Maccabi Tel Aviv came away with its first ever Adriatic Basketball League championship title Monday, beating out Croatian team Cedevita Zagreb with a score of 87-77, before 11,000 supportive fans at the Nokia Arena.
“The players achieved something amazing by coming through this season and winning this title,” said Maccabi coach David Blat of the win over last season’s Croatian cup winner.
American born shooting guard Keith Langford was named the league’s 2012 MVP
Maccabi Tel Aviv lost in the Adriatic League final the only other time it took part in the competition, in the 2002/03 season.
The new silverware will fit nicely in the team’s already bursting trophy display. Maccabi has already claimed five European championships, an intercontinental cup, 49 Israeli league titles, 39 State Cups and three league cups.The win in the Adritic league comes as consolation to the team’s early outing from the more prestigious Euroleague competition last month.
The team’s focus now shifts to the local league, where it will have to work hard if it wants to maintain its hold on the championship. So far this year, it has already gained the 2012 Israeli Cup.