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(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem claimed its third straight BSL victory on Saturday night,
thrashing Maccabi Haifa 93-76 in Nesher.
Oded Katash’s team seems to be
gelling with every week that passes, and after opening its Eurocup regular
season campaign with a one-sided victory over VEF Riga on Tuesday, the Reds
proved on Saturday that they can be forceful in the BSL as well, outscoring
Haifa 40-15 in the first 13 minutes of the second half.
Yogev Ohayon led
Jerusalem with 19 points and eight assists, while Jason Rich and Sam Clancy
added 17 and 15 points, respectively, for Hapoel, which flew out to Spain early
Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday’s Eurocup game at Cajasol Sevilla.
O’Bannon scored 21 points for Haifa, which fell to 2-4, but can at least draw
some encouragement from Elishay Kadir’s debut, with the forward who is on loan
from Maccabi Tel Aviv, contributing 17 points and nine rebounds.
Sunday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Barak Netanya, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil visits Hapoel
Holon and Maccabi Rishon Lezion welcomes Ironi Ashkelon.
hosts Maccabi Ashdod on Monday.
Haifa got off to the better start on
Saturday and led by six points (19-13) after 10 minutes.
move by Avi Ben-Shimol at the start of the second period increased Maccabi’s
lead to 22-13, but Jerusalem answered with a 14- 2 run and a tight second period
would end in a 37-36 Hapoel lead.
However, the visitors would not need
long in the second half to surge into the lead, opening the third quarter with
an 18-4 run capped by a Rich basket to move into a 55-40 advantage.
hosts managed to close to within seven points (57-50) with two minutes to play
in the third period, only for Will Solomon, who had gone scoreless until that
stage, to hit three consecutive three-pointers to put Hapoel in a commanding
position once more.
From there, the visitors continued to pile the misery
on Haifa until the clock ran out.
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