HAPOEL GILBOA/GALIL center Ido Kuzikaro 311.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Dagan Yavzuri went from villain to hero within less than seven seconds on Sunday
night, hitting a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds to play to give Hapoel
Gilboa/Galil a 75-74 BSL win over Maccabi Rishon Lezion in Gan Ner moments after
committing a turnover which looked to have cost his team the game.
tight first half between two of the league’s in-form teams ended in a 41-40
Gilboa advantage, and despite trailing by as many as nine points (51-42), Rishon
was still well within striking distance with 10 minutes remaining
The game would be decided in the closing seconds, with Derwin
Kitchen’s free throws with 9.8 remaining tying the score at
Yavzuri turned over the ball from the subsequent inbounds pass and
Kitchen seemed to have won the game for Rishon with an uncontested
However, after receiving the ball under his own basket, Yavzuri
would pump-fake two Rishon players on the edge of the three-point arc before
scoring a dramatic winning shot.
“That was a bad turnover and I already
thought about how I would get beat up by my teammates in the locker room,” said
Yavzuri, who ended the game with 13 points.
“I still don’t understand how
my shot went in.”
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Romeo Travis led Gilboa with 22 points and nine
rebounds, with Joseph Jones adding 15 points for the winners, who improved to
10-5 on the season and took sole possession of second place.
and Adrian Uter had 18 points each for Rishon, which lost for the first time in
Hapoel Holon had a chance to move tied with Gilboa below
Maccabi Tel Aviv, but Dwayne Mitchell’s tip-in with 0.8 seconds to play gave
Ironi Ashkelon a 73-71 win over Dan Shamir’s side, which had won its previous
There was little to separate the teams throughout the entire
encounter in Ashkelon, with a Ron Lewis free throw tying the game at
Raviv Limonad missed a chance to give the hosts the win as time
was about to expire, but Mitchell was on hand to ensure Ashkelon nevertheless
won for a third straight time.
Mitchell ended the game with 27 points and
12 rebounds, with Limonad scoring 17 and Marco Killingsworth contributing 12
points and 12 boards.
Bryant Dunston had 18 points and 13 rebounds for
Holon, which is now tied with Ashkelon at 9-6.
Maccabi Haifa lost its
ninth straight game on Sunday, falling 96-75 at Barak Netanya.
Banks had 29 points and eight assists for Netanya, with Sylven Landesberg once
more the bright spot for Haifa, scoring 26 points and grabbing eight
Also Sunday, Bnei Hasharon beat BC Habika’a 95-92 behind Jason
Williams’s 25 points.
Rashaun Freeman had 30 points and 10 rebounds for
Habika’a, which lost its third straight.
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