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Hapoel Haifa came back to draw Hapoel Beer Sheva at Sammy Ofer Stadium 4:4 in perhaps the craziest game of the season. Barak Bachar’s Beer Sheva took a 2:0 on goals by Dia Saba and Hatem Abd Elhamed but Nes Zamir cut the lead to 2:1 in the 27th minute. However, Ben Sahar scored Beer Sheva’s 3rd goal in the 30th minute while Maxim Plakuschenko pulled Haifa back to within one, 3:2 in the 32nd minute. Nigel Hasselbaink then headed home anther marker for Bachar’s squad giving the visitor’s a 4:2 lead at the break. But Haifa didn’t let up as Gal Arel found the back of the goal in the 67th minute and Zamir scored his second of the match in the 84th minute to split the points.
Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Ashdod 4:0 as Eliran Atar scored a brace, Eli Dasa recorded a pair of assists and Avi Rikan and Aron Schoenfeld each found the back of the goal.
Maccabi Haifa under interim coach Itay Mordechai took home the win and three points at Bnei Sakhnin 2:0 on goals by Mohammed Awaed and Shon Weissman.
Ashdod defeated Kiryat Shemona 2:0 on a brace by up and coming star Yarden Shua who scored a goal in each half.
Eli Gutman stepped down as head coach of Maccabi Haifa less than a month after taking over for Free Rutten due to health issues. “I couldn’t take a chance despite coming to a place that I had dreamt about. My health is above everything and I felt that due to my situation I couldn’t do my job the way that I should. This was the decision that I had to make after seeing the results of my medical examination which weren’t positive. I am finished with football and this decision is final, there’s no chance that I will come back.”
Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Beer Sheva 87-81 at the Malha Arena. James Feldeine led all scorers with 27 points, J’Covan Brown added 15 points and Da’Sean Butler chipped in with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Taylor Braun dropped 24 points for Beer Sheva while Christon Semaj added 21 points and 7 assists in the loss.
Hapoel Holon got past Bnei Herzliya with ease 109-78 thanks to six players in double digits. De’Quan Jones (18p) and Amit Simhon (16p) led Dan Shamir’s Holon and Michael Dixon Jr. scored 20 points for Herzliya.