By Amy Samin
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv's Euroleague record fell to 2-2 after they were defeated at home by Cedevita Zagreb, 83-73. Jeremy Pargo led all scorers with 24 points, Devin Smith added 14 points, and Sofo Schortsanitis contributed 10 points.
Starters for Maccabi were Brian Randle, Devin Smith, Jeremy Pargo, Sylven Landesberg, and Sofo Schortsanitis. The visitors from Croatia came out hard and had taken a 13-8 lead by the five minute mark. They extended it to double digits a minute later, 18-8, but points on the inbounds by Guy Pnini (assist Pargo) and a stop and pop from the top of the arc by Pargo narrowed the gap to 18-13 with less than three minutes left in the period. Cedevita continued to play well at both ends of the court, but points by Pnini from downtown and Smith and MarQuez Haynes from the foul line closed out the period with Maccabi trailing by only four, 26-22.
Sofo put Maccabi within two in the first minute of the second quarter, but Cedevita continued to play well and reopened their lead, 37-27 after three and a half minutes. Points by Pargo, including a bucket from close to half court made it a three point game at the halfway mark, 37-34. The Croatians scored a series of buckets from downtown to open up an eight point lead, but the half ended with points by Pnini that made it 44-40, Cedevita.
The second half got off to a slow start, with Pargo scoring the first points after a minute and a half. A three by Smith in the left corner and a hook shot by Sofo tied the score at 49 after four minutes. Cedevita refused to relinquish the lead though, and opened it back up. Maccabi wasn't able to put together a string of baskets and the period ended with the visitors still up by eleven, 68-57.
Points by Sylven Landesberg, Pargo, and Randle put Maccabi within four, 68-64 after three minutes. The game stayed close through the middle of the period, with a free throw by Smith after a technical foul called on Cedevita's coach making it 74-71 with three and a half minutes left in the game. But the Croatians weren't about to give up the lead at that point, and continued to run until the game ended with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv falling to Cedevita Zagreb 83-73.