J’lem to face Haifa in cup semis
By ALLON SINAI
Jerusalem crashed to a 17- point defeat to Ashdod SC, but it steamrolled Eilat, effectively clinching the win by halftime.
Hapoel Jerusalem will face Maccabi Haifa in the State Cup semifinals on Tuesday
after both teams recorded convincing victories in the quarterfinals on
Just five days after what coach Sharon Drucker described as one
of his team’s worse displays of the season, Jerusalem recorded one of its best
at Malha Arena on Saturday, thrashing Hapoel Eilat 86-70.
crashed to a 17- point BSL defeat to Ashdod SC last Monday, but it steamrolled
Eilat, effectively clinching the win by halftime.
An early 11-2 run by
the hosts capped by a Courtney Fells three-pointer opened a nine-point gap (15-
6) and Jerusalem led 21-13 after 10 minutes.
Four straight points by
Craig Smith to start the second quarter further extended the margin, which
reached an unassailable 20 points (41-21) following another Fells triple with
3:55 still to play in the first half.
Smith ended the game with 20
points, with Josh Duncan and Jacob Pullen scoring 15 points each and Raviv
Limonad adding 14 points.
“This was a momentous win for us,” said
“There was no way back from this game and everyone understood
We played well on defense and showed character tonight
and we deserved to reach the semifinals.”
Afik Nissim had 23 points for
Eilat, which looked lost without star swingman Scotty Hopson after he broke a
finger during training last week.
Haifa had just a five-point edge
(62-57) after three tight quarters in Herzliya, but dominated the final
A Gal Mekel three capped a 15-4 run (77-61) midway through the
period and Herzliya couldn’t muster a comeback.
Pat Calathes had 24
points and 10 rebounds for Haifa, with Jerome Thomas adding 20 points and nine
Jumaine Jones led Herzliya with 24 points and 14 rebounds, but
Haifa held the BSL’s leading scorer, Romel Beck, to just six points.
Sunday, an upbeat Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Holon at Nokia Arena in the
Maccabi got back to winning ways in the Euroleague with a
comfortable 77-55 thrashing of Besiktas JK in Istanbul on Thursday and will be
looking to really kickstart its Top 16 campaign when it hosts Barcelona next
However, it will first want to take care of local business this
week by lifting the State Cup for a fourth straight year.
Holon will face in Tuesday’s semis the winner of Sunday’s other quarterfinal
between Maccabi Be’er Ya’akov, the only remaining National League
representative, and Maccabi Ashdod.
Tel Aviv announced on Saturday that
it had parted ways with Malcolm Thomas.