Bnei Herzliya dominated Hapoel Jerusalem at home defeating the Reds 94-73 as Karam Mashour put on a fantastic performance scoring 18 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to help his side to the win.
The hosts had a step up on Jerusalem from the get go as former Red Tom Maayan burned the capital city team for 8 points in the first quarter good for a 21-20 advantage. Herzliya increased their lead by the half to 49-40 thanks to out-hustling and out-playing Simone Pianigiani’s crew as Stephen Dennis did the damage with 10 points while Karam Mashour added 9 points of his own.
Amare Stoudemire’s 13 points along with Bar Timor’s 12 points and 6 assists didn’t help the visitors on the boards as Herzliya dominated the glass through three frames 37-22. Jerome Dyson’s 3 points through 30 minutes coupled with Curtis Jerrells 5 points disappointed the Jerusalem faithful who traveled with the team as they fell further behind 68-57 to open the final quarter.
If the Reds thought they’d be able to close the gap and make a run at the end of the game to salvage the win, they were sorely mistaken as Bnei Herzliya laid the smack down on Jerusalem winning by 21 points, 94-73. Mashour was named MVP with yet another double-double, however is doubtful for the State Cup contest in Jerusalem Saturday night due to a hamstring injury while Jeff Adrien also finished in double figures both in points (12) and rebounds (13).
1) Bnei Herzliya pulled down 50 (!) rebounds to only 29 by Hapoel, an absolutely shocking statistic. Not that shocking says Israel HaYom journalist Roie Cohen as he noted that Herzliya leads the league in boards while Jerusalem finds itself at the opposite end of the statistic. Coach Pianigiani mentioned that the difference between the team’s rebounds at the half was close but things got out of control later on. That may be correct, but it was clear that the Reds were being schooled on the glass from the first minute.
2) The Jerusalem shooting was pitiful to put it lightly. Without Amare, the team shot just 11/29 from the 2 and 4/18 from 3-point land. Those numbers just won’t cut it from the likes of Jerome Dyson, Tarence Kinsey, Curtis Jerrells, Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin who should be able to light it up from any where at any time.
3) Jerusalem has been maddeningly frustrating all season long as they now sit at 6-6 in league play. The Reds could be doing much better and it seems that a shakeup may be in order for the team that should have a much better showing domestically.
Hapoel Holon beat Galil Gilboa 100-93 away thanks to a stunning performance by Khalif Wyatt with a huge 31 points, while James Bell had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Holon. Eric Griffin scored 29 points of his own, while Jason Siggers dropped 24 points for the losing Gilboa/Galil.
Rishon Le’Zion escaped Eilat with a six point victory. Patrick Richard scored 21 points, while Javon McCrea had 18 points for Rishon. Landon Milbourne had 22 points, while Frai Henry scored 18 points for Eilat.
Maccabi Haifa left Tel Aviv with three points against Hapoel. Alex Peretz scored 21 points, while Amit Shimhon scored 20 points for Haifa. Darrell Williams and Alando Tucker each had 25 points for Tel Aviv.