MACCABI TEL AVIV coach David Blatt_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Maccabi Tel Aviv made it three wins in four days on Sunday night, beating BC
Habika’a 89-79 to move back to the top of the BSL standings.
yellow-and-blue ran completely out of gas the first time it had to play three
times in 72 hours this season, falling to a humbling defeat to Hapoel Jerusalem
However, it coped with the extra exertion much better this
time around, coming back from a double-digit deficit to defeat Habika’a 24 hours
after crushing Slovenia’s Helios Domzale by 38 points (94-56) in the Adriatic
League and three days after thrashing Efes Istanbul by 39 points (96-57) in the
Tel Aviv seemed set for another straightforward victory after
taking an 11-2 lead midway through the first period following Yogev Ohayon’s
However, Habika’a closed to within three points by the
end of the quarter (22-19) before surging into a stunning lead.
Robinson dunk gave the visitors their first lead (27- 25) and Gur Porat’s
threepointer with less than two minutes to play in the half opened a 46-35
But crucially, Maccabi scored the final six points of the quarter
to cut the deficit to five (46- 41) and the hosts quickly pulled ahead after the
A 10-2 run to start the second half, capped by a Tal Burstein
triple, put Tel Aviv back in front and the hosts opened an eightpoint gap
(67-59) by the end of the third frame, a lead they had little trouble
maintaining to improve to 8-1 on the BSL season.
Richard Hendrix led
Maccabi with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Devin Smith had 16
points and eight boards, with Keith Langford and Burstein scoring 15 points each
for Tel Aviv, which visits Charleroi in its final Euroleague regular season game
Paul Delaney scored 25 points for Habika’a, which has lost
four of its past five games.
Elsewhere, 36-year-old Meir Tapiro recorded
his fifth career triple-double to help Maccabi Ashdod to an 89-53 thumping of
Bnei Hasharon on Sunday.
The game was decided by a 24-2 Ashdod run
(46-26), which ended Bnei Hasharon’s resistance.
Tapiro finished the game
with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, with Ramel Bradley scoring 23 for
Tweety Carter had 22 points for Bnei Hasharon, which has
shown little improvement since Adi Azulai replaced Roei Hagay as
Hapoel Holon strengthened its position in the top half of the
table with its fourth win in five games, beating Maccabi Haifa 104-91 on the
Holon opened an early lead and held it until the end of the game,
scoring at will against a Haifa team struggling on the defensive end without
center Sean Williams, who refused to return from holiday in the US.
had no answer for Ron Lewis, sending him to the line a massive 20 times, with
the American guard ending the game with 38 points, hitting 19 of 20 free
Moran Rot added 15 points and 10 assists, with Sylven Landesberg
scoring 23 points for Haifa, which has lost three straight games.
Gilboa/Galil visits Barak Netanya on Monday.