The final phase of the Israeli Winner League starts on Tuesday evening as Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv hosts the fifth-ranked Hapoel Haifa in Menora Mivtachim Arena (18:00, Live on Sport5 - Channel 55). Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad seeks to secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, and that journey starts against the northern reds.
The Yellow & Blue will host the Save Their Soul Association, which helps post-trauma IDF victims. Maccabi hugs and embraces the Israeli fighters and combat casualties. For additional information about the association.
The squad to the game contains Omri Casspi, who's back after a month out because of a thigh injury. Those out of the game are Othello Hunter, Tyler Dorsey, Angelo Caloiaro, Eidan Alber and Yonathan Atias. The 12 dressing up: Elijah Bryant, Scottie Wilbekimn, T.J Cline, Chris Jones, Sandy Cohen, Omri Casspi, John DiBartolomeo, Oz Blayzer, Dragan Bender, Dori Sahar, Ante Zizic and Yovel Zoosman.
“This is our first home league game since March 13th, coming back to the third round of the Israeli League”, Said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos about returning to Menora Mivtachim Arena. “We want to see our fans supporting us in these last 5 games and in the playoffs. We are in the last part of the marathon, and we have one last part of finishing the season to stay at first place”.
Tuesday's matchup will be the fifth official meeting against the Reds from the Carmel as Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad won all four matchups - 2 in the Winner League, 1 Winner Cup, and 1 State Cup contest. In the last contest between the two sides, the Yellow & Blue dominated 104:67 in an impressive team performance.
Keenan Evans leads Elad Hassin's group averaging 18.2 points and 6.3 assists per game. The Reds are ranked third in shooting percentage from behind the arc with 38% and ranked fifth in scoring with 87 points per game.