Hapoel Tel Aviv crash out of Europe with QF loss to Besiktas

Mar 13, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Tel Aviv crashed out of Europe falling to Besiktas 94-89 in the EuroCup quarterfinals to end their continental campaign on a sour note in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Reds jumped all over the Turkish squad as Will Cummings scored at will while Bar Timor and Jaylen Hoard helped build up a 57-39 advantage at halftime. However, Besiktas started to chip away at the lead with huge baskets by Jonah Mathews, Matthew Mitchell and Derek Needham and while Tomer Ginat tried to keep Hapoel ahead Mitchell from deep and Mathews from the line completed the comeback and notched the win for the visitors.

Will Cummings – Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Cummings scored 28 points, Hoard added 16 points while Timor and Tomer Ginat each scored 13 points in the loss. Mathews scored 28 points, Mitchell chipped in with 22 points as Needham scored 14 points in the loss.

Danny Franco – Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

“Besiktas opened up the second half much more aggressive and unfortunately we fell into that letting them build the momentum,” Hapoel Tel Aviv Head Coach Danny Franco said. “We played our exact game plan trying to go at specific guys and get them loaded with fouls, but it worked until a point, we tried to go into that a little more lately. The guards lineup was good for us, but hey I have to give credit to Besiktas They were really stating this game the way they came from the last one and unfortunately we couldn’t make the plays that we wanted at the end of the day.”

“But I guess that’s a price we are paying for a lot of guys kind of being out of shape or not really in a good mood that they can come right up and stay as focussed and balanced all the way through. Regards to them, congrats to Besiktas, we tried our best I guess that we had today.”

Will Cummings – Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Will Cummings scored at will to get Hapoel Tel Aviv off and running in the first quarter, Jonah Mathews and Angel Delgado got on the board for Besiktas but points from Bar Timor and Xavier Munford gave the Reds a 25-15 lead after ten minutes of play.

Jaylen Hoard – Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Jaylen Hoard scored to begin the second quarter while Timor, Cummings and Braian Angola all scored a pair of baskets a piece, Matthew Mitchell and Mathews scored to try and keep the Turkish squad close but Timor and Hoard scored to send Danny Franco’s team into halftime holding a 57-39 advantage.

Will Cummings – Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Mitchell started the third quarter with points a plenty, Mathews hit back-to-back 3-pointers, to pull to within 58-53, Cummings dropped a pair of triples, Hoard scored a quartet of baskets as while Mathews hit a pair at the other end as Besiktas closed in on Hapoel 76-68 after thirty minutes of action.

Photo credit: Ntalia Nunez, Hapoel Tel Aviv

Marko Simonovic, Mathews and Derek Needham all scored for the visitors, Cummings came back with a 3-pointer, Mathews went from the outside and inside to give Besiktas the lead but a Ginat triple drew the Reds even at 84-84 midway through the fourth quarter. Needham went from deep, Delgado dropped a bucket, Xavier Munford drilled home a triple, Mitchell came back from deep but Mathews sewed up the victory with a pair of free throws to knock Hapoel Tel Aviv out of Europe.

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