Despite opening the season with three straight defeats, Sharon Drucker’s
position as Hapoel Jerusalem coach seems to be safe for the time
However, that could all change should Jerusalem fall to 0-4 after
Sunday night’s BSL encounter with Maccabi Ashdod.
To Hapoel’s credit, it
suffered tight defeats in all three of its league games so far, losing by an
average 5.3 points per game.
But that will be of little consolation for
the Red faithful, who entered the season with typically high expectations and
have already got the bitter taste of disappointment lingering in their mouths
with the season just three weeks old.
While Drucker can be relatively
pleased with his side’s offensive displays to date, he is well aware that his
team will not win many games this season if it continues to allow 83 points per
contest and turn the ball over some 16 times a night.
“The players really
want to do well and it is not true that they are indifferent,” Drucker said
during a meeting with fans last week. “We all have a big responsibility being
part of Hapoel Jerusalem and we will do everything so that we will finally show
up on Sunday.”
Ashdod, last season’s runnerup, also began the campaign
with high hopes after reaching the final of the preseason Winner
However, like Jerusalem, it has also started the season with three
All three of Ashdod’s defeats came by double figures,
with Ofer Berkowitz’s team losing its encounters by an average 16 points and
allowing a league worse 86.3 points per contest.
Also Sunday, Maccabi Tel
Aviv visits Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Eilat makes the long journey to Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil and Hapoel Holon hosts Bnei Herzliya.
“I know our players
will draw motivation from the challenge of facing an excellent team like Maccabi
Tel Aviv,” said Haifa coach, Brad Greenberg.
“It is paramount that we
play disciplined basketball because we are facing the deepest team in the
The BSL’s two remaining unbeaten teams will be in action on
Monday, with Maccabi Rishon Lezion hosting Hapoel Tel Aviv and Barak Netanya
visiting Ironi Ashkelon.