Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv head out to a tough road game as they'll compete against Valencia on Friday night, as part of the 25th EuroLeague fixture (22:00, live on Sport5 - channel 55). Since the loss to Real Madrid, the Yellow & Blue recorded two straight wins (Khimki Moscow at home & Fenerbahce on the road) in EuroLeague action as they'll try to maintain their stretch and secure a spot as one of the top 8 clubs in European basketball.
This is another crucial game for the Valencians, who are ranked 7th in the EuroLeague standings, as they are trying to secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2010/11. After opening the season with five consecutive losses (one of them in Tel Aviv 63:76), the Oranges started to gain ground winning 4 of their last 6 games, holding a 12:12 record.
"We had some good practices that helped us find our rhythm back. The players were fresher, having more time to rest, and we are in good condition to play a difficult game", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos at the airport before departing to Spain. "After the bad start to the season, Valencia is an entirely different team that is playing much better basketball, winning a lot of games at home and on the road. They are especially tough at their home court. We need to be very focused, follow the gameplan as we had more time to analyze and get ready for them because of the break".
"Valencia is a different team than last time we faced them", Added Elijah Bryant. "They are playing really well as we need to go there prepared and ready. Regardless of basketball, we need to take off being ready to play, this is an excellent opportunity to play the game, and we are excited".