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"It's good to get a win with the fans here"

The Yellow & Blue summarized the excellent team effort which led to the win. Sfairopoulos: "I believe in the roster we have. Stopping Valencia on 72 points helped us secure this win". Dorsey: "We needed to win, and it's good to get it in front of them. You never know what is going to happen"

04/03/2021
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv showed a lot of character and their yellow heart on Thursday night, beating Valencia 84:72 in Menora Mivtachim Arena. After a tight first-half clash, Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad ramped it up on both ends of the court, scoring 51 second-half points while stopping the second-ranked offense on 72 points compared to their 82 points on average.

With the win, the Israeli champions concluded a four-game losing skid, improving their record to 11:15, keeping the playoff hopes alive. Tyler Dorsey led Maccabi scorers with 17 points and 3 steals, Chris Jones and Omri Casspi (5 rebounds) each scored 14 points, and Ante Zizic closed an efficient night in the paint totaling 13 points and 6 rebounds.

"Stopping Valencia on 72 points helped us secure this win as the aggressiveness on defense led to stops which built a good offensive rhythm", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos at the postgame press conference. "Because of our defense, we scored 18 more points in the second half. I want to thank our fans, and their voice tonight was crucial as they supported the team. We will fight until the end, and hopefully, we will have more fans next game".



About Omri's performance and the roster: "I believe in the roster we have, you saw today how big of an absence is playing without Omri. He has quality and experience, and he was needed for the win".

"I was ready for my number to be called, I took advantage of starting, and the team played well", Told Chris Jones after getting the nod in the starting five. "We came out and had a good start playing well on defense, allowing 35 first-half points. We followed it in the second half and got the win". 



Tyler Dorsey, who finished as Maccabi's top scorer with 17 points, answered: "I just played hard. We needed to win, we were in a negative moment lately, and it feels good to win. You never know what is going to happen, our back is against the wall, so we need to get every win we can. It's good to get a win with the fans here."

"It was nice getting into the game a little bit earlier, put some good minutes together, and we got on a nice run", Said the Yellow & Blue captain John DiBartolomeo. "Our job is to play hard no matter how many minutes you get and give the team everything you can. I'm happy I was able to help out today. We are doing our best to grow as a team, trying not to overthink about the playoff picture going game by game, play as hard as we can together, as we let the chips fall as they may".



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