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"We play the game to enjoy the fans"

The Yellow & Blue summarized the incredible feeling of the crowd filling the seats in Menora Mivtachim Arena. Sfairopoulos: "We played with great concentration throughout the whole contest". Jones: "Taking more pride in my defense makes my life easier offensively"

22/02/2021
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv celebrated the Yellow & Blue fans return to Menora Mivtachim Arena, cruising by Ironi Nahariya 107:63 in an Israeli Winner League completion contest. The 300 supporters pushed Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad to a completely dominant performance, resulting in Maccabi's highest margin win of the season and its seventh straight domestic league victory.

Leading the way once again was Chris Jones, who had an excellent performance scoring 17 points while dishing 7 assists, Oz Blayzer added 16 points, John DiBartolomeo contributed 15 points and 4 assists, and Dragan Bender controlled the paint with 14 points (a perfect 5/5 from 2pt), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. 

There was also a concerning scene tonight as Yuval Zoosman suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, immediately headed down to the locker room, and didn't return to the remainder of the contest. Number 50 will undergo an MRI to find out the severity of the injury.



"The most important thing tonight was the presence of our fans, we are happy that they are back with us, and although there were only 300 supporters, we felt their warmth and support", said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos about the value of the Yellow & Blue fans for the club. "On behalf of the players and staff, I want to thank all of them after not having them for nearly a year, and hopefully, we'll get to see more of them shortly. We play the game to enjoy the fans. Maccabi fans, even before I got here, were always connected to the group on the court. It's the first time in club history that the team plays without fans, so people need to understand the difficulty".

"We played with great concentration throughout the whole contest, and I'm pleased with how all the players performed", Added Sfairopoulos about the game, who later spoke regarding Yovel's injury. "I'm concerned after Zoosman hurt his knee, and we still don't know precisely the severity of the damage. He'll go through an MRI, and maybe tomorrow morning, we will have an evaluation about his status. We'll monitor Wilbekin's thumb injury and Hunter's illness".

"The extra energy coming from a different place other than the bench was great, and it will help us in the long run", responded Chris Jones about the feeling of playing in front of a crowd. "Taking more pride in my defense makes my life easier offensively. During the weeks not playing, I continued to work individually with the coaches, got stronger mentally, and studied the game".



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