Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv finally returns to the Israeli Winner League competition after a two-week break due to the nationwide lockdown. Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad hosts Gilboa/Galil in Menora Mivtachim Arena as part of the 10th domestic league fixture (Saturday, 18:10, Live on Sport5 - Channel 55).
The Yellow & Blue registered 11 players for Saturday's contest: Chris Jones, Othello Hunter, Tyler Dorsey, John DiBartolomeo, Oz Blayzer, Dragan Bender, Dori Sahar, Ante Zizic, Eidan Alber, Yonatan Atias, and Yovel Zoosman. Elijah Bryant, Scottie Wilbekin, Angelo Caloiaro, Omri Casspi, and Sandy Cohen will sit out towards an important double EuroLeague week.
The Israeli champions will play their first Israeli League since the last night of 2020, which they concluded with a convincing 101:80 win over Hapoel Jerusalem. Maccabi sits in the first position, holding a 6:1 record as they face Gilboa/Galil who made a coaching change during the lockdown. Avishai Gordon replaced Lior Lubin, who joined Oded Katash as his assistant coach at Panathinaikos. The Northern squad showed a lot of promise early on this season, winning 7 of their first 9 games.
Last season the Yellow & Blue swept the season series against the Reds as both sides met in the Final Four Semi-Finals. As you may recall, a clutch three-pointer by Scottie Wilbekin granted Maccabi an 81:78 victory securing a ticket to the Finals, which concluded with the team's 54th Israeli League championship title.