Hapoel Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem suffered its first defeat in five BSL contests on Sunday night,
losing 76-65 at Hapoel Holon in a game which wasn’t anywhere near as close as
the final score indicates.
Jerusalem was down by double-digits at the
break (44-33) and never came close to mounting a comeback in the second half,
trailing by as many as 25 points at one stage.
Sunday’s defeat was
Hapoel’s second straight in all competitions following last Tuesday’s 73-67 loss
at CEZ Nymburk.
Oded Katash’s team hosts the Czechs at Malha Arena on
Tuesday, hoping to get back to winning ways after a difficult week.
weren’t focused from the start and didn’t implement what we planned,” said
Katash, whose team shot six of 30 from beyond the arc. “Holon deserves all the
credit, but we don’t have long to correct matters because we have a very
important game on Tuesday.”
Former Jerusalem star Jamie Arnold had 21
points for Holon, with Robert Hite adding 17 points and 10 rebounds and Moran
Rot contributing 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
the season poorly, but showed our great character tonight,” Holon coach Danny
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Jason Rich had 13 points for Jerusalem.
Barak Netanya snapped a three-game BSL losing streak, beating Ironi Ashkelon
60-58 thanks to Adrian Banks’ buzzer-beating basket.
A very tight first
half in Netanya ended with the visitors ahead 32-30, but the hosts had the edge
with 10 minutes to play, leading 49- 45.
The lead continued to exchange
hands in the fourth quarter and with 15 seconds to play the score was tied at
Dror Hagag had a chance to decide the encounter for Ashkelon, but
he had his shot blocked by Romeo Travis, and Banks scooped up the loose ball and
raced up the other end to lay in the winning basket as time
Banks was Netanya’s only player in double-figures, scoring 23
Thomas Terrell had 16 points for Ashkelon.
game against Maccabi Rishon Lezion at Nesher was postponed following the fire in
On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Maccabi Ashdod.
Holon, Jerusalem was always going to struggle without Brian Randle and Holon
opened a double-digit margin after less than three minutes. A Kasib Powell layup
capped a 12-2 Holon start to the game and the hosts were ahead 25-16 after 10
Holon remained in control in the second period, with an Arnold
desperation three-pointer to beat the shot clock giving Holon a 40-28 advantage
with three minutes remaining in the first half.
The hosts maintained the
double-figure lead (44-33) until the break and only continued to extend the
margin in the third period.
Jerusalem’s offensive play went from bad to
worse and an Arnold basket completed an 18-4 run which gave Holon a massive
Rich’s buzzer-beating basket from the halfway line cut
the deficit slightly by the end of the quarter (62-44) and five more points by
the American guard to start the final frame gave the visitors some
However, Arnold responded with five straight points to dampen
Jerusalem spirits and the hosts cruised to just their third win of the season.
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