After Fenerbahce and before the next EuroLeague matchup against Anadolu Efes, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv returns to the local competition facing Maccabi Rishon Le'Zion as part of the Winner League Semi-Final (Sunday, 21:00, live on Sport5 - channel 55). The contest will occur in the Shlomo Group Arena, as Hapoel Holon awaits for the winner after defeating Hapoel Jerusalem in the opposing Semi-Final.
Chris Jones, Elijah Bryant, and Dragan Bender will sit out this game after not being placed on the final roster. Giannis Sfairopoulos's team will carry Scottie Wilbekin, Tyler Dorsey, Angelo Caloiaro, Othello Hunter, Sandy Cohen, Oz Blayzer, Dori Sahar, Max Heidegger, Ante Zizic, Eidan Alber, and Yonatan Atias.
Maccabi defeated Hapoel Haifa 83:74 in the preseason tournament Quarter-Final. The Yellow & Blue doubled their assist total (22) compared to their number of turnovers (11), grabbed 15 offensive boards, and outscored the Reds in each of the first three quarters. Oz Blayzer knocked in 10 of his 19 points in the first quarter, Othello Hunter added 16, and Ante Zizic tallied 15 points.
On the other end, Maccabi Rishon Le'Zion passed by Maccabi Haifa with a 91:73 victory. Noam Dovrat led the Oranges with 18 points, drilling four threes, as Isaiah Taylor and Golan Gutt each totaled 17 points on the night. In the Balkan league, Guy Goodes's squad holds a 2:1 record as his players lead most of the statistical categories.
Taylor is the top scorer averaging 24.3 per night, while Gutt is right behind him, scoring 22 points. Akil Mitchell, who was chosen as October's player of the month, averages 11.3 rebounds and 25.7 index rating per game.