Hapoel Galil Elyon defeated Bnei Herzliya 95-89 as Jalen Hudson starred in the win with a commanding 31 point performance for Barak Peleg’s squad. Oren Aharoni’s team took a slim 22-21 lead after the first quarter on the strength of Maurice Kemp but the hosts began to pull away on the second period to take the lead and never look back as they notched the victory.
Aside from Hudson’s 31 points, Bryce Washington added 20 points and Nimrod Levi chipped in with 17 points in the win. Kemp scored 28 points and grabbed 12 boards while Andy Van Vliet added 13 points and Sandy Cohen scored 11 points in the loss.
“It was a good win, we needed it,” big man Bryce Washington told The Sports Rabbi. “We are still figuring things out but we are on the right path. Jalen is a high level scorer. His athleticism, his speed at that size is great. And he wants to win, he is a leader and a great teammate. He helps us a lot and he had a big game tonight. It was a great win but now we are back to 0-0.”
Hapoel Holon outlasted Hapoel Beer Sheva 101-94 in a high scoring affair that saw five of Guy Goodes’s players score in double digits to take the win in the southern capital. The visitors grabbed a 29-22 lead as Erick Green led the way to give Holon the advantage that they would never give up over the balance of the game.
Green led the way with 28 points, Niv Misgav scored his career high with 17 points while Hayden Dalton and Marvin Jones each scored 16 points in the win. Ben Moore paced Lior Lubin’s squad with 26 points, David Efiyani added 20 points and Khalil Ahmad chipped in with 18 points in the loss.
“I feel like I am more prepared this season for the opportunities that I am getting,” Misgav said. “I am here to do what I can and to help the club. I felt that I also had more responsibility once Joe Ragland went out with 5 fouls. I am happy that I was here for the team.”