Mac TA into cup semifinals after edging Ness Ziona

Maccabi Tel Aviv got 2017 off to a winning start, but only barely avoided a shock exit in the State Cup quarterfinals, beating Ironi Ness Ziona of the National League 75-73.

Maccabi, which is targeting its eighth straight State Cup triumph, squandered a 16-point lead and found itself trailing by seven points entering the final five minutes. Ness Ziona couldn’t complete the upset though, with Maccabi going on an 8-0 run and eventually holding on for a dramatic win over an opponent which can only play with two foreigners according to National League regulations and has a budget lower than what the yellow-and-blue pays a single player.


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