Maccabi Tel Aviv extended its winning streak in all competitions to eight games
on Monday night, while Tzvika Sherf guided Maccabi Rishon Lezion to a victory
over Ironi Ness Ziona in his first BSL game in more than five years.
Aviv looked to be on course for a comfortable victory after Tyrese Rice’s
threepointer to end the first half opened a 14-point gap (48-34).
yellow-and-blue still held a double-digit cushion (67-56) with 10 minutes to
play, but scored just six points in the first eight minutes of the fourth period
and Holon closed to within just two points (75-73) following Guni Izraeli’s
basket with 1:30 to play.
Laurence Bowers missed a chance to tie the
score with 12 seconds remaining when he was blocked by Devin Smith, but the
visitors were gifted another opportunity to send the game to overtime with 1.6
seconds to play, only for Isaac Rosefelt to miss both his freethrow attempts,
handing Maccabi a 77-75 win.
“We played three good quarters and one very
bad one, but we recorded another win and that is what matters,” said Maccabi
coach David Blatt, whose team improved to 8-4 with its third-straight league
Ricky Hickman led the hosts with 17 points, with Alex Tyus and
Smith scoring 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Maccabi, which visits
Galatasaray in its Euroleague Top 16 opener on Thursday.
Bowers had 23
points and nine rebounds for Holon (6-6).
Elsewhere, former Maccabi coach
Sherf led Rishon to its second win in five days on Monday night, with his team
beating Ironi Ness Ziona 83-74.
Rishon advanced to the State Cup
semifinals with a victory over Hapoel Gilboa/Galil in Sherf’s return to Israeli
basketball on Thursday and recorded another promising triumph on
Rishon opened a seven-point margin (27-20) after 10 minutes and
never relinquished the lead. The hosts took a ninepoint gap (48-39) into the
second half and never allowed Ness Ziona to come closer than six points to
improve to 4-8.
Tasmin Mitchell had 25 points and seven rebounds for
Rishon, with new signing Davin White scoring 15 points in his
Anthony Goods scored 18 points for Ness Ziona (7-5), which lost
its second straight BSL game and was also knocked out in the last 16 of the
State Cup by Hapoel Tel Aviv last week.
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