Maccabi Tel Aviv's Yogev Ohayon 311.
(photo credit: Maccabi Tel Aviv website)
For a second straight week, Yogev Ohayon ensured Maccabi Tel Aviv avoided a
humbling BSL defeat, scoring six straight points in the final two minutes to
lead the yellow-and-blue to an 87-81 win over Maccabi Haifa at Nokia Arena on
Maccabi was always going to suffer some sort of letdown
after securing its progress to the Euroleague quarterfinals on Thursday and
Haifa very nearly made the most of the opportunity to record its first league
win in more than three months.
Avi Ben-Shimol gave the visitors an 81-79
advantage with 2:41 to play, but Ohayon took over after that, hitting a jumper
to tie the score before giving the yellow-and-blue the lead with 1:10 remaining
and clinching the win from the line.
“We began the game poorly, but we
bounced back,” said Ohayon who ended the night with 14 points. “We just want to
come through these games and win them.”
Keith Langford had 17 points for
Maccabi, which hosts Vrsac in another all but meaningless encounter in the
Adriatic League on Monday before visiting Barcelona in yet another insignificant
game on Wednesday.
All in all, Tel Aviv has 10 BSL and Adriatic games to
play before it gets back to real business on March 20 when the Euroleague
quarterfinal playoffs get underway.
“It is not easy to do what we are
doing. We achieved something great on Thursday, coming back from 17 points down
against Zalgiris Kaunas despite all the pressure,” said Maccabi coach David
Blatt, who handed 17-year-old 11th-grader Idan Zalmanson his debut. “We also
recorded a nice win tonight.
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We are facing 16 games until the end of
March and under such circumstances every win is welcome.”
had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Haifa, which lost its 11th straight league
A dramatic Ron Lewis basket gave Hapoel Holon its fifth win in six
games on Sunday, a 98-97 road victory over Maccabi Ashdod. A three-pointer by
Ashdod forward Josh Carter tied the score at 95-95 with 35 seconds to go, and
after Lewis only hit one of two free throws, Robby Bostain scored both his
attempts from the line to give the hosts the edge (97-96) with 11 seconds
However, Lewis hit the winning shot with three seconds left,
ending the game with 34 points.
Bryant Duntson added 17 points and 12
rebounds for Holon, while Carter and Josh Duncan had 30 and 28 points,
respectively, for Ashdod, which had won its previous four league
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil remained one game ahead of Holon in the battle
for second position, beating Bnei Hasharon 73-61 on Sunday.
had 20 points and nine boards for the winners, with Tweety Carter scoring 27
points for Bnei Hasharon, Also Sunday, Ironi Ashkelon came back from 20 points
down to defeat BC Habika’a 87- 85.
Dwayne Mitchell scored 18 points for
Ashkelon, which ended the game on a 12-3 run.
Rashaun Freeman had 21
points and 10 rebounds for Habika’a, which has lost five straight games. Maccabi
Rishon Lezion visits Barak Netanya on Monday.
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