BRIAN RANDLE of Hapoel Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
With its Eurocup and State Cup campaigns ending far earlier than expected,
Hapoel Jerusalem is hoping to save something from this season with success in
However, its prospects in the league suffered a hefty blow over
the weekend after it became apparent that star forward Brian Randle will have to
undergo surgery on his ankle and could miss two months or more of
Randle missed several games due to the injury over recent weeks,
but the treatment he received proved to be fruitless and surgery looks to be the
only remaining option.
Jerusalem rebounded from two straight BSL defeats
to beat Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 10 days ago, but was then knocked out in the
quarterfinals of the cup by Barak Netanya last Sunday.
“This is a big
blow to the team as Randle is one of our main players,” Hapoel said in a
statement. “This continues the misfortune the team has suffered from the start
of the season, with the likes of Uri Kukia, Yuval Naimi and Yogev Ohayon all
going down with injuries.”
Jerusalem was looking for another big-men even
before it knew Randle would face surgery, but now it needs one
For the time being, it will have to manage with its current
roster, including in Monday’s BSL game against Ironi Ashkelon at Malha
On Sunday, Maccabi Haifa hosts Bnei Hasharon after falling to its
eighth defeat in nine games on Thursday.
Haifa lost 91-82 to Maccabi
Rishon Lezion in the rescheduled game and is in danger of losing touch with the
rest of the league if it doesn’t start winning on a consistent basis
Also Sunday, Maccabi Rishon Lezion welcomes Hapoel Gilboa/Galil and
Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Hapoel Holon.
On Saturday, Barak Netanya hosted
On Saturday, Barak Netanya thrashed Maccabi Ashdod 85-
Adrian Banks scored 21 points for Netanya, which outscored Ashdod
23-9 in the fourth quarter, with Ramel Bradley scoring 18 for Ashdod.