Montepaschi Loses in Haifa

22 January  Mens Sana House



MACCABI HAIFA BAZAN: Kokia, Smith 24, Chubrevich, Yivzori 8, Roth 21, Cubillan, Reis 2, Ariely ne, Kozikaro 5, Ben Aven, Randle 16, Ofoegbu 10. Cch. Franco

MONTEPASCHI SIENA: Viggiano 3, Hunter 17, Cournooh 7, Haynes 11, Carter 6, Ress 3, Ortner 6, Nelson 4, Udom 2, Green 7. Cch. Crespi

MGrassetto (Ctrl + B)ontepaschi loses at Maccabi Haifa. The green-and-whites ceded to the home team 86-66.

The start is balanced and the two teams are tied 5-5 after 2’. The home team gets up by 7 after 4′ to lead 14-7. Green narrows the gap in penetration, followed by Hunter with a dunk on a fastbreak.  Smith triples again to make it a 6 point game (17-11 at mid quarter). Haynes hits one off the backboard to trail by 4, but Roth responds the following play. Cournooh scores from the line, then Ortner brings the team up to trail by 2. The first quarter ends 19-17.

Siena continues their run at the start of the second to lead by 3 (19-22). Ofoegbu ends the break with two free throws, but Siena gets a response from Ortner. Maccabi keeps breathing down the green-and-whites’ neck, but Siena holds strong and leads 25-28 at 4′. Israel ties it up just after mid quarter(28-28), but Hunter puts his team on top, followed by Viggiano with a triple for 28-33 at 3’. Maccabi immediately responds through Smith, but Hunter knocks down the three on the other side. The home team gets four points in a row to trail by 2. Montepaschi gets points from Udom. The two teams head into halftime 34-38.

Maccabi gets back on top at the start of the third with an 8-0 break (42-38). Haynes ends the home team’s run with a triple,. but Smith responds immediately with a lay up. Mens Sana’s point guard brings Montepaschi up to trail by one point  (44-43 after 3’). Maccabi makes another break for a 12 point lead (55-43 at 2’25”). Cournooh ends the run, but Ofoegbu strikes with a triple. Hunter adds points for Montepaschi and Maccabi responds right away. Third quarter ends 61-47.

The home team widens the gap and, at mid quarter, it’s a 20 point game (75-54). Siena tries to mend the tear but isn’t able. The green-and-whites cede to Maccabi Haifa by a score of 86-66.


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