Hapoel Holon guard Khalif Wyatt scored a game-high 31 points in last night’s 92-84 overtime win at Hapoel Tel Aviv..
(photo credit: ADI AVISHAI)
Hapoel Holon returned to winning ways in the BSL thanks to a 92-84 overtime win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Drive-In Arena on Monday night, going on a 10-0 run in the extra period behind Khalif Wyatt’s shooting display.
Wyatt ended the game with 31 points, scoring 18 of them in the fourth quarter and overtime, with Holon trailing by as many as 13 points early in the final frame.
“I got off to a good start but didn’t score again until the fourth quarter,” said Wyatt, who also had 10 assists. “I came back at the right time and I’m just glad we won.
We kept competing when we were down and we fought and got another good win.”
Darion Atkins added 17 points for Holon, which improved to 6-3 after snapping a two-game losing streak.
“It was another great game between Holon and Hapoel Tel Aviv and for us this was a very sweet win,” said Holon coach Dan Shamir. “We can’t be pleased with the way we played but we can sure be happy with the win.”
Alando Tucker had 21 points for Hapoel, which fell to 5-4.
“We ran out of energy in overtime,” said Hapoel coach Sharon Avrahami.
“We couldn’t stop Wyatt and it cost us the game.”
Tomer Ginat’s basket gave Tel Aviv a 65-52 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Wyatt’s free throws with 7.8 seconds to play forced overtime, which was dominated by the visitors.
Earlier Monday, Hapoel Eilat continued its recent revival with a fourth win in five games, beating Maccabi Ashdod 85-77. Eilat lost three of its first four contests of the season, but made it three wins in a row on Monday to improve to 4-5 behind a balanced team effort.
Landon Milbourne led six Eilat players in double figures with 18 points. Daniel Ewing and Jake Cohen had 17 points each for Ashdod, which fell to 3-6 with its sixth defeat from the past seven games.
Eilat took a 12-point gap (47-35) into the break after going on a 9-0 run and its lead reached 17 points early in the third quarter (54-37).
Ashdod closed within seven points (63-56) ahead of the final period and the game was wide open after Ben Altit brought the visitors within one possession (75-72) with 1:43 minutes remaining. Eilat wouldn’t allow Ashdod any closer though, holding on for a confidence-boosting win.