| Hapoel Tel Aviv's CURTIS KELLY 370.(Photo by: Adi Avishai)|
Ashdod toughs out cup upset vs Hapoel Tel Aviv
By ALLON SINAI
Moshe Mizrahi hits 7-of-8 three-point attempts to lead Maccabi Ashdod to a surprise 85-80 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Moshe Mizrahi provided a reminder of why he should still be regarded as one of
Israeli basketball’s top sharpshooters on Monday night, hitting 7-of-8
three-point attempts to lead Maccabi Ashdod to a surprise 85-80 win over Hapoel
Tel Aviv in the last 16 of the State Cup.
The 32-year-old never really
lived up to the expectations of fans and coaches alike in his career, but he
played to potential on Monday, scorching Hapoel from beyond the arc time and
again to end the game with 29 points.
“The only thing I care about is
that we won,” said Mizrahi, who is averaging just 8.6 points per game in the BSL
“We went through a really tough month, but our new American
players have balanced our roster and we have a good team.”
added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Ashdod.
Curtis Kelly had 23 points
for Hapoel, with Matan Naor scoring 15. However, Hapoel was always going to
struggle with star guard Demontez Stitt ending the night with just four
A Mizrahi three-pointer gave Ashdod a 26-22 lead after 10 minutes
and two more points by the Israeli forward took the gap to eight points (35-27)
midway through the second quarter.
However, Tel Aviv replied with a 9-0
run and had a two-point edge (46-44) at the break.
A Naor basket
increased the margin to seven points (55-48) in the third period, but Mizrahi
kept Ashdod within striking distance entering the final frame, hitting another
triple as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.
Mizrahi’s fourth three of the
final period put Ashdod in front (72- 71) and his fifth with 38 seconds
remaining effectively clinched the win, opening a seven-point cushion (82-75)
from which Hapoel couldn’t come back.
Bnei Herzliya required a 17-2 run
in the third period to overcome the challenge of Hapoel Afula of the National
League before claiming a 103-87 win on Monday.
Herzliya had a four-point
edge at halftime, but Romel Beck’s three-point play capped a run which gave the
visitors an 18- point margin they would easily convert to a win.
six Herzliya players in double-figures with 21 points and eight rebounds, with
Jumaine Jones contributing 19 points, nine boards and seven
Allen Drahem had 31 points and 10 rebounds for
Maccabi Be’er Ya’akov came back from 17 points down to beat Hapoel
Kfar Saba 89-73, becoming the only National League team to progress to the
A 15-2 run by Kfar Saba gave it a 46-29 lead late in the
first half, but Be’er Ya’akov closed to within 11 points (48-37) by the interval
and took control of the game with a 30-5 surge, eventually claiming a
comfortable double-digit victory.
Brain Laing led Be’er Ya’akov with 28
points and 13 rebounds, while Igor Simin scored 24.
Adam Constantine had
31 points for Kfar Saba.
Ashdod, Herzliya and Be’er Ya’akov joined
Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel
Holon, who all won on Sunday, in the cup quarterfinals, with the draw to take
place next Tuesday.