Hapoel Holon downs Maccabi Haifa 96-88 to move on in State Cup

Hapoel Holon downed Maccabi Haifa 96-88 in a tight game as they punched their ticket to the State Cup semifinals in a game that was played by the Carmel Mountain. After a close first quarter, the visitors created a bit of a separation in the second frame as Stefanos Dedas’s squad grabbed a 51-42 lead after twenty minutes of action and held onto the lead for the balance of the contest.

Tyrus McGee and Guy Pnini led the way for Holon’s balanced attack with 19 points each, Chris Johnson added 18 points and Maxim De Zeeuw dropped 13 points in the win. Michael Brisker scored 22 points, Donta Smith chipped in with 18 points and Taylor Braun scored 16 points in the loss.

“We couldn’t finish the game earlier and there was pressure on us,” said Dedas. “It’s as if we played against ourselves. It was a strange game but now we are in the Final Four. They have talent as they fight against everybody.”

“I don’t feel good,” said a disappointed Greens coach Daniel Seaone. “Everyone looks at the coach and I take full responsibility. I am proud of players but they tired. We were competitive and we can turn the corner but we have our backs against the wall.”

Willy Workman who scored 8 points for Holon was making his return to Haifa for the first time since leaving the club, “It was weird and different. I am kind of glad that the first one is now out of the way.”

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