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"We got to battle and keep on fighting, we can't quit"

The Israeli champions summed the loss to CSKA. Sfairopoulos: "The most important aspect we need to improve is the number of poor minutes". Dorsey: "We just tried to fight, to be aggressive, and bring energy because we needed it"

02/03/2021
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Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv playoff hopes took a hit on Tuesday with the 80:84 defeat to CSKA Moscow, which dropped their EuroLeague season record to 10:15. The game wasn't far from ending in a magical comeback after the Yellow & Blue deleted a 22 point Russian lead in front of 300 fans who got to watch their first EuroLeague contest in over a year. 

The Israeli champions had difficulty dealing with the Reds athleticism and capabilities, but Maccabi never gave up and showed their fighting mentality in the final quarter. Tyler Dorsey led the scorers with 20 points, and Othello Hunter performed a double-double scoring 14 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. 



"Obviously, the second quarter determined the game because, offensively, we missed some layups and turned the ball over as CSKA took advantage to score fastbreak points", Summarized head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos what went wrong. "We didn't execute well offensively, and that hurt our defense, collapsing in that period. The most important aspect we need to improve is the number of poor minutes and, in those moments, we need to push hard defensively". 

"We tried to come back in the second half, giving the maximum in the last quarter having our chances, but we needed the outcome of small details to be different. We need to be more stable in our performances, and now the most important task is to get ready for Valencia on Thursday".

Tyler Dorsey, who knocked down 5/6 from downtown, said after the game: "We had a lapse in the second quarter, and when you get down by 20 points, it's a hard climb back. We got close, we just tried to fight to be aggressive and bring energy because we needed it. We got to battle, we can't quit and say the season is over, we need to keep fighting every game no matter how it looks".



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