Hapoel Gilboa Galil 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Rishon Lezion will advance to its first BSL Final Four since 2006 should
it claim a home victory over Bnei Hasharon on Sunday night, while Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil needs one more win in its best-of-five quarterfinal series against
Hapoel Holon to reach the season-ending tournament for the third straight
Effi Birenboim’s team took a 2-1 series lead over Bnei Hasharon
with an 82- 75 victory in Herzliya on Thursday and will be desperate to book its
return to Israeli basketball’s showcase event on Sunday after playing in the
first-ever Final Four in the 2005/06 season.
Gilboa, on the other hand,
has been a fixture in recent Final Fours, reaching three of the last four and
going all the way last season.
Despite losing in Game 2 in Holon, the
reigning champion will be expecting to wrap up the series on Sunday after
winning Games 1 and 3 by an average 17 points.
The relegation playoffs
could also be decided on Sunday, with Maccabi Haifa taking a 2-1 lead into Game
4 at Ironi Ashkelon.
The National League playoff finals will continue on
Monday, with BC Habika’a needing one more win over Hapoel Tel Aviv to clinch the
championship after taking a 2-0 series lead on Thursday.