Maccabi Rishon Lezion center Jackie Carmichael.
(photo credit: ODELIA MATARI/MACCABI RISHON LEZION)
Maccabi Rishon Lezion continued its impressive start to the BSL season on Monday night, beating Hapoel Holon 85-77 on the road to improve to 4-1 for the first time since the 1995/96 season.
Holon got off to the better start, leading by as many as seven points in the first period. However, Rishon rebounded to take a onepoint edge into the halftime break (38-37) and extended its gap to double-digits in the third period. Holon closed to within two points (59-57) at the start of the fourth quarter, and was within three points (79-76) in the closing stages, but Rishon held on for another win.
Tony Younger led Rishon with 19 points, with Nitzan Hanochi and Isaiah Swann adding 16 points each.
Tony Crocker and Isaac Rosefelt had 15 points each for Holon.
“We don’t have players with extraordinary talent, but they have character and are very determined and love playing together,” said Rishon coach Sharon Drucker.
“I think this is a very special team and that this was an important win. However, there is still a long way to go and we will have to continue to work hard.”
Ironi Nahariya remained the only team without a win in the BSL, dropping to 0-5 following a 92-88 loss to Bnei Herzliya on Monday.
Yuval Naimi had 21 points for Herzliya, with John Williamson finishing with 25 points and nine rebounds for Nahariya.
Also Monday, Ironi Ness Ziona recorded an emphatic 87-72 win over Maccabi Haifa. Ness Ziona moved to 4-1 thanks to a dominant second and third periods in which it outscored the visitors 55-29.
Craig Smith scored at least 17 points for a fifth straight game for Ness Ziona, finishing with 17 points and five rebounds.
Ike Ofoegbu had 18 points for Haifa which fell to 2-3.