David Blatt 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
The BSL regular season will come to a close on Sunday night, with some
unfinished business still to be decided.
Two of the four quarterfinal
playoff series are already set, with No. 1 seed Maccabi Tel Aviv to face Hapoel
Tel Aviv (8) and Barak Netanya (4) to play Hapoel Jerusalem (5).
battle for the No. 2 seed will be determined on Sunday in a direct showdown
between Hapoel Eilat (17-9) and Maccabi Haifa (16-10) and its outcome will
decide who faces who in the remaining last eight encounters, which will all get
underway on Thursday.
The winner of the game between Eilat and Haifa will
end the season in the runnersup position as Haifa will leapfrog the southerners
on a tiebreaker should they claim a home victory at Romema Arena on
“We will have to be more composed than we’ve been recently,” said
Haifa center Ido Kozikaro, with the Greens losing three consecutive games before
beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion last week.
Eilat has won five of its past
six contests, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv last week.
awaits the winner of the encounter in Haifa, with the loser to play Maccabi
Rishon Lezion in the playoffs.
Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Netanya in what is
a seemingly meaningless game on Sunday, but after suffering two straight
overtime defeats, the yellowand- blue will be desperate to return to winning
ways ahead of the start to the playoffs.
“We have really wanted to play
well, but we haven’t managed to do so since our Euroleague exit,” said Maccabi
coach David Blatt after seeing his team fall to Jerusalem on Thursday four days
after losing to Eilat. “We are in a pretty deep hole and we can’t ignore that. I
hope that we get back on track before the playoffs.”
Jerusalem faces Rishon Lezion, Hapoel Holon visits Hapoel Tel Aviv, Gilboa
welcomes Maccabi Ashdod and Bnei Herzliya plays Ironi Ashkelon.