Maccabi Rishon Lezion claimed an important win in the battle for BSL playoff
seeding on Monday, beating Hapoel Holon 90-84.
Rishon and Holon were tied
on a 12-8 record before Monday’s showdown and with the win Effi Birenboim’s men
have climbed to third place, one game ahead of both Holon and Hapoel
After some tough weeks, Rishon has now won three straight
games, while Holon has lost three of four.
Holon fell to fifth with the
defeat, but remains tied with Jerusalem in fourth, and the battle for a top-four
finish and home-court advantage in the quarterfinal playoffs looks set to go
down to the wire.
Joe Crawford had 26 points for Rishon, with Brandon
Bowman adding 25.
Tasmin Mitchell led five Holon players in
double-figures with 18 points.
Holon ended the first quarter with a 10-0
run to open an 18-13 lead and also scored the first six points of the second
period to extend its gap to double-digits (24-13) after Patrick Sullivan’s
Rishon closed back to within five points (39-34) with under two
minutes to play in the first half, but Holon ended the period the better of the
two teams and took a promising 44-35 gap into the break.
exploded at the start of the second half, outscoring Holon 25-8 in the third
period to take an eightpoint advantage (60-52) into the final 10
Brandon Bowman’s basket in the fourth quarter increased the gap
to as many as 16 points (69-53), and Holon could only come within four points
(88- 84) before falling to the defeat.