(photo credit: Haim Tzah/Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem won consecutive games for the first time in three months on
Sunday, beating Hapoel Holon 80-69 at Malha Arena to improve to a 10-8 record in
the BSL this season.
Jerusalem was fortunate to edge Maccabi Haifa in
overtime last week and was disappointing once more in the first half on Sunday,
trailing 36-34 at the break.
However, the Reds came out fighting in the
second half and clinched the win early in the fourth frame to move half a game
behind second-placed Holon.
“It has been a while since I have shouted the
way I did at halftime,” Jerusalem coach Sharon Drucker said.
and defended and were all in all superb in the second half.
like a team tonight.”
D.J. Strawberry bounced back from a rough period
with 21 points, while Ramel Bradley scored 17.
Ron Lewis had 20 points
The game between Maccabi Ashdod and BC Habika’a scheduled for
Sunday was postponed due to the ongoing rocket fire from Gaza, with Ironi
Ashkelon’s encounter against Hapoel Gilboa/Galil planned for Monday also
postponed following the security situation in the south of
Elsewhere, Maccabi Tel Aviv made it two wins in as many days on
Sunday, beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion 90-73 at Nokia Arena to improve to 16-2 on
Despite playing again less than 24 hours after beating KK
Zagreb 88-68 in the Adriatic League, Maccabi was in complete control throughout
the game, putting the encounter to rest with a third quarter run.
can’t take our performance against a tough Rishon team for granted after we also
played the previous night,” said Maccabi coach David Blatt, who next takes his
team to Slovenia for Tuesday’s Adriatic game against Domzale before returning
home for Thursday’s encounter against Red Star Belgrade and Saturday’s showdown
with KK Radnicki.
All three of those games are effectively meaningless
with Maccabi already clinching first place in the Adriatic League regular season
ahead of next month’s Final Four tournament in Tel Aviv.
yellow-and-blue’s only focus at the moment is on its best-of-five Euroleague
quarterfinal playoff series against Panathinaikos which gets underway next
Keith Langford had 19 points on Sunday after being rested on
Saturday, with Richard Hendrix scoring 18 after playing just seven minutes
against KK Zagreb.
Joe Crawford scored 27 points for Rishon, which was
disappointingly flat, falling to its second straight defeat.
Netanya won for just the second time in eight games on Sunday, thrashing Bnei
Netanya outscored the visitors 30-18 in the second
quarter to open a 15-point (51-36) halftime lead Bnei Hasharon never came close
Yehu Orland had a perfect scoring night for Netanya, netting
22 points on two-oftwo from two-point range, four-of-four from beyond the arc
and six-of-six from the free-throw line.
Brian Asbury contributed 21
points, with Tweety Carter scoring 24 for Bnei Hasharon.