Hapoel Tel Aviv also came up as winners in EuroCup play with a 81-75 victory over Besiktas. In what was a back and forth game throughout, the sides headed into the final frame all knotted up at 63-63. However, with the Turkish squad in front by a point with a minute and a half to go, J’Covan Brown took the bull by the horns to spur the Reds on to the win and move their record to 6-2.
Brown scored 19 points and added 7 assists, Jaylen Hoard chipped in with 15 points and Braian Angola scored 11 points in the win. Derek Needham scored 16 points, Jonah Matthews added 15 points and Matthew Mitchell chipped in with 13 points in the loss.
“It was a big win and it was a huge test,” Hapoel Tel Aviv head coach Danny Franco said. “if you weren’t here you just can’t understand it. I have to take my hat off to the guys. There are things that we have to work on and fix up but the staff and players really did a great job and I am very happy.” I am not sure which imports will get onto teh flight to go back to Israel and the Israeli league all be an issue for us with the tough travel and we will have to deal with it. We are an Israeli club and we will have to handle the situation. But to play with this type of tough schedule can be very significant.”
The game MVP J’Covan Brown spoke about the win, “I’m doing my job to be with the guys night in and night out. We had to be aggressive as we knew they would be and we had to play our basketball. But credit to them, they are tough team but we took on the challenge to play together and fight together to get this win.”