Maccabi Haifa guard Moran Roth drives to the basket.
(photo credit: ODED KARNI/IBA)
Hapoel Holon’s BSL winning streak was snapped in surprising fashion on Monday night, following an 89-86 defeat at home to Ironi Nahariya.
Holon entered the game on the back of three consecutive league wins and six victories from its past seven contests, with its last home defeat to a team not named Maccabi Tel Aviv coming almost four months ago.
After a tight first half ended in a two-point Nahariya lead (40- 38), Holon seized control in the final three minutes of the third period, going on a 14-2 run to open a 13-point gap (70-57).
The hosts looked to be cruising when they moved into a 14-point gap (80-66) midway through the fourth frame, only to completely capitulate.
A 15-2 run brought Nahariya within a single point (82- 81) and Mark Lyons capped the comeback to give the visitors the lead (86-85) in the final minute.
Nahariya seemed determined to gift Holon another opportunity, missing three of five free throw attempts in the closing stages, but the hosts couldn’t capitalize and dropped to a disappointing loss.
Lyons had 22 points for Nahariya, which improved to 8-12 with its third straight win. Robert Rothbart added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Dominic McGuire finished with a triple-double of 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Holon, which fell to 12-8.
Bnei Herzliya piled the misery on a heartbroken Maccabi Haifa on Monday, beating the Greens 87-72. Haifa squandered a five-point lead against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final minute of the State Cup semifinals last week on the way to an overtime defeat in Jerusalem.
The Greens had also dropped a 21-point cushion against the yellow-and-blue in their previous BSL game and could soon find themselves mixed up in the battle against relegation after Monday’s loss.
Herzliya took a 43-27 lead into the break after outscoring Haifa 26-7 in the second period. Haifa closed within three points (72-69) midway through the fourth frame, but Herzliya held on for its second straight win under new coach Micky Gorka.
Julian Wright finished with 20 points for Herzliya (8-12), with Dagan Yavzuri scoring 21 points for Haifa (8-12).
Also Monday, Maccabi Ashdod (6-14) won for the third time in fourth games, beating Hapoel Gilboa/Galil (5-15) 70-62 behind 19 points and 11 rebounds from Curtis Kelly. Alex Young had 13 points for Gilboa, which dropped to its eighth consecutive loss.