In a thrilling overtime clash, Maccabi Tel Aviv emerged victorious against Panathinaikos Athens with a final score of 86-81, improving their record to 2-1.
Meanwhile, the Greens suffered their second loss in the double-game week, bringing their record to 1-3.
Bonzie Colson played a pivotal role for Maccabi, leading the team with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Notably, he scored the basket that gave his team a crucial 73-78 lead in overtime.
Panathinaikos managed to narrow the gap to 79-80 with 16 seconds remaining, but Tamir Blatt extended Maccabi’s lead by three points with successful free throws.
Kostas Sloukas had a chance to tie the score with a foul on a 3-point shot but went 2-3 with six seconds left.
In a decisive turn of events, Lorenzo Brown made both free throws and Antonius Cleveland secured Maccabi’s victory by stealing the ball on the inbounds pass.
“Shout out to Panathinaikos, they gave us a battle,” Colzon said. “But we stepped up to our principles. we stayed together no matter what happened. The guys came out to play. We made shots when we needed to.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv escapes OAKA with the overtime win over Panathinaikoshttps://t.co/7NgYkk37Mn— Eurohoops (@Eurohoopsnet) October 20, 2023