(photo credit: Cajasol Sevilla website)
Hapoel Jerusalem won for the third time in four BSL games on Saturday, thrashing
Hapoel Holon 102-68 at Malha Arena to avenge its defeat to Danny Franco’s team
at the same venue less than a month ago.
The 86-80 home loss to Holon
last month was arguably Jerusalem’s most humbling defeat of the season, but Oded
Katash’s men were focused from the start of Saturday’s game and outscored Holon
63-36 in the second half.
After being crushed 107- 66 by Maccabi Tel Aviv
last week, Jerusalem’s offense had a far easier time finding its rhythm against
Holon, which had won four of its previous five contests, scoring over 100 points
for the third time in four games.
“All in all, we are going through a
pretty good period,” Katash said.
“We played two good games before losing
to Maccabi and got back on track tonight.
“I’m very encouraged by the
energy we showed from the start of the game. We are playing the way we should
offensively and our defense also seems to be getting back to
Everyone knows that when we play well we are a very dangerous
team. We just need to be more consistent.”
Yuval Naimi continued his
excellent recent form, scoring 23 points, with Will Solomon and Jawad Williams
adding 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Kasib Powell had 16 points for
Holon, which shot just 19 of 56 from the field (34 percent).
scored eight of the first nine points of the night to open an early lead, but
Holon closed the gap, although still trailed 21-16 after 10 minutes.
hosts were still in control at the break (39-32) and were never in any danger of
losing after beginning the second half with a 10-1 run.
Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Bnei Hasharon, the only team to have beaten it in the
BSL this season.
Bnei Hasharon won 91-88 at Nokia Arena earlier this
season, but was thrashed 113-67 when the teams last met in Herzliya.
Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil hosts Barak Netanya and Maccabi Ashdod visits
Maccabi Rishon Lezion welcomes Ironi Ashkelon on Monday.