HAPOEL GILBOA/GALIL center Ido Kuzikaro 58.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Six days after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv at Nokia Arena, Bnei Hasharon was
humbled by Hapoel Gilboa/Galil on Saturday night, losing 95-80 in
Bnei Hasharon got the game off to a quick start, but Gilboa
pulled ahead in the third period on the way to its third straight BSL victory,
improving its record to 5-3, the same as Bnei Hasharon.
Dan Shamir’s team
began Saturday’s encounter well enough, leading 17-6 after a Ron Steele
However, Gilboa closed to within four points (21-17) by
the end of the first quarter and led 44-43 at the break.
The second half
was dominated by the visitors, who outscored Bnei Hasharon 51-37, holding the
lead throughout the third and fourth periods.
Gal Mekel had his best game
of the season for the reigning champion, registerin 28 points and seven
Tyler Wilkerson and Warren Carter added 18 and 15 points,
respectively, for the winners, with Lee Nailon scoring 19 points for Bnei
Hasharon, which got zero points in seven minutes from debutant Maceo
On Sunday, Hapoel Jerusalem – which has won four consecutive
league games – goes to Hapoel Holon, while Barak Netanya hosts Ironi
Maccabi Haifa’s game against Maccabi Rishon Lezion at Nesher
was postponed following the fire in the Carmel.
On Monday, Maccabi Tel
Aviv will be expecting to rebound from last week’s loss to Bnei Hasharon when it
visits Maccabi Ashdod, which has gotten its first ever BSL season off to an
impressive start, winning its last three games.