Local Hoops: Jerusalem stays hot, Maccabi edges Hapoel in TA derby

Jerusalem’s triumph came just two days after it defeated Hapoel Holon 108-99, breaking the century mark for the third game in a row.

Basketball (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)
(photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)
 In Basketball Super League action, Hapoel Jerusalem defeated relegation candidate Bnei Herzliya 76-69 on Monday night.
In a tight game at the Hayovel Hall, Tamir Blatt’s pair of crucial fourth-quarter three-pointers gave the Reds the hard-earned victory as they were able to tame their former guard Jerome Dyson, who dropped 25 points for the hosts.
James Feldeine led Oded Katash’s attack with 16 points, Amar’e Stoudemire added 14 points while Blatt chipped in with 12 points in the win.
Jerusalem came out flying as Feldeine dominated the play early, but Herzliya settled down, with Dyson and Karam Mashour supplying the offense, to take a 24-19 lead after 10 minutes.
Dyson continued to show up his former team as the guard dropped 18 points by halftime, but Jerusalem was able to take a 40-38 lead on the inside strength of Stoudemire and TaShawn Thomas.
Jeff Adrien stepped up his play for Herzliya, but a triple by Yogev Ohayon and a monster dunk by Stoudemire made sure the Reds stayed out in front 56-53 after 30 minutes.
Ohayon continued his sharp shooting, but Xavier Rathan-Mayes pulled the hosts to within two points (64-62) midway through the final frame before Blatt’s pair of triples sealed the seven-point victory for Katash’s capital crew. 
Jerusalem’s triumph came just two days after it defeated Hapoel Holon 108-99, breaking the century mark for the third game in a row.
Also on Monday, Holon held off Maccabi Rishon Lezion 105-102. Corey Walden scored a season-high 37 points while Shawn Jones chipped in with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Alex Hamilton scored 20 points and Adam Ariel added a career-high 19 points for Rishon in the defeat.
Meanwhile, Maccabi Tel Aviv needed overtime to dispose of a pesky Hapoel Tel Aviv squad 85-76 at the Drive In Arena.
The Reds mounted a fierce late fourth-quarter comeback, going on a 13-0 run capped off by a Tomer Ginat layup as time expired to send the game into overtime all knotted up at 71-71. However, the yellow-and-blue pulled it together in the extra period to take home the win.
Scottie Wilbekin led Maccabi with 18 points, Michael Roll added 16 points and John DiBartolomeo chipped in with 15 points. Jerel McNeal scored 18 points, while Ginat dropped 13 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for Hapoel in the loss.
Elsewhere, Nahariya took a huge step in staving off relegation, slipping past Maccabi Ashdod 89-88 at the Port City. Dagan Yivzori scored 18 points, going a perfect 6-of-6 beyond the three-point line, while Myke Henry added 18 points in the win. Mark Tollefson led Ashdod with 26 points.
Also, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil surprised Hapoel Eilat 92-81 to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, and Ness Ziona visited Hapoel Beersheba and took home a 103-91 win thanks to a dominant second quarter in which it outscored the hosts 36-16.