Rich Hap J'lem 311.
(photo credit: Hapoel Jerusalem website)
Hapoel Jerusalem got back to winning ways on Wednesday night to advance to the
quarterfinals of the State Cup, while Maccabi Ashdod continued its sizzling
form, thrashing Bnei Hasharon on its way to the last-eight.
suffering a heartbreaking early exit from the Eurocup with a home defeat to
Cajasol Sevilla last week, Jerusalem was humbled by 23 points at Ashdod on
Sunday, turning what would usually be regarded as a straightforward cup game at
Hapoel Afula into a high-pressure encounter.
Still without the injured
Brian Randle and Yuval Naimi, Jerusalem led throughout Wednesday’s game, but had
to withstand a late Afula comeback attempt before recording an 83-75 victory
over its National League opponent.
Oded Katash’s men led 46-34 at the
break and seemed to have a comfortable 16-point cushion (71-55) heading into the
final 10 minutes.
However, Afula ate away at the gap in the fourth period
and Jerusalem would only finally clinch the win in the closing
Jason Rich scored 19 points for Jerusalem, with Moshe Mizrahi
adding 17 points and the fit-again Yogev Ohayon contributing 15.
Huge had 23 points for Afula.
“Hopefully we will have 10 fit players for
tomorrow’s training session so we can prepare properly for next week’s tough
games against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil,” Katash said. “We went
through a bit of a crisis, but I’m sure that the return of the injured players
will see us get back on track.”
With six wins in its past seven league
games, Ashdod has been the surprise package in the BSL so far this
Ofer Berkowitz’s team continued its impressive run in the cup on
Wednesday, beating Bnei Hasharon 88-74.
The visitors got off to the
better start, leading 29-22 after 10 minutes.
However, at halftime the
score was tied at 50-50 and with one quarter to play Ashdod led by seven points
The final period would belong to Ashdod, which seems to be
improving with every week.
Josh Duncan had 25 points for the winners,
with Meir Tapiro adding 20 points and 10 assists.
Lee Nailon scored 21
points for Bnei Hasharon, which has won just once in its last five games in all
Maccabi Haifa got a pleasant distraction from its BSL
troubles on Wednesday, claiming a one-sided 92-73 win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion
Sylven Landesberg had 22 points for Haifa, which has lost six
straight league games, with Raymar Morgan scoring 18 points for
Also Wednesday, Barak Netanya crushed Maccabi Hod Hasharon
BC Habika’a hosts Ironi Ashkelon in the final last-16 encounter on
Thursday, with Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Gilboa/Galil receiving a bye into the
National League leader Hapoel Tel Aviv advanced to the
quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The draw to determine the last-eight matchups
will be held on Thursday.