This is what the protagonists had to say after the Round 23 showdown between Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv and Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.
Post-game quotes: Maccabi vs. Fenerbahce
Avi Even, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv head coach:
“We won. This is the first goal that we had. We weren’t at our best, but I’m happy that we managed to squeeze the last few minutes, to bring more energy, better defense, better execution on offense. We need to learn also to win when we’re not playing great. That’s part of being a good team.”
Sasa Djordjevic, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul head coach:
"Congratulations to Maccabi for the win. I think we played excellent basketball for 38 minutes and then we rushed some shots outside our system that brought us to play a great game in those 38 minutes. Organization-wise, our backup, Ismet Akpinar, brought smart things to the floor and inside our offense, we found good ball movement which we needed against an aggressive Maccabi team, obviously, they are physically really tough to beat one-on-one so the ball needed to move and we found that as I said for 38 minutes and in 2 minutes, lack of execution, lack of ideas, rushing the shots. No need to do it. They finished the game how they finished. I wish them good luck in the playoffs… Our free-throw shooting and also our three-point shooting was not there."
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Magic Moment: Wilbekin creates an impossible three
Series so far: Real Madrid-Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
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Real Madrid vs Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv| Playoffs Game 2 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Sorkin with the windmill dunk!
Magic Moment: Sorkin windmills over Yabusele!
Real Madrid v Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Playoffs Game 1 | Highlights
Magic Moment: Sorkin rejects Poirier's shot!
Magic Moment: Rudy beats the buzzer!
Magic Moment: Nunnally to Zizic for one-handed slam
Magic Moment: Yabusele throws it down!
Series breakdown: Real Madrid vs. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv
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Magic Moment: Caloiaro’s steal springs Nunnally
Magic Moment: Floyd’s ferocious dunk
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs Panathinaikos OPAP Athens | Highlights | Round 34
Magic Moment: Macon wins it for Panathinaikos!
Magic Moment: Papagiannis dunks in traffic!
Magic Moment: Vesely throws it down!
Magic Moment: Henry beats the buzzer!
Magic Moment: Evans puts it back!
7DYAS Magic Moment of the Night: Maccabi unleashes showtime!
FC Barcelona vs Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Highlights | Round 34
Magic Moment: Wilbekin on the halftime buzzer!
Magic Moment: Nunnally to Sorkin...wow!
Magic Moment: Maccabi unleashes showtime!
Magic Moment: Reynolds rocks the rim!
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Magic Moment: Sisko to Lucic for the alley-oop
Magic Moment: Sweet put-back by Vesely
Magic Moment: What an inbounds pass by Lucic
Marko Guduric, Fenerbahce: 'We will give our best every night'
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Wilbekin does magic for Zizic's slam!
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne | Highlights | Round 33
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Ziv with a three-quarter-court shot!
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul vs ALBA Berlin | Highlights | Round 21
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens vs Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Highlights | Round 21
Ask me Anything: Nando De Colo, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul
FC Barcelona vs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Highlights | Round 32
Spalding Dunk of the Night:Reynolds flies against Tavares for a powerful dunk!
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs Real Madrid | Highlights | Round 32
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Polonara finishes great team play!
Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz vs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Highlights | Round 31
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Reynolds flies to the rim!
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs AX Armani Exchange Milan | Highlights | Round 31
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade vs Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Highlights | Round 29
Anadolu Efes Istanbul vs Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul | Highlights | Round 28
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv vs Bitci Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Highlights | Round 19
James Nunnally, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv forward:
"We worked hard to get into this position and we knew we wanted to finish the season out strong. These are games that tune us for the playoffs and everything, every quarter is going to help us get better. Playing more together, just learning where to be. We have a new system, so it will take time, but we’re learning and building, step by step.”
Ante Zizic, Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv center:
“For us, it was very important to get some extra confidence before the playoffs. I know tonight wasn’t our best game of the season, we were flat most of the game, but what’s most important is that we got the win and now we can be focused on the playoffs. We didn’t try to calculate, we left everything on the court and now we’re ready for the next step.”