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Two teams, three coaches, two wins and one Obradovic

With a former red coach becomes a member of the yellow and blue tradition it's time to remember two great games one for coach and one for the team that happens to involve coach Zeljko Obradovic

22/11/2018
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Two teams, three coaches, two wins and one Obradovic
Our Turkish week continues only this time versus Fenerbache. The rivalry against Fener is relatively young as it dates back to the second half of the mid 90's, the 1996/97 season to be exact, how the rivalry against Coach Zeljko Obradovic's team is thriving as ever. The rivalry with the nine time EuroLeague winning coach has provided incredible games and playoff games that will forever be discussed. 

In case you were wondering Coach Giannis Sfairopuolos' record in regular season against coach Obradovic is 3:1 in favor of Maccabi's new coach with all of them leaving the fans logging for more, which is why this time our trip down memory lane will tell the story of a blowout at SEF, and one of the most heroic wins at OAKA.

The night of February the 1st 2018 was supposed to be a night like all others, a night where both teams will fight from the tip-off till the very end, a night where both teams will stay close but above all a night where the little things will decide the game. That fateful night brought the EuroLeague reigning champs Fenerbahce and the Olympiacos who were the runner ups to a clash that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

It was the second regular season encounter between these two teams with Olympiacos winning the first encounter in the 2017/18 season. The game started with coach Sfairopoulos' big three delivering one blow after another to the reigning champs as they scored 30 out of their team's 34 points in the first quarter. Printezis, Spanoulis and Papanikolaou's amazing first quarter sent a message to the reigning champs that they should be ready for a fight and a fight indeed it was.

The second quarter was a different story as Fener cut Oly's lead down by half as the game reached its halfway mark. Coach Sfairopoulos rallied his troops at half time and as the second half started it didn't take long for it to become abundantly clear the fighting squad of coach Sfairopoulos was the only one standing as they blew out the reigning champs 95:70.



The Inspiring Chess Game 

We continue our trip down memory lane to what went down in the history of the EuroLeague as nothing less of a chess game between two chess masters. The 2011/12 season made sure that the previous year's EuroLeague final will match up again only this time for a best of five playoff series that went the distance. 

As we had to pick only one game from that particular playoff series, it was hard but the one that stood tall above the rest was game two. With coach Obradovic claiming the first game with a 93:73 result, a lot of questions were asked about what's going to happen in game two with coach Blatt knowing that his team can steal the home court advantage especially because of the first game. 

Game two started with Maccabi trailing throughout the just over 25 minutes but still managing to stay close enough, close within a striking distance, and then it happened – Yogev Ohayon and Devin Smith completed a 7:0 run for Maccabi to take the lead and went on increasing their lead in the fourth to 61:70 with over seven minutes remaining in the game. The then reigning champs were not willing to say die in that game, at least not yet as the game ended up going to overtime. 

The final bout in the match between the two heavyweight contenders delivered big time, with Maccabi having to chase down their opponents, at the beginning it was Devin Smith and Keith Langford who brought the visitors close enough to the home side, from that moment on with the green fans shaking the arena's foundations there was one player who had two daggers, two very painful daggers that with each one of them hitting the target right in the heart to suck all the air out of the arena, till this day David Blu's back to back three pointers in clutch are the most mesmerizing memorable moment of that immaculate playoff series.



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