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"The fans gave us extra power to fight until the end"

Maccabi's coach Giannis Sfairopoulos thanked the Yellow & Blue fans who made the trip to Milan: " It's important we fought until the last second of the game". Black: "The outcome is not like we wanted, but we will bounce back"

20/11/2019
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The 12 game winning streak came to an end for Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv after a thrilling, 88:92, defeat in Milano, as Ettore Messina's club stay undefeated at home. After a phenomenal effort, Scottie Wilbekin, who ended up as the Yellow & Blue's top scorer with 25 points, suffered a muscle cramp at the final mintues of the game, but he will be good to go towards the teams next assignments.

"I want to give a big hug and thank our fans that made the way to Milan, their voice was always in our ears, and that gave us extra power to fight until the end", Said Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos at the start of the postgame press conference. "I want to wish Milano and my friend Ettore Messina the best of luck".

"Today, we saw a high-level EuroLeague game between two teams that have quality", Analyzed Sfairopoulos after the game. "Both sides had a lot of tactical moves, showing different types of lineups, and because of that, I think that was one of the best EuroLeague games so far this season. It's tough to lose, but still, I congratulated our players for the fighting spirit they put on tonight. Every time Milano took a small lead, we responded, didn't give up, and it is important we fought until the last second of the game". 

"Milano has a lot of experienced players, but we saw from our end, great character and fighting spirit", Concluded the greek coach. "If we had taken care of the small details on both sides of the court, we would have had a better result from this game. In our standards, the most important aspect is our defense, and tonight, we allowed a lot of points. If you want to win on the road, you have to play better defense, especially against a team like the Italians on their home court. We will take a breath and continue towards our next game".



"It was a hard-fought game, I'm proud of the guys we played our guts off", Said Tarik Black who finished the night with 13 points and 9 rebounds. "We need to clean up a couple of little things, play a bit smarter. The outcome is not like we wanted, but we will bounce back".

Tyler Dorsey added to his coach's comments: "I'm proud of how we all fought until the end, it was a rough game on the road. Throughout the game, we had a couple of mistakes here and there, and it came down to the little details, but unfortunately, we came up short. We are going to have another good game on Friday, so we got to bounce back quick, and forget about this one".

"It could have gone either way", Told Scottie Wilbekin to the reporters. "It's a 4 point difference, so two turnovers, two missed shots, two breakdowns defensively, and letting them take open shots. It's those little things, but we fought hard. It's a tough game coming in here against a team that is undefeated on their home court and has a 6-2 record. Hopefully, moving forward, we can get some of them back".

"It's unfortunate to lose, but Milano is a good team, especially at home", Said Jake Cohen after the game. "We did a really good job fighting, a couple of times we were down, things looked bad, but we kept on coming back, and in the end, it came down to the last few possessions. There is a lot of positives to take out of this game, but obviously, we have things to learn from. I'm really confident about these guys in this room that they will do that and stay professional, keep their heads up, and I think it will be a positive step forward for us".

About the fans who made the way to Milan: "It is always nice to have the fans behind our backs, it means a lot for us".



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