(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Eilat edged closer to clinching the No. 2 seed in the BSL playoffs with a
78-71 victory over Hapoel Jerusalem at Malha Arena on Wednesday
Eilat bounced back from Monday’s disappointing loss to Barak
Netanya to improve to 16-9 with its fourth win in five games.
visitors led by as many as 15 points (28-13) in the second quarter, but
Jerusalem never gave up the chase and was ahead by four points (63-59) early in
the fourth frame.
However, a 9-0 run late in the final quarter, capped by
an Afik Nissim three-pointer with 1:33 to play, opened a seven-point margin
(76-69) from which Jerusalem couldn’t return.
Scotty Hopson ended the
game with 26 points for Eilat, with Nissim scoring 20 points.
new signing Samardo Samuels, who joined the team after three seasons with the
NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, led the hosts with 16 points.
Hapoel Holon (11-14) kept its playoff hopes alive with its fourth win in five
games, beating Bnei Herzliya 92-83.
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Holon opened a double-digit margin in
the first period (33- 23), but Herzliya trailed by just two points (49-47) at
Holon reestablished a 10- point gap (73-63) by the end of the
third quarter, but the hosts were down by just a single point (84-83) with two
minutes remaining, only for the visitors to end the game with an 8-0 run to
build on their recent momentum.
Jerome Dyson had 33 points for Holon,
with the league’s leading rebounder, Frank Hassell, dominant under the baskets
once more, ending the night with 24 points and 21 rebounds.
added 21 points and 11 boards, while Romel Beck had 27 points for Herzliya
(8-16), which has lost seven straight games.
On Thursday, Maccabi Haifa
(15-9) will look to keep pace with Eilat when it visits Maccabi Tel Aviv at
After winning six straight games, Haifa has dropped its past
two, including a humbling 20-point home defeat (78-58) to Jerusalem on
Maccabi Tel Aviv, which secured the No. 1 seed in the playoffs
long ago, improved to 20-3 on Sunday with a 77-71 victory over Maccabi Rishon
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil (11-12) hosts Hapoel Tel Aviv (12-12) in Gan
Ner on Thursday in a direct showdown for the No.7 seed in the
Both teams will be entering the encounter brimming with
confidence, with Gilboa winning the Balkan League championship for a second
straight season with a victory over Levski Sofia in Bulgaria on Sunday, while
Tel Aviv fought back to claim a dramatic 77-75 win at Maccabi Ashdod, its third
straight triumph and fifth over the past six games.
rock-bottom Ironi Ashkelon (5-19), which has lost 13 consecutive games and is
set to be relegated to the National League, hosts Maccabi Ashdod (10-14), while
Barak Netanya (13-11) looks to close in on clinching fourth place and home-court
advantage in the playoffs with a win at Maccabi Rishon Lezion (11-13).
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