Haifa and Kadeem Allen stun Holon, Beer Sheva and Cody Demps drop Hapoel TLV, Jerusalem cruises – Highlights, Recaps + Quotes

Dec 4, 2021 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Haifa surprised Hapoel Holon 83-76 as the Carmel Reds played shut down defense over the final twenty minutes to take the hard earned victory that saw their head coach Elad Hasin ejected late in the game due to his second technical foul. Kadeem Allen as red hot all game and scored 22 points to lead the way, Amit Simhon added 14 points, Will Rayman scored 13 points while James Dickey chipped in with 8 points and 12 rebounds in his debut. Steven Gray scored 21 points and Joe Ragland added 20 points in the loss.

“We won by the skin of our teeth,” Hasin said immediately after the game. “The players worked so hard this week and this was a win for the entire club. Kadeem has a huge heart but it was a team effort. We played terrific defense and newcomer James Dickey was excellent on that end.”

Kadeem Allen – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

“It was a good night,” MVP Kadeem Allen said following the win. “We stressed the issue to get better in practice and that is what we did. Everyone has faith and belief in me and they all tell me to play my game. We are getting better and we are looking forward to the next game.”

Hapoel Jerusalem eased by Hapoel Eilat 80-64 as the Reds played tough defense from the get go to secure the victory in inspirational leader Suleiman Braimoh’s return to the club. Yotam Halperin’s charges set the tone early and held the Red Sea city squad to only 8 points over the opening ten minutes to cruise to the win. Jalen Adams led the way with 16 points, Retin Obasohan added 14 points, Sean Kilpatrick chipped in with 11 points, while Braimoh scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win. Bryon Allen paced Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team with 21 points, Roi Huber added 11 points and Romello White scored 10 points in the loss.

Su Braimoh – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

“Su knows the organization and the system, so it won’t be an issue for him to get back into the swing of things,” Halperin explained following the game. “One needs to understand that it will take him a bit of time because he wasn’t playing on a consistent basis but everyone knows how dominant he can be in the league.”

Hapoel Beer Sheva defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 88-82 as the southern reds won the first game of the post Rami Hadar era to move back to .500 with 4-4 record on the season. After a very even first half, the hosts broke it open in the third quarter as Cody Demps scored from deep while Amit Suss was dominant as well to hand interim coach Roy Lichtenberg his first win as the club waits for their new bench boss, Cypriot Christoforos Livadiotis to take over. Demps led the way with 24 points, Suss added 15 points and Junior Etou scored 14 points in the win. J’Covan Brown led Tel Aviv with 27 points, Idan Zalmanson added 18 points and Gil Beni scored 11 points in the loss.

Cody Demps – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

“Obviously we felt something was missing as Rami Hadar is a great leader,” MVP Cody Demps said following the game. “But I think this win is a testament to the character of this team. Everyone stepped up. Roy Lichtenberg & Pablo Cano da Costa had us prepared and we went out and played like a team.”

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