MACCABI TEL AVIV’S Yogev Ohayon 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
The BSL regular season will come to an end on Sunday night with a classic
showdown between Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Two of the four
quarterfinal playoff series’ have already been set, with No. 1 seed Tel Aviv to
play BC Habika’a (8) and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil (2) to come up against Maccabi
Jerusalem has already guaranteed itself a top-four finish and
home-court advantage in the playoffs, but it has its sights set on moving up to
third place to ensure it can’t face the yellow-and-blue until the Final Four
However, as well as defeating Maccabi on Sunday, Jerusalem
will also require Maccabi Rishon Lezion to lose at home to Ashkelon to climb to
third and face Ashkelon in the quarters.
Any other combination of results
will see Jerusalem play Hapoel Holon in the playoffs, while Rishon will come up
Game 1 of the quarterfinals will be played on April
“We understand that Jerusalem still has something to play for, but so
do we,” said Maccabi forward Richard Hendrix, despite helping his team clinch
first place at the end of the regular season long ago.
“We are preparing
ourselves for a tough environment at Malha Arena and we hope to leave with the
victory. Every game is important at this stage of the season. The Adriatic
League Final Four is just around the corner as is the BSL Final
Also Sunday, Maccabi Ashdod will look to snap a two-game losing
streak and gather momentum ahead of the playoffs when it hosts Bnei Hasharon.