defensively too. We got to give Fener credit they made us pay on almost every mistake and for a big part of the game it was a little but embarrassing and wen these things happen and have to take it on me. It starts with me and we have to learn from that and keep our heads up but we have a lot of things to learn especially mentality.”

Colson also spoke about the defeat, “Fener out played us at every aspect of the game, we didn’t play well at all and they got anything they wanted on the offensive end. We played terrible and didn’t play our game. Games like this happens but the game is over and it’s time to focus on Bologna.”

Lorenzo Brown – Photo credit: Euroleague

Scottie Wilbekin got busy for Fenerbahce against his former team while Lorenzo Brown answered for Maccabi Tel Aviv but Sertac Sanli gave the host a 14-11 lead midway through the first quarter. Bonzie Colson and Wade Baldwin scored for the yellow-and-blue, Nigel Hayes-Davis, Tyler Dorsey and Johnathan Motley countered but a triple by James Webb and points from Jasiel Rivero knotted the game up at 22-22 after ten minutes of play.

Yam Madar – Photo credit: Euroleague

Dorsey went from deep to lead off the second quarter, Hayes-Davis added a 3-point play while Dorsey did the same and Georgios Papagiannis added a pair of baskets but Baldwin and Josh Nebo answered but Fener grabbed a 35-26 lead with 6:32 left in the first half. Colson drained a 3-pointer, Papagiannis rattled off a trio of baskets while Yam Madar and Wilbekin went from downtown to bump the advantage up to 57-31 at halftime.

Georgios Papagiannis – Photo credit: Euroleague

Papagiannis was up to his old tricks to begin the third quarter, Nick Calathes started to heat up, Hayes-Davis continued to score as did Wilbekin again from beyond the arc to increase the gap to 80-48 after thrifty minutes of action. Antonius Cleveland started hitting from the inside and outside, John Dibartolomeo and Tamir Blatt began to hit from deep, but Madar, Motley and Dorsey all found points to close out the game.

Photo credit: Basket.co.il

In Israeli league play, Hapoel Afula slipped by Hapoel Galil Elyon 109-107 in double overtime as 7 players scored in double digits for the hosts to snag the slim victory. In a back and forth affair that saw countless clutch baskets including a game tying triple from Spencer Weisz at the end of the first extra session which led to Muriel Lutaty’s heroics in the second overtime to hand Roie Perel’s team the win.

Weiss scored 18 points, Marcellus Earlington added 17 points, Noam Avivi checked in with 15 points while Lutaty, Lucas Goldenberg and Tomer Assayag all scored 13 points in the win. Omar Silverio dropped 28 points and James Feldeine scored 25 points in the loss.

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