Hapoel Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Hapoel Jerusalem got its BSL campaign back on track on Saturday night, beating
Barak Netanya 91-75 at Malha Arena to improve to 6-3 on the
Jerusalem looked lifeless in last week’s 76-65 humbling at Hapoel
Holon, but rebounded with an important Eurocup victory over CEZ Nymburk on
Tuesday and dominated the second half on its way to another win on
“We opened the game well and we overcame a tough obstacle with
Brian Randle and Yogev Ohayon both injured,” said coach Oded Katash, who takes
his team to Latvia to face VEF Riga in the Eurocup on Tuesday. “We need to get a
result in Latvia because we want to secure our progress this week.”
Solomon and Jason Rich led Jerusalem with 19 points each, with Lior Hakhmon
adding 14 points and nine rebounds.
Romeo Travis had 16 points for
Netanya, which has lost four of its last five games.
Hapoel got the game
off to a fast start, opening a promising 29-17 lead after 10
However, Netanya would go on an 18-5 run to turn the game on its
head, leading 37- 36 after Tony Washam free throws.
The score remained
tight for the remainder of the first half and was tied 43-43 at the
Jerusalem pulled ahead once more in the third period, opening a
67-56 margin with 10 minutes to play on the way to a confidence-boosting
victory, its fifth in six league games.
On Sunday, Maccabi Haifa faces
the unenviable task of trying to stop its four-game slide when it visits Maccabi
Tel Aviv at Nokia Arena.
Haifa was expected to be one of the stronger
teams in the BSL this season, but after beginning its campaign with two wins in
its first three games, the Greens have lost four straight contests, falling to a
humbling defeat at Maccabi Ashdod in its last encounter.
rebounded from its loss to Bnei Hasharon with a stroll in the park against
Ashdod last week, and after extending its Euroleague winning streak to seven
games on Thursday, will be expecting to cruise once more against
Also Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil goes for its fourth consecutive
win when it hosts Ashdod, while Bnei Hasharon visits Ironi
Maccabi Rishon Lezion hosts Hapoel Holon on Monday.