Hapoel Tel Aviv tops undermanned Hapoel Galil Elyon, Beer Sheva downs Nes Ziona for first win

Dec 9, 2023 | Holyland Hoops

Hapoel Tel Aviv had little problems disposing of an undermanned Hapoel Galil Elyon 90-66 as the Reds featured half a dome players in double digits to pick up the victory. Jaylen Hoard, Braian Angola and Tomer Ginat helped build up a 49-33 lead by half-time, while Gil Beni and Xavier Munford were able to keep Lior Carreira, James Feldeine, Lotan Amsalem and Roi Huber at bay as the Reds took the win.

Next up for Hapoel Tel Aviv is a EuroCup tilt at Lithuanian side Wolves on Tuesday before returning back home to face Nes Ziona on Friday afternoon back at the Drive In while Galil Elyon will visit Hapoel Haifa on Wednesday.

Gil Beni – Photo credit: Basket.co.il

Hoard led the way with 19 points, Beni added 15 points and Munford scored 13 points in the win. Amsalem scored 14 points while Carreira and Feldeine had 13 points each in the loss.

“We arrived home and it was good to be back as we prepared quickly for this game,” Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Danny Franco began. “I did as much as I could to keep the game close and what would be a basketball score because there have been a number of games that have been embarrassing so far. We were able to split up the minutes and we didn’t suffer any injuries. We understand the situation that Galil Elyon is in and we made sure to keep that in mind during this game.”

Barak Peleg – Photo credit: Basket.co.il

“We are not in great shape and the situation we are in in life right now is just not normal,” Galil Elyon coach Barak Peleg said. “We came to give it our all and we are really exhausted. The league hasn’t helped us much with expenses to stay and play in the center so we returned up north where it has been difficult to practice and play due to the war. It is impossible to sign an import player in this situation. We have been moving from one place to the next and it’s been very difficult.”

Gil Beni reflected on the win, “We were very happy to get back and play at home after so many games that we have played in Europe without any fans. We should have killed this game much earlier, but it’s not easy to play against a team that is a very clear underdog. There are no easy games.”

Jakeenan Gant – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

Hapoel Beer Sheva downed Nes Ziona 90-76 as Joaquin Szuchman and JaKeenan Gant spurred a second half comeback to tale the double-digit win. Yair Kravitz, Jerome Meyinsse and Tzuf Ben Moshe helped Nes Ziona to a double digit lead midway through the second quarter but Grant Sherfield cut down the advantage to 41-37 by halftime. Joaquin Szuchman began to score in bunches for the hosts while Jacobi Boykins matched him at the other end but JaKeenan Gant was unstoppable over the course of the second half as Beer Sheva won their first game of the season.

Gant led the way with 32 points, Szuchman added 16 points and Egor Koulechov scored 13 points in the victory. Meyinsse scored 16 points and Kravitz put in 13 points in the loss.

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