Maccabi Haifa edged Hapoel Eilat 77-75 on Sunday night to dramatically end the
BSL regular season in the runner-up position.
Haifa came back from a
double-digit halftime deficit (43-33) and clinched the No.
2 seed in the
playoffs after ending the game with a 9-0 run, capped by a Paul Stoll
three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play.
Stoll finished the night with 22
points and seven steals, with Donta Smith adding 15 points for Haifa (17-10),
which leapfrogged Eilat and will face Hapoel Gilboa Galil (14-13) in the
best-of-five playoff quarterfinals.
Larry O’Bannon and Afik Nissim scored
13 points each for Eilat (17-10), which will square off against Maccabi Rishon
Lezion (12-15) in the quarters.
Two of the four quarterfinal playoff
series’ were already set prior to Sunday, with No. 1 seed Maccabi Tel Aviv to
come up against Hapoel Tel Aviv (8) and Barak Netanya (4) to play Hapoel
The intriguing series between Netanya and Jerusalem will
get underway on Wednesday, with the remaining showdowns to start on
After two consecutive overtime defeats, Maccabi Tel Aviv (22-5)
bounced back on Sunday with a 94- 67 thrashing of Netanya
Maccabi ended the first period with an 8-0 run to open a 21-13
lead and all but secured the victory by taking a 20-point cushion (49-29) into
David Logan led five Maccabi players in double figures with 15
points, with Marco Killingsworth scoring 21 for Netanya.
will also enter the series against Netanya on the back of a defeat after falling
to a 106- 104 overtime loss to Rishon Lezion at Malha Arena.
led seven Jerusalem players in double digits with 22 points, but the team from
the capital couldn’t overcome a career night by Rishon’s young Israeli star Or
Solomon, who had 27 points and nine rebounds.
Hapoel Holon ended its
season on Sunday with a 77-70 road win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.
netted 24 points for the winners, with Demontez Stitt scoring 24 for Tel
Meanwhile, Holon was officially purchased on Sunday by an ownership
group headed by Shlomo Aizic, founder and chairman of the U-NET insurance group.
Miki Dorsman, who owned and coached the team to the championship in 2008, is
also part of the group and will be in charge of professional
Also Sunday, Maccabi Ashdod defeated Gilboa 79-73, while Bnei
Herzliya thrashed the relegated Ironi Ashkelon 99-81.