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"This win will give us confidence for the continuation"

The Yellow & Blue celebrated the dramatic overtime win over Khimki. Sfairopoulos: "It was very important how we showed our character tonight". Dorsey: "We fought tonight, we need to continue with that"

23/10/2020
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The script seemed identical to the dramatic loss last week against Olympiacos, but this time Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv came away with the 89:87 overtime win over Khimki Moscow. The undisputed leader tonight was Tyler Dorsey, who broke a Yellow & Blue EuroLeague record, drilling eight shots behind the arc, leading the scorers with 26 points, a career-high for the second-year guard. Ante Zizic (16 points), Angelo Caloiaro, Scottie Wilbekin, and Elijah Bryant deserve huge credit for their performance in crunch time.

Head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos summarized the tough fought victory: "It was a very good game to watch, an open game until the final seconds as each team could have come up with the victory. Both teams fought hard for the win, it was very important how we showed our character tonight. It's not easy to have the confidence and the fighting spirit to win the game after losing three straight games at the last minute. Our players deserve a big congratulations, and this is what I told them in the locker room".

How the game sorted out: "We played good defense in the first half keeping Khimki on 33 points, and that was very important for the continuation of the game to lead at halftime, believing more and more for the win and fighting until the end. In the second half, Khimki reacted and got the lead with their talented roster who can score, gaining a 5 point lead in the 4th quarter. But we didn't give up, tying the game in the last seconds, taking the game to overtime. Throughout the game, Shved created many problems, but we played good defense on him in overtime, which was the key to winning this game. Once again, I want to congratulate the players, it's a very important win because it will give us confidence for the continuation".

We needed this win bad. In the last couple of games, we lost at the end, and we finally closed one out tonight", Said Tyler Dorsey, who scored a career-high 26 points, including a club record of 8 three-pointers. "It was nerve-racking, but we got it done. Now we need to build off of this road win and continue next week". 

"I caught a hot hand, and my teammates found me in good spots. We need to stay confident as a group and continue to grow. It's a long season, it's still early, and there will be a lot of ups and downs, but we showed fight tonight, and we need to continue with that".

"We just kept fighting, we got down a little bit at the end, but we hit some big shots", Told Angelo Caloiaro to the local reporters after recording a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. "Tyler hit a huge shot, Elijah added two big threes, and we got stops when we needed them. It was a great team effort. We lost three of them like that, coming down to the last seconds, and we didn't let that affect us tonight. We knew we were due for a win in a close game, and we went and got it".



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