Stars aplenty as Israel Basketball heats up in return! Avdija, Bruinsma, Scott & More! Highlights & Recaps Gameday 22

Maccabi Tel Aviv walloped Maccabi Ashdod 114-82 at Yad Eliyahu as the yellow-and-blue will head into the Championship Playoffs in first place. It looked as if Ioannis Sfairpoulos’s squad didn’t lose a step over the break and got off to a hot start to take a 31-13 lead after the first quarter as NBA Draft Lottery Prospect Deni Avdija led the way. Things continued to go south for Amit Tamir’s side as the head coach who was making his Ashdod debut couldn’t find a way to stop or slow down Maccabi’s sharp shooters in the lopsided win.

Avdija led the way with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while adding a game high 32 efficiency rating. Tyler Dorsey added 19 points as the guard went 5/6 from beyond the arc, Scottie Wilbekin chipped in with 15 points and acting captain Jake Cohen scored 14 points in the win. Amit Ebo led the way for the port city side with 16 points in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem disposed of Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 84-78. After a close first half, the Reds used a strong third quarter to pull ahead as Oded Katash’s squad featured five players in double digits in the victory. Idan Zalmanson led the way with 14 points and 8 rebounds, John Holland added 14 points, James Feldeine chipped in with 13 points and Suleiman Braimoh added 12 points in the win. D’Angelo Harrison scored 17 points, Alex Hamilton chipped in with 12 points and Zach Hankins dropped 11 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat.

Hapoel Tel Aviv blew out Maccabi Haifa 92-72 by the Carmel Mountain. The Reds jumped out to a 30-18 advantage after the first ten minutes and never looked back as Ioannis Kastritis’s team took the 20 point victory and denied the Greens a chance to play in the Championship Playoffs. Jordan Hamilton was the high scorer for the Reds with 21 points, Tomer Ginat who will head to France next season added 17 points, Jordan Davis chipped in with 15 points, Talib Zanna notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Yam Madar who also entered the 2020 NBA Draft scored 11 points in the win. Reggie Upshaw was the bright light for Haifa with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.

Hapoel Beersheba defeated Hapoel Holon 85-73 thanks to a dominant fourth quarter that saw the Southern Reds go on a 17-0 run and only allow seven points as Rami Hadar’s squad secured the win. Three brand new Beersheba foreigners proved their worth as Evan Bruinsma proved to be unstoppable with 27 points, 12 rebounds and a 36 efficiency rating, Amir Bell added 21 points and Caleb Agada chipped in with 12 points for the victory. Jimmy Hall led Holon with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Shlomi Harush added 12 points while Jermaine Love and Shavon Coleman scored 10 points a piece in the loss.

Hapoel Eilat drubbed Nes Ziona 103-89 thanks to a 14-0 overtime period to take the win. After a tight game throughout 40 minutes the two squads headed into the extra session knotted up at 89-89. But the Red Sea city side received tremendous play from Devon Scott and Ziv Ben Tzvi to secure the victory. Scott led the way with 26 points, Ben Tzvi clocked in a near triple-double with 13 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds, Rafi Menco chipped in with 18 points and 14 rebounds, Milton Doyle added 13 points and 7 steals while Jordan Caroline scored 19 points. JP Tokoto picked up a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Nes Ziona.

Nahariya got by Hapoel Gilboa Galil 94-76 in the northern squads first league win since the beginning of February. Itay Segev starred for Danny Franco’s team with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Dominic Waters added 18 points, Niv Misgav chipped in with 14 points and newcomer Ivan Almeida recorded a near triple-double with 8 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the win. Michael Young with 22 points and Joe Thomasson with 17 points paced Gilboa Galil.

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