Maccabi Tel Aviv focused on rebuilding after shock exit

Perhaps the most surprising part regarding Maccabi Tel Aviv’s stunning exit at the BSL semifinals was the stoicism with which it was accepted at the club.

It had been 22 years since the last time Maccabi had failed to reach the league final, but the coaching staff and management spoke as if Wednesday’s Game 5 defeat to Hapoel Eilat at Yad Eliyahu Arena was just another loss rather than one of the biggest upsets in Israeli basketball history.

“We have to stop making a tragedy from this,” said part-owner David Federman. “This happens in sport and we’ve known for a while that we’d struggle to take the championship with this roster.”


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