Hapoel Tel Aviv blows out Nes Ziona to take 2-0 series stranglehold lead

May 20, 2023 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Tel Aviv blew away Nes Ziona 106-75 to take a stranglehold 2-0 quarterfinal series lead as they will look to sweep on Tuesday back at the Drive In Arena. The Reds came out flying in the first half as they continued their fine play from game one’s second half as Tomer Ginat and Xavier Munford led the way. Tyler Bey and Raz Adam tried to keep Nes Ziona hanging around, but Danny Franco wanted nothing of that as Hapoel wrapped up the 31 point victory.

Munford led the way with 30 points, Tomer Ginat scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Jaylen Hoard scored 12 points in the win. Bey scored 23 points and Raz Adam added 21 points in the loss.

“We basically continued this game with our second half from last game,” Hapoel coach Danny Franco began. “We wanted to come in and have a good first half and I am happy that is what we did. There is mental work ahead of the next game and we have to make sure that Nes Ziona can’t come back. But not one of these points will help us in the next game. We have to come into that one very focussed because Nes Ziona has quality players. We have to know what to expect next game and make sure that we are all in.”

“We fell apart and it was painful for me,” Hasin said. “We were able to comeback at the end of the 4th but they made some big plays. There is something called over motivation, the ball didn’t go in and Hapoel is a team with a lot of experience and they can punish you very quickly. In the playoffs you can’t give up 100 points. We tried all types of defense from zone to one on one but we just didn’t deserve to win this game.”

Tomer Ginat looked back at the game, “We spoke about it before the game that we had to play 40 minutes and that we had to play well defensively. Now we can finish the series off on Tuesday. But next game starts at 0-0 and we have to keep this going. It’s the playoffs and we have to make sure that this will influence the next game.”

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