Hapoel Jerusalem turned its final regular season showdown against Maccabi Tel Aviv into a statement game on Monday night, claiming a resounding 93-77 victory at Yad Eliyahu Arena to hand the yellow-and-blue its first defeat in local action in more than four months.
Maccabi entered the game on the back of a 17-game BSL winning streak and also outplayed Jerusalem in the State Cup final last month.However, it completely capitulated on Monday, entering the half-time interval down by 20 points (55-35) and never threatening to mount a comeback.
Both teams were without key players on Monday, with Maccabi missing Sofoklis Schortsanitis as well as Sylven Landesberg.
Jerusalem was without Joseph Jones, Derwin Kitchen and Adam Ariel, but coped far better with a short-handed roster, handing Maccabi just its third defeat of the BSL campaign.
Bar Timor led Jerusalem with a careerhigh tying 21 points and six assists, with Bracey Wright adding 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
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