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"We weren't ready mentally to fight from the beginning"

The Yellow & Blue summarized the road defeat to Hapoel Eilat. Sfairopoulos: "We didn't adjust to their energy". Casspi towards Tuesday's game: "We believe that with fans at our home court, we can beat any team"

27/02/2021
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv couldn't repeat their recent stretch in the domestic competition, suffering an 85:91 loss to Hapoel Eilat, ending a Yellow & Blue 7 game Israeli Winner League winning streak. Despite suffering their 3rd domestic loss, Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad still holds the top position in the league table with a 13:3 record. Maccabi will now get to work towards their double EuroLeague week, as CSKA Moscow comes to Menora Mivtachim Arena on Tuesday.

The Yellow & Blue lacked intensity on the defensive end, chasing Ariel Beit Halachmi's unit for most of the contest despite receiving 20 point performances by Dorsey and Zizic, who completed a double-double, adding 11 rebounds.



"We need to be ready mentally to fight harder from the beginning because as the first half showed, we weren't there", Explained head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos what went wrong on Saturday. "In the first half, we didn't play well defensively, allowing Eilat to play to their rhythm. They took advantage of our turnovers for easy fastbreak points, and our set defense wasn't effective. We didn't adjust to their energy, and when we allow 52 points in a half and 91 overall in a road game, it isn't easy to come back".

"In the second half, we played much better, reducing their margin down to two, and from that moment, we should have been much more focused, but when you chase all game long, it's not easy".

"I feel much better after a crazy month and a half with the virus", Said Omri Casspi, who played 10 minutes, contributing 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and two steals. "I'm happy that in this next period, I'll be able to play more minutes. We have this double week coming up, hopefully, we will be able to produce good basketball and win these games. It's great to return to play in front of fans, hearing the drums and the shouting from the crowd. We are excited about the fans coming into Tuesday's game, and we believe that with them at our home court, we can beat any team".



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