Maccabi splits games at Holon & Nes Ziona, Nahariya with OT win, Jerusalem sinks Eilat, Hapoel Haifa hits winner shot & more! Israel Basketball Gameday 7

Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-76 to pick up their first win of the season. CJ Harris starred for the hosts with 26 points as they controlled the game throughout the 40 minutes to notch the well earned victory. In addition to Harris, newcomer Maxine de Zeeuw scored 15 points and Chris Johnson added 13 points for Stefanos Dedas’s squad in the win. Elijah Bryant led Maccabi with 21 points while Othello Hunter and Angelo Caloiaro each scored 12 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv got by Nes Ziona 65-58 in a hard fought battle at Lev HaMoshava that saw Drag an Bender star for the Yellow & Blue in the win. Having led by 17 points at halftime, Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad needed to double down in the fourth quarter to knock off Brad Greenberg’s team after Nes Ziona grabbed a slim lead midway through the final frame. However, Bender, Tyler Dorsey and Ante Zizic were up to the task to come through in the clutch and take the victory. Bender led all players with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Dorsey chipped in with 16 points and Ante Zizic added 12 points in the win. Kwan Cheatham scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tal Dunne dropped 12 points as well in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem downed Hapoel Eilat 100-79 at the Red Sea city as the Reds raced out to a 27-16 lead after ten minutes and never looked back. Chris Kramer was the main man with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the capital city squad, Jerusalem captain J’Covan Brown who made his return after being out for a couple of months injured scored 14 points while Tashawn Thomas and Suleiman Braimoh also dropped 14 points in the win. Casey Prather led Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team with 21 points and 12 rebounds as Joe Ragland added 19 points in the defeat.

Nahariya dropped Maccabi Haifa in overtime 110-102 in an entraining game up in the northern capital. As regulation time wound down, Roman Sorkin tied the game up for Haifa at 97-97, but Kalin Lucas who scored 31 points and dished out 8 assists led the way for Dany Franco’s team in the extra session to notch the win. Jaron Blossomgame added 20 points and 13 rebounds while Devon Scott chipped in with 16 points and 12 boards to help take the victory. Sorkin led the Greens with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Donta Smith scored 21 points and Avi Ben Shimol checked in with 18 points in the tough defeat for Daniel Seoane’s team.

Hapoel Haifa edged Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 85-84 as Rakeem Buckles drilled home a corner 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to win the game for the Reds. The triple capped off a 14-2 run to end the fourth quarter to give Elad Hasin’s squad the victory. Keenan Evans led all scorers with 23 points, Amit Simhon added 19 points while Buckles ended the game with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Isaiah Taylor with 24 points and Trey Lewis with 23 points paced Guy Goodes’s team in the loss.

Hapoel Beer Shea downed Hapoel Tel Aviv 88-75 in an entertaining, tough, physical battle in the southern capital. Rami Hadar’s desert squad controlled the game from the get go as November’s MVP Caleb Agada once again paved the hosts with 27 points in the win. Eric Griffin scored 15 points while Spencer Weisz and Amir Bell scored 13 points in the win. Bar Timor led Ioannis Kastritis’s team with 18 points but was held to only three over the final half of the game, Gabe York added 14 points and Yonatan Mor chipped in with 12 points in the loss.

Hapoel Gilboa Galil slipped by Bnei Herzliya 95-89 after having led by 19 points at the end of the third quarter. Lior Lubin’s squad jumped out to a big lead after ten minutes and saw the advantage continue grow heading into the final frame. However, Sharon Drucker’s side stormed back with a strong fourth quarter but it was not enough to stop the visitors from notching the win. Jehyve Floyd scored 20 points, Netanel Artzi added 16 points and Kerry Blackshear scored 15 points in the win. Coty Clarke led Herzliya with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Frank Gaines added 17 points and Max Heidegger chipped in with 12 points in the loss.

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