After all the close games played lately, the Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv p[layers enjoyed this evening an easy outing . But the 108-58 win over Ironi Ramat Gan, can be no indication on the team’s form ahead of the critical with games in Bologna on Thursday and the Cup Final vs Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday.
Maccabi opened a 15 pts gap at the end of the first quarter (27-12). At half time it rose to 24 (54-30) and at the end of the third period up to 34 pts (79-45). Two three pointers by Regev Fanan helped Maccabi to set up season records of 50 pts difference & 14 three pointers. Other records: Assists (27), Rebounds (42) & blocked shots (7).
With the absence of Maceo Baston (suspended), Tal Burstein (leg injury, may miss the next four weeks), & Kirk Penney, gave the bench players a chance to prove themselves. The most impressive was 17 years old Omri Casspi, who played 20 minutes, scored 13 pts, grabbed 5 rbds, dished out 2 assists, made 2 steals & 1 blocked shot giving him an index rating of 18.
Sharon Shason was the top rebounder with 9 boards ahead of Jamie Arnold 8 and Yaniv Green 7. Four players dished out 4 assists each: Derrick Sharp, Nikola Vujcic, Shason & Will Solomon.
Almost a perfect game for Anthony Parker: in 20 minutes he scored 19 pts in 100% FG and had 3 rbds, 3 asts, 3 stls for an index rating of 29.
Other Maccabi scorers: Solomon 14, Arnold 13, Vujcic 13, Casspi 13, Shason 9, Dotan 8, Green 8, Fanan 6 & Sharp 5 pts.
Top scorers for Ramat Gan: Awojoby 14 pts & 12 rbds, Gardner 13 pts.