Having the chance to finish the first round of the 2018/19 EuroLeague season on a high note, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv knew they had to play hard on both ends of the floor against Milan. The visitors completed a 14:0 run in the first quarter but Maccabi managed to stay close trailing 46:48 at half time. In a game where every run was answered it all came down to a last defensive possession with Maccabi securing the 94:92 home win improving their record to 5:10.
Coach Sfairopoulos' starting five: Wilbekin, Kane, Caloiaro, O'Bryantand Tyus. Kane was the first to score in the game giving Maccabi the early 5:0 lead. Micov and Tarczewski kept the visitors close to Maccabi (7:4). Brooks scored five points to put Milan within a striking distance. Nedovic and Micov completed a 14:0 run for Milan forcing coach Sfairopoulos to call for a timeout (10:18). Kane and Cohen kept Maccabi close to Milan (19:22) with just under a minute remaining in the first quarter. Zoosman was the last to score in the first quarter with the yellows trailing 21:24.
Gudaitis scored at the beginning of the second quarter but Johnny and Roll reacted with a 10:0 run to take the 31:26 lead. Johnny and John-Di converted great defense into instant offense as Maccabi kept their five point lead (34:29). Nedovic and Tarczewski completed a 10:1 run as Milan completed their comeback taking the 35:39 lead. Tyus and Johnny were unstoppable as they kept Maccabi in the game (43:46). Tarczewski scored but Scottie managed to beat the buzzer from way deep with the squad in yellow and blue trailing 46:48 at halftime.
Nedovic scored a corner three at the beginning of the third quarter but Tyus reacted (48:51). Both teams traded blows with neither one of the sides capitalizing as the scoreboard showed 57:58 with 04:50 remaining in the third quarter. O'Bryant scored three threes giving Maccabi the 66:63 lead. James scored but Cohen reacted for Maccabi (73:67). Milan ended the third quarter on a high note with James scoring from deep to tie the game (75:75).
Gudaitis and Kuzminskas scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter as the visitors took the 75:79 lead. Tyus and Kane brought Maccabi to within a striking distance but Gudaitis and James reacted for the visitors forcing coach Sfairopoulos to call for a timeout (78:83). O'Bryant went super mode scoring five points to tie the game (83:83). Johnny found Kane for an open three with DeAndre giving Maccabi the 88:87 edge. Brooks scored but Angelo answered with a corner three (91:89). Micov completed the three point play but Tyus scored both of his free throws to make it 93:92, Ray made it 94:92,; Brooks had the chance to win the game but Johnny contested the shot giving Maccabi the oh so sweet 94:92 home win.