Hapoel Gilboa/ Galil guard J'covan Brown.
(photo credit: ADI AVISHAI)
After going all the way to the BSL final last season, Maccabi Haifa entered 2017/18 with high expectations.
Head coach Ofer Rahimi returned for another campaign, but with the likes of Gregory Vargas, John DiBartolomeo and Amit Simhon all leaving, it was clear the Greens would need time to rebuild.
Rahimi surely never imagined though, that his team would be stranded on a single win six games into the BSL campaign, with Haifa falling to 1-5 and last place in the standings on Monday with an 83-73 loss at Ironi Nahariya.
Haifa’s five defeats have come by an average 17.8 points per game, with the Greens the league’s worst offensive and defensive team.
Haifa got off to a good start on Monday, leading by as many as 13 points (26-13) in the first quarter. However, Nahariya was trailing by just three points (47-44) at the break and pulled ahead in the fourth quarter to improve to 4-2.
Corey Webster and Alex Young starred for Nahariya once more, scoring 22 and 20 points, respectively. Luke Martinez had 15 points for Haifa.
Elsewhere Monday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil moved to 3-3 after overcoming Hapoel Tel Aviv (3-3) 88-86 on the road behind 28 points, eight assists and five rebounds from J’Covan Brown. Tywain McKee and Adrian Banks had 17 points each for Tel Aviv, which came back from 13 points down at the break, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
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