Maccabi Tel Aviv had no trouble disposing of last-place Lasko yesterday as it ran off to an 87-51 Adriatic League victory yesterday, cementing itself on top of the standings
Head coach David Blatt used the opportunity of facing a cellar dweller to give more playing time to teammates who have not had much exposure.
Point guard Demond Mallet, who arrived in Israel this week from Belgian club Charleroi, scored two points in his debut with Maccabi. Blatt said nonetheless after the game that he was pleased with Mallet and that he expected to give the 33-year old Louisianan more playing time.
Blatt said he felt the team did well considering it has gone through several roster changes of late and three players had barely had any time on the floor before last night.
"We're guarding at a very high level," he said. "We've got dedication, intensity and aggressiveness."
The team had another balanced offensive attack with five players scoring in double figures. David Blu led the team with 16 points, while Shawn James and Theodoros Papaloukas had 13 apiece. Lior Eliyahu added 12, while Jon Scheyer reached 10 points with a last minute steal and fast-break layup.
Maccabi started slightly sluggish and had a four-point advantage against the heavy underdogs going into the second quarter.
It built a comfortable 16-point lead by halftime and then blew away Lasko with a 29-11 third quarter, capped by a buzzer beating trifecta by Blu.
Bnei Hasharon coach quits
Adi Azoulay resigned yesterday as coach of Super League club Bnei Hasharon after compiling a 1-4 record. Team management met late last night to decide about its next steps this season. The leading candidate, according to sources familiar with the situation, is Ariel Beit Halahmi. The team is having an uncharacteristically bad season, languishing in last place at 2-9. (Maayan Efrat and Elad Zeevi contributed to this report. )
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