Maccabi slips by Haifa, Beer Sheva sinks Eilat while Holon and Hapoel Haifa win


Maccabi Tel Aviv just got by a game Maccabi Haifa 82-78 to get back onto the winning track after falling to Hapoel Gilboa Galil last week. The last place Carmel Greens gave the yellow-and-blue everything that they could handle as Chris Dowe (20 points), Kalin Lucas (17 points) and Roman Sorkin (15 points and 12 rebounds) dominated the defending champions at times throughout the 40-minutes. But Scottie Wilbekin (11 points) hit a timely triple while Yovel Zoosman (11 points/8 rebounds) and Angelo Caloiaro (19 points) played crucial roles to help notch the road victory.

Yovel Zoosman – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il


“It was an important win and it wasn’t easy, but a win is a win,” began Maccabi coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos. “The small details at the end was important for the win. Wit was important with his defense and he will be better and better as we continue.”

Angelo Caloiaro – Photo Credit: Basket.co.il


Angelo Caloiaro also spoke about Yovel Zoosman’s return, “Zoos has been out for a while and he’s just getting into the rhythm. He was great tonight and that’s what we expect, that is what we expect, that’s the player he is and he’s only going to get better. He is still so young, great guy.”

Hapoel Beer Sheva outlasted Hapoel Eilat 93-88 in the desert capital to record the surprise win over one of the best team’s in the league this season. The hosts came out strong with a 28-17 first quarter, but the Red Sea squad came storming back to go into halftime down by just 5-points. However, Rami Hadar’s team saw Spencer Weisz drop seven 3-pointers while Caleb Agada did a little but of everything on the court to secure the win. Agada scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and picked up 5 steals, Weisz finished the game off with 21 points, while Eric Griffin added 17 points in the victory. Casey Prather led Ariel Beit Halachmi’s squad with 28 points and Josh Nebo scored 15 points and took 11 rebounds in the loss.

Hapoel Holon clipped Bnei Herzliya 90-85 as Tyrus McGee once again starred for Stefanos Dedas’s crew. Sharon Drucker’s team took a 45-40 lead into halftime but Holon turned on the offense in the third quarter to notch the win. McGee scored 28 points, CJ Harris added 14 points and Maxim De Zeeuw chipped in with 13 points in the win. Coty Clarke flirted with a triple-double as he led the way for Herzliya with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in the defeat.

Hapoel Haifa got back onto the winning track with a 80-71 road win at Hapoel Tel Aviv as Elad Hasin’s club controlled the contest from the outset to take the win. Keenan Evans led the way for the Carmel Reds with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, Lennard Freeman added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Amit Simhon and Rakeem Buckles each scored 12 points in the win. Justin Tillman led all scorers with 29 points as Yam Madar, Reggie Upshaw and JP Tokoto all scored 10 points a piece in the loss.

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