Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv is well underway to get over its slow Euroleague start. Maccabi got a second win within 48 hours after handling Zalgiris 87:74 in Lithuania. The game was entirely in Maccabi's control with a smart and diverse offense and also good stints on defense against a strong team coached by Maccabi legend Sarunas Jasikevicius.
Andrew Goudelock led Maccabi with 18 points; Devin Smith scored 17 and Sonny Weems 16. All players managed to do well from the free throw line (20-23 for the entire team) and Maccabi closed a successful week with games against Hapoel Tel Aviv and Barcelona looming ahead.
"We took another step forward", said Coach Rami Hadar, "the key was improving on defense. We're still not a defensive team by definition but we stayed focused and maintained the system. I believe that time will benefit us greatly".
Weems added: "we stressed our defensive play and changed mentality. You have to want to play defense and today we wanted and it showed. We're still trying to get together and it'll take time, but i promise we'll get better".