Despite a non-ideal pre-season and only one preparation game, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv will officially start the 2021/22 campaign on Wednesday with a Winner's cup quarter-final clash vs. Maccabi Rishon LeZion (live broadcast on 5Sport live - 9 pm local time, 2 pm ET).
A win will not only advance Maccabi to the semis where they will face Hapoel Jerusalem but would also secure the yellows at least another trial ahead of the first Euroleague game against Bayern Munich (September 30).
As mentioned, Maccabi arrives at the game not in the best possible condition, with three players not yet on the roster: Scottie Wilbkin, Derrick Williams, and Jalen Reynolds. On the other hand, Yiftach Ziv and John DiBartolomeo, who didn't play against Bney-Herzeliya last week, will be available to Giannis Sfairopoulos.
The full roster for the game: Keenan Evans, Angelo Caloiaro, Kameron Taylor, Roman Sorkin, John DiBartolomeo, Oz Blayzer, Jake Cohen, James Nunnally Ante Zizic, Yiftach Ziv, Ido Menchel, Oded Brandwin.