Hapoel Tel Aviv drops 2nd in a row, fall to Prometey 98-89 in EuroCup play

Nov 14, 2023 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Tel Aviv fell 98-89 at Prometey as their record dropped to 4-2 in EuroCup play. The Reds scored points a plenty early on with Bar Timor leading the way but Tai Odiase was unstoppable all game long as the hosts featured six players in double digits to take the win.

Next up for Danny Franco’s team is a home away from home date with Badalona in a game that will be held in Belgrade next Wednesday.

“Obviously this was not the result we wanted,” Franco said. “We didn’t find our way with intensity defensive wise to get into teh game right. Ww came out with the right attitude and approach in the second half and we took a small lead and maybe got bit comfortable. Then we made mistakes and hurt our confidence. I want to thank Prometey for hosting us so nicely during this week.”

Odiase scored 19 points, David Reed added 16 points as Ronald March and Illiya Sydorov each had 14 points in the win. Braian Angola paced Hapoel with 18 points, Jaylen Hoard and J’Covan Brown each had 15 points as Bar Timor scored 14 points in the loss.

Bar Timor and Brian Angola got busy early to put Hapoel Tel Aviv into the lead early on in the first quarter, but Issuf Sanon, Illiya Sydorov and Tai Odiase helped Promotey to a 29-26 lead after ten minutes of play. Ronald March and Davon Reed continued to keep the hosts in front, but Idan Zalmanson, J’Covan Brown and Timor who bumped up his game total to 14 points gave Danny Franco’s squad a 49-48 advantage at halftime.

Hapoel tried to pull away but Oleksandr Lypovyy, Caleb Agada ands Davon Reed put together a 14-0 run for Neno Giznburg’s team as Zalmanson tried to keep the Reds close, but Lypovyy continued to find the basket to give Prometey a 75-67 lead after thirty minutes of action. Odiase scored at will in the fourth quarter to increase the lead to double digits, Angola and Jaylen Hoard tried to cut the gap down but Odiase and March sealed the deal to give the hosts the win.

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