2020-21Regular SeasonRound 28
March 04, 2021 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Maccabi suffocates Valencia in second half

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv snapped a four-game losing streak by downing Valencia Basket 84-72 at Menora Mivtachim Arena on Thursday night. The hosts trailed 14-18 at the end of the first quarter and 33-35 at halftime, but managed to score 51 points after the break to dominate Valencia. Tyler Dorsey paced the winners with 17 points and 7 fouls drawn for a 24 PIR off the bench. Omri Casspi and Chris Jones followed him with 14 points apiece, while Ante Zizic tallied 13 points and 6 boards in 16 minutes for Maccabi, whose record improved to 11-15. Louis Labeyrie had 18 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting, Sam Van Rossom scored 14 and Nikola Kalinic had 11 for Valencia, which dropped to 14-14 with the loss.


Labeyrie and Van Rossom got the visitors going and combined for all of Valencia’s points in a 6-11 opening run. Rotations worked better for the hosts, as Bryant showed up with back-to-back buckets to make it 12-13. The visitors survived thanks to their dominance on the offensive boards, making up for an unusually low field goal percentage until Prepelic connected from downtown to help his team finish the first quarter up 14-18. Maccabi increased its defensive pressure and focused on feeding its big men inside to take its first lead, 21-20. Dubljevic took over for Valencia with 5 consecutive points, but he found a fierce counterpart in Dorsey, who went for 7 in a row on the other end to keep Maccabi in charge. Prepelic got it all square with a three, 28-28, and even though Casspi tried to hold his team, Dubljevic kept dominating the paint and made sure Valencia headed the locker room with a 33-35 edge.

A basket-plus-foul play by Zizic and a three by Caloiaro brought Maccabi on top, 39-35, right after the break. Van Rossom led the offense for Valencia and hit twice from deep to stay close, although Chris Jones showed up from the same spot and helped the home team retain a 47-43 edge midway through the third quarter. Kalinic took over then with consecutive threes to switch the lead once again, 51-53, but Valencia’s lights turned off after Van Rossom got replaced. As such, Maccabi recorded an 11-3 run in less than 3 minutes to enter the last period up 62-56. Dorsey came out hot and nailed a three and a buzzer-beating bank shot to make it 67-61, which Bender and Zizic extended to 71-61 with a couple of baskets off the offensive rebound with 5 minutes remaining. Valencia tried two playmakers together, but the momentum was already gone for the visitors. Dorsey strung together 5 points from the line and Casspi hit a three that stabbed Valencia’s back, 82-68, entering crunch time.

Key performer

Tyler Dorsey didn’t start, but proved crucial for his team. He scored 12 of his total 17 points in the second half and most of them came in key moments. He nailed a three in an 11-3 run for Maccabi to build a 6-point lead entering the fourth quarter and scored 5 free throws in a row entering crunch time to seal the outcome.

Maccabi fixed it under the boards

Valencia dominated the glass for the entire first half, outrebounding Maccabi 10-0 in the offensive end to take a short 33-35 advantage. In the second, everything was different. Maccabi retrieved 10 offensive rebounds and Valencia just half of that.

And from long range too

The hosts made just 1 three-pointer over the first 20 minutes but scored 4 early after the break to reactivate the offense and overcome a low-scoring streak in which it did not surpass the 75-point mark for three straight games.

Did you know?

Valencia had never won in Tel Aviv before this game and could not break the trend on this night either. Its only two wins over Maccabi have come on its home floor, including a dramatic 82-80 decision in Round 12.

Coming up

In Round 29 next week, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv will fly to Athens to visit Panathinaikos OPAP at OAKA on Thursday, March 11. Valencia Basket returns home to welcome Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul the day after.

Chris Jones - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv - EB20
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; ROCHA, FERNANDO; THEPENIER, HUGUES
Attendance: 300 (Tentative)
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv14192922
Valencia Basket18172116
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv14336284
Valencia Basket18355672
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 BRYANT, ELIJAH 16:01 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   1 1     2     3 1 1
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 12:33     0/1         4   2         1
3 JONES, CHRIS 22:41 14 2/4 2/2 4/5   1 1 2   1     3 2 12
4 CALOIARO, ANGELO 18:47 6 1/2 1/4 1/2       4 1 1     1 3 7
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 23:23 2 1/6     2 1 3 3   1     2    
6 COHEN, SANDY 3:56               1             1
7 CASSPI, OMRI 13:53 14 5/7 1/2 1/2 1 4 5 1   2     1 2 15
11 DORSEY, TYLER 28:56 17 1/3 3/7 6/6 1 2 3 1 3 1 1   1 7 24
12 DIBARTOLOMEO, JOHN 15:59 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   3 3 2 1 1     1 2 8
14 BLAYZER, OZ 3:31                              
17 BENDER, DRAGAN 23:43 8 3/3   2/2 2 3 5   1 1 1   3 2 13
23 ZIZIC, ANTE 16:37 13 5/6   3/3 2 4 6 1 1   2   3 2 21
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 84 21/35 7/19 21/24 9 23 32 19 7 13 4 0 18 21 107
        60% 36.8% 87.5%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 MARINKOVIC, VANJA 8:50   0/2 0/1     1 1 1         1 1 -1
3 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 13:58 8   2/4 2/2   1 1 2   1     1 2 9
4 PRADILLA, JAIME 0:14                              
6 PUERTO, JOSEP 3:56   0/1                         -1
7 LABEYRIE, LOUIS 25:45 18 4/4 3/5 1/2 1 1 2   2 1     1 4 21
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 27:51 14 3/3 2/5 2/2   2 2 3   3     3 2 12
10 TOBEY, MIKE 11:31 4 2/3 0/1     2 2     1     4   -1
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 27:14 11 0/3 3/4 2/2 1 2 3 2 1 2     3 3 11
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 28:02 9 3/9 1/4   5 4 9 4 1     2 1 4 15
21 WILLIAMS, DERRICK 14:28 2 1/2 0/1   2 1 3 1 1 3     2 1 1
24 HERMANNSSON, MARTIN 16:04 4 2/6 0/1     1 1 4   2   1 3 1 -1
30 SASTRE, JOAN 22:07 2 1/3 0/3         1 1     1 3   -5
Team           3 2 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 72 16/36 11/29 7/8 12 17 29 18 6 14 0 4 22 18 64
        44.4% 37.9% 87.5%
Head coach: PONSARNAU, JAUME

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"I think we improved our rebounding in the second half. We had problems in the first half, they took 10 offensive boards then, but only 2 after halftime. The aggressiveness of our defense gave us stops and also good rhythm in offense. We scored 18 points more in the second half because of our good defense."
PONSARNAU, JAUME
Valencia Basket
"We competed well in this game, but when we lost control of the boards, the fight for the rebounds, they started to run, to make threes, to take control of the rhythm of the game. We tried to play physical, because they are a physical team, but we probably lost that battle tonight."

Players

DORSEY, TYLER
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"I just played hard. We needed to win, we were in a negative moment lately and it feels good to get a win. You never know what is going to happen, our back is against the wall, so we need to get every win we can. It’s good to get a win with the fans here."
ZIZIC, ANTE
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
"In the first half they took a lot of offensive rebounds, but after halftime, we started with good defense, good box out, we ran, and they couldn’t stop us. I want to congratulate my teammates and coaching staff for the good job tonight."