Maccabi Tel Aviv were eliminated from Champions League qualification by drawing 2:2 with Cluj after falling last week in Romania 1:0. The Yellow & Blue will now enter the third round of Europa League qualifying where they will meet Suduva from Lithuania. The first leg will be played in Israel while the second match will be held in Lithuania the following week.
Nick Blackman scored first to give Vladimir Ivic’s squad a 1:0 lead, however Juan Culio slotted home a penalty kick just a few minutes later to give Cluj a valuable away goal. Mario Rondon added to Maccabi’s misery just before the second half as the visitor’s took a 2:1 advantage into the break but three minutes into the second half Yonatan Cohen scored from the top of the box following some brilliant footwork to bring the hosts level at 2:2. But that would be as close as Maccabi would come as Cluj held on for the 3:2 aggregate win.
In Toto Cup Action Ashdod cameback from a 2:0 deficit to take a 3:2 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv after the Reds coach Niso Avitan and Marvin Peersman were both shown red. With the score 2:1 in favor of visiting Hapoel in the 86th minute, Peersman was sent off and Shlomi Azulay scored a penalty to draw even at 2:2 until Shoval Gozlan scored the winner in the 91st minute.
The Israel U18 team defeated the Czech Republic 61-50 and are now 4-0 in Division B action. Noam Dovrat led the way with 18p/7r, Amit Aharoni added 10p and Dori Sahar chipped in with 6p/10r in the win.
Noah Dickerson joins The Sports Rabbi to talk about signing with Maccabi Ashdod after finishing his college career at the University of Washington. Lauren Kirschman who covered Dickerson from the Tacoma News Tribune also comes on board to talk about what the big man has to offer to Israeli hoops fans.
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Johnathan Williams signed with Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion after playing with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Maccabi Ashdod officially sign Oded Brandwein and Tzuf Ben Moshe.
Corey Fisher joined Nes Ziona after spending part of last season with Manresa of the ACB League.