HAPOEL GILBOA/GALIL center Ido Kuzikaro 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem can take a massive step towards securing a place in the Eurocup
Last 16 when it faces CEZ Nymburk in the Czech Republic on Tuesday
Oded Katash’s team claimed its biggest win of the season to date
last week, stunning Cajasol Sevilla 76-72 in Spain, behind an inspired 26-point
performance by Will Solomon.
A victory against Nymburk will see Hapoel
improve to 3-0 midway through its Group G campaign, and with home games against
the Czech champion and Sevilla still to come, Katash’s men will be in pole
position to qualify for the next stage from top position.
know all about Jerusalem, and not just because of the team’s surprise win in
Spain last week.
The Czechs are coached by a couple of Israelis, Ronen
Ginzburg and his assistant Oren Amiel, with Nymbruk’s roster including Israeli
guard Afik Nissim and former Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv swingman Tre
“Nymbruk is a semi-Israeli team,” Katash said. “You could say
Simmons is half-Israeli and they also have Afik Nissim and Israeli coaches.
However, we are putting all of this aside because this is a very important game
for us which could go a long way to determining the outcome of the
“We have a few injuries, including Solomon, who is doubtful, but
we will try and build on our recent momentum.”
Besides winning both of
its Eurocup games to date, Hapoel has also claimed four straight BSL contests,
beating Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Saturday.
Nymburk has dominated Czech
basketball in recent years, winning seven straight championships, and has split
its two Eurocup games so far, losing at home to Sevilla while beating VEF Riga
on the road last week, thanks to 16 points from Simmons and 15 from
“We are facing a tough team which won last week, but we need to
maintain our recent form,” Solomon said. “We’re feeling good and we want to
Meanwhile, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will look to rebound from last
week’s disappointing home loss to Aris Thessaloniki when it hosts five-time
defending Ukrainian champion BC Azovmash.
Gilboa claimed an encouraging
win at Cedevita Zagreb in its regular season opener, but despite leading in the
fourth period against Aris, could not clinch the win and fell to a 1-1
Despite renovating the arena in Gan Ner, Gilboa will host its
second straight Eurocup game at Malha after ULEB representatives refused to
approve the court up North.
“We are trying to think as little as possible
about the fact that we will not play the game at our home arena,” Gilboa coach
Lior Lubin said. “Azovmash is a strong team with six Americans and we can’t take
them lightly even though they have lost both games so far.”
Barak Netanya and Maccabi Haifa will look to put their BSL struggles aside when
they continue their EuroChallenge campaigns.
Netanya hosts Turk Telecom,
hoping to claim a second straight continental win after last week’s victory over
the Norrkoping Dolphins, while Maccabi Haifa welcomes BT Ventspils of Latvia at
In BSL action on Monday, Hapoel Holon claimed its second win of
the season, defeating fellow struggler Ironi Ashkelon 84-80.
and Kasib Powell had 17 points for Holon, with Rashon Turner scoring 21 points
for Ashkelon, which is now tied for last place with Holon, Netanya and Haifa
with a 2-5 record.
In other basketball news, Maccabi Tel Aviv swingman
Chuck Eidson was named the Euroleague’s MVP for November.
make Maccabi the only team to survive the first full month of the season
undefeated, scoring the second- most points (51) for Tel Aviv, while leading the
team in assists (16), steals (12) and three-pointers made (7).On TV:
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil vs BC Azovmash (live on Channel 1 at 7 p.m.); Cez Nymburk vs
Hapoel Jerusalem (live on Channel 33 at 7 p.m.)