Bnei Hasharon basketball 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Maccabi Rishon Lezion edged Bnei Hasharon 81-79 on Wednesday night to tie its
BSL quarterfinal series at 1-1.
The lead exchanged hands time and again
in a tight encounter in Rishon and the hosts only eked out a victory after Bnei
Hasharon’s Ron Steele and Shawn James missed chances in the dying
“This is a big win for us,” said Rishon center Aaron McGhee, who
led his team with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
“I think we played a lot
tougher than in Game 1 and that got us the victory. Now we need to go there and
get a win on the road.”
Game 3 is next Thursday in Herzliya.
was little to separate the teams throughout Wednesday’s game, with Rishon
leading 36-35 at the break and 58-56 with 10 minutes remaining.
Grunfeld three-pointer with 1:12 to go gave Bnei Hasharon a 77-76 lead, but
Rishon hit four straight free-throws after a Lee Nailon technical foul and held
on for an important win.
Raymar Morgan scored 17 points for Rishon, with
Nitzan Hanochi and Yehu Orland adding 13 points each.
Nailon had 18
points for Bnei Hasharon.
On Thursday, Hapoel Jerusalem visits Maccabi
Ashdod in Game 2 of its series, looking to put aside the recent Will Solomon
After being thrown out of Sunday’s training session for
a lack of seriousness, Solomon tweeted: “What direction are we going
I’ve been wondering since October 2010.
Now it’s May 2011 and
I’m still wondering.”
With the team entering the crucial weeks of the
season, Jerusalem decided to overlook the incident and focus on overcoming
Ashdod on its way to the Final Four.
“The team is ready and composed and
this incident was never an issue,” Jerusalem coach Oded Katash said.
Thursday, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil will look to continue its hot streak when its
visits Hapoel Holon after taking Game 1 in the series with its fifth straight
In the relegation playoffs, Ironi Ashkelon hosts Maccabi
Haifa, looking to even up the series at 1-1.
Haifa won Game 1 74-67 and
will be hoping to hand Ashkelon its 14th loss in 16 games on Thursday before
securing itself another season of BSL basketball with a home win in Game 3 next