(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem’s Eurocup qualifying tie against Belgacom Liege will be finely
balanced entering next week’s second leg at Malha Arena after Oded Katash guided
his new team to a 62-59 victory in Belgium on Tuesday night in his first game in
charge of the side.
Will Solomon led Jerusalem with 15 points, with Jason
Rich contributing a dozen points in a game that was tight
Cedric Bozman had 14 points for Liege, which will believe it
has every chance of overturning the first leg deficit when it come to
Meanwhile, Maccabi Haifa’s hopes of making the group stage of
the EuroChallenge suffered a significant blow on Tuesday following a
defeat at Paris Levallois.
Haifa, which hosts the second leg on October
13, trailed from the start of the game and was in serious trouble with
minutes to play (56-38).
However, the visitors limited the damage in the
fourth quarter and their 12- point defeat leaves them with a reasonable
ahead of the second leg.
Marco Killingsworth led Haifa with 13 points and
In Belgium, Jerusalem held a 14-13 lead after a low-scoring
first period, and an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter, capped
Solomon three-pointer, put the visitors in a strong position (26-18).
Jason Rich jump-shot ensured Hapoel still held a significant margin
halftime, but Liege began the second half with a 12-3 run and led 45-42
minutes to play.
A back-and-forth final frame ensued, but five Solomon
points in the final minute would give Hapoel the edge ahead of next