Hap Holon, Mac Ashdod get wins
Holon gets first win in over 2 months with surprise victory over hot Maccabi Haifa squad; Ashdod also ends losing streak.
HAPOEL HOLON's Ron Lewis Photo: Asaf Kliger
Hapoel Holon recorded its first BSL win in over two months on Monday night,
surprising in-form Maccabi Haifa 89-84 to snap a seven-game losing
Holon coach Dan Shamir decided to restructure his team’s
game-plan following the recent slump, signing guard Dominic Waters in place of
forward Tyler Smith.
Shamir’s gamble to change to a small-ball lineup
that would allow his team to dictate a faster pace paid off on Monday, with
Holon reaching its highest point total since its last victory on November
A 10-0 Holon run gave the hosts their first significant lead of the
night in the second quarter (37-27) and there was only going to be one winner
after Shamir’s men opened a 16-point gap (69-53) with a 10-2 surge midway
through the third frame.
“We really needed this win,” said a relieved
Shamir after seeing his side improve to 4-8 on the season. “I hope things will
go a little easier for us from now on and that we display some
Frank Hassell led Holon with 24 points and 11 rebounds,
while Lawrence Hill added 16 points, with Waters registering eight points and 13
assists on his debut.
Pat Calathes led five Haifa players in
double-figures with 21 points and 13 boards.
“Holon shot the ball really
well in the first half,” said Haifa coach Brad Greenberg after the Greens
dropped to just their second defeat in eight games, falling to 8-4. “We didn’t
guard the way we have to and the way we have been doing. We weren’t in sync
Also Monday, Maccabi Ashdod won for the third time in four
games, beating Barak Netanya 88-86.
Netanya had a one-point edge (46-45)
after a tight first half in Ashdod and the score was tied at 81-81 entering the
Ashdod held its composure the better of the two teams in
the closing stages and continued its recovery to improve to 4-8 after losing
seven of its first eight games.
Austin Freeman, making his debut after
joining from Hapoel Eilat, led Ashdod with 27 points, with Mardy Collins adding
Deron Washington had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists
for Netanya, which fell to 7-5.