Israel Sports Weekend Review for July 7-8, 2018

1) There was plenty of NBA Summer League games over the weekend as Israelis and players who play for Israeli teams were in action. Here is a rundown:

Friday Games
Shawn Dawson playing for the Nets scored 20 points in 18 minutes.
TJ Leaf went only 2/14 for 4 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the Pacers.
Egor Koulechov recorded a DNP for the Orlando Magic.
Bogdan Bliznyuk of Bnei Herzliya also was a DNP for the LA Clippers.
Jonah Bolden of Maccabi Tel Aviv scored 6 points and grabbed 6 boards.

Saturday Games
Kendrick Ray of Maccabi Tel Aviv was scoreless in 14 minutes for the Jazz.
TJ Leaf scored 17 points in 30 minutes of action for the Pacers.
Shawn Dawson dropped 3 points in 17 minutes for the Nets.
Jonah Bolden scored 5 points for the 76ers.

2) Atlético Madrid reached agreement to open academy in Beer Sheva. Alona Barkat, Hapoel Beer Sheva’s president, Idan Ofer, majority shareholder of Quantum Pacific Group and shareholder of Atlético de Madrid, and Miguel Ángel Gil, CEO of Atlético de Madrid, accompanied by Emilio Gutiérrez, director of Atlético de Madrid’s academy, announced an agreement between the Madrid based club’s academy and Hapoel Beer Sheva. The move will reinforce the Israeli club’s youth system, which will allow Hapoel Beer Sheva to increase the amount of youth players in the first team.

The hope is that the long-term project will allow the members from the Madrid academy to implement the Atlético way in Beer Sheva and will also allow for an interchange between cultures through football and sharing values with Hapoel Beer Sheva, such as hard work, teamwork and never giving up.

“Atlético de Madrid is one of the best teams in the world. For many years, they’ve been raising academy players in a great way,” Barkat said. “I’m positive this alliance with [Atlético’s] academy will help us keep growing.” Ofer is also happy and proud of the agreement. “[I’m proud] to have taken a part In putting the two clubs in contact with each other,” he said. “This will be a successful project.”

CEO Miguel Ángel Gil, spoke about the importance of transmitting Atlético de Madrid’s values. “The main objective is that this academy is open to people of all religions and cultures,” he said. “We want to integrate everyone through a common project, based on the values of sport.”

Bnei Sakhnin

Quick HitsMahran Radi who has won 6 Israel Premier League Championships in a row 3 with Maccabi Tel Aviv and 3 with Hapoel Beer Sheva signed with Bnei Sakhnin…Defender Julien Cétout signs with Hapoel Beer Sheva after spending the last 4 seasons at Nancy FC in France…Maccabi Tel Aviv BC picked up their club option on Deandre Kane for the 2018/19 season…Central defender Dean Maimoni signed with Hapoel Raanana…Khalif Wyatt signed with Hapoel Holon after playing for Nes Ziona last season…Zach LeDay joined David Blatt at Olympiacos BC after spending last season with Hapoel Gilboa/Galil…Hapoel Beer Sheva departed for Estonia and their Champions League First Round qualifying match against Flora Tallinn…Tyler Honeycutt who played for Nes Ziona in 2013/14 died in shootout with police in Los Angeles.

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