Local Hoops: Netanya defeats Maccabi TA in 2OT epic

Washam hits 34 points as Arik Alfasi's boys break Tel Aviv's unbeaten BSL run.

January 25, 2010 05:37
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Local Hoops: Netanya defeats Maccabi TA in 2OT epic

Maccabi Tel Aviv 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Barak Netanya ended Maccabi Tel Aviv's perfect start to the BSL season in thrilling fashion on Sunday night, claiming a 114-103 victory after double-overtime at the Yeshurun Arena.

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Netanya entered the game with a 5-1 home record, and showed from the start why it is so hard to win at Yeshurun.

The hosts pressured Maccabi, forcing turnovers in their small arena and hitting the perennial champion on the break. Tel Aviv's far superior roster didn't show the heart or character displayed by their modest opponents and Netanya claimed a deserved victory.

Tony Washam scored 34 points for Netanya, with Marco Killingsworth and Danilo Pinnock adding 26 points each.

Andrew Wisniewski led Maccabi with 26 points, with Doron Perkins and Chuck Eidson each contributing 18 for Tel Aviv, which was hoping to enter Thursday's Euroleague Top 16 encounter at Montepaschi Siena on the back of a victory.

Also Sunday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil consolidated second position in the standings with an easy 107-83 victory at Hapoel Afula. Maccabi Rishon Lezion strengthened its position in the top eight with an 84-82 win at Ironi Ashkelon, Rishon's fourth straight win after triumphing in just one of its first seven games of the season.

Ironi Nahariya also claimed an important victory in its battle against relegation, snapping a six-game losing streak with an 82-75 home victory over Bnei Hasharon on Sunday.

On Monday, the winless Ironi Ramat Gan hosts Hapoel Holon.

Barak Netanya 114, Maccabi Tel Aviv 103

In Netanya, the hosts got off to an encouraging start, forcing Maccabi to commit turnovers and dictating a fast pace to the game. A Pinnock three-pointer gave Netanya an early seven-point gap (13-6), but Tel Aviv ended the first period with an 8-0 run, capped by a Doron Perkins three-point move.

In an extremely tight second quarter, no team led by more than five points, and it was Netanya which led at the half (50-48) after scoring the final seven points of the half.

The game remained evenly balanced for most of the third period, but Maccabi lost its concentration in the final stages and Eran Asante's basket completed a 13-4 run and gave the hosts a promising 73-64 advantage with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Netanya had to wait until 6:25 into the fourth quarter until it scored its first field-goal and an Andrew Wisniewski basket midway through the quarter gave Tel Aviv a 77-76 lead.

Netanya looked lost, but Maccabi failed to increase its margin and the hosts regained their cool and would move back in front. Gershon's men, on the other hand, completely lost their composure as the game drew to a close and Netanya seemed to be heading to the win.

However, Tony Younger missed one of his two free-throws in the final seconds and David Bluthenthal scored with 1.3 seconds to play to send the game into overtime.

The extra five minutes came down to the closing seconds as well, with a Wisniewski triple tying the score at 96-96 with 41 seconds to play.

Once more, however, both teams made silly mistakes when it mattered most and the game went into a second overtime.

Maccabi should have been better equipped to cope with a second extra period, but it was Netanya which kept its poise and ended the game with a 12-2 run to claim a famous victory.

Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 107, Hapoel Afula 83

In Afula, Gilboa all but clinched the win by halftime, opening a 53-33 margin. At no stage did Afula threaten to mount a comeback and Eli Rabi's team has now lost its last four games by an average of 21.5 points.

Jeremy Pargo had 23 points and eight assists for Gilboa, with Elishay Kadir scoring 19 and taking eight rebounds. Dlonte Christmas led the struggling Afula with 20 points.

Maccabi Rishon 84, Ironi Ashkelon 82

At Ashkelon, the hosts led 25-16 after 10 minutes and 38-21 with three minutes to play in the first half. However, Rishon closed to within 10 points at the break (42-32) and completed its comeback in the third period, taking a 60-57 into the final quarter.

After a tight fourth period, the score was tied at 77-77 with a single minute to play, but the visitors made the better decisions in the final seconds and claimed an important win.

Dalron Johnson had 24 points and eight rebounds for Rishon, with Larry O'Bannon scoring 17 points and Avi Ben-Shimol and Aaron McGhee adding 14 points each.

Moran Rot scored 19 points for Ashkelon, which has lost five straight games.

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