Richard Hendrix 370.
(photo credit: asaf kliger)
The Israelis defeated the Foreigners for a second straight year in the BSL’s
All-Star game on Thursday, winning 113-109 in Ashkelon behind 40 points from MVP
As is usually the case in such exhibition affairs, little
defense was played by either team until the final minutes of the
A Sylven Landesberg dunk tied the score at 105-105 with three
minutes to play and an alley-oop finished off by Lior Eliyahu gave the Israelis
the edge (111-109) with 40 seconds remaining.
Ashkelon’s Dwayne Mitchell
had a chance to put the Foreigners back in front, but he missed his three-point
attempt and Eliyahu clinched the win for the locals with another dunk in the
“It was really fun to play with all the Israelis and I’m
happy we won again,” said Kadir, who also had 13 rebounds to go with his 40
points, shooting 18- of-21 from the field.
Landesberg and Eliyahu added
21 and 20 points, respectively, while Marco Killingsworth led the Foreigners
with 20 points.
With all due respect to the game itself, the highlight of
the evening was provided by Bnei Hasharon’s Roei Buchbinder.
25-year-old has scored just 1.3 points in 7.3 minutes per game in the BSL this
season, but he stole the show on Thursday with his winning-performance in the
Buchbinder faced Maccabi Rishon Lezion’s Brandon Bowman in
the final and clinched the title with a perfect score of 30 after leaping over
the car of Bnei Hasharon assistant coach Zufer Avdija.
“This is my first
year in Israel since graduating from college and I came here to win,” said
Buchbinder. “A lot of people have never heard of me and I hope this helps me get
The Three-Point contest was won by Ironi Ashkelon’s Amit
Simhon, who scored 18 points in the first round before beating Hapoel Holon’s
Ron Lewis 13-10 in the final.