Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv will play on Thursday (22:00, live on channel Sport5) against Saski Baskonia as part of the eighth fixture of the EuroLeague. The Yellow & Blue will try to maintain the positive momentum coming into the game, winning their past 10 contests. Omri Casspi (knee) stayed in Israel as Sandy Cohen will be registered to the game.
Baskonia comes into the game with a 3:4 record, losing last week to Milano 74:81. Throughout history, the Spanish squad leads 16:12 over Maccabi, who is looking for their first win in Vitoria since February 2013.
"Baskonia plays in the same philosophy as us, we need to be very concentrated to follow our gameplan", Said coach Giannis Sfairopoulos, before the game in Spain. "They played only two home games in seven games, both of them won easily, so we need to be very competitive as we've been so far".
"We don't think about the past, only about the next game", Explained Sfairopoulos about the team's approach. "It doesn't matter if you win or lose the game before, the next one, you always need to play a good game, that's how we approach it".
"I think so, no matter what happens, if we win or lose, it will be a really good test for us how we respond to being on the road for such a long time", Said Jake Cohen about playing 3 straight EuroLeague away games. "We will be playing against really good teams that play on a high level, but we only need to think about Baskonia how we can take care of business there because last year it didn't go well for us. We will try to turn it around this year".
"It is a totally new year, we got a different team, and we are playing really good basketball right now", Spoke Cohen about Maccabi's history in Vitoria. "We have a lot of confidence, and that is going to help us whatever building we are playing in. So, it doesn't really affect us, we just focus on doing our job".