Maccabi Tel Aviv 90-82 Hapoel Tel Aviv
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Hapoel Jerusalem 85-65 Maccabi Ashdod
Hapoel Jerusalem took care of business with relative ease as they defeated Maccabi Ashdod 85-65. Jerome Dyson led all scorers in the contest with 25 points and Bar Timor provided 15 points and 7 assists. 34 year-old Tarence Kinsey also played an important role in the victory, contributing 12 points in 29 minutes on the court. The struggles to score the ball for Maccabi Ashdod can be drawn to one name. Sek Henry, who almost always leads his team in the way of scoring, finished with 8 points, leaving the scoring duties up to his teammates. German native Travis Warech managed a team-high 19 points but he didn’t get much help. Gerald Lee and Cameron Long, who also usually provide scoring, only had 6 points each in the contest.
Bnei Herzliya 69-100 Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion
Maccabi Rishon was in different kind of zone as they demolished Herzliya 100-69. Everything was going well for Rishon in this victory. Drew Crawford led the way with a game-high 28 points to go with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. But Crawford was just a piece of what went right for Rishon. Star Murphy Holloway finished with 13 points, 9 boards, and 5 assists while veteran Keith Langford scored 20 points to go along with 6 assists. Avi Ben Chimol bounced back a poor outing last game with 9 points, 9 assists, and 7 boards. Perhaps most importantly, Rishon only had 7 turnovers compared to the 18 for Herzliya. After falling down early and not once showing signs of an impending comeback, almost the entire team saw some playing time for Herzliya. Shawn Dawson did most of the scoring with 16 points, but even he only had a subpar outing. For Herzliya to be successful in the future, a lot will have to go differently.
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 97-95 Nes Ziona
Down by 22 at halftime, Gilboa Galil rallied for an incredible 2nd half comeback to knock off Nes Ziona in overtime by a score of 97-95. Once again, it was the main three players for Gilboa Galil that basically took matters into their own hands. D’Angelo Harrison had a game-high 33 points to go with 8 boards, Zach LeDay had 26 points and 8 boards in 43 minutes, and J’Covan Brown had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. This kind of sheer dominance from this group of three was what was needed for Gilboa Galil to come away victorious on this particular night. Nothing less, nothing more. For Nes Ziona, former West Virginia University player Gary Browne Ramirez led the way with 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Daequan Cook also had an impressive outing with 22 points. Regardless, it was a heartbreaking result for Nes Ziona in what seemed like a sure fire win for most of the contest.
Hapoel Holon 81-75 Hapoel Eilat
Thanks to a huge 3rd quarter, Hapoel Holon rallied to defeat Hapoel Eilat 81-75. Former NBA lottery pick and Milwaukee Buck Joe Alexander poured it on with 34 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Mainstays like Tu Holloway and Guy Pnini struggled in this contest but Jordan Hamilton and TaShawn Thomas picked up the slack with 16 and 11 points respectively. For Eilat, Demetrius Treadwell and Amit Simhon paved the way with 38 combined points. Despite a 7 point lead at the half, Eilat didn’t come out of the locker room ready to roll as they lost the 3rd quarter 30-10.
Maccabi Haifa 67-63 Nahariya
It was neck and neck the whole way and Maccabi Haifa squeezed out a win over Nahariya 67-63. It was an unusually low scoring game with Angel Rodriguez leading his ballclub in scoring with only 12 points and Alex Young and Tyrone Nash leading Nahariya with 13 points a piece. Without any individual dominating, Haifa needed some production from everybody, and they got just that all the way throughout the lineup. Nahariya got some help as well but it was as minimal as it gets and they will need more from their role players in the future.