Most BSL games still on as Katash, Eilat host Mac TA
By ALLON SINAI
The blue-and-white advanced to its 11th straight EuroBasket tournament after finishing second in its qualifying group.
The Israel Basketball Association will decide on Sunday morning whether to
postpone any of the BSL games scheduled for the evening due to the ongoing
rocket fire from Gaza.
The game between Ironi Ashkelon and Bnei Herzliya
has already been put off to Monday and assuming there is no respite in the
rocket launches to the city, the encounter will be moved to
Oded Katash faces his former club Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday,
this time with his new team Hapoel Eilat.
BSL basketball returned to
Eilat this season after 13 years, with BC Habika’a being relocated to Israel’s
southernmost city by owner Doron Herzikowitz.
Eilat had one of Israel’s
top clubs in the 1990’s, gaining promotion to the top flight ahead of the
1991/92 season under the guidance of current Israel coach Arik Shivek and
remaining there for eight years.
The early indications are that Eilat
could be one of the league’s top sides yet again this season, with Katash’s men
beginning the campaign with four wins from five games.
triumphed in all three of its home contests to date and Sunday’s game will be
played in front of packed stands after tickets already sold-out last
Maccabi has also got a 4-1 record, but it enters the encounter on
the back of its first Euroleague defeat of the season, losing 64-62 to Unicaja
Malaga at Nokia Arena on Thursday.
Hapoel Jerusalem will target its third
straight league victory when it visits Hapoel Holon on Sunday.
began the season with three consecutive defeats, but has won its last two games
by an average 22.5 points.
Also Sunday, the in-form Maccabi Haifa hosts
on-fire Barak Netanya.
Haifa thrashed Hapoel Tel Aviv 88-52 last week,
while Netanya remained the BSL’s only perfect team, improving to 5-0 with a
70-62 win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion.
On Monday, Rishon hosts Maccabi
Ashdod and Hapoel Tel Aviv visits the winless Hapoel
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Israel national team will discover
who it will face in the European Championships in Slovenia next
The blue-and-white advanced to its 11th straight EuroBasket
tournament two months ago after finishing second in its qualifying group with a
Israel was placed in the sixth and last seeding pot for
Sunday’s draw which will take place more than 80 meters into the Slovenian
underground in the Postojna Cave Concert Hall.
The 24 participating teams
will be drawn into four groups of six, with the top three teams from each group
to progress to the second round.