Maccabi Tel Aviv eked out its 12th-straight win over all competitions at Maccabi
Ashdod on Monday night, while Hapoel Tel Aviv suffered its first defeat since
the end of November.
There was little to separate Maccabi and Ashdod
throughout the night, and it was the hosts who held a five-point lead (78-73) as
late as the midway point of the final frame.
However, a late 8-0 run put
the yellow-and-blue in control (84-80) and saw it improve to 10-4 in the BSL
with an 88-85 victory.
Tyrese Rice and David Blu led five Maccabi players
in double figures with 13 points each, while R.T. Guinn had 28 points for
Ashdod, which dropped to 2-13 with its ninth consecutive loss.
Aviv (9-5) had won eight games in a row overall – six in the league and two in
the State Cup – entering Monday’s encounter against Hapoel Holon (8-7). But it
couldn’t survive the loss of its top-scorer Raviv Limonad to injury midway
through the third quarter, with Holon scoring the final nine points of the night
to claim a 75-70 road win.
Tel Aviv began the game with an 8-0 surge and
looked to have gotten off to an ideal start when it took a double-digit (22- 12)
gap into the second period.
However, Holon would rally back and closed to
within six points (36-30) by the break.
Brian Asbury’s jumper gave Holon
its first lead of the game (44-43) five minutes into the third frame after the
hosts lost Limonad to a shoulder injury and things stayed tight from that
Tel Aviv still seemed to be heading to another win when Vincent
Council’s three-point play opened a four-point gap (70-66) with 1:55 minutes
But Holon would have the last laugh, with Laurence Bowers’s
three-pointer with 26 seconds to play putting the visitors in front for good
Isaac Rosefelt built on his recent excellent form for Holon with
19 points and 12 rebounds, with Asbury also scoring 19 points and Bowers adding
Despite missing the final 15 minutes of the encounter, Limonad
led Tel Aviv with 16 points, ensuring he has still scored at least 15 points in
every league game this season, extending his streak to 14.