Richard Hendrix 370.
(photo credit: asaf kliger)
Maccabi Tel Aviv resumed normal service in the BSL on Sunday night, beating
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 91-77 to improve to 19-2 after its heart-wrenching
Maccabi players were almost inconsolable following their
Game 5 defeat to Panathinaikos in Greece last Thursday, but they put up another
professional showing in a meaningless league game on Sunday as they prepare for
the BSL playoffs and Adriatic League Final Four.
Gilboa trailed by just a
single point at halftime (38-37) and came back from a 15-point third-quarter
deficit (57-42) to close within four (74-70) after Joseph Jones’s basket with
2:45 on the clock.
But David Blu ended any hopes Gilboa may have had of
leaving Nokia with a victory with two straight three-pointers and Maccabi got
back to winning ways.
Yogev Ohayon continued his inspired form with 18
points, eight assists and seven rebounds, with Richard Hendrix and Devin Smith
adding 17 points each.
“It wasn’t easy to recover from the loss against
Panathinaikos,” Ohayon said. “I’m happy we did our job and that we were
aggressive in the second half. We needed to get back on track.”
scored 14 points for Gilboa, which is now tied on a 14-8 record with Maccabi
Rishon Lezion after Effi Birenboim’s men recorded an impressive 82-76 victory
over Hapoel Jerusalem at Malha Arena.
The margin of victory did Rishon’s
display little justice, with the visitors leading throughout the night, holding
an 18-point (65-47) gap late in the third.
Rishon took a 15-point margin
(70-55) into the final 10 minutes before freezing and allowing Jerusalem to come
within five points (79-74) with 1:15 to go courtesy of a Yuval Naimi
However, Hapoel would come no closer and Rishon claimed a
well-deserved fourth-straight win, beating Jerusalem for the second time in
Adrian Uter had 24 points for Rishon, 22 of them in the
first half, with Eyal Shulman exploding for 22 points in the absence of Joe
Crawford after scoring just eight total points in 16 previous games this
D.J. Strawberry netted 15 points for Jerusalem, which saw its
hopes of clinching a top-four finish and home-court advantage suffer a hefty
blow with its defeat to Rishon and Hapoel Holon’s 85-75 win over Ironi
Holon opened a slender lead in the first period in Asheklon and
never lost control.
Ron Lewis had 23 points and eight rebounds for Holon,
which hosts Jerusalem on Wednesday and can effectively clinch homecourt
advantage in the quarterfinal playoffs with a win.
had 23 points and 10 boards for Ashkelon, which dropped to a fourth straight
After more than four months, Maccabi Haifa finally won a game on
Sunday, edging Barak Netanya 75-72 on the road.
Haifa had lost 15
straight league games, but it erased a 13-point first period deficit and
outlasted Netanya to salvage some pride.
Sylven Landesberg netted 18
points for Haifa, while Yehu Orland scored 20 for Netanya, which is in serious
jeopardy of losing out on the eighth and final playoff berth.