Thu, 22 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Valencia Basket of Spain 84-72 in the 28th round of basketball's Euroleague on Thursday evening.

The Israeli hosts secured their 11th victory of the campaign to date, from 26 games, while Valencia remain with 14 wins from 28 games after a game that was played behind closed doors at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv.

Valencia led by small margins during the first quarter, thanks largely to Louis Labeyrie, on the way to an 18-14 lead after 10 minutes.

Tyler Dorsey scored to bring Maccabi to lead 28-25 in the 15th minute, and the first half ended at 35-33.

Chris Jones, with eight consecutive points, helped Maccabi lead 47-43 in the 25th minute, and the lead was increased to 62-56 at the end of the third quarter.

The lead was extended to 10 points with 5:19 minutes on the clock and Dorsey made it 79-68 with two successful free throws with 1:50 to go.

Dorsey scored a team-high 17 points. Jones and Omri Casspi added 14 points each for Maccabi.

Labeyrie led Valencia with a game-high 18 points, with Sam Van Rossom adding 14 more.

Maccabi will play its next game in Greece against Panathinaikos on March 11, while Valencia host Turkey's Fenerbahce the following evening.

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