Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Eilat 83-74 at the Pais Arena. The Red Sea City squad kept the game close throughout the forty minutes as they looked to pull off the upset, but Oded Katash’s team was able to keep the lead during the fourth quarter when Eilat pulled to within four points to come away with the victory. Tamir Blatt led the Reds with 15 points, Bar Timor added 13 points and James Feldeine chipped in with 12 points. Kyvon Davenport scored 25 points while Jonathan Skoljebrand notched 16 points and Eric Thompson added 15 points in the defeat.
Shorthanded Maccabi Tel Aviv needed double overtime to dispose of Hapoel Gilboa Galil 112-110 at Gan Ner in the Galilee. In a game that featured end to end action for the full 50 minutes of action, the yellow-and-blue played with only six regular rotation players due to injuries and illnesses. The hosts were in control throughout the contest but Scottie Wilbekin’s crazy baseline floater sent the game into overtime while guard Edgar Sosa hit a triple at the buzzer of the extra session to send the game into a second overtime period where Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad was able to hold on to take the 2-point victory. Jake Cohen scored 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 47:30 minutes while Scottie Wilbekin added 35 points and 9 assists in the win. Jamar Gulley was Gilboa Galil’s high scorer with 34 points.
Hapoel Beer Sheva needed a last second three pointer by Da’Sean Butler to defeat Maccabi Ashdod 79-77 at the port city. Ashdod’s Elijah Johnson looked to have given the hosts a 77-76 win after scoring in the paint with less than 4 seconds remaining, but Butler inbounded the ball to Adi Cohen Saban who immediately gave it back to the forward as he drilled home the winning shot for Rami Hadar’s squad. Butler led all scorers with 25 points while John Petrucelli added 15 points and Spencer Weisz clocked in with 14 points in the win. Johnson and Tzuf Ben Moshe each scored 15 points for Brad Greenberg’s team in the defeat.
Nahariya needed triple overtime to finally get by Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 118-114. After ending regulation time all knotted up at 80-80, Dominic Waters scored a layup with less than a second left on the clock to head into the second extra period 96-96. Back and forth play ruled the next extra session as Waters missed a potential game winning 3-pointer as the contest went into a third overtime period tied at 103-103. But Waters who ended the night with 23 points finally iced the game with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to come away with the victory. Tony Gaffney and Jerel McNeal each added 22 points in the win while Jordan Swing led Rishon with 35 points while Johnathan Williams scored 21 points in the dramatic defeat.
Maccabi Haifa walloped struggling Hapoel Holon 92-60 at the Carmel Mountain. James Young scored 32 points for the Greens as they took a 28-18 lead after ten minutes and never looked back. Gregory Vargas added 15 points and 14 assists while Roman Sorkin continued his fine play of late with 10 points. Marcus Foster scored 21 points and Ryan Thompson scored 14 points for Holon.
Nes Tziona defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 95-80 as big man Jeff Withey dominated the game with a 24 point, 7 rebound and 5 block shot performance. In addition to Withey, Daequan Cook dropped 21 points, Raviv Limonad scored 13 points and dished out 9 assists against his former club while Tal Dunne scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and added 6 assists in the win. Latavious Williams led the Reds with 27 points and 14 rebounds and youngster Yam Madar scored 10 points and notched a career high with 10 assists in the defeat.