Tonight (Thursday), Maccabi Tel Aviv opens the 2021/22 season in the Euroleague with a home game against Bayern Munich, which brings together two teams that suffered a problematic season promoter. The Germans have won the last three games between the teams, after surrendering to the Israeli champion in the five meetings that preceded them.
Yannis Sapropoulos’ team arrives after winning the Winner’s Cup for the third time in a row, in what was its only preparation for the season, as the Yellows canceled their participation in tournaments in Greece and Cyprus due to the contagion of five staff players in Corona. Tonight, a number of reinforcement players appear for the first time in Yad Eliyahu: For Keenan Evans, Cameron Taylor, Roman Sorkin and Yiftach Ziv, this is a Euroleague debut, while Derrick Williams plays for the first time in a Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform and Jaylen Reynolds, who returned this summer, meets the team he starred in last season. . The one who is not at the disposal of Sapropoulos is the injured Ante Žižić.
On the Bavarian side, Bayern Munich itself suffered from an outbreak of Corona and also from injuries due to which coach Andrea Trinkieri arrived in Israel without six of his players. The one who will play is the chin who left Maccabi Tel Aviv only last summer, Othello Hunter, when in the visiting staff you can find another ex of the Yellows, Dashon Thomas. Bayern opened the Bundesliga season with a loss to the hall last Sunday.
the progress of the game
Scotty Wilbkin and Keenan Evans led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an 8:13 advantage, but the Bavarians who went down to a timeout came back from it with six consecutive points and went up to 13:14. Othello Hunter, who received flowers from Maccabi Tel Aviv before the game opened, has been playing against his team for the past two years. Dibertolomao and Ziv came up well from the bench of Sapropoulos and helped their teammates make a 0: 8 run. Wilbkin finished the quarter with a penetration and a typical basket on the buzzer and Maccabi Tel Aviv led 18:25 Towards the second quarter.
A three by John Dibertolomao at the start of the quarter gave the hosts the first double.digit lead of the game, 18:28. Maccabi Tel Aviv completed an opening of ten unanswered points in the second quarter, rising to 17 points. Othello Hunter rose well from the guest bench and helped her narrow the gap. 32:40 To the host in the half.
In the next round, the Yellows will also play a home game in the Euroleague, when they will host the Red Star Belgrade in the second round.