A heartbreaking loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv, that led most of the game against Badalona but lost 92-98. Maccabi lost a nail-biter on the road for the second week in a row.
For 38 minutes it all seems great for Maccabi. Simas Jasaitis had the hot hand and scored 24 points, Vujcic added 20 and Sharp scored 16 with high percentage behind the arc. The big problem of Maccabi was the guard position. Halperin shot 0 for 8 and Bynum had 7 turnovers. Rudy Fernandez came off the bench to lead Joventut with 21 points. Elmer Bennett had 15 points and 6 assists.
Maccabi started well with Jasaitis scoring from all over the place, 20-26 after 10 minutes. Sharp beat the buzzer with a three to send the teams to the lockers at halftime with Maccabi ahead 48-54. Jasaitas drilled one more three – his fifth – for a 78-85 lead midway through the final period and Maccabi seems to head for an important victory. Eliyahu sank two from the line to make it 86-91 with 90 seconds left on the game clock. But them Maccabi lost its head, Badalona ran to amazing fast breaks and Maccabi had no answers. Halperin missed easy lay-up, Vujcic missed a crucial free throw and Badalona ran 1-12 in the last minute and a half.
Maccabi: Jasaitis 24, Vujcic 20, Sharp 16, Eliyahu 12, Bynum 9, Arnold 7, Green 2, Halperin 2. Badalona: Fernandez 21, Bennett 15, Gaines 14, Archibald 13, Burton 13, Lavina 7, Vazquez 6, Betts 4, Huertas 3, Flis 2.