Sharon Drucker 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
In case he had any doubt, Hapoel Jerusalem coach Sharon Drucker was given on
Sunday a stark reminder of the magnitude of the task he faces at his new
After thrashing the struggling Bnei Hasharon in his first game at
the helm, Jerusalem suffered a disappointing State Cup exit at the hands of
Maccabi Rishon Lezion last week before dropping to a humbling 79-67 BSL loss to
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil at Malha Arena on Sunday night.
Jerusalem led for
much of the first period and still had everything to play for despite trailing
by six points (40-34) at the break.
However, the apathy and sloppy play
which came to characterize Oded Katash’s time at the club, was back on display
in the second half, with Gilboa outscoring the hosts 23-11 in the third quarter
to open an 18- point gap (63-45) it easily maintained in the final 10
Courtney Fells had 23 points and nine rebounds for Gilboa, with
Brian Randle the only bright spot on Jerusalem’s roster, scoring 14
Meanwhile, Hapoel Holon built on the momentum it picked up in
reaching the semifinals of the State Cup last week, returning to winning ways in
the BSL with a 72-59 home victory over BC Habika’a.
An 11-0 run to end
the first period gave the hosts a 22-10 lead and Holon would cruise after that,
maintaining a double- digit gap for the remainder of the game.
had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for Holon, although he only hit four
of 16 shots from the field, while Tasmin Mitchell added 14 points and seven
Frank Robinson had 17 points and nine rebounds for Habika’a,
which has also got a cup semifinal to look forward to.
After losing its
previous four league games by an average 31 points per contest, coach Ariel
Beit-Halachmi’s league debut with Bnei Hasharon couldn’t have gone any better on
Bnei Hasharon beat Maccabi Haifa 89-79 on the road for just its
third BSL win of the season Beit-Halachmi became Bnei Hasharon’s third coach of
the season last week, replacing Adi Azulai, who won just one of five games after
taking the place of Roei Hagay, who recorded a single win is six
Also Sunday, Maccabi Ashdod snapped Barak Netanya’s four-game
BSL winning streak with an 82-71 triumph.
Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Ironi
Ashkelon on Monday.