Brian Randle 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem has slowly begun to find its form in recent weeks, but it can
make a real statement on Tuesday night when it visits Cajasol Sevilla in the
Jerusalem began its Eurocup campaign with an easy 91-78 win over
VEF Riga last week before thrashing Maccabi Haifa on Saturday for its third
straight BSL victory.
However, Sevilla will present a challenge of a
completely different level for Hapoel, something star-guard Will Solomon clearly
“To go further in this competition you have to beat the best
and Seville is one of those teams,” said Solomon, who scored 17 points in the
win over Riga. “It’s not easy because they have quality all through the
Jerusalem will face a deep and balanced Sevilla roster led by
guard Louis Bullock. The American was one of three Cajasol players to score 17
points in last week’s 93-77 win at CEZ Nymburk, and Hapoel coach Oded Katash has
no illusions of the size of the task his team faces against Sevilla’s deep
“We are playing better than we did at the start of the season,”
Katash said. “We have been through a very difficult week which included league
wins over Ashkelon and Haifa as well as the victory against Riga, but we are
facing an even tougher game against Sevilla.
“Better teams than us have
failed to stop Bullock. But it’s not just him. We are facing an entire team
which plays at a very high intensity and we will have to match its
Also Tuesday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will look to build on last
week’s win at Cedevita Zagreb when it hosts Sharon Drucker’s Aris Thessaloniki
at Malha Arena, while Barak Netanya welcomes the Norrkoping Dolphins in its
second game of the EuroChallenge regular season.
EuroChallenge game against Khimik Yuzhny was postponed after the Ukrainians had
their passports stolen.
Drucker, who took charge of Aris in the summer
after being sacked by Maccabi Tel Aviv where he was Pini Gershon’s assistant,
led the Greeks to an 88-75 win over BC Azovmash last week, but lost playmaker
Pierre Pierce to injury and is expecting a tough time against Gilboa, which came
back from 19 points down to defeat Hapoel Holon on Sunday.
entering the game on the back of a painful defeat in the Greek league and we
also lost Pierce to injury,” Drucker said. “This is far from ideal, but we will
have to do our best to rebound against Gilboa.”
In BSL action on Monday,
Meir Tapiro led Maccabi Ashdod to a 90-85 overtime victory over Bnei Hasharon in
Herzliya. Tapiro recorded a rare triple-double, scoring 10 points, dishing 11
assists and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Ramel Bradley added 25 points for
Ashdod, which improved to 3-3. Ron Steele and Lee Nailon scored 19 points each
for Bnei Hasharon, which suffered just its second loss this season.