Hapoel Jerusalem extended its winning streak to 11 games on Monday night, while Ironi Ness Ziona dropped to last place in the BSL standings ahead of the final week of the regular season.
Jerusalem, which had already secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and will face Hapoel Tel Aviv in the quarterfinals, claimed an easy 85-77 victory over Hapoel Holon at the Jerusalem Arena, with the final margin not doing Jerusalem’s dominance justice.
Despite the defeat, Holon (12-20) secured its survival on Sunday after Ironi Ness Ziona dropped to an 87-82 defeat to Maccabi Ashdod, which maintained its top-flight status with the win.
Ness Ziona fell to 10-22 with its fourth straight loss, one game back of Maccabi Kiryat Gat, which beat Bnei Herzliya 81-72.
The team to finish the season in last place will be relegated to the National League.
Kiryat Gat will enter its final game of the regular season with its fate in its own hands, knowing a win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion will keep it in the BSL.
Ness Ziona will need Kiryat Gat to lose to Rishon and to shock Jerusalem in its final game in order to climb off the foot of the standings.