Yuval Naimi 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem remained in the hunt for a second-place BSL finish on Sunday
night with a significant 69-67 victory over Hapoel Gilboa/Galil in Gan
Gilboa took a 39-36 gap into the break after holding a slender
margin throughout the first half, but a 10-0 Jerusalem run capped by a Yuval
Naimi lay-up gave the visitors a 62-52 lead with 5:25 to play.
Yavzuri’s basket with 1:05 remaining tied the score (65-65), only for Brian
Randle to put Jerusalem back in front with a crucial three-point play with 41
Yavzuri had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with his
team down by two, but his three-pointer bounced off the rim and Gilboa (14-7)
has still got plenty of work to do before it clinches the second
D.J. Strawberry had 28 points and seven boards for Jerusalem
(12-9), while Romeo Travis contributed a double-double for Gilboa with 20 points
and 12 rebounds.
The battle for the eighth and last playoff spot got a
whole lot tighter on Sunday after Bnei Hasharon beat Barak Netanya 84-80 in
Netanya entered the game on the back of a three-game winning
streak, but found itself down by double-digits (15-4) midway through the first
quarter and remained on the back foot until the final buzzer.
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Rosefelt had 28 points and 15 rebounds for Bnei Hasharon, with Tweety Carter
adding 14 points and 14 assists for the hosts, which improved to 6-15, two games
Brian Asbury and Adrian Banks scored 22 and 20 points,
respectively, for Netanya.
Maccabi Haifa added another sad chapter to a
depressing season on Sunday, once more leading throughout a game only to fall
behind late in the encounter, losing 100-99 to Maccabi Ashdod for its 15th
straight league defeat.
Haifa, which hasn’t won a league game since
November, led 52-42 at the break and remained in front until Meir Tapiro’s
jumper with 35 seconds to play gave the visitors a 94-93 advantage.
hosts still had a chance when Carlos Powell went to the line with his side
trailing by three (98-95) with 3.7 seconds on the clock.
planning to score his first attempt and miss the second in the hope that a
teammate would score from the rebound, but he instead missed his first and
unintentionally scored the second, encapsulating Haifa’s entire season in a few
Josh Carter scored 25 points for Ashdod, with Dror Hagag adding
21 for Ofer Berkowitz’s team, which clinched seventh position.
23 points for Haifa, which can’t wait for April 16 when its season will finally
come to an end.
Maccabi Rishon Lezion hosts Hapoel Holon on Monday.
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