IRONI NESS ZIONA’S Preston Knowles 370.
(photo credit: BSL website)
Newly-promoted Ironi Ness Ziona toppled yet another BSL powerhouse on Sunday
night, ending reigning-champion Maccabi Haifa’s five-game winning streak with an
After winning four consecutive contests, beating Maccabi
Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem on the trot, Ness Ziona was
brought back down to earth with defeats to Hapoel Gilboa/Galil and Barak
However, it bounced back and returned to its giant-killing ways
at home on Sunday, outscoring Haifa 13-2 to end the game and improve to a 5-3
record, half a game behind the Greens (5-2).
Preston Knowles led Ness
Ziona with 20 points, with Tyler Honeycutt adding 13 points and 10
Donta Smith had 16 points for Haifa, which will hope to rebound
when it hosts MZT Skopje in Eurocup action on Wednesday.
Netanya (4-3) claimed its third win in four games, beating Gilboa (3-5) 73-63 in
Rashaun Freeman recorded a rare double-double of 19 points and
19 rebounds for Netanya, with Stu Douglass scoring 18 points for
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On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Eilat at Nokia Arena,
hoping to get back on track after a disastrous week.
dropped to 4-3 in the BSL following last week’s 78-66 defeat at Hapoel Tel Aviv
and saw its four-game Euroleague winning streak come to an end with its first
home loss of the season on Thursday, falling 70-65 to Laboral
Incidentally, Eilat coach Oded Katash was the last Maccabi boss
to lose three local games so early on in the season and he was fired after the
third defeat, which came at the end of December 2007.
Also Monday, Raviv
Limonad will look to continue his red-hot start to the season when Hapoel Tel
Aviv hosts Hapoel Jerusalem at Hadar Yosef Arena.
Limonad, who struggled
at Jerusalem last season, currently leads the league with 19.0 points per game,
scoring at least 16 points in all six of his side’s contests.
has won four of its past five BSL games and forward Lior Eliyahu is set to make
his league debut for the team after playing eight minutes in the Eurocup defeat
to Academic Sofia last week.
Elsewhere, Maccabi Ashdod visits Hapoel
Holon, with Maccabi Rishon Lezion to welcome Bnei Herzliya on Tuesday.
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