Zvika Sherf .
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Tzvika Sherf will look to succeed where most of his fellow BSL coaches have
failed in recent weeks when his Maccabi Rishon Lezion team visits Hapoel
Jerusalem at Malha Arena on Sunday night.
Jerusalem has won eight
straight BSL games to improve to a league-best record of 11-3 and opened the
Eurocup Last 32 with a tough 69-66 victory at Olimpija Ljubljana on
Hapoel is undefeated in the league in two months and has
triumphed in nine of its last 10 encounters in all competitions.
(4-9) won its first two games under Sherf’s guidance, including in the State Cup
However, it remained in 11th place out of 12 teams in the
league standings following last week’s humbling 85-68 home loss to Hapoel
After surprisingly winning seven of its first 10 BSL games,
including against the league’s top four teams - Jerusalem, Maccabi and Hapoel
Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa, Ironi Ness Ziona (7-6) has lost its past three
The newly-promoted side will be hoping to bounce back from its
first crisis as a top-flight club when it visits Gilboa (7-7) on
Gilboa has won its past two games by 17 points
Reigning-champion Maccabi Haifa (8-6) has lost four of its past six
games after beginning the campaign with six wins from eight contests, but looks
to be regaining its early season form following Wednesday’s Eurocup Last 32
victory over CEZ Nymburk.
Brian Randle was back to his best last week
after an injury layoff and with playmaker Moran Roth’s return also nearing,
Haifa has got plenty of reasons to be feeling optimistic ahead of Sunday’s
encounter with Bnei Herzliya (5-9), which has lost three straight
Also Sunday, Hapoel Eilat (7-7) visits Barak Netanya
On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv (9-4) visits Maccabi Ashdod (2-12) and
Hapoel Tel Aviv (9-4) hosts Hapoel Holon (7-7).
Hapoel Tel Aviv guard
Raviv Limonad, who is currently averaging a league-best 19.2 points per game,
will be looking to continue his sensational season for the reds. Not since Doron
Jamchi and Amir Katz in the 1998/99 season has an Israeli averaged as many
points, with Limonad accumulating at least 15 points in each of his team’s 13
games so far this term.
Limonad has also scored at least 20 points in his
team’s past three games and six times overall this season. He reached that mark
on just seven occasions in his previous five seasons combined.