Herzliya pounds Rishon leaving Goodes’s future in question, Hapoel Tel Aviv wipes out Gilboa

Dec 20, 2021 | Holyland Hoops

Bnei Herzliya drubbed Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 94-64 as five players ended the game with double digits in points. Rishon grabbed a quick 21-10 lead after the minutes of play, but it was all Herzliya after that as Chris Babb, Chinanu Onuaku and Shawn Dawson paced the comeback while holding the wine city squad to just 22 points in quarters two and three to take the easy win.

Rishon coach Guy Goodes whose future with the club is in question as he may not continue with the club going forward, was ejected midway through the second quarter as the host’s record fell to 2-8 and remain in the league’s basement. Dawson led all scorers with 23 points, Babb added 19 points and 9 boards, Onuaku had a tremendous performance with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 6 blocked shots in the victory. Maurice Watson scored 13 points and Egor Koulechov scored 11 points in the loss.

Chris Babb – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

“It was great for us to get a road win against a tough team,” Babb said. “Our main focus was to stick together and stay confident. We stopped their transition offense and played well the rest of the game.”

Hapoel Tel Aviv pounded Hapoel Gilboa Galil 89-68 as James Young led the way for the Reds in the win. After a close 22-21 first quarter, Danny Franco’s squad pulled away and never looked back as four players scored in double figures to record the victory. Young paced the hosts with 23 points, JP Tokoto added 12 points while Josh Owens and Idan Zalmanson each scored 10 points in the victory.

“Every coach wants to see their players leave everything on the court,” Franco stated. “Gilboa may be a young team but they are a very good one and we won this game from our aggressiveness. Despite Gilboa having depth we were able to dictate the play and control the game.”

James Young – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il

“I knew we needed the game and we came out aggressive and we executed as well,” game MVP James Young said. “We struggled a little bit and we needed the win in order to get going.”

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