Mac TA’s BSL streak hits 15 games; Eilat into 2nd place
Tel Aviv began the second half with an 11-2 run (46- 41), but Holon never lost touch, taking a 59-57 advantage early in the fourth period.
Maccabi Tel Aviv's Sylven Landesberg Photo: Adi Avishai
A 10-0 run in less than three fourth-quarter minutes was all Maccabi Tel Aviv
needed to defeat Hapoel Holon 73-66 on Sunday night for its 15th straight BSL
A Frank Hassell basket early in the second quarter at Nokia Arena
gave Holon a double-digit lead (25-14) and the gap reached 16 points (32-16)
before Maccabi scored 23 of the first half’s final 30 points to close within
touching distance (39-35) by the break.
Tel Aviv began the second half
with an 11-2 run (46- 41), but Holon never lost touch, taking a 59-57 advantage
early in the fourth period.
However, Maccabi would reply swiftly with 10
unanswered points to open a lead (67-59) it easily maintained until the final
“About half our team didn’t train on Saturday and that showed in
the first half,” said Maccabi coach David Blatt.
“Holon also did a good
job and their coach Dan Shamir deserves every credit for the work he is doing
under tough circumstances.”
Devin Smith led Maccabi with 18 points and
nine rebounds, with Ricky Hickman scoring 16 and Shawn James adding 12 points
and 10 rebounds. Lior Eliyahu had just two points in eight minutes on court for
Maccabi, but his return to action after three weeks out due to strained knee
ligaments, was very welcome news for Maccabi ahead of its Euroleague game at
Caja Laboral Vitoria on Thursday.
Tel Aviv’s lingering hopes of
progressing from Top 16 Group F were kept alive with last Thursday’s 92-61
thrashing of Montepaschi Siena, but even coach Blatt will have to admit defeat
should the yellow-and-blue fail to beat Vitoria.
“Vitoria is an excellent
team with many weapons and we will have to play at a high level throughout to
win,” Blatt said.
Hapoel Eilat climbed up to second place for at least 24
hours on Sunday, beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 76-59.
The visitors had a
five-point edge at halftime (39-34), but were held to just 20 points in the
entire second half by Eilat, which clinched the win with a 17-4 run
Eli Holman had 19 points for Eilat, with Jerome Tillman scoring
13 and Larry O’Bannon netting 13 points in his debut.
Demontez Stitt and
Curtis Kelly had 12 points each for Tel Aviv, which lost for the seventh time in
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil built on its recent form with its fourth
win in six games on Sunday, thrashing Barak Netanya 96-75.
and Dagan Yavzuri had 22 and 20 points, respectively, for Gilboa, which
effectively secured the victory by the break, opening an 18- point margin
Yehu Orland and Marco Killingsworth scored 19 points each for
Netanya, which dropped to its fifth loss in seven contests.
Maccabi Rishon Lezion beat Bnei Herzliya 88-82.
Julian Wright, Willie
Warren and Lazeric Jones scored 23, 22 and 20 points, respectively, for Rishon,
while Romel Beck led Herzliya in scoring with 24 points.
Hapoel Jerusalem visits Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa hosts Maccabi Ashdod.