Hickey + Gorka pace Haifa to win, Kiryat Ata downs Gilboa

Apr 16, 2023 | Holyland Hoops


Hapoel Haifa defeated Hapoel Eilat 104-91 to end their 14-game losing across all competitions. With head coach Mickey Gorka manning the sidelines in place of Sharon Drucker who was received of his duties, the Carmel Reds saw Anthony Hickey and Juston Tillman lead the way to the hard earned home victory.

Anthony Hickey – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il


Mangok Mathiang, Austin Tilghman and Eric Grffin helped the Red Sea squad to an early 29-21 lead after ten minutes of play but Isaiah Cousins, Jarrod Jones, Justin Tillman and Anthony Hickey came back to take a slim 50-49 advantage at halftime. Antonius Cleveland tried to spur on Maurizio Buscaglia’s squad in the third quarter but Hickey and Tillman kept scoring at will while Amit Simhon and Will Rayman also found the basket to take the victory.

Hickey led the way with 25 points, Tillman added 20 points and Cousins chipped in with 17 points in the win. Mathiang scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Cleveland added 17 points and Terran Petteway scored 15 points in the loss.

Mickey Gorka – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il


“I am very happy for the club and the fans,” Gorka said. “We didn’t make many changes but we worked a little on spacing and defense and it worked to help get the win. I felt good about the players commitment and that we needed this win which was all heart. I will do the maximum that I can along with the players to keep the club in the league.”

The game MVP Anthony Hickey spoke about breaking the long losing streak and their new head coach Mickey Gorka, “It’s been a long season and a long journey. We’ve had our ups and downs but we kept fighting, we were counted out but we kept fighting. The fans helped us and the coach came in and we supported that. He’s a great coach. He’s humble and ready to work and ready to step up to the challenge.”

Kiryat Ata just got by Hapoel Gilboa Galil 93-91 as the Galilee squad took art another step towards relegation due to the defeat. Amin Stevens, Karam Mashour, Michael Brisker and Juvonte Reddic paced Sharon Avrahami’s squad to a 47-42 lead at halftime but Payton Willis, London Perrantes and Robert Franks cut the advantage down to just 71-70 at the end of the third period.

With the score knotted up at 91-91 and seconds remaining in the back and forth final frame, Chavaughn Lewis sent an alley-oop to Reddic who just put the ball down to take the win after Franks’s last gasp effort went off the iron. Stevens led the way with 21 points while Brisker and Reddic had 15 points each in win. Franks scored 21 points and Perrantes 20 points in the loss.

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