Local hoops: Hap J'lem soundly beaten at Nahariya

Dan Shamir's rookie season is quickly turning into a nightmare as his side is thumped 101-66 by Ironi Nahariya.

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December 10, 2006 00:20
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Local hoops: Hap J'lem soundly beaten at Nahariya

hapoel jm 298.88. (photo credit: Asaf Kliger)

Hapoel Jerusalem's season hit a new low on Saturday night after the side was thumped 101-66 by Ironi Nahariya in the BSL. Jerusalem has now lost three of its first six league games and coach Dan Shamir's rookie season is quickly turning into a nightmare. "What occurred tonight was very serious and things most change," Shamir said after the game. "We have a problem in the team, but I won't give up. We've lost some games recently, but to lose in the way we did today is unacceptable." The win was Nahariya's fifth in six games with the sides' only loss coming against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week. The hosts were led by John Gilchrist who scored 22 points with Ido Kozikaro adding 21 points and six rebounds. Nahariya was sharper at the start of the game but the score remained tight and Ironi led 17-14 after 10 minutes. The hosts raced forward in the second period and led 44-30 at half time. The third and fourth periods were dominated by Nahariya with the hosts continuing to increase their lead until the end of the game and strolling to victory. The four remaining games of the sixth round of the BSL will be played on Sunday. After only winning once in its first five games, Hapoel Galil Elyon will be looking to kick start its season with a victory against Maccabi Rishon Lezion. Rishon has lost its last two BSL games and will need a win in Kfar Blum to close the gap on the top four. Hapoel Afula/Gilboa will be hoping to continue its impressive start to the season when it hosts Bnei Hasharon. Afula/Gilboa, which has already exceeded expectations by winning two of its first five games, will be severely tested on Sunday night by one of the league's better sides. Bnei Hasharon is third in the standings and will be expecting star Lee Nailon to rebound from his poor five point performance in last week's loss to Elitzur Ashkelon. Elitzur visits last placed Maccabi Givat Shmuel on Sunday in search of its third straight win. Ashkelon lost its first three games of the season, but has shown rapid improvement in recent weeks and will face a tough test against Givat Shmuel which was only denied victory against Hapoel Jerusalem last week by a last second Ed Cota basket. Also on Sunday, Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Ironi Ramat Gan and is a huge favorite to end the locals two game win streak. The four remaining games of the sixth round of the BSL will be played on Sunday. After only winning once in its first five games, Hapoel Galil Elyon will be looking to kick start its season with a victory against Maccabi Rishon Lezion. Rishon has lost its last two BSL games and will need a win in Kfar Blum to close the gap on the top four. Hapoel Afula/Gilboa will be hoping to continue its impressive start to the season when it hosts Bnei Hasharon. Afula/Gilboa, which has already exceeded expectations by winning two of its first five games, will be severely tested on Sunday night by one of the league's better sides. Bnei Hasharon is third in the standings and will be expecting star Lee Nailon to rebound from his poor five point performance in last week's loss to Elitzur Ashkelon. Elitzur visits last placed Maccabi Givat Shmuel on Sunday in search of its third straight win. Ashkelon lost its first three games of the season, but has shown rapid improvement in recent weeks and will face a tough test against Givat Shmuel which was only denied victory against Hapoel Jerusalem last week by a last second Ed Cota basket. Also on Sunday, Maccabi Tel Aviv visits Ironi Ramat Gan and is a huge favorite to end the locals two game win streak.


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