The semifinals of the League Cup will continue at the Shlomo Group Arena, when Maccabi Tel Aviv (the winner of the League Cup in the last three seasons), will meet Hapoel Tel Aviv in the big Tel Aviv derby.
Maccabi Tel Aviv comes to the competition after a 95-71 quarter-finals win against Ironi Kiryat Ata. Coach Oded Kattash divided the minutes between the players and saw how his team dropped a 16-point lead in the second quarter on the way to a tie in the third quarter, but still managed to win comfortably. Ahead of the derby, Lorenzo Brown returned to the squad, which also included Hasiel Rivero, while Antonios Cleveland and James Webb were left out. Ketch is expected to shorten the rotation that also included Omar Mayer and Ben Carter in the previous game.
Hapoel Tel Aviv wants to qualify for the final for the second year in a row, but didn’t shine against Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in the quarterfinals when it dropped a double-digit lead and entered the deciding minutes in a close game. Despite having seven foreigners on the eve of the quarter-finals, Danny Franco’s squad includes only four foreigners fit for the semi-finals, because Jeff Whitty, John Holland, and Xavier Manford are out of the squad.
I think that Maccabi Tel Aviv has more quality in their ranks and should cover this line.