Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Holon 91-84 to move their record to 10-1 in Israel Winner League play. The Reds were in control for the majority of the matchup, but Holon showed their new coach Stefanos Dedas that he has something to work with and that they could compete with the second place squad with quality runs in the second and third quarters. However, Oded Katash’s crew although playing with a short rotation showed their quality and were able to withstand the Holon pressure to record the victory. Suleiman Braimoh led the way for the Reds with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, James Feldeine added 20 points while Tashawn Thomas dropped 16 points and grabbed 11 boards in the win. Marcus Foster and Troy Caupain each scored 23 points and TJ Cline chipped in with 15 points in the loss.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 94-85 to get back onto the winning track after two losses. The Reds held a 3-point, 52-49 lead at halftime but the hosts clamped down on defense to hold the visitors to just 11 points in the third quarter to take the win. Darryl Monroe who returned last week against Jerusalem and had only played two minutes clocked in with 33 minutes and scored 20 points while pulling down 14 rebounds, Alex Hamilton dropped 24 points while Frederic Bourdillon added 13 points in the win for Guy Goodes’s squad. Tomer Ginat led Hapoel with 15 points and the trio of Mark Lyons, Yam Madar and Jordan Hamilton each scored 13 points in the defeat.
Maccabi Tel Aviv easily disposed of Hapoel Beer Sheva down south 80-63 as Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s team controlled the game for the full forty minutes to notch the victory. Jake Cohen picked up MVP honors for the second straight week with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Quincy Acy added 18 points while Tyler Dorsey scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists in the victory. Amit Simhon led Rami Hadar’s squad with 16 points after joining the club earlier in the week and Spencer Weisz chipped in with 15 points in the loss.
Hapoel Gilboa Galil used a terrific second half and some Jarmar Gulley heroics to defeat Hapoel Eilat 76-74 in the Galilee. With Gilboa Galil down 74-72 with under a minute remaining, Gulley scored a pair of free throws to pull even and then followed that up with a jumper over Kyvon Davenport to take the two point win. Justin Tillman and Gulley each scored 23 points and Edgar Sosa added 14 points in the win while Rafi Menco led Eilat with 19 points and Jonathan Skoljebrand scored 18 points in the defeat.
Maccabi Ashdod dunked Nes Tziona 97-88 thanks to a huge fourth quarter as six players scored in double figures for Brad Greenberg’s team. This was the port city squad’s second win of the season as the club brought in two new players in veteran point guard Paul Stoll and big man Ike Ofoegbu. LaDontae Henton led Ashdod with 23 points, Ofoegbu added 17 points and LIOR Eliyahu clocked in with a 14 point and 14 rebound performance. Corey Fisher was Nes Tziona’s high scorer with 18 points while Jeff Withey chipped in with 16 points in the loss.
Maccabi Haifa defeated Nahariya 84-78 to win their second game in a row. The Greens kept the game under control for the majority of the contest’s 40 minutes as their defense held the visitors to a paltry 3/24 from 3-point range. James Young starred with 23 points while Nestor Colmenares scored 15 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Dominic Waters led Nahriya with 19 points.