Maccabi Tel Aviv came through its first real Euroleague test at Yad Eliahu this season by beating Olympiakos Piraeus of Greece 78-73 in a close, exciting game.
Maccabi was still far from its best of last season, but can thank two major contributors for its win. The first was fantastic support from the crowd, which urged its players on even when it fell behind in the 34th minute, and the second was Anthony Parker, who led his team with 23 points, including eight of their 14 field goals and a 100 percent record from the foul line.
Parker was the inspiration behind Maccabi's victory, but Arriel McDonald finally put on a good display despite his very inconsistent form of late. He set up two crucial baskets towards the end which ensured Maccabi's victory and also scored 14 points of his own.
Nate Huffman, who has still not managed to find his form, scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, which was adequate against an opponent that is Maccabi's equal - the first top-class team which the men in yellow have faced this season in Europe.
Alfonso Ford, with 22 points was a constant threat to Maccabi's hegemony, and managed to score from various positions and ranges.
Ford, with Zvershenko were also the big men behind Olympiakos but Stephane Rizachet, who scored 17 points, four assists and two steals, Ford was his club's best player on the night and the result was far from certain until the very end.
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