Sharon Druker, Hapoel Jerusalem coach.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Hapoel Jerusalem is still searching for its first win of the season after
dropping to 0-3 in the BSL on Monday night with a 77-74 loss at Barak
As ever, Jerusalem had extremely high hopes entering the season,
but they have already been shattered by careless and cowardly play from the
Hapoel never really showed up for the first half in
Netanya, allowing the hosts to build a considerable gap by the break
Netanya’s lead reached 16 points in the third quarter, but
Jerusalem closed to within four points (58-54) by the start of the final frame
and the score was tied at 72-72 with 1:20 remaining after a Meir Tapiro
However, Avery Bradley put the hosts back in command
almost immediately with a three-point play at the other end and Netanya clinched
the win from the freethrow line, improving to 3-0 and piling the pressure on
already under-fire Jerusalem coach Sharon Drucker.
“I can’t remember ever
getting a season off to a start like this,” Drucker said.
“We can draw
some encouragement from our comeback in the second half, but the question is how
we found ourselves in such a situation to start with.”
Maccabi Ashdod, which is also winless, next week and Drucker warned his players
that he will overhaul the lineup if they don’t show greater desire.
now need to fight for our lives in every game and whoever doesn’t fight will not
play,” he said, before adding that his team requires calm, patience and heart to
get back on track.
Marco Killingsworth led Netanya with 20 points, while
Deron Washington, Bradley and Yehu Orland scored 17, 15 and 14 points,
Courtney Fells had 16 points for Jerusalem.
suffered from a bit of a dip in the second half, but I’m delighted because the
guys stayed together even when the going got tough,” said Netanya coach Danny
Also Monday, Bnei Herzliya improved to 2-1 on the season, beating
Ashdod 88-74 on the road.
Jumaine Jones had 25 points, eight rebounds and
seven assists for Herzliya, with Romel Beck netting 22 for Ariel Beit-Halachmi’s
team, which secured the victory with a 20-4 fourth-quarter run.
Simpson led Ashdod once more with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but he will need
some help from his friends if the side is to get off the mark at Malha Arena