Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv started the week on a high note claiming the 91:78 home win as they improve their domestic record to 8:2. Maccabi took control over the game from the tip-off imposing their will throughout the game claiming the win over their archrivals Hapoel Jerusalem. Coach Sfairopoulos' squad are the number one seed domestically and on Wednesday they will continue their EuroLeague quest against Khimki.
Coach Sfairopoulos' starting five: Black, Cohen, Kane, Zoosman and Scottie. Cohen was the first to score in the game as the yellows fired on all cylinders enroute of a 9:2 lead. Butler scored back to back threes but Scottie and Tarik reacted immediately to keep the reds at bay (18:8). Feldeine and Brown completed an 8:0 run to come closer to Maccabi but Tyus and John-Di ended the first quarter with in style to claim the 26:18 lead.
Both teams traded blows at the beginning of the second quarter with the squad in yellow and blue increasing their lead (38:27). Scottie and Caloiaro capitalized again to put Maccabi ahead 43:27. Blatt and Timor completed a 10:0 run for Jerusalem (43:37) with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter. John-Di was the man for the yellows finishing the first half strong with Maccabi having the 50:39 lead.
Kane scored from deep at the beginning of the third quarter, Jerusalem answered with four points but Scottie reacted with back to back threes (59:43). Zoosman and Scottie turned great defense into instant offense (63:49). Brown completed the three point play to trim: Maccabi's lead down to 66:59 with 03:20 remaining in the third. Thomas made it 68:63 but Scottie was the last to score in the quarter giving Maccabi the 70:63 lead.
Owens the first to score in the fourth but Zoosman and Roll sparked a 6:0 run for the yellows who took 76:65 lead. Feldeine and Caloiaro traded blows from deep with coach Sfairopoulos' squad being the side to capitalize taking the 81:69 lead. Jerusalem completed a 5:0 run but Zoosman found Black who completed the trhee point play (86:76) with just under two minutes remaining in the game. John-Di was the man again increasing Maccabi's lead securing the 91:78 win over Jerusalem.