Israel Basketball Gameday 19 & 20 Recaps and Highlights

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Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 90-86 in an aggressive and entertaining game at the Drive In Arena. Danny Franco’s Tel Aviv jumped out to an early lead but Jerusalem was able to come back and take the victory thanks to a 17-0 run that went from the end of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth. Tashawn Thomas starred for Jerusalem with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Josh Owens recorded a double double with 15 points and 10 boards, while J’Covan Brown had 9 points and 9 assists. Tomer Ginat led Tel Aviv with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Garlon Green chipped in with 16 points and Captain Raviv Limonad added 15 points in the defeat.

It took double overtime but Maccabi Tel Aviv nipped Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 94-92 thanks to Yovel Zoosman’s basket with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game. Jeremy Pargo continued his fine play with 17 points and 6 assists while Alex Tyus went a perfect 7/7 from the field for 16 points as John DiBartolomeo added 14 points in the win. Alex Hamilton’s 20 points and Cameron Long’s 18 points led the way for Rishon.

Hapoel Holon squeaked by Bnei Herzliya 85-82 in overtime. Karam Mashour and Jerome Dyson led the way for a game Herzliya with 19 points each while Shawn Jones had a monster performance for Holon with 24 points, 16 rebounds and an efficiency rating of 39 in the win. A pair of Jones dunks near the end of regulation send the game into the extra session where Corey Walden who also recorded a double double with 13 points and 11 assists, worked his magic to snatch the win.

Hapoel Beer Sheva easily took out Nahariya 85-75 in the southern capital. Newcomer Kerron Johnson went 10/11 from the free throw line good for a team high 17 points while Jakim Donaldson has a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rami Hadar’s squad. Eric Griffin scored 24 points for a struggling Nahariya who will be fighting against relegation for the balance of the season.

Hapoel Eilat dismantled Maccabi Ashdod 102-77 down south. Six Red Sea side players featured in double digits as Suleiman Braimoh led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds while Jonathan Skjöldebrand added 15 points and Elijah Bryant chipped in with 14 points in the win. Mark Tollefsen topped the Ashdod scoresheet with 19 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv rallied from 23 points down to beat Nes Ziona 87-82 at Yad Eliyahu. Visiting Nes Ziona stormed out to a 40-17 lead early on in the first half stunning the defending champions. However, Scottie Wilbekin with 20 points and Jeremy Pargo with 15 points began chipping away at the lead to eventually overcome the deficit to take the win. Johnny O’Bryant added 13 points for the yellow-and-blue as Talib Zanna’s 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 fouls drawn topped Nes Ziona’s scoresheet.

Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Beer Sheva 89-79 thanks to the dynamic duo of James Feldeine and J’Covan Brown who combined for 52 points off of the bench in the victory. Jordan Swing (21 points) and Taylor Braun (20 points) tried to keep the visitor’s close, but the Reds firepower was just too much for Rami Hadar’s squad to handle as they fell by ten points.

Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 85-81 as Corey Walden (24p) and Shawn Jones (19p) led the way to the win. Cameron Long led Rishon wuth 25 points in the loss.

Hapoel Tel Aviv dropped Nes Ziona 89-85 in a close battle. Jerel McNeal was the high scorer for the Reds with 24 points and 8 rebounds while Daequan Cook dropped 27 points for the host’s.

Hapoel Gilboa/Galil squeaked by Maccabi Ashdod 80-79 thanks to a 4th quarter comeback. James Kelly led the way for Ariel Beit Halachmi’s squad with 22 points and 13 boards as Lis Shoshi was the top scorer for the host’s with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Hapoel Eilat travelled up north and took home a 93-75 against Nahariya. Suleiman Braimoh dropped 28 big points for the Red Sea side while Terry Allen had 25 points in the defeat.