Barak Netanya clinched home-court advantage in the BSL quarterfinal playoffs on
Monday night with its fourth straight win, a 94- 81 triumph over Hapoel
Netanya has been the league’s dark horse since beginning its
campaign with five consecutive wins and will enter the playoffs next week in
scintillating form, claiming six of its past seven contests, including against
the BSL’s top three teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Eilat and Maccabi
After a tight first half ended in a 51-48 Jerusalem lead, Netanya
surged ahead in the third quarter, opening a 15-point margin (74- 59) with a
Hapoel replied with an 18-2 run to regain the lead (77-76), but
was outscored 18-4 in the final five minutes of the encounter by the in-form
Marco Killingsworth had 22 points for Netanya, with Ramel Bradley
and Raymar Morgan scoring 16 points each for Franco’s team, which improved to
15-11 ahead of its final regular season game and looks set to also face
Jerusalem in the quarterfinal playoffs.
Ron Steele led Jerusalem with 21
“We mustn’t lose faith but our defense doesn’t look good,” said
Jerusalem coach Sharon Drucker after seeing his team drop to a sixth defeat in
“Netanya deserved to win. They are aggressive and play as a
We will have to change our mindset in the playoffs because there’s
not much else we can do.”
Also Monday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil booked its
place in the playoffs with a 78-75 victory at Hapoel Holon.
center Yaniv Green had 18 points for Gilboa, which secured the win with a late
Jerome Dyson scored 22 points for Holon.
The game between
Hapoel Tel Aviv and Ironi Ashkelon, which was officially relegated on Sunday
following Bnei Herzliya’s win over Maccabi Ashdod, will be played on
Two more postponed games will also take place on Thursday, with
Maccabi Tel Aviv hosting Jerusalem and Gilboa welcoming Herzliya.
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