Maccabi Haifa downs Hapoel TLV, Jerusalem drops Holon, Eilat stops Gilboa & More! Recaps & Highlights of the latest in Israeli hoops!

Hapoel Jerusalem dropped Hapoel Holon 82-73 to win their third league game in seven days despite playing with a short roster. Oded Katash’s squad received tremendous play from the seven players who stepped on the court as Tashawn Thomas with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists led the Reds to the hard earned victory. Suleiman Braimoh added 16 points, Chris Kramer chipped in with 14 points while Tamir Blatt checked in with 12 points and 8 assists. Chris Johnson was Holon’s high scorer with 29 points and Frederic Bourdillon added 13 points in the loss.

Hapoel Beer Sheva dismantled Nahariya 104-80 in the southern capital as Rami Hadar’s squad grabbed a 29-21 lead after the first quarter and never looked back to improve their record to 3-1 while Nahariya remain winless as they sport an 0-4 record. Caleb Agada starred for the hosts as he scored early and often to finish the game off with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and an efficiency rating of 39 in the win. Travis Warech scored 18 points, Eric Griffin added 17 points and Amit Suss chipped in with 11 points. Devon Scott led Danny Franco’s team with 25 points, Kalin Lucas added 21 and Joe Alexander put in 15 points in the loss.

Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion downed Bnei Herzliya 93-85 as Trey Lewis scored 31 points in the comeback win for Guy Goodes’s squad. Sharon Drucker’s squad led for most of the way and were even up by 20 points at one time but couldn’t hold on over the course of the second half to fall to 0-5 while the hosts evened their record at 2-2. With the score 81-76 in favor of Herzliya thanks to Coty Clarke’s 29 points, Lewis scored a layup and then drilled home a triple to tie it up with 2:37 left in the game while Isaiah Taylor, Darryl Monroe and Noam Dovrat sewed up the victory. Taylor added 22 points and Monroe chipped in with 17 for Rishon while Frank Gaines scored 15 points and Isaiah Eisendorf put in 10 points in the loss.

Hapoel Eilat continued their hot start as they sunk Hapoel Gilboa Galil 100-77 sending the Galilee tea to their first defeat of the season. The Red Sea squad took a 48-35 lead at the half and never looked back as five players featured in double digits for Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team. Markel Brown scored 19 points added five rebounds and dished out 7 assists, Casey Prather led all scorers with 21 points, Joe Ragland and Jonathan Skjoldebrand chipped in with 16 points a piece while Josh Nebo chalked up a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double in the win. Joe Thomasson scored 12 points, grabbed 7 boards and handed out 7 assists and Isaiah Cousins added 14 points in the loss.

Maccabi Haifa won their first game of the campaign with a 92-83 victory at Hapoel Tel Aviv. The Greens played superb team ball as young gun Michael Brisker notched his career high in points with 20 while adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Chris Dowe added 23 points and 6 assists and Davin Jefferson put up a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards for Daniel Seoane’s squad. Bar Timor led the way for Hapoel with 21 points and 7 assists, newcomer JP Tokoto scored 15 points in his debut while Yam Madar who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the NBA Draft last week recorded a 12 point and 10 assist double-double in the defeat.

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