Maccabi takes Tel Aviv Derby 85-69; Rishon, Eilat, Holon all win

Maccabi Tel Aviv easily got by Hapoel Tel Aviv 85-69 to take the Big Derby at the Drive In Arena. The yellow-and-blue dominated every facet of the game from the get go as Scottie Wilbekin had the hot hand scoring 18 first half points to put Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad ahead 51-28 at the break as they crushed to the victory.

Wilbekin led the way for Maccabi with 23 points, Yovel Zoosman added 13 points and Othello Hunter put in 10 points in the win. Yam Madar scored 22 points while Bar Timor chipped in with 13 points and 7 assists for Ioannis Kastritis’s team.

Scottie Wilbekin – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Scottie Wilbekin, Yovel Zoosman and Angelo Caloiaro drilled home triples to get the Derby underway as Yam Madar hit a trio of baskets early on for Hapoel Tel Aviv in the first quarter but Maccabi Tel Aviv stayed in front 11-8 midway through the frame. Othello Hunter scored off the backboard and then added an alleyoop, Reggie Upshaw countered from downtown and JP Tokoto put points in as well for the Reds. John DiBartolomeo and Dori Sahar each scored 3-pointers and Hunter put down a big dunk but an end of the quarter heave by Bar Timor cut the yellow-and-blue lead to 25-18 after ten minutes of play.

Ante Zizic – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Ante Zizic got the second quarter underway with a dunk and Wilbekin dialed up two buckets from long distance for Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad but Gabe York hit a jumper and then jammed the ball home for Hapoel, however, Maccabi continued to build their lead up to 38-22 with 5:15 left in the first half. Madar scored a floater but Wilbekin quickly scored 7 points, Oz Blayzer scored a pair of baskets to give Maccabi a 51-28 advantage at halftime.

Yam Madar – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Madar scored a deuce to start of the third quarter while Tyrique Jones and Jonathan Mor followed that up with points in the paint but Wilbekin continued where he left off in the first half to keep Maccabi ahead 56-36 midway through the period. Madar and Upshaw drilled triples but Blayzer and DiBartolomeo answered right back at the other end, however a string of Hapoel free throws closed the gap ever so slightly to 65-48 in favor of the yellow-and-blue after thirty minutes.

Yovel Zoosman & Angelo Caloiaro – Photo Credit: Dov Halickman

Jones put home a bucket to open up the fourth quarter but Zoosman scored a pair immediately at the other end while Hunter added points in the paint to stay in front 73-54 with 6:53 left in regulation. Timor scored a layup, Wilbekin went from downtown to add to his team leading total, Zoosman scored from beyond the arc as well, DiBartolomeo put in a runner and Zizic joined the party as Maccabi took home the 16-point win.

Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion dismantled Nahariya 110-88 up north as Akil Mitchell scored 24 of his 32 points in the first half to lead the way for Guy Goodes’s squad. Golan Gutt added 20 points, Darryl Monroe scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Trey Lewis chipped in with 13 points in the win. Jaron Blossomgame was the Nahariya high scorer with 23 points and Michael Young added 15 points in the loss that moves their record down to 1-10 as they sit in the league’s basement.

Hapoel Eilat sunk Hapoel Haifa 89-80 as the Red Sea city squad broke their two game skid. The Carmel reds raced out to a 24-16 lead after the first quarter but Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team roared back with a 34-11 second frame to take the lead and never look back. Casey Prather scored 20 points, Markel Brown who put down a 360 degree dunk added 18 points while Joe Ragland pinched in with 10 points in the win. Keenan Evans led the way for Haifa with 24 points while Lenard Freeman scored 12 points and pulled down 14 boards in the defeat for Elad Hasin’s team.

Hapoel Holon dunked Bnei Herzliya 85-71 as Stefanos Dedas’s squad used balanced scoring as five players finished in double digits. Tyrus McGee scored 17 points, Chris Johnson added 14 points while Guy Pnini and Isaiah Miles each checked in with 13 points a piece in the win. Max Heidegger and Terrell Parks paced Herzliya with 13 points each.

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