30th of May was the last time Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv played an official home game, that was against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Winner League quarter-finals, the team continued to win the Final Four in Menora Mivtachim Arena (Neutral court) but since then didn't get to play or practice much at their home court. This week, the Yellow & Blue are coming home.
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv will host Hapoel Eilat the evening after Sukkot (Monday, 20:45, live on Sport5) to their first home game of the season. On Thursday, Red Star Belgrade will face the Yellow & Blue in their EuroLeague home opener and Omri Casspi's first game in Menora Mivtachim Arena after 10 years.
"It is our first home game of the season, and everybody is anxious to perform in front of our fans!", Said coach Giannis Sfairopoulos towards his first meeting with the home crowd.
"We are very excited, we want our fans to give us support throughout the season with their voice in the maximum way! That is how we will try to keep our home court undefeated! It starts from the game against Eilat".
Coach explained about the changes their opponent went through this summer: "Eilat changed the team a lot comparing to last season, they have a new coach, but they still have the quality to create damage if you're not ready to play against them. We need to stay focused on playing our game and following our game plan".
This game will be a special one for Elijah Bryant, who'll face his ex-team after shining for them last season. The swingman spoke towards meeting his new fans: "Get loud and be ready for a team that is going to fight every single night no, so be ready to fight with us".
The matchup between the two teams stands at 29:7 in favor of Maccabi. In the 1998/9 season, the team from Tel Aviv beat Israel's southernmost city by 60 points (128:68). Last year, The Yellow & Blue swept the season series against Eilat and beat them in the Winner League semi-finals.