Legendary Lorenzo Brown Dominates Baskonia, Sending Maccabi Tel Aviv into Playoffs against Panathinaikos.

Maccabi Tel Aviv clinched the 7th spot by winning against Baskonia earlier in the day for play-in round, with Lorenzo Brown showcasing his skills on the floor and scoring 29 points. The game took place at a neutral venue in Belgrade, yet Maccabi once again demonstrated their prowess. Despite facing passport issues and travel difficulties, W. Baldwin also had an outstanding performance, scoring 26 points. However, the visitors suffered a setback when C. Moneke sustained an injury in the 2nd quarter, the severity of which remains uncertain. Baskonia will now face the winner of the Efes – Virtus Bologna match for the 8th place.

The Chronicle of the Maccabi vs Baskonia Game.

Maccabi entered the game with strength from the first quarter, while Baskonia appeared weak defensively, allowing easy scoring opportunities, particularly from the perimeter. Lorenzo Brown had already contributed 13 points to Maccabi’s total of 28 in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, Baskonia attempted to increase their pace, but momentum was disrupted by C. Moneke’s injury during a drive, resulting in him falling to the floor with a hip injury. This injury deprived Baskonia of the frontline momentum they desperately needed. Meanwhile, Maccabi’s dominance became evident as their tempo surged, leading to a halftime score of 55-26.

During the third quarter, C. Miller-Mcityre stepped up for Baskonia and delivered an impressive performance, but it wasn’t sufficient as Maccabi demonstrated solutions across every position. C. Miller-Mcityre finished with a total of 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The sealing of Maccabi’s magnificent victory came in the fourth quarter, with W. Baldwin proving unstoppable. The final score stood at 113-85.

Maccabi Tel Aviv – What’s Next?

Maccabi seems to be in great shape, with L. Brown, one of the best shooting guards in the Euroleague, appearing to be back in form. However, for the playoffs phase, they will face Panathinaikos, known for having one of the best defenses, posing a significant challenge for Maccabi, especially considering they will have a disadvantage in terms of home court advantage. The games will be a best-of-5 series.

Nevertheless, Kattash Oded’s team appears more prepared than ever, having gained rhythm and consistency. Additionally, W. Baldwin continues his unstoppable performance, solidifying his position as one of the top players in the Euroleague currently. The upcoming match against Panathinaikos promises to be very interesting, and the outcome remains to be seen.

Players stats:

Home Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv

Starters:

  • Lorenzo Brown: 29 minutes, 41 seconds played; 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal.
  • Wade Baldwin IV: 30 minutes, 43 seconds played; 26 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 0 steals.
  • Bonzie Colson: 24 minutes, 55 seconds played; 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals.
  • Josh Nebo: 24 minutes, 59 seconds played; 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Jake Cohen: 14 minutes, 9 seconds played; 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal.

Bench:

  • Antonius Cleveland: 18 minutes, 1 second played; 11 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 1 steal.
  • Tamir Blatt: 20 minutes, 12 seconds played; 10 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 steals.
  • James Webb: 20 minutes, 23 seconds played; 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal.
  • Jasiel Rivero: 15 minutes, 2 seconds played; 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 steals.
  • Joe Thomasson: 1 minute, 55 seconds played; 0 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Rafael Menco: Did not play.
  • Roman Sorkin: Did not play.

Away Team: Baskonia Vitoria

Starters:

  • Codi Miller-McIntyre: 31 minutes, 17 seconds played; 32 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals.
  • Tadas Sedekerskis: 34 minutes, 1 second played; 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.
  • Maik Kotsar: 25 minutes, 40 seconds played; 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
  • Vanja Marinkovic: 19 minutes, 57 seconds played; 5 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Chima Moneke: 8 minutes, 34 seconds played; 0 points, 2 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.

Bench:

  • Markus Howard: 27 minutes, 38 seconds played; 14 points, 0 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
  • Nikos Rogkavopoulos: 16 minutes, 34 seconds played; 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal.
  • Matt Costello: 14 minutes, 20 seconds played; 5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal.
  • Jordan Theodore: 7 minutes, 57 seconds played; 2 points, 0 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 steals.
  • Chris Chiozza: 6 minutes, 46 seconds played; 0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 steals.
  • Dani Díez: 6 minutes, 30 seconds played; 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.
  • Sander Raieste: 46 seconds played; 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals.

Team stats:

Team StatsMaccabi Tel AvivBaskonia Vitoria
Field Goals43/76 (56.6%)34/63 (54%)
3 Pointers19/36 (52.8%)11/29 (37.9%)
Free Throws8/10 (80%)6/11 (54.5%)
Assists2422
Rebounds3426
Offensive Rebounds129
Defensive Rebounds2217
Steals77
Blocks33
Turnovers00
Personal Fouls1614

Scoreboard:

QuartersMaccabi Tel AvivBaskonia Vitoria
Q12815
Q22721
Q33125
Q42724
Score11385

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Themis Prokopiou

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