BRYANT DUNSTON 370.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem claimed a crucial win in the battle for home-court advantage in
the BSL playoffs on Wednesday night, beating Hapoel Holon 80-70 on the road to
climb to fourth place in the standings.
The win moved Jerusalem tied on a
13-10 record with Holon with two games remaining in the regular season and gave
the Reds the tiebreaker over their bitter rival.
Holon seemed to be in
control after Bryant Dunston’s basket gave it a 58-50 lead late in the third
period. However, it would score just a single point in the next 10 minutes,
allowing Jerusalem to erase the deficit and open a double-digit margin it
D.J. Strawberry led Jerusalem to the win with 37
points, while Ron Lewis scored 17 for Holon.
Maccabi Tel Aviv improved to
20-2 on Wednesday, edging Maccabi Rishon Lezion 77-74 on the road.
was nothing to separate the teams (53-53) with 10 minutes to play, but a 7-0
yellowand- blue run capped by a Lior Eliyahu basket gave the visitors the edge
at the start of the fourth period (60-55). Rishon never lost touch, but it
couldn’t complete a comeback and Tel Aviv won its eighth straight.
Langford scored 20 points for Maccabi, with David Blu adding 15.
Bowman’s 19 points and 10 rebounds couldn’t save Rishon from its first defeat
after four straight wins.
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil can clinch second place
with a win over Rishon on Sunday after defeating Ironi Ashkelon 83-66 in Gan
Romeo Travis had 24 points and 11 boards for Gilboa, while Marco
Killingsworth scored 17 for Ashkelon, which has lost five consecutive
The battle for the eighth and final playoff berth looks set to
come down to the final day of the regular season next Thursday when Barak
Netanya hosts BC Habika’a.
Netanya improved to 9-14 on Wednesday with an
87-77 win over Maccabi Ashdod, while Habika’a snapped a four-match losing streak
with an 87-70 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
Warren Carter had 20 points and
10 rebounds for Netanya, with Yehu Orland scoring 19 points, including a
three-pointer which capped a 15-1 run which gave the visitors an unassailable
14-point gap (72- 58) early in the fourth quarter.
Josh Carter netted 20
points for Ashdod, which will end the regular season in seventh
In Nesher, a 34-point first quarter gave Habika’a an eight-point
gap it quickly extended on the way to a critical win.
Frank Robinson had
15 points for the winners, with Sylven Landesberg scoring 16 for Haifa, which
dropped to yet another defeat after snapping a 15-game losing streak earlier