Mac TA draws first blood from Hap J’lem

After a sloppy first half, Maccabi seized control after the break to take the lead in the best-of-five series.

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May 28, 2013 04:43
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Maccabi Tel Aviv's Lior Eliyahu

Maccabi Tel Aviv's Lior Eliyahu 370. (photo credit: Adi Avishai)

A feisty Maccabi Tel Aviv took a 1-0 lead over Hapoel Jerusalem in the BSL semifinals on Monday night, claiming a 91-73 win at Nokia Arena.

After a sloppy first half, Maccabi seized control after the break to take the lead in the best-of-five series.

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Lior Eliyahu scored 22 points for the winners, with Shawn James adding 21 points.

Maccabi improved to 22-3 in the playoffs against Jerusalem.

Maccabi coach David Blatt also extended his amazing playoff record with the yellow- and-blue to 26-0.

Hapoel will hope to level the series when it hosts Game 2 at Malha Arena on Thursday.

In the other semifinal series, Maccabi Haifa opened a 1-0 advantage over Hapoel Eilat on Sunday. Eilat hosts Game 2 on Wednesday.



On Monday, Jerusalem looked sharp throughout the first half but still entered the break down by three points.

A tight first quarter ended in a 22-20 Hapoel lead and the visitors were ahead by five points (35-30) late in the half.

However, Maccabi ended the second period with an 8- 0 run to move into the lead.

Maccabi blew the game open at the start of the second half, leading by as many as 15 points (54-39).

Jerusalem never gave up the chase but Maccabi didn’t allow Hapoel to close within striking distance and clinched the series opener.


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