Blatt Nearly Upsets Maccabi
Erez Michaeli ,10/26/2004
David Blatt, with his new team St. Petersburg, came real close to defeat Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition match, but the Yellows recorded another "W".

Maccabi Tel Aviv 97 - St. Petersburg 91
The Russians played very quickly right from the start, and led by the end of the first, 28-23. Cota's playmaking and McCarty's outside shooting kept the visitors ahead, as Parker's athletic bucket sent Maccabi to intermission within 2, 49-51.

Blatt's team was terrific and ran to a 12-point third quarter lead. But when Davis faded away (Only 1 point after halftime), and Sharp stopped Cota, Maccabi started to cut the lead to 1, 70-69.

Like in the last time they met, the difference was Derrick Sharp. Good defense, and clutch three's, led Maccabi to a 10-point lead with 4 minutes remaining. The Russians couldn't erase the gap. Maccabi walked away with the win, St. Petersburg with the compliments.

Baston tallied 25 points and 14 boards in a great game, Parker added 16, Green, Sharp and Vujcic 15 each, Jasikevicius 5, Halperin, Burstein and Kommatos 2 apiece. McCarty had 18 in a losing cause, all from beyond the arch, Davis added 17 and 9 boards, Askerevic 17 and Cota 14 with 6 assists.

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