Mac TA on the way back to final after crushing Eilat

Despite playing without injured star forward Devin Smith, Maccabi Tel Aviv cruised to an 86-64 road-win at Hapoel Eilat on Sunday night, to move within a single victory of returning to the BSL final.

Eilat entered the encounter with high hopes after giving the yellow-and-blue a run for its money in Game 1 at Yad Eliyahu Arena.

The thigh injury suffered by Smith in the series opener, which ruled him out for at least 10 days, further boosted Eilat’s hopes. However, after getting off to a bright start, Eilat found itself down by eight points at the break and completely lost its way in the third period, with Maccabi opening an unassailable 21-point margin (70-49) with 10 minutes still to play.


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