Rishon opened up a lead in the closing stages of the second period and held on to its advantage until the end of the game.
By ALLON SINAI
Israel's representatives in the FIBA EuroCup suffered mixed fortunes in their home games on Wednesday evening, with Maccabi Rishon Lezion defeating Lithuanian side BC Siauliai 78-68, but Ironi Nahariya losing to Spanish club Estudiantes 90-85.
After a tight first quarter and a half, Rishon opened up a lead in the closing stages of the second period and held on to its advantage until the end of the game.
Maccabi was led by Brian Tolbert, who had 18 points and five rebounds and also got 15 points and five rebounds from Petar Arsic.
Estudiantes was unstoppable at the start of the game in Nahariya and opened a 25-5 lead in the first period.
The hosts staged a remarkable comeback and came within a single point (82-81) of the Spanish club in the final period.
However, Ironi was unable to take the lead and Estudiantes held out for a five-point win.
The visitors were led by William McDonald, who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Nahariya's Juan Mendez and John Gilchrist both scored 18 points and combined for 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
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