Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv stays on top of the Israeli league with a 13:0 record after a home 80:71 victory over Ironi Nes Ziona. The Yellow & Blue enjoyed the resurgence of Othello Hunter, who led all hosts scorers with 15 points. Jake Cohen continued his incredible form adding 13 points and 12 rebounds. Dorsey was close to setting a new season-high with 7 assists. Wilbekin scored 6 points in his return.
Maccabi started with Tyler Dorsey, Elijah Bryant, Deni Avdija, Quincy Acy, and Jake Cohen in their opening five. Bryant slammed it down for the first two points of the game, and Cohen scored 5 straight points to put the hosts on top 8:2. The Yellow & Blue defense kept the visitors on 5 points for the duration of the first 6 minutes of the game with Acy and Cohen leading the way to a 9 point advantage, 14:5. Jeremy Hollowell minimized the lead with a 7:0 run, however, Othello Hunter and Yovel Zoosman prevented a turnaround holding a 4 point lead after 10 minutes, 23:19.
With the start of the second quarter, Scottie Wilbekin dished a beautiful pass to Hunter for an impressive alley-hoop, as Raviv Limonad surpassed Hanan Keren as the 25th scorer on the all-time scoring list with a driving bucket, 27:25. The Israeli guard helped the visitors score 11 unanswered points, taking their first lead of the night, 27:32. Bryant sank the hosts first three after 15.5 minutes, as Dorsey and Acy tied it up at 34. Hunter scored 4 consecutive points that gave the Yellow & Blue a 3 point lead at the half, 43:40.
After an Avdija layup, Corey Fisher tied the game at 45 with a shot from behind the arc. The lead swing moved from side to side, Cohen with a hook shot, and another Hunter slam gave the Israeli champions a 52:49 advantage midway through the third quarter. Wilbekin scored his first two points of the night, putting Maccabi up 58:57 going into the last ten minutes.
Zoosman, with the layup and a Wilbekin three, gave the Yellow & Blue a 5 point lead. Limonad hit a critical three to cut down the host's advantage, 69:67. Hunter, with an impressive block over Withey, sent Avdija on transition for two easy points, and a Dorsey layup made Nadav Zilberstein take a timeout, 75:67. Fisher stopped a 9:0 run Maccabi run, but another Avdija basket and an Acy block sealed the deal, 80:71.