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The Israeli basketball season officially got under way on Sunday night with the State Cup first round first legs.
Only one BSL side lost on Sunday, with Hapoel Beersheba defeating Elitzur Ashkelon 83-81.
The slender road loss, however, means Ashkelon will be confident of progressing when the second legs are played this coming Wednesday.
The team will be looking to join last year's four semifinalists Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Bnei Hasharon and Ironi Ramat Gan, which all received a first round bye.
Mike King scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Beersheba, with former Hapoel Jerusalem star Papi Turjeman scoring 11 points for Ashkelon in his first game since coming out of retirement this summer.
Doron Sheffer scored nine points and helped Hapoel Galil Elyon to a 105-94 road victory over Elitzur Yavne in his first official game since making his comeback to the side a couple of months ago.
Yogev Ohayon led Galil with 22 points, with Cliff Brown and Mike Campbell each adding 21 points.
Also on Sunday, Hapoel Holon and Ironi Nahariya all but cemented their place in the second round by easily beating Elitzur Kiriyat Ata/Motzkin and Maccabi Ashdod respectively.
Holon won 106-84 and Nahariya claimed the victory by 104-72.
In other games in the first round: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon Lezion 75-84, Maccabi Shoham - Hapoel Afula/Gilboa 71-95, Hapoel Lev Hasharon - Hapoel Upper Nazareth 107-87, Maccabi Givat Shmuel - Maccabi Hod Hasharon 78-74, Elitzur Netanya - Betar Binyamina 92-70, Elitzur Ramle - Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 93-93.
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