Maccabi Tel Aviv registered its third straight Euroleague win with its most impressive victory of the season to date on Thursday night, beating Olympiacos 80-73 in Athens.
The yellow-and-blue improved to 5-4, moving above .500 for the first time this season. Maccabi took an early lead and never lost control, opening what proved to be an unassailable 17-point margin (57-40) with a 13-3 run to start the second half.
After struggling on defense at the start of its campaign, allowing an average 93.3 points in its first three Euroleague games, Maccabi has shown a significant improvement under coach Rami Hadar, limiting its opponents to 74.3 points over the last three contests.
D.J. Seeley led Maccabi with 19 points, including five three-pointers, with Colton Iverson contributing 14 points and eight rebounds. Sonny Weems and Andrew Goudelock had 12 points each, while Devin Smith finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Matt Lojeski scored 15 points for Olympiacos, which fell to 5-4. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14 points, but missed all six of his three-point attempts, with the Greeks hitting just 6-of-33 shots from beyond the arc (18.2%).