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"This was the best team game this season"

The Yellow & Blue celebrated the dominant win over Zalgiris. Sfairopoulos: "We played all together with high energy, and the players played with their heart". Dorsey: "This was a needed win for us, we got to continue this"

12/11/2020
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"This was the best team game this season"

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv completed a perfect week with its best game of the season, beating the best offensive team in the EuroLeague Zalgiris Kaunas 85:57. The Yellow & Blue stuttered in the first couple of minutes but exploded all over the Greens, stopping them defensively on six scoreless minutes while totaling 20 unanswered points. The hosts led by 30 points at halftime (53:23), which didn't leave much chance for the Lithuanian squad.

Tyler Dorsey led five players in double figures with 16 points, Chris Jones added 15 (season-high). Dragan Bender contributed 11 points for a EuroLeague career-high as Scottie Wilbekin, and Elijah Bryant tallied 10 points each. Dori Sahar scored his first points in the European competition.

"I'd like to congratulate our players, this was the best team game from the start of the season, and the players with their heart", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos after the win. "They covered great defensively and had an amazing first half. We played all together with high energy, and offensively, we had great rhythm, moved the ball, always made the right pass, the extra pass, and found open buckets with patience". 

"It was obvious we couldn't continue shooting 81% from three also in the second half, but I think we were in control throughout the whole game, and once again, I want to congratulate the players".

"Defensively, we showed intensity, and we stuck to our game plan, and it was an overall great win for us", Told Tyler Dorsey about the keys for the win. "We knew what they wanted to do, and we knew we were playing the best offense right now in the EuroLeague. So we came out strong defensively, and we continued with it. We had the 30-point lead at the half, but we knew they were going to battle back. We came out with the same energy in the second half getting the job done tonight. This was a needed win for us, we got to continue this as we have a tough next week in Spain". 

"Our goal was to come out and play hard. We pride ourselves on our defensive end, and I feel like we showed that tonight", Said Chris Jones after scoring a season-high 15 points. "We just got up, continued to build on it, and progressed. I wouldn't say anything was different, I guess the ball just wasn't rolling our way, but we're trying to get ourselves on track to continue to fight, play hard and get these wins."




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