Maccabi Haifa downed Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 88-79 at the Carmel Mountain. James Young with 18 points led five Green scorers in double digits, Gregory Vargas added 17 points and 8 assists while Roman Sorkin chipped in with 14 points as the youngster continues to shine for Daniel Seoane’s squad. Darryl Monroe scored 27 points for Rishon in the defeat.
Hapoel Holon needed a big fourth quarter to get by a banged up Hapoel Gilboa Galil 87-81. Lior Lubin’s squad was already without the injured Jarvis Varnado when they lost Justin Tillman just a minute into the clash but were able to stay in front through 30 minutes thanks to Jarmar Gulley (26 points) and Edgar Sosa (15 points). But Stefanos Dedas’s crew’s depth was too much for the Galilee squad to handle as Guy Pnini (23 points) and Marcus Foster (21 points) led the hosts to the victory.
Maccabi Tel Aviv pulled away from Nes Tziona over the final few minutes of the game to come away with an 80-71 victory at Yad Eliyahu. The visitors played the yellow-and-blue tough throughout the first 35 minutes, but the insertion of Deni Avdija with 5:21 left in regulation sparked Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad to an 11-4 run to secure the hard fought victory. Othello Hunter who made his return following an injury scored 15 points, Jake Cohen added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Elijah Bryant chipped in with 11 points while Avdija scored 9 points and grabbed 5 boards to take the win. Corey Fisher led Nes Tziona with 16 points, Jeff Withey added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Jeremy Hollowell added 13 points in the defeat.
Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Nahariya 88-82 in the northern city to win their 9th league game in a row and up their league record to 12-1. The Reds used a 24-17 fourth quarter to complete the comeback and pick up the victory at Ein Sara in a game that saw new recruit John Holland, who was wearing number 23, make a successful debut with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in 26 minutes of action. Tashawn Thomas led the way with 18 points for Oded Katash’s squad, J’Covan Brown added 16 points while Idan Zalmanson and Tamir Blatt each dropped 10 points in the victory. Dominic Waters had arguably his best game this campaign with 26 points and 9 assists but fouled out in the final frame as Egor Koulechov notched 16 points in the loss.
Hapoel Beer Sheva took out Hapoel Eilat 92-87 thanks to a 12 point fourth quarter by John Petrucelli. Rami Hadar’s Beer Sheva started out the game strong with a 30-13 opening ten minutes but the Red Sea City squad chipped away at the lead throughout the contest until Petrucelli and Steve Zack helped secure the victory. Petrucelli finished the night with 21 points, DaSean Butler scored 18 points while TJ Williams returned from injury to add 16 points in the win. Kyvon Davenport led Eilat with 19 points and veteran point guard Avi Ben Shimol added 16 points in the loss.
Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Ashdod 100-93 for their second win in a row. Jordan Hamilton starred for the Reds with 27 points and 8 rebounds, Tomer Ginat added 22 points and Mark Lyons chipped in with 16 points in the win. Paul Stoll who made his Israeli season debut led Ashdod with 24 points and 10 assists and LaDontae Henton scored 19 points in the loss.