Maccabi is again the champion of Israel
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv won the Israeli League title for the 53rd time on Thursday with an 89-75 victory over Maccabi Rishon Lezion in the championship game at Menorah Mivtachim Arena. John DiBartolomeo led five Maccabi scorers in double figures with 15 points in 18 minutes. DeAndre Kane and Scottie Wilbekin netted 14 points each, Tarik Black added 11 and Michael Roll 10. Maccabi outrebounded Rishon 39-28 and got 39 points off the bench compared to 20 for Rishon. Darryl Monroe paced Rishon with 22 points, Alex Hamilton added 18, Diamon Simpson 13 and Cameron Long 12. Maccabi jumped out to a 6-2 start and extended it to 13-6 on a Yovel Zoosman triple. Monroe and Itay Segev helped Rishon stay close, but Alex Tyus kept Maccabi in control at 20-13 after 10 minutes. Monroe drew Rishon within 2 with a three-point play early in the second quarter only to see DiBartolomeo answer with 5 quick points. Black's slam boosted the margin to 30-21. Rishon rallied through threes by Oz Blayzer and Long before Simpson closed the gap to 44-42 at halftime. Monroe tied it with a jumper to start the second half, but Johnny O'Bryant capped a 7-0 spurt to put Maccabi back in charge at 57-48. Monroe's layup at the end of the third quarter made it 64-57. Blayzer made it a 5-point game to start the fourth quarter, but a three-point play by O'Bryant created a double-digit Maccabi advantage, 70-60, with 8 minutes to play. Roll extended the difference to 15 and the Maccabi fans in the stands started the celebrations with time to spare. The lead peaked at 82-66 on a Jake Cohen triple as Maccabi roared toward the title.
Efes takes 2-1 lead in Turkish finals
Anadolu Efes Istanbul defeated Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul 57-74 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Turkish League playoff finals. Efes's star-studded backcourt and forward Adrien Moerman led the way in this game; Shane Larkin and Rodrigue Beaubois scored 19 points apiece and Vasilije Micic added 15. Moerman posted 16 points and 13 rebounds. Nikola Kalinic paced Fenerbahce with 17 points, Ali Muhammed scored 13 and Nicolo Melli 11. Muhammed gave Fenerbahce a 12-11 edge before Moerman came alive with 5 points in a 0-8 Efes charge to take control. A second Muhammed triple drew Fenerbahce within 17-22 after 10 minutes. Kalinic and Sinan Guler scored first in the second quarter to get the hosts within 1, however, Beaubois ended a 5-minute scoring drought for Efes and a second Beaubois triple followed by another by Micic made it 22-31. A three by Moerman gave Efes its first double-digit advantage and the sides parted ways at halftime at 26-36. Efes remained in control throughout the third quarter with Fenerbahce not getting closer than 7. It was 45-56 after three quarters. Beaubois and Micic each scored twice in a 0-11 fourth-quarter run that made it 52-70, from which Fenerbahce never recovered.