Hapoel Jerusalem survived a scare to reach the State Cup quarterfinals on Sunday
night, joining the rest of the favorites in the draw for the last
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Rishon Lezion, Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil, Bnei Herzliya and Ramat Hasharon of the second division, as well
as Jerusalem, will be joined in the quarterfinals draw on Monday by the winner
of the final last 16 showdown between Hapoel Eilat and Maccabi
Jerusalem entered its encounter against Hapoel Galil Elyon of the
second division brimming with confidence after taking sole possession of first
place in the BSL with an 8-3 record thanks to Friday’s win at Maccabi
The victory over the Greens came two days after an impressive
triumph in the Eurocup saw Jerusalem progress to the Last 32 from the runners-up
position and Galil Elyon wasn’t supposed to pose much of a threat on
However, the National League side, which knocked out Barak
Netanya of the BSL in the previous round, raced to an early lead and was ahead
by as many as 15 points (41-26) midway through the second period at Kfar Blum.
Jerusalem closed to within six points (46-40) by the break and a tight second
half would ensue. An 8-0 run saw the visitors move into the lead (72-69), but
Galil would tie the score before Jerusalem ultimately clinched an 81-76 victory
thanks to crucial defensive stops and four accurate free throws from Ronald
Derwin Kitchen led Jerusalem with 17 points and eight rebounds,
with Artsiom Parakhouski scoring 16 points and Lior Eliyahu and Dupree adding 14
David Labo and Arik Artili had 24 points each for
Despite losing nine of its previous 10 BSL games, Maccabi Ashdod
kept pace with Maccabi Tel Aviv for 15 minutes on Sunday, before dropping to an
83-65 loss at Nokia Arena.
An 18-4 surge to end the first half gave the
yellow-andblue the initiative (44-35) and the hosts never lost control in the
Ricky Hickman had 17 points for Maccabi, with Alex Tyus
contributing 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zack Rosen led Ashdod with 14
Bnei Herzliya advanced with a 79-73 win in overtime over Hapoel
Holon, which had a Laurence Bowers basket at the end of regulation wrongly
Holon should have won at the buzzer, but the mistake by the
referees handed Herzliya a lifeline and the hosts would prevail.
Donaldson paced Herzliya with 21 points and 17 boards while Scottie Reynolds had
26 points for Holon.
Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Ironi Ness Ziona 82-72 on the
road, opening a slender lead in the third period and never looking
Raviv Limonad netted 20 points for Hapoel, with Mitchell Watt
leading Ness Ziona with 29 points and 16 rebounds.
Maccabi Rishon Lezion
progressed to the last eight with a 64-58 victory over Hapoel Afula of the
The BSL side didn’t secure the win until the final
minute, with Dror Hagag hitting a three-pointer with 55 seconds to play to open
a 62-58 advantage.
Hagag led Rishon with 16 points while Jeff Allen had
15 points and 12 rebounds for Afula.
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil claimed a
comfortable 86-61 win at Elitzur Ramle of the National League behind 20 points
from Amit Simhon. Or Eitan had 18 points for Ramle.
Ramat Hasharon will
be the second division’s lone representative in the quarterfinals after beating
fellow National League team Maccabi Be’er Ya’akov 82-66. Josh Alexander led the
winners with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Raz Elbaz scored 20 points for the
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