Jason Rich 311.
(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.
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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