Maccabi storms through Vitoria-Gasteiz
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv hit a club-record 17 three-pointers and extended its winning streak to six games with a resounding 83-113 road win over KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. The victory improved Maccabi's record to 6-2 on the season and tied it for the best record in the league. On the other hand, Baskonia suffered its first home loss of this campaign and also its worst home loss in EuroLeague history, dropping to 3-5. Shooting the lights out from long range and led by Scottie Wilbekin, Maccabi had a 10-point lead late in the first quarter, went into halftime up by 23 points, and broke the 30-point barrier early in the third quarter. Wilbekin netted 20 points on 6-for-8 three-point shooting. Elijah Bryant scored 19, while John DiBartolomeo and Nate Wolters scored 14 apiece. Tyler Dorsey had 12 points, and Othello Hunter collected 10 points plus 9 rebounds in a victory in which Maccabi also tied a club record for the most points scored in a road game this century. Baskonia had only two double-digit scorers, Tornike Shengelia with 31 points and Patricio Garino with 24, both setting new career-highs.
Maccabi was hot from long range from the get-go. Quincy Acy hit a corner triple before Wilbekin nailed back-to-back shots to make it 9-16. Shengelia scored 5 points, including a three-pointer that got Baskonia within 17-18, but DiBartolomeo hit back-to-back triples and Yovel Zoosman finished a fast break with a layup to open an 18-28 margin late in the first quarter. The hosts stopped the bleeding through Nik Stauskas getting to the free-throw line, but more triples from Wilbekin, his fourth and fifth, capped a 0-9 run to make it 24-39. Shengelia knocked one down from long range for the hosts, but the visitors kept increasing the margin. Hunter scored 6 points, Tarik Black had a three-point play and Bryant hit a three to make it 32-55 at halftime. Black's dunk and consecutive three-pointers from Wolters and Wilbekin extended the margin to 34-65. Garino and Shengelia hit from long range to give a much-needed spark to Baskonia's offense, but Wolters and DiBartolomeo replied in the same fashion on the other end. Garino scored 5 more points, but Bryant strung together 7 points, including Maccabi's 14th triple in 20 attempts to make it 49-80 with 3:30 left in the third. Garino and Shengelia were the only players scoring field goals for Baskonia in the quarter, but the visitors kept the margin through Bryant and Dorsey, 58-86 going into the fourth. Dorsey's three-pointer made it 61-93 early in the fourth and Maccabi continued strong to the finish.
After opening the season with two losses, Maccabi has now strung together six wins. This is club's longest winning streak since the 2013-14 season, when the team won the last four of the regular season and the first four of the Top 16 before going on to win the EuroLeague title.
Road scoring mark
These 113 points tied Maccabi scoring record in a road game and were the most points a road team has scored in a single-game in almost 12 years, since Panathinaikos Athens set a EuroLeague record with 123 points at Chorale Roanne in November 2007. Maccabi tied for the second-highest scoring output by a road team in a non-overtime game, a mark also held by Maccabi from when it also scored 113 at AEK Athens in December 2004.
Club record threes
This was Maccabi's 431st EuroLeague game this century and the first time it hit 17 three-pointers in a single game, setting a club record. Maccabi hit 14 of its first 20 three-pointers through the first 27 minutes to lead 49-80 and then went 3 for 9 the rest of the way to tie its club record.
Baskonia's scoring duo
Tornike Shengelia scored 31 points, surpassing his previous career-high of 25 points. Patricio Garino netted 24, shattering his previous career-high of 16. The two players scored 23 of Baskonia 26 points in the third quarter and combined to score 41 of their team's first 56 points.
This is the first time in EuroLeague history that Baskonia lost at home by 30 points. Its previous worst defeat was a 65-94 loss, also against Maccabi, back in the 2001-02 season.
Next week in Round 9, Maccabi travels to play a fellow 6-2 team, AX Armani Exchange Milan, on Tuesday before Baskonia hosts defending champion CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Thursday, November 14, 2019