Hapoel Holon guard Tamir Blatt..
(photo credit: ADI AVISHAI)
Hapoel Holon handed Maccabi Tel Aviv its first BSL loss of the season on Sunday night, beating the yellow-and-blue 93-89 at Yad Eliyahu Arena for its seventh straight victory.
Holon improved to a 7-2 record and moved within a single game of leader Maccabi, which fell to 8-1.
Holon took an eight-point lead (44-36) into the break and was ahead by as many as 18 points in the third quarter (66-48). The visitors were still in front by 15 points (70-55) entering the final 10 minutes, but Maccabi ate away at the deficit, with Pierre Jackson’s three-pointer cutting the margin to two points (87-85) ahead of the final minute.
A Tamir Blatt triple with 47 seconds to play would give Holon some breathing space though, and the visitors registered their second straight BSL win over Maccabi at Yad Eliyahu after previously going 0-54 at the yellow-and-blue.
Glen Rice Jr. led Holon with 28 points, with Blatt finishing with 14 points. Guy Pnini scored 10 points in his first game against Maccabi after being pushed out of the club in the summer.
“This was another example of our potential. I’m really proud of my players,” said Holon coach Dan Shamir.
Jackson had 20 points for Tel Aviv.
Also Sunday, Hapoel Eilat picked up its first win under new coach Sharon Drucker, beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion 91-85 in overtime to improve to 3-6. Drucker’s first game back in the BSL didn’t go as he hoped last week, with Eilat falling to a home defeat to Maccabi Haifa.
However, while Eilat remains without a home win this season, it registered its third road victory of the campaign on Sunday, giving Drucker a sweet victory over the team that sacked him in April 2016.
A three-pointer by Rishon guard Jason Siggers tied the score at 79-79 with 14 seconds to play, but Eilat prevailed in the extra period, holding Rishon to six points in five minutes while hitting all eight of its free-throw attempts.
Jordan Loyd led five Eilat players in double figures with 23 points, with Murphy Holloway finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds for Rishon, which fell to 4-5.