Rishon to face J’lem in semis, Haifa levels series with Eilat

Hapoel Holon managed to hold Maccabi Rishon Lezion star Shawn Dowson to just nine points last night, but Rishon still claimed a 93-81 win to wrap up the BSL quarterfinal series.

By
May 29, 2015 06:50
1 minute read.
Maccabi Rishon Lezion’s Shawn Dowson

Maccabi Rishon Lezion’s Shawn Dowson. (photo credit: ODED KARNI/BSL)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Maccabi Rishon Lezion booked a showdown with Hapoel Jerusalem in the BSL semifinals on Thursday night, while Maccabi Haifa forced a decisive Game 5 in its quarterfinal series against Hapoel Eilat.

Rishon, the No. 6 seed in the BSL playoffs, almost squandered a 24-point halftime lead, but ultimately held on to beat Hapoel Holon (3) 93-81 in a thrilling encounter and claim a 3-1 series win.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Rishon visits Jerusalem (2) in Game 1 of the best-of-five semis next Thursday.

Eilat (4) will host Haifa (5) in their series decider on Sunday for the final semifinal berth and the privilege of facing Maccabi Tel Aviv. Haifa leveled the quarterfinal series at 2-2 on Thursday, eking out a 69-62 victory at Romema Arena.

Moran Roth led Haifa with 17 points, while Brian Asbury had 16 points for Eilat.

In Rishon, the hosts raced to an early double-digit lead, outscoring Holon 30-15 in the first quarter. The gap eclipsed 20 points (44-22) for the first time following Tony Younger’s three-pointer midway through the second frame and Rishon looked to be cruising at the break, taking a 55-31 cushion into the second half.

However, Holon came storming back in the third quarter, steadily eating away at the margin to close within five points (68-63) by the start of the fourth frame.



A Jordan Taylor triple brought Holon within four points (81- 77) with four minutes remaining, but Rishon scored the next seven points to settle its nerves and clinch the series.

Isaiah Swann led five Rishon players in double-figures with 18 points, including four threes.

Taylor finished with 31 points for Holon.

Rishon coach Sharon Drucker believes there is little doubt regarding who will be the favorite in the series against Jerusalem.

“The differences between the teams are clear. Their two foreigners who sit out in each game would be stars on our team,” Drucker explained.

“We have already exceeded expectations and we will do our best in the semis.”

Related Content

epipen
July 18, 2018
Knesset passes EpiPen law

By OREN OPPENHEIM