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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
The BSL regular season will draw to a close on Thursday night with three of the
four quarterfinal playoff series’ yet to be determined.
Maccabi Tel Aviv
will face Barak Netanya in the matchup between the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds, but
the only other team in the league which knows where it will finish regardless of
Thursday’s results is seventh-placed Hapoel Holon.
Two teams are fighting
for the runner- up position, with Hapoel Gilboa/Galil having its fate in its own
hands, currently holding second place with a 16-10 record.
had won five straight games before losing to Tel Aviv on Sunday, hosts Holon on
Thursday, knowing a victory will set-up a quarterfinal series with the same
opponent, starting next Tuesday.
However, a Gilboa loss will open the
door for Hapoel Jerusalem, currently placed third with a 15-11
Jerusalem visits Netanya on Thursday and coach Oded Katash will
first and foremost be hoping for a win to get his team’s season back on track
after three consecutive defeats.
After being edged by Gilboa at home
two-and-a-half weeks ago, Hapoel was embarrassed at Maccabi Haifa before being
humbled at Malha Arena by Maccabi Ashdod last week.
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Netanya on the road when the teams last met one month ago, and with Eric
Alfasi’s side losing four of its last six matches, Hapoel could not have hoped
for a much better opportunity to return to winning ways.
which won for just the second time in six games last week, also has a 15-11
record, but it can finish no higher than third with a win at Maccabi Ashdod on
Thursday coupled with a Jerusalem loss.
Ashdod can move up one place into
fourth position with a victory and a Rishon Lezion defeat to Haifa on
Haifa is all but guaranteed to end the regular season in ninth
place and hold home-court advantage in the relegation playoffs against
rock-bottom Ironi Ashkelon, which will try and snap Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 19-game
winning streak on Thursday.
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