Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion continued their fine play under coach Guy Goodes to defeat Jerusalem 77-72. In a back and forth game, Cameron Long scored a pair of buckets in crunch time to help the hosts to the victory. Long led Rishon with 17 points and Alex Hamilton added 16 points in the win while Bar Timor scored 13 points and Josh Owens chipped in with 11 points for Jerusalem. Oded Katash’s squad had a rough shooting night going 8/38 from three and 27/81 from the field.
Maccabi Tel Aviv stopped Hapoel Eilat’s nine game winning streak and defeated the Red Sea City squad 101-91 at Yad Eliyahu. Swarming defense, a steal by Yovel Zoosman and key buckets by Scottie Wilbekin, Michael Roll, Alex Tyus and Johnny O’Bryant made the difference as the yellow-and-blue remained perfect at home. Eilat, who were playing without point guard Avi Ben Chimol kept pace with the hosts throughout the contest thanks to Elijah Bryant’s 20 points, 10 of which came in the final frame and JP Tokoto’s 21 points. Although the visitor’s took a short lived lead late in the 4th quarter, Wilbekin’s 13 final frame points, Tyus’s perfect 7/7 night from the field for 14 points, Roll’s clutch triples for 18 points and 6 assists along with O’Bryant’s trio of 3-pointers gave coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos the win.
Hapoel Holon held on to record an 88-84 victory over Maccabi Ashdod. Corey Walden again was the main man for Holon as the guard scored 25 points and added 8 assists in a 34 minute performance. Paul Stoll drilled home a pair of late three’s to knot up these score at 84-84 but free throws from Darion Atkins and Walden handed the win to Dan Shamir’s squad. Daquan Jones scored 19 points and Atkins dropped 13 points and 9 rebounds in the win for Holon while Landon Milbourne scored 27 points, Mark Tollefsen chipped in with 18 points and Stoll added 17 points in the loss.
Nes Ziona defeated slumping Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 83-76 as both teams played without a couple of their stars in Tal Dunne and Bryant Crawford respectively. Host Nes Ziona received terrific play from three of their guards as Gary Browne scored 21 points, Golan Gutt added 19 points and Chris Dowe had 18 points. Ian Miller with 25 points tried valiantly to keep Ariel Beit Halachmi’s squad in the contest but with James Kelly in foul trouble and Ben Altit being ejected early on it was an uphill battle throughout for Ariel Beit Halachmi’s squad. The defeat was the visitor’s sixth in a row across all competitions who received a double-double from Greg Whittington who scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Hapoel Beer Sheva exacted a bit of revenge on Hapoel Tel Aviv following their State Cup quarter final matchup as Rami Hadar’s southern side defeated Danny Franco’s squad in Tel Aviv 73-68. The host’s took a 10-point 40-30 lead into the third quarter but Beer Sheva showed plenty of heart and soul over the final twenty minutes to pull off the come from behind win. Jakim Donaldson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 20 rebounds, Jordan Swing added 18 points while Hanan Colman scored 12 points and dished out 5 assists. Tel Aviv captain Raviv Limonad scored 19 points and added 8 rebounds as Alade Aminu scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Nahariya won on the road at Bnei Herzliya 63-61 as they withstood three chances by the hosts in the last minute to win the game. After a strong start by Herzliya thanks to Michael Dixon and Bogdan Bliznyuk, Nahariya came back with a 15-0 run to get back into the game. The hosts again jumped out to a bug lead but resilient Nahariya led by Terry Allen Egor Nesterenko clawed back with a 17-3 run to take the lead and the win as Dixon, Or Leumi and James Robinson all missed chances to win the game. Nestrenko led the visitor’s with 14 points, Yiftah Ziv added 11 points and Terry Allen chipped in with10 points for Nahariya while Dixon dropped 14 points for Bnei Herzliya.