By Amy Samin
In their easiest game so far this year, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv routed Ironi Ramat Gan 102 – 56.
Maccabi took the lead from the start and, in effect, the game was over after the first quarter.
Eliyahu and Casspi were standouts.
Now everyone’s thoughts are turned towards Thursday’s game in
Maccabi’s starting five was comprised of Marcus Brown, Carlos Arroyo, Omri Casspi, Lior Eliyahu and D’or Fischer.
With no resistance from
After three minutes of play, the score was 12 – 4, Maccabi.
A time-out called by
With two and a half minutes left in the quarter, Eliyahu and Fischer executed a brilliant play that put Maccabi’s lead at 22 – 9.
Two three-pointers by Arroyo and a splendid show by Fischer (5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocked shots in the period) were too much for the hosts, and the quarter ended with the score 29 – 11, Maccabi.
Points by Tal Burstein brought the score to 40 – 21 three minutes into the quarter, but
Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon, who had originally planned to rest his star players in the second period, responded to
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Maccabi opened the third quarter with an 11 – 0 scoring run, enjoying good minutes from the bench.
They quickly opened a 40 point lead, 73 – 33, after a three-pointer by Tre Simmons five and a half minutes into the second half.
Marcus Fizer also took part in the celebration, scoring his first Israeli league points of the season.
At the end of the quarter, Maccabi led 81 – 42.
Maccabi continued to pulverize
Simmons and Yaniv Green helped bring the score to 93 – minutes of play in the period.
It looked like Maccabi’s lead was just going to continue to grow.
Gershon had nothing much left to do except keep Fizer running and talk strategy for Thursday’s game with his assistant coach.
A three-pointer by Chen Zigdon for
Final score: 102 – 56.
Maccabi: Eliyahu 19 points, 10 rebounds; Casspi 16 points; Arroyo and Simmons 11 points each; Green 10 points; Fizer and Brown 9 points each; Fischer 8 points, 8 rebounds.
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