Hapoel Holon’s season will be in real danger of already ending later this week
should it fail to snap its three-game losing streak against Hapoel Jerusalem on
Jerusalem’s 78-73 win over Holon at Malha Arena last week in Game
1 of the best-of-five BSL quarterfinal playoff series was the team’s third
straight over Dan Shamir’s side, all coming over the last three
Holon beat Jerusalem when the teams first met this season in
December, but the Reds have won all three encounters since Sharon Drucker took
charge of Jerusalem in place of Oded Katash.
also beat Holon 80-70 on the road just last month and will know a fourth
consecutive victory against its nemesis will allow it to wrap up the series and
book its place in the Final Four when it hosts Game 3 on
“Jerusalem forces us to change our game and we will have to
find solutions for that,” said Holon coach Dan Shamir.
Maccabi Ashdod will look to move into a 2-0 lead against Maccabi Rishon Lezion
when it hosts Game 2.
On Monday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil, which ended the
regular season in second place, faces a crucial game at Ironi Ashkelon after
losing the series opener at home, while Maccabi Tel Aviv visits BC Habika’a.