Yogev Ohayon came back to haunt Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday night, scoring 20
points and dishing out eight assists to lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to a thrilling
104-100 overtime victory at Malha Arena.
Hapoel ended a 21-year drought
at Nokia Arena in November, stunning Maccabi 78-64 for its first league win on
the road against the yellow-and- blue since October 1, 1990.
It seemed on
course for a rare double over Tel Aviv after opening a double-digit margin
(67-57) late in the third period on Sunday.
But Ohayon would not be
denied at his old hunting ground where he spent the previous two seasons,
lifting Maccabi in the final frame and clinching the win in overtime after Ramel
Bradley forced an extra five minutes with three free throws after time expired
Ohayon led six Maccabi players in double figures, with
David Blu, Keith Langford and Richard Hendrix adding 17, 16 and 15 points,
Yuval Naimi had 19 points and 10 assists for Jerusalem,
with Bradley contributing 17 points and eight rebounds for the hosts, who can
draw some encouragement from a spirited performance.
Jerusalem showed the
urgency it so desperately lacked for much of this season right from the tipoff
on Sunday, taking a 19-14 lead on a Naimi three-pointer, capping a 12-2
D.J. Strawberry’s basket to end the first period extended the gap to
six (23-17), but six straight points from Yogev Ohayon brought Maccabi right
back, with Tal Bustein’s triple tying the game at 28-28.
There would be
little to separate the teams for the remainder of the first half, with a
Strawberry score giving the hosts a two-point edge (44-42) at the
Jerusalem looked to be the far hungrier team at the start of the
second half and the local faithful couldn’t believe their eyes when Dan
Grunfeld’s basket gave the hosts a 67-57 margin with 1:15 to play in the
Tel Aviv was in danger of losing touch, but six Blu points
followed by an Ohayon triple to end the quarter meant Maccabi was back within
one possession (69-66) with 10 minutes to play.
play with 3:06 remaining put Maccabi back in front (81-79), but Bradley’s three
would give Hapoel an 86-85 advantage with 24.8 seconds to go.
replied with another three-point move and Blu’s free throws with 8.2s left
opened a three-point lead (90- 87) after Naimi only made one of two shots from
Hapoel twice came close to turning over the ball in its final
play of regulation, but instead Bradley would send the game into overtime from
the line, hitting all three of his free throws with the clock at 0.0 after being
fouled at the buzzer by Langford.
However, Jerusalem could not keep pace
with the yellow-andblue in overtime, with Ohayon’s lay-up with 50.6s to play
completing a 10-2 run (101-96) from which his former team was never going to
Also Sunday, Maccabi Rishon Lezion bounced back from its State
Cup final defeat to Maccabi Tel Aviv with an 84-79 win over Ironi
Rishon was still licking its wounds in the first half, with
Ashkelon taking a 51-34 margin into the interval.
However, an 18-3 run to
end the third period brought Rishon back within striking distance (60-57) and
the hosts surged to the victory in the final frame.
Brandon Bowman led
Rishon with 23 points and 11 rebounds, with Raviv Limonad scoring 23 for
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil maintained its hold on second place in the
standings on Sunday, defeating BC Habika’a 84-77 on the road.
Travis, Courtney Fells and Joseph Jones led Gilboa to the win with 28, 24 and 21
Paul Delaney scored 28 points for Habika’a, which
chased Gilboa throughout the second half to no avail.
remained red hot on Sunday, beating Maccabi Haifa 84-74 on the road for its
fourth straight BSL victory.
Ashdod, which defeated Hapoel Jerusalem and
Maccabi Tel Aviv in its last two games, opened a 35-27 halftime lead and
effectively clinched the win with a 12-2 run to start the fourth frame
Josh Carter had 19 points for Ashdod, with Alex Tyus adding
Tyler Wilkerson had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Haifa, which hasn’t
won a game in three months, losing 10 straight.
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