BRIAN RANDLE of Hapoel Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem fans were forced to suffer yet another dramatic defeat on
Sunday night, with the Reds falling to a 69-64 overtime BSL loss at Maccabi
Four of Jerusalem’s last five league games went into
overtime and it lost for the third time in that stretch on Sunday, making a late
run to force an extra five minutes, only to lose its head after Brian Randle
fouled out in OT.
Rishon seemed to be cruising when Joe Crawford gave the
hosts a nine-point lead (53-44) late in the fourth quarter of a low-scoring
game. However, Randle inspired a quick 10-0 Hapoel run, giving the visitors a
54-53 lead with a three-point play with 30 seconds remaining.
looked to be dead and buried after Crawford missed at the other hand, but Yuval
Naimi handed the hosts a lifeline, turning over the ball and allowing Derwin
Kitchen to put Rishon back in front before Randle hit just one of his shots from
the line to send the game into overtime.
But Jerusalem lost Randle early
in the extra period after he committed his fifth foul and Kitchen scored nine
points to clinch the win.
Kitchen ended the game with 22 points and 10
rebounds, while Crawford scored 18.
Ramel Bradley had 16 points for
Jerusalem, with Randle contributing 13 points and nine
Elsewhere, Eric Campbell secured Barak Netanya’s second
straight win, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to give his team an 81-78
victory at Hapoel Gilboa/Galil.
Gilboa, which had won five of its
previous six games, got off to the better start, leading 19-9 after 10
The hosts remained in front until the fourth quarter when
Netanya tied the score and set up a nail-biting finish to the game eventually
won by Campbell as time expired.
Adrian Banks led Netanya with 27 points,
while Romeo Travis had 18 points for Gilboa.
Maccabi Ashdod won for the
sixth time in seven games on Sunday, thrashing Bnei Hasharon 91-69 on the
A 14-2 run midway through the second period helped Ashdod build a
47-34 halftime lead it had little trouble maintaining in the second
Alex Tyus had 18 points and nine boards for Ashdod.
Carter scored 21 points for Bnei Hasharon, which is only kept off the bottom of
the standings by Maccabi Haifa, which visits Hapoel Holon on Monday.