BRIAN RANDLE of Hapoel Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem will be looking to continue its recent revival when it visits
Maccabi Rishon Lezion in BSL action on Sunday.
After losing two straight
games in humbling fashion, Jerusalem has won four of five contests, averaging
102.8 points in the victories.
Hapoel took sole possession of second
place in the standings with an impressive 99-90 victory over Bnei Hasharon last
week and also welcomed back star forward Brian Randle from injury.
played just nine minutes, scoring five points, but with still five more games to
play in the regular season before the start of the playoffs, he has got plenty
of time to regain top form.
Jerusalem coach Oded Katash received further
good news on the injury front after Uri Kukia was given permission to resume
training this week following a long injury lay-off.
The return of Randle
and Kukia leaves Katash with the headache of trying to split playing time
between 12 senior players.
Jason Rich (16 minutes) and Jawad Williams (12
minutes) were unhappy with receiving so few minutes in the victory over Bnei
Hasharon, but Katash is adamant that the players need to get used to the fact
that they are no longer guaranteed playing time.
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“This time it was Rich
and Williams and next time it will be someone else,” Katash said.
is just a part of playing for a team with a big roster.
something that just happens in Jerusalem. If any player has a problem with this
he can come and talk to me and ask to be released.”
Rishon beat Jerusalem
when the team’s last met two months ago, but after winning four straight games,
Effi Birenboim’s side has lost four of five.
Also Sunday, Maccabi Haifa
hosts Ironi Ashkelon in a battle between the two bottom sides, while Bnei
Hasharon welcomes Hapoel Holon.
Barak Netanya visits Maccabi Ashdod on
The game between Hapoel Gilboa/Galil and Maccabi Tel Aviv was
postponed to April 17 to allow the yellow-and-blue to prepare for Game 3 of its
Euroleague quarterfinal series against Caja Laboral Vitoria on Tuesday.
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