Hapoel Holon solidified their position in first place with a 100-95 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. Holon used a 35 point 2nd quarter to effectively take control of the game and pick up the victory. Corey Walden starred again for the hosts with 26 points and 5 assists, Dequan Jones dropped 22 points and Guy Pnini added 15 points and 7 assists in the win. Jeremy Pargo led Maccabi with 18 points and Angelo Caloiaro chipped in with 16 points in the defeat.
Hapoel Jerusalem got by Maccabi Ashdod 104-94 in the nation’s capital. Playing without an injured Tamir Blatt, the Reds stepped up dishing out 33 assists while shooting 10/24, 42% from beyond the arc as his absence was barely felt in the win. J’Covan Brown scored 25 points and recorded 6 assists, James Feldeine added 21 points and 7 helpers while Yogev Ohayon picked up 10 assists for the Reds. Lis Shoshi dropped 30 points for Ashdod while Mark Tollefsen chipped in with 17 points in the defeat.
Nes Ziona slipped by Hapoel Eliat 82-80 for their first ever win over the Red Sea side after 13 attempts. Gary Browne and Chris Dowe helped give Nes Ziona a late 82-73 lead but needed to hang on as Eilat’s Avi Ben Chimol lost the ball on the final possession of the game with a chance to pull off the win. Browne scored 18 points and Dowe added 15 points in the win while Eilat who were playing without the injured Elijah Bryant and the ill Lenzelle Smith Jr. were led by Rafi Menco who scored 17 points.
Hapoel Tel Aviv used a dominant second half to defeat Bnei Herzliya 88-68. After a close first half which saw Herzliya take a 40-39 lead into the break, Danny Franco’s squad blew open the game outscoring the host’s 49-28 over the final twenty minutes of action. Richard Howell and Jamal Shuler each scored 18 points for Hapoel while Jerel McNeal added 17 points in the win. Bnei Herzliya who turned the ball over 21 times and only hit 4/16 three point attempts were led by Karam Mashour with 16 points and 9 boards.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion got back onto the winning track with a victory at home over Hapoel Beer Sheva 71-66. With the score tied at 53-53 after thirty minutes, the host’s went on an early 9-0 4th quarter run to take the win. Cameron Long with 26 points and Alex Hamilton with 16 points paced Rishon while Jordan Swing scored 25 points for Beer Sheva.
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil ended their eight game losing streak thanks to a game winning 3-pointer by Ian Miller to defeat Nahariya 89-87. Down for most of the game, Ariel Beit Halchmi’s squad outscored the host’s 31-21 in the decisive quarter to record the hard earned victory. James Kelly led the way for Gilboa/Galil with 26 points, Durand Scott dropped 25 points and Miller put home 19 points in the victory. Terry Allen with 21 points and Jordan Crawford with 20 points were the high scorers for Nahariya.