Basketball: Maccabi dominates Hapoel in Tel Aviv derby

December 3, 2012 00:33


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As if six years hadn’t past since the last derby, Maccabi Tel Aviv thrashed Hapoel Tel Aviv 91-72 at Nokia Arena on Sunday night to claim a sweet victory in Israeli basketball’s ultimate grudge match.

The showdown between the Tel Aviv clubs was the highlight of the Israeli basketball season for over 50 years and much like most of those past encounters, Maccabi was the dominant force yet again on Sunday.

Hapoel’s short roster gave the yellow-and-blue a fight for much of the first half, but the hosts pulled ahead in the closing stages of the second period and secured the win in the third frame.

Lior Eliyahu led Maccabi (7- 1) with 20 points, while Ricky Hickman scored 15 and Devin Smith and Yogev Ohayon added 12 points each.

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