Oded Katash 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Oded Katash’s days at Hapoel Jerusalem look numbered after his team’s already
disappointing season hit a new low on Monday night.
thrashed 81-59 at BC Habika’a, falling to one of its more humbling defeats in
Katash’s men simply failed to show up for Monday’s BSL
encounter, trailing by eight points (21-13) after 10 minutes and by 15 (42-27)
at the break, before completely falling apart in the second
Hapoel’s players were totally inept against Avi Ashkenazi’s team,
which had lost its previous three games, but led by as many as 32 points (73-41)
Katash’s future in Jerusalem was already hanging in the
balance in the summer after last season’s disappointment and the manner of
Monday’s defeat, combined with the early Eurocup exit, could well bring his time
at the club to an abrupt ending.
“This was an unpleasant defeat,” Katash
said. “There is a lot to learn from this game. We need to work hard and things
will work out.”
Guni Izraeli and Elishay Kadir scored 12 points each for
Jerusalem, with Rashaun Freeman netting 20 for Habika’a and Dion Dowell adding
19 points and 15 rebounds against his former team.
continued its unlikely run on Monday, defeating Ironi Ashkelon 86-84 for its
fourth consecutive win thanks to Eric Hicks’s basket with 0.7 seconds to
Netanya, which began the season with six straight defeats, led for
much of the game, but Ashkelon fought back and the score was tied entering the
Adrian Banks missed a chance to clinch the game for
Netanya, but Hicks came up with a crucial offensive rebound and scored the
Brian Asbury led Netanya with 33 points and 11 rebounds,
with Banks scoring 20 for Danny Franco’s team, which lost Christian Burns for
the season with a knee injury.
Marco Killingsworth led six Ashkelon
players in double figures with 20 points.
There was also late drama in
Rishon Lezion, with the hosts edging Maccabi Haifa 76-74.
its last two games by a single point, Maccabi Rishon Lezion finally held its
nerve when it mattered most, with Joe Crawford hitting the winning basket with
three seconds to play.
Crawford led the winners with 18 points and 11
rebounds, while Carlos Powell had 18 points for Haifa.
Gilboa/Galil remains Maccabi Tel Aviv’s closest challenger, beating Maccabi
Ashdod 97-75 in Gan Ner on Monday for its sixth win in seven
Gilboa led throughout the game and all but clinched the win with
still 10 minutes to play, taking a 70-57 margin into the final
Romeo Travis led Gilboa with 25 points, with Joseph Jones adding
18 points and 11 boards for the hosts and Josh Duncan scoring 20 for Ashdod