Top 5 Baskets of the Season

The 2020/21 season may already be in the books, so now’s the best time to look back at some of the amazing baskets from the past campaign.

5. Noam Dovrat, Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion at Hapoel Holon – April 22, 2021
Rishon may have come up short this game which also eliminated them from the playoffs and the bucket came in the first half. However, Dovrat’s dunk was somewhat of a coming out party for the 18-year old who took his team, the one he is now captaining onto his shoulders. The guard is looking to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft and despite an elbow injury near the end of the season, Dovrat should be better than ever to start the upcoming campaign come September.

4. Maxim De Zeeuw, Hapoel Holon vs Happy Casa Brindisi – March 21, 2021
With Holon looking to move into the Basketball Champions League Final 8, the Belgian big man found a way to break a 79-79 deadlock with almost no time on the clock. Guy Pnini gave De Zeeuw a masterful inbounds pass that was converted into one of those baskets that will be remembered forever by the purple faithful.

3. Wayne Selden, Nes Ziona vs Parma – April 23, 2021
Nes Ziona shocked the basketball world by winning the FIBA Europe Cup, but had it now been for Wayne Selden’s semifinal triple as time was running down, that title never would have been awarded to the Israeli squad. With Parma ahead 80-78, Selden took the rock with 9.5 seconds left on the clock and sent the fans into pandemonium at Yad Eliyahu with a beauty of a 3-pointer to give Nes Ziona the lead and the win.

2. Adam Ariel, Hapoel Jerusalem vs Maccabi Tel Aviv – May 24, 2021
A classic Israeli Classico between the Reds and the Yellow & Blue began 45 minutes late due to a clock issue that needed to be sorted out. Both teams waited it out as the game finally began and boy did we get an ending for the ages with none other than marksman Adam Ariel scoring the winning triple with under a second left on the clock. Jerusalem may not have had the season that anyone expected, but at least they were able to give their fans some sort of joy in a campaign that most would like to forget.

1. Iftach Ziv, Hapoel Gilboa Galil at Hapoel Holon – June 7, 2021
After being selected as the Israeli Player of the Season, Ziv answered any critics who thought that the award should have gone elsewhere with a spectacular bucket with his team down 72-71 in game one of the semifinals against Holon. Ziv proved that his “Corona League” MVP was no fluke last season as he led his squad into the finals versus Maccabi Tel Aviv. Although Gilboa fell short 2-1 in the best of the 3 series, Ziv showed that he can be counted on when his teams needs him the most and will have no fear while doing so at the highest of levels.

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