Jerusalem wins two, Maccabi walks over Gilboa Galil, Nes Tziona drops Hapoel & More! Israel Hoops GD20 Highlights & Recaps!

Hapoel Jerusalem slipped by Hapoel Holon 115-112 in a thriller that saw end to end basketball for the full forty minutes of action. The Reds used a 44 point second quarter thanks to J’Covan Brown and Jakes Feldeine to build up a significant lead but Holon kept chipping away and just came up short as Manny Harris missed a potential game tying 3-pointer at the final buzzer. Brown led Oded Katash’s squad with 27 points and 8 assists, James Feldeine added 24 points while Suleiman Braimoh chipped in with 22 points in the win. Marcus Foster was the game’s high scorer with 37 points, TJ Cline scored 22 points while Joe Alexander added 18 points for Stafanos Dedas’s team. 

Maccabi Tel Aviv walked over Hapoel Gilboa Galil 99-76 at Yad Eliyahu. The yellow-and-blue ran out to a 30-18 lead after the first quarter and never looked back as they demolished an undermanned Galilee squad in a game that was never in doubt from the get go. Captain Jake Cohen starred with 22 points and 9 points, 2020 NBA Draft Lottery prospect Deni Avdija scored 16 points, added 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds while Tyler Dorsey chipped in with 15 points in the win. Edgar Sosa led Gilboa Galil with 22 points.

Hapoel Beer Sheva blasted Maccabi Ashdod 101-77 in a battle of the two last place clubs. The desert squad grabbed a 33-17 lead after ten minutes and never looked back as TJ Williams starred with 26 points and 15 assists. Amit Simhon added 23 points and Da’Sean Butler chipped in with 19 points to give Rami Hadar’s side the win. Paul Stoll and Oded Brandwein led Ashdod with 14 points a piece in the defeat.

Nes Tziona defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 95-90 as a 17-0 run in the third quarter helped Nadav Zilberstein’s squad to the win. Big man Jeff Withey starred in the victory with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocked shots which was a league record while JP Tokoto added 22 points and 12 boards and Daequan Cook scored 21 points. Jordan Hamilton led the Reds with 25 points in the loss. 

Hapoel Jerusalem sunk Hapoel Eilat 99-84 in their second game in as many days as they travelled down south where they disposed of the Red Sea City squad. The Reds took a 28-14 lead after ten minutes and never looked back as they put the contest away early for Coach Oded Katash. Six players scored in double digits as Shelvin Mack led the way with 17 points, Tamir Blatt scored 15 points and added 8 assists, Suleiman Braimoh chipped in with 15 points while Tashawn Thomas recorded a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. John Jenkins was Eilat’s high scorer with 18 points in his debut for the club. Earlier, Jerusalem added center Emanuel Terry to bolster their front court ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League playoff game against Peristeri.

Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion dropped Nahariya 76-63 as D’Angelo Harrison starred in his first game back in Israel with 17 points to lead Guy Goodes squad while Dominic Waters scored 15 points to lead the Northern City side.

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