Local hoops: Ashkelon overturns deficit to advance

Ashkelon's big win on Wednesday ensured that all 10 of Israel's top division sides remain in this year's competition.

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October 11, 2007 03:41
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Local hoops: Ashkelon overturns deficit to advance

Israel basketball 224.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Elitzur Ashkelon easily overturned a two point first leg deficit on Wednesday evening to advance to the second round of the State Cup, defeating Hapoel Beersheba 91-68. Ashkelon was the only BSL team to lose in the first leg on Sunday (83-81), but its big win on Wednesday ensured the that all 10 of Israel's top division sides remain in this year's competition. Last year's four semifinalists Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Bnei Hasharon and Ironi Ramat Gan all received a first round bye. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, which played in last season's final, will only join the competition at the quarterfinal stage, with Bnei Hasharon and Ramat Gan entering the contest at the second round. The first and second legs of the second round will be played on October 21 and 24 respectively. The closest first round tie on Wednesday was played at Mishmar Ha'emek where Hapoel Yokneam/Megido edged Elitzur Ramle 80-78. The first leg had ended in a 93-93 tie and only clutch free-throw shooting by Hapoel's Niv Berkovic (17 points) ensured the hosts held on to their early lead and grinded out the win. BSL sides Maccabi Rishon Lezion, Hapoel Afula/Gilboa, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Ironi Nahariya and Hapoel Holon all completed double victories over their opponents on Wednesday and comfortably booked a place in the second round.

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