Hapoel Jerusalem returned to winning ways on Monday to move tied with Maccabi Tel Aviv at the summit of the BSL standings with a 10-3 record, beating Hapoel Holon 83-74 on the road.
Jerusalem suffered a shock cup exit at the hands of Maccabi Haifa last Thursday after also losing to Maccabi Ashdod in BSL action earlier in the week. However, it picked up some much-needed confidence on Monday ahead of next week’s showdown with Maccabi Tel Aviv, erasing an early double-digit deficit before seizing control of the contest.
Donta Smith led five Jerusalem players in double figures with 19 points, with Lior Eliyahu adding 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Will Clyburn had 24 points and 12 boards for Holon, which fell to 3-9, losing for the eighth time in its past nine games.
Maccabi Rishon Lezion is just half-a-game back of Maccabi Tel Aviv and Jerusalem after beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 80-73 on Monday to improve to 9-3 with its fifth win from the past six games. Despite once more playing with just two foreign players, Rishon showed its depth by outlasting a desperate Hapoel side which fell to 4-9 with its fifth defeat in six contests, piling the pressure on coach Sharon Avrahami.