Hapoel Tel Aviv continued their fine form with 95-80 win over Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana to as five players scored in double digits to take the victory which now moves the Reds record to 7-2 in EuroCup play.
Danny Franco’s team stayed in front from the get go but couldn’t break away from the winless Slovenian squad as they headed into halftime up by only 4-points, 45-41. However, in the third quarter, Braian Angola, J’Covan Brown, Idan Zalmanson and John Holland shifted gears to bump the lead up to 69-59 after thirty minutes as Jaylen Hoard and Xavier Munford made sure that they never looked back to take the win.
Hoard scored 17 points, Angola chipped in with 15 points while Zalmanson added 12 points in the win. Jaka Blazic scored 21 points, Karl Matkovic added 19 points and DJ Stewart scored 14 points in the loss.
“I’m happy that during the minutes that we weren’t at our best we knew how to stay together,” Hapoel Head Coach Danny Franco said. “We trusted one another and were able to achieve another important win on the road which for sure gave a bit a of joy to our Red fans back home in Israel.”
Big man Idan Zalmanson also spoke about the victory, “I’m very happy about the win, especially one on the road that will allow us to battle for first place. Despite not playing great for a bunch of minutes we knew how to end the game well and I already can’t wait to see our fans on Saturday night back at our home arena.”