Maccabi knocks out Panathinaikos and approaches the Final Four


ANDl Maccabi is just one step away from the Berlin Final Four after defeating Panathinaikos with suspense in the third game of the best-of-five quarterfinal tie, which they now dominate 2-1. On Thursday they will be able to seal their qualification if they defeat the Greeks at the Aleksandar Nikolic Hall in Belgradewhere he plays his Euroleague matches.

The Israelis dominated the match from the beginning but suffered at the end to be able to get ahead in the series, which they achieved thanks to the success of Josh Nebo (22 points, nine rebounds), Lorenzo Brown (16 and 8 assists) and Bonzie Colson(13 points, five rebounds). Kendrick Nunntop scorer with 25 points, had a triple to win with one second left, but he couldn’t hit the rim.

The staging of the players Oded Kattash allowed him to take the lead from the beginning, with an 11-4 that gave way, after Brown’s exit onto the courtfrom a 10-0 run that put the locals twelve ahead at the end of the first act (23-11, min 10).

After the break, the Panathinaikos woke up, thanks to the success of Argentine Luca Vildoza, and the difference dropped to seven. The exchange of triples kept the Maccabees ahead and at halftime the gap was nine points (46-37, min 20).


A new growth spurt after passing through the locker room Maccabi allowed him, after an 11-0 runescape again on the scoreboard until 57-39, which set off alarms in the team coached by Ergin Ataman.

Nunn and Konstantinos Mitoglou stopped the bleeding. Mathias Lessort and Ioannis Papapetrou They joined the Greek reaction and allowed their team to reach the last ten minutes alive (67-56, min 30).

Nunn and Vildoza adjusted the game from the perimeter, but Brown responded with his success and good direction. With two minutes left, nothing was decided (81-77) and shortly after Maccabi’s lead was only one point.

Lessort evened the match and was even able to put his team ahead but he missed one of his two free throws. Next, Brown did get it right with his and Nunn He had a triple at the buzzer that would have given him the victory, but it did not go in and Maccabi is just one win away from the Final Four.



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