Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv will head out on Thursday to Beit Maccabi to compete against Maccabi Rishon Le' Zion as part of the top group stage (21:15, live on Sport5 - channel 55). The Yellow & Blue hold a perfect record at home while winning all three of their matchups following the Corona break, carrying a three-game edge over Hapoel Jerusalem.
Maccabi Rishon LeZion, cut a three-game losing streak beating Hapoel Holon. Oz Blayzer and D'Angelo Harrison led the oranges with 17 points each as the talented youngster Noam Dovrat added 15. Guy Goodes's club didn't make significant changes during the time off, as Zach Hankins replaced James Kelly, who didn't return. Darryl Monroe, Oz Blayzer, D'Angelo Harrison, Alex Hamilton, Adam Ariel, Nimrod Tishman, and Noam Dovrat share most of the minutes.
On the other end, Quincy Acy (strain) and Fredric Bourdillon (partial hamstring tear) won't be available for head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos. "We have an important game against Rishon after our win over Jerusalem", Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos before the final practice. "Rishon is a really good team, they played well before the Coronavirus but even better now. They're a very reliable opponent, and we need to be very concentrated".
The all-time head to head record between the two clubs stands at 69 wins to Maccabi (14 straight) as opposed to Rishon LeZion's 8. The teams met twice this season, as Sfairopoulos's squad beat Goodes's side 81:66 on the road and 74:65 in Menora Mivtachim Arena.