1) Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Haifa 2:1 to capture the Toto Cup at the Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva. Omer Atzily opened the scoring but Mohammed Awaed drew the Greens even before the break. However, Eliran Atar scored a magnificent goal in the 85’ to give the Yellow & Blue their second straight Toto Cup!
2) Nes Ziona moved on in Europe Cup Qualifying as they defeated Södertälje in their two game series (172-143) winning the second game in Sweden 100-76. Mickell Gladness scored 22 points, Tal Dunne added 18 and Daequan Cook added 13 going 3/3 from deep. Nes Ziona will play Cluj in the 2nd Round of Qualifying on October 3rd.
3) Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion defeated Bnei Herzliya 91-76 in Winner Cup quarterfinal action. Rishon played without Egor Koulechov who didn’t receive permission from the IDF to participate in the game but Cameron Long (17p/13a), Itay Segev (16p/10r) and Oz Blayzer (17p) all picked up the slack. Jeff Adrien (19p) and James Robinson (18p) led Herzliya.
4) The Sports Rabbi welcomes on board a very special guest in Adrian Banks who is now playing in Brindisi Italy after starring for Hapoel Tel Aviv over the past two seasons winning the 6th Man Award last year for the Reds. Also on tap is Darnell Dickson from the Daily Herald in Provost, Utah who talks to me all about Hapoel Eilat’s budding star Elijah Bryant while Gene Frenette of the Florida Times Union out of Jacksonville discusses Hapoel Tel Aviv’s new point guard Dallas Moore. So sit back and enjoy The Sports Rabbi Show Episode 5!