Local Basketball: Maccabi Tel Aviv looks to stay unbeaten

Maccabi Tel Aviv takes its unbeaten BSL record up north to face an Hapoel Afula/Gilboa side which has struggled so far this season.

MAc TA 224.88 (photo credit: AP [file])
MAc TA 224.88
(photo credit: AP [file])
Maccabi Tel Aviv takes its unbeaten BSL record up north on Sunday night to face an Hapoel Afula/Gilboa side which has struggled so far this season. Tel Aviv, which defeated Cibona Zagreb in the Euroleague on Thursday, is unsurprisingly the only team in the league yet to lose and barring an unexpected development will maintain its perfect record on Sunday. Hapoel Jerusalem hosts its first league game at the Malha Arena since the fire-cracker incident two weeks ago that saw the game against Hapoel Holon abandoned. Jerusalem hosts Maccabi Rishon Lezion, which has lost three of its four games this season, all of them at home. Ironi Nahariya has won three of its four games to date, only losing to Maccabi Tel Aviv, and visits surprise package Ironi Ramat Gan, which defeated Rishon last week. Also on Sunday, Hapoel Galil Elyon, which got its first win of the season against Antwerp Giants last Tuesday, goes in search of its first BSL win. Galil hosts relegation favorite Ironi Ashkelon, which has surprisingly split its four games so far. On Monday, Hapoel Holon returns to action, visting Bnei Hasharon in Ra'anana. Holon hosts Afula/Gilboa on Thursday in front of empty stands in a game that was postponed from last week.