MACCABI TEL AVIV’S Devin Smith 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Tel Aviv improved to 2-0 in the BSL with characteristic ease on Monday
night, thrashing Ironi Ashkelon 100-67 on the road.
began the game with a 10-0 run and never looked back, rendering the second half
all but meaningless after opening a 29-point gap (54-25) by the
David Logan led six Maccabi players in doublefigures with 16
points, while Shawn James scored 15 and Yogev Ohayon added 12 points and 10
assists for the yellow-and-blue, which will look to move to 3-0 in the
Euroleague when it visits Chalon-Sur-Saone in France on Thursday.
Dove had 19 points and nine rebounds for Ashkelon, which dropped to its second
straight defeat to start the season.
Also Monday, Barak Netanya claimed a
dramatic 78-77 victory at Bnei Herzliya.
Netanya scored the final eight
points of the first period to take an eight-point lead (25-17) and was ahead by
as many as 16 points (36-20) after Eyal Shulman’s basket.
right back into the game with a 13-2 surge to end the first half (40-37), but
Netanya had a seven-point (54-47) gap entering the final frame.
Pope’s points capped a 20-2 Herzliya run to start the fourth quarter that
(67-56) put the hosts in pole position to claim a second consecutive
But Netanya slowly ate at the lead and Marco Killingsworth tied the
score from the line (75- 75) with 20 seconds to play.
Herzliya thought it
had clinched the win when Niv Berkowitz scored a clutch jumper with one second
remaining, but the hosts were called for a foul on Yehu Orland as time expired
and Netanya’s veteran guard hit all three of his free throws to give the
visitors a 2-0 start to the campaign.
Jonathan Mitchell had 22 points for
Netanya, while Killingsworth scored 20. Pope led the disappointed Herzliya with
21 points and 12 rebounds.
On Wednesday, Maccabi Haifa hosts Hapoel Holon
in a game postponed from the first week of the season due to Haifa’s 10-day
training camp in the US during which it lost to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors
and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The winner on Wednesday will join Maccabi Tel
Aviv, Netanya and Maccabi Rishon Lezion on 2-0.