Chalon gave Maccabi a scare for more than half of last night's Euroleague contest in Tel Aviv, but the hosts collected themselves in the final quarter to rally and win comfortably 78-73.
Another disappointing outing continues to cast doubt on how Maccabi (6-2) will match up against the real competition in the Top 16 after it finishes with its Group B games.
The bright spots were Devin Smith and David Logan, who finished with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Shawn James nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, including three offensive boards. Overall, though, the team was plagued by poor outside shooting, particularly from beyond the arc.
The game started as expected, with Maccabi taking a 20-13 lead midway through the first quarter. But the team suddenly fell apart on both ends of the court, allowing Chalon (2-6) to go on a 25-6 tear over the next eight-plus minutes.
Coach David Blatt tried to stop the bleeding, calling a time-out with a little more than six minutes left in the half and Maccabi down 35-26. Instead, Chalon stole the ball on Maccabi's next possession as Michel Jean Baptiste Adolphe slammed home a fast-break dunk, drew a foul and converted a three-point play.
Maccabi finally began to pull together and pulled within five by halftime.
Chalon almost broke the game open again in the third quarter, going up 56-48, but Maccabi roared back with eight straight points, capped by Yogev Ohayon's basket to tie the game at the 1:48 mark.
The game was tied three more times before Shawn James gave Maccabi its first lead since the first quarter with 6:32 to go. Chalon tied it up once more, but the fight was back in Maccabi.
Logan buried a three-pointer and James scored following a free throw by Chalon to make it 69-65. Chalon scored again but got no closer as its shots became increasingly more desperate.
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