Local Hoops: Katash faces Bnei Hasharon after return to Galil

With just 10 more games to be played this season, Galil is in serious danger of being relegated.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Holon and Ironi Ramat Gan will all be in action in the BSL on Sunday, but most of the attention will be drawn to Ra'anana where Oded Katash makes his return to coaching with Hapoel Galil Elyon. Two-and-a-half months after leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv Katash takes rock-bottom Galil to Bnei Hasharon, looking to guide the desperate team to its first win in five games. With just 10 more games to be played this season, Galil is in serious danger of being relegated and faces one of the toughest games of its campaign on Sunday. Bnei Hasharon has lost only once at home this season, ironically to Galil, and has won five of its last six league games. "I feel as if I never left Galil," Katash said ahead of his first training session in Kfar Blum on Thursday. "The Galil management called me and I came out of love. Everything has happened so quickly and it will take me a bit of time to get to know the team." Hapoel Holon can take a significant step towards securing a Final Four berth with a victory at Ironi Nahariya on Sunday. Nahariya, which lost to Bnei Hasharon last week, can tie Holon for fourth position with a win on Sunday, but will have its work cut out for it against an excellent Hapoel side which has won seven of its last nine league games. Maccabi Rishon Lezion has lost six of its last seven games and matters aren't likely to get any better for the team on Sunday when it hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv. The perennial champion is in ominous form and Rishon will be a massive underdog, especially when considering it hasn't won at home since December. Also Sunday, Ironi Ramat Gan, which has lost its last two games, will try and resurrect its Final Four push with a home win over the struggling Hapoel Afula/Gilboa. On Monday, Hapoel Jerusalem visits Ironi Ashkelon in the final game of the second round.