Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to winning ways in the BSL with a comfortable 79-58
victory over Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Monday night, while Ironi Ness Ziona
continued its remarkable start to the season, claiming its third straight
triumph to move into a tie with Hapoel Jerusalem for the best record in the
Maccabi dropped to a dismal 5-4 record by its standards following
last week’s loss to Jerusalem at Malha Arena, but dominated Rishon on
Tel Aviv scored 20 of the final 26 points of the first half to
open a 17-point gap (46-29) before cruising in the second half.
won a league game easily and that hasn’t happened much this season,” said
Maccabi coach David Blatt.
“The guys deserve credit for playing well
Tyrese Rice had 12 points for Maccabi, with Ricky Hickman and
David Blu scoring 11 points each. Tasmin Mitchell netted 15 points for Rishon
For the seventh time in 10 contests this season, a Ness Ziona game
was decided by five points or less on Monday, and once more it was the
newlypromoted side that finished with the win.
Ness Ziona improved to 7-3
and tied Jerusalem for the BSL’s best record with a thrilling 102-98 overtime
victory over Bnei Herzliya.
After a tight game, Ness Ziona seemed to be
headed to a win in regulation following Herzliya guard Avi Ben-Shimol’s miss
from beyond the arc (86-84).
Ness Ziona’s Tyler Honeycutt could have
clinched the game from the line with 0.8 seconds to play, but he missed his
first free throw when he hoped to make it and scored his second when he aimed to
miss it so the visitors wouldn’t be able to attempt another
Honeycutt’s basket gave Herzliya another chance and Dwayne Bryoles
hit a three as time expired to force overtime.
However, the hosts would
not be denied the victory, scoring the first five points of the extra period and
never looking back.
Honeycutt finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and
five assists, while Diamon Simpson had 20 points and 13 boards. Preston Knowles
scored 17 points, with Tal Dan and Mitchell Watt netting 16 points
Aviram Zalikovic led Herzliya (4-6) with 20 points.
Holon (5-4) surprisingly outplayed Hapoel Eilat (5- 5) on Monday night, winning
91-71. Holon opened a ninepoint advantage (25-16) by the end of the first
quarter and was in complete control at the break after outscoring Eilat 31-12 in
the second period.
Brian Asbury had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Holon,
with Shlomi Harush contributing 15 points. Terrence Roderick scored 18 points
for Eilat, which fell to its third straight loss.
(5-5) moved back to .500 on Monday, beating Maccabi Ashdod (2-8) 80-74. Ashdod,
which squandered a 29-point lead against Ness Ziona last week, held an
eight-point cushion (68-60) midway through the fourth frame.
would capitulate once more, with Gilboa going on an 11-2 run (71-70) to take a
lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Rick Jackson led Gilboa with 26 points and
nine rebounds, while R.T. Guinn had 20 points for Ashdod, which seems to find
new ways to lose every week.