Hapoel Tel Aviv demolishes Trento 93-63, Haifa takes big win in Turkey, Galil Elyon also victorious

Nov 2, 2022 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Tel Aviv demolished Trento 93-63 with relative ease to improve their EuroCup record to 3-1 ahead of the international break. JP Tokoto spurred the offense from the get go and had arguably his best game of the season while Jaylen Hoard also made sure to put his mark on the game with aggressive play in the paint as Danny Franco’s squad picked up the win.

The Reds scored early and often as JP Tokoto and Jaylen Hoard led the way while J’Covan Brown conducted the offense like a well oiled symphony orchestra to take a 28-18 lead after the first quarter. Jordan McRae, Idan Zalmanson, Tokoto and Hoard helped Hapoel to 14-0 run at the beginning on the second period as they never looked back to cruise to the 30-point victory.

Jaylen Hoard – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Hoard led the way with 22 points, Tokoto added 18 points while Xavier Munford scored 13 points in the win. Diego Flaccadori paced the Italians with 11 points while Drew Crawford and Matteo Spagnolo each scored 10 points in the loss.

Danny Franco – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

“I’m proud of my guys for showing up the way they did,” Hapoel coach Danny Franco explained. “Each guy that came off the bench made us better as a team and the atmosphere from our fans gave us energy and intensity that helped us along the way. We go into the break with a 3-1 record but we just started the season and there is a long way to go.”

“It’s pretty clear, Hapoel played a great game and played very intense and we are unable to answer,” Trento head coach Emanuele Molin said following the game. “As each minute went by Hapoel increased the lead and there was a moment that we were very down and didn’t know how to get to the basket. It was a tough night.”

Jaylen Hoard – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Jaylen Hoard also reflected on the game, “Chris (Horton) got hurt last game, so coming into today I knew I had to do a pretty good job because I think he’s leading the EuroCup in rebounding and he’s been playing well for us. So I just wanted to step in and do a good job.”

JP Tokoto – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Xavier Munford and Jaylen Hoard got things off and running for Hapoel Tel Aviv while Trent Lockett and Diego Flaccadori responded for Trento as the Reds held a 13-10 lead midway through the first quarter. Lockett and J’Covan Brown traded baskets, Mattia Udom scored a pair of buckets, JP Tokoto went in for layups and then a 3-point play to give the Reds a 28-18 lead after ten minutes of play.

Darion Atkins opened the scoring for Trento to begin the second quarter, JP Tokoto scored a pair of baskets as did Idan Zalmanson while Jordan McRae put down a dunk to bump the lead up to 42-20 with five minutes left in the first half. Flaccadori scored on the inside and outside, Hoard came back with a pair of buckets for Danny Franco’s team as they took a 48-33 advantage into halftime.

Jordan McRae – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

Hoard began the third quarter with a pair of baskets on the inside, Atkins did the same for the visitors, but Hoard and McRae scored to keep Hapoel in control 60-37 midway through the period. Munford nailed the first triple of the game. McRae went in for a monster jam, Tokoto scored a floater while Drew Crawford and Bar Timor traded 3-pointers as the hosts took a commanding 79-44 lead after thirty minutes of action.

Matteo Spagnolo dialled up long distance to start the fourth quarter, Crawford added a bucket in the paint, Tokoto and Gil Beni scored for Hapoel as Tomer Ginat and Eyal Harel scored as well for the Reds to run away with the 30-point victory.

Hapoel Tel Aviv fans – Photo Credit: Yehuda Halickman

In Champions League action, Bnei Herzliya were overwhelmed by Spanish powerhouse Tenerife 95-57 at the Hadera Arena as their record dropped to 1-2 on the season. After a close first quarter, the visitors started to pull away and easily chalked up the win. Biram Faye led Oren Aharoni’s team with 17 points, Andy Van Vliet added 14 points and Chris Babb score 10 points in the loss. Sasu Salin paced Tenerife with 18 points, Girogi Shermadini added 16 points and Tim Abromaitis scored 15 points in the win.

Anthony Hickey – Photo Credit: FIBA

Over in FIBA Europe Cup play, Hapoel Haifa recorded a terrific road win in Turkey as Sharon Drucker’s team downed Gaziantep 79-69 thanks to a strong third quarter that put the Carmel Reds into the drivers seat to notch the victory that now moves the club to 3-1 on the campaign. Anthony Hickey had a superb game with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, Amit Simhon added 13 points and Ofek Avital chopped in with 10 points in the win. Codi Miller McIntyre led the hosts with 29 points.

“This was a big win for the club,” Coach Drucker said. “We played exceptional defense other than the first quarter and the bench gave us a big push both on the defensive end and on offense. We need one more win to punch our ticket to the next round and we will do the maximum to do that.”

Anthony Hickey also spoke about the game, “We have to respect the Turkish team and they played a very strong game on their home court. But I have to give even bigger credit to our team. We did everything in out over to take this very tough road win and it’s a great feeling. I am happy that we were able to win on this tough court and now we can come back home and play with the support of our fans.”

Photo Credit: FIBA

Hapoel Galil Elyon notched another win as they defeated Golden Eagle Ylli 85-73 up in the Galilee and moved their record to 3-1 in group stage play. Roi Huber and Nimrod Levi each had 17 points while Jalen Hudson scored 12 points in the victory.

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