Leaving all of their energy on the court, Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv achieved one of their most impressive wins of the season, beating Fenerbahce in Turkey, 78:77. The game came to the wire, as Giannis Sfairopoulos's squad executed to perfection an inbounds play with 2.4 seconds left that gave them the dramatic win, which improved their season record to 16:8. The Yellow & Blue completed a season sweep over Zeljko Obradovic's squad and now sits tied in fourth place with CSKA Moscow.
"I told you, everything is in our mind, and if our brains are ready, we can overcome everything", Told head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos to his players in the locker room after the exciting win. "Small injuries, tiredness, and a lot of things come from our mind. If you believe we can do big things, we have 10 more games, so keep fighting in every single one of them like you did today. I can't say someone played better than another one, this was a total team effort. Congratulations to all of you".
"Tonight was a high-level EuroLeague game with two very good teams competing against one another. As the game went on, you couldn't predict who will come up with the win as we knew it's going to be a tough mission", Added Sfairopoulos in the postgame press conference. "Still, our players were concentrated playing really smart on both sides of the court, and we disorganized Fenrbahce's game, forcing them to make plays that are completely opposite of their philosophy".
"We could have won easier with us leading by 6 in the final minutes, but Fener has quality with experienced players, and the most important thing for me is that our players never gave up even when they were up", Concluded the Greek head coach. "We have a lot of players with small injuries, everybody gave their maximum for Maccabi, and for that, I want to congratulate the players".
"I'm really pleased and happy about this week, but we can work more on our defensive rebound, letting them a lot of offensive boards", Told Othello Hunter, after leading Maccabi scorers with 13 points. "I'm happy we won two games, now just on to the next one. I was trying to be focused after I let Leo (Westerman) shoot a three in front of me, so I was a bit mad. Coach came up with the play a couple of weeks ago, and it was a perfect scenario, just trying to execute".
"It was a hard-fought road win against a really good team", Said Tyler Dorsey, who scored a vital shot in the final minute. "We had to scrap it out, we worked on that last play coach drew up, and it was executed to perfection. We showed our character tonight as a team, and now we get to relax a bit before the home game on Tuesday".