Hapoel Tel Aviv 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
After recording the first real upset of the season last week, Hapoel Tel Aviv
hosts Ironi Ashkelon on Sunday night hoping to build early momentum.
fan-owned Tel Aviv beat Hapoel Jerusalem 84-77 at Malha Arena last Sunday for
its first BSL win since returning to the top flight after six years. It will
find itself in the unaccustomed position of being the favorite against the
“The win against Jerusalem will be worthless if we
don’t beat Ashkelon at home,” said guard Bar Timor, who has impressed in
Hapoel’s first two games of the season, averaging 10.0 points and 7.0
“Every game in this league is difficult and we are the last ones
who can afford to underestimate another team. These games are our bread and
At least one of the league’s perfect four teams will suffer its
first defeat on Sunday, with Maccabi Tel Aviv hosting Maccabi Rishon Lezion in a
battle between two of the unbeaten clubs.
Maccabi thrashed Chalon-
Sur-Saone 90-61 to improve to 3-0 in the Euroleague on Thursday and is expected
to move to 3-0 in the BSL with similar ease on Sunday.
Maccabi Haifa is
another team entering Sunday with a 2-0 record and it will be hoping to continue
its promising start to the season when it visits Hapoel Eilat.
opened the season with some notable defensive displays, holding Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil to 66 points in a 24-point landslide before beating Hapoel Holon
63-53 last Wednesday.
Also Sunday, the disappointing Gilboa will look to
kick-start its season with a first win when it hosts Hapoel Holon in Gan
On Monday, Hapoel Jerusalem, which has opened the season 0-2 for the
first time since 1997, visits the 2-0 Barak Netanya, while Maccabi Ashdod hosts
Bnei Herzliya.On TV: Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Maccabi Rishon Lezion (live at 8:30 p.m. on
Sport5); Hapoel Tel Aviv vs Ironi Ashkelon (live at 7:50 p.m. on Sport5+).