Sharon Druker, Hapoel Jerusalem coach.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Sharon Drucker’s second tenure as Hapoel Jerusalem coach began on a winning note
on Monday night, with the Reds crushing Bnei Hasharon 102-63 in BSL action in
Jerusalem opened a nine-point lead (22-13) after 10 minutes and
all but clinched the win after beginning the second quarter with a 15-4 run to
extend its margin to 20 points (37-17).
While Drucker deserves some
credit for the emphatic win, he understands that a victory over Bnei Hasharon in
its current state is hardly a reason to celebrate.
“We need to put things
in perspective, although clearly the changing of the coach always makes an
impact,” said Drucker, who replaced Oded Katash, who resigned last week
following a 22-point defeat at BC Habika’a.
“I enjoyed watching the
players tonight, but we still have a lot of work to do until we will be
synchronized. I think the players also played for Katash.
hurt a lot of people.”
One of the players who would have been affected by
Katash’s departure more than others is Brian Randle.
center was brought to Israel by Katash more than three years ago, with the two
spending a couple of seasons together at Hapoel Gilboa/Galil before both moving
to Jerusalem at the start of the 2010/11 campaign.
“I think today was
about proving our resilience,” said Randle, who scored 17 points for
“It was a tough week. It wasn’t easy for Sharon to come in here,
but it was a good outing for us and hopefully we can build on it.
owed this win to the club. It is a hard thing to see a coach leave and it was
important for us to step up.”
D.J. Strawberry led Hapoel with 19 points,
17 of them in the first half, with Elishay Kadir contributing 18 points and 11
Tweety Carter had 25 points for Bnei Hasharon, which has now
lost its last three league games by an average 38.3 points.