Maccabi Tel Aviv 73-77 Hapoel Tel Aviv
The Reds defeated the Yellow & Blue in the league Derby at Yad Eliyahu. For the full game recap, CLICK HERE.
Hapoel Jerusalem 84-79 Maccabi Haifa
Jerusalem protected home court and pulled out the 5-point win at the Pais Arena thanks in part to a broken clock delay at the start of the final frame. With Haifa ahead 66-61 and in control of the game, the clock on top of the basket that the Greens were shooting on went out of commission, leading to a break that gave Jerusalem an 8-0 run thanks in part to a pair of 3’s by Jerome Dyson. The visitors held a 1-point advantage 79-78 with less than 2 minutes to play but Ronald Roberts and Startos Perperologou dropped 6 unanswered points to pull out the win. Roberts ended the evening with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Lior Eliyahu had a string game with 16 points and 7 boards while Dyson finished the night scoring 15 points. Oz Blayzer had a strong game for Haifa with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Zach Graham scored 14 points in his debut.
Ofer Rahimi spoke diplomatically about the clock saying, “That these things happen” however he was much more upset about the defense especially on the pair of 3-pointers by Dyson, “The two 3’s should have never happened, but we lost the game on the defensive end including defensive rebounds.”
Jerusalem Coach Mody Maor also praised Dyson’s importance on the court and his play, “Jerome is a leader and his importance to Jerusalem is clear.” He also said that the team will, “play the rest of the season like they did in the 4th quarter.”
The MVP Ronald Roberts discussed how he’s feeling so far with the Reds, “I feel good and we’re trying to get on a roll, but we still haven’t played to our best abilities. We have to continue to play with high energy in all of our games and I hope that will happen when we face Nahariya.”
Hapoel Holon 98-90 Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion
Nahariya may have taken the lead into halftime, but the hosts came back in the second half to take the 8-point win. Glen Rice Jr. again starred going 5/5 from 2p, 2/3 from 3p and 9/9 from the free throw line good for 25 points. Add to that 4 assists and 3 rebounds plus drawing 8 fouls as the Israeli league star ended his night with a 36 efficiency rating. Corey Walden dropped 20 points while Tamir Blatt recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. Alex Young scored 21 points while Igor Nestrenko added a career high 20 points for Nahariya.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 83-83 Hapoel Gilboa/Galil
Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team led throughout the game and took the 5-point win on the road at Rishon. J’coven Brown scored 21 points while Zach LeDay scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win. Yaniv Solomon scored a career high 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Murphy Holloway scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards in the defeat.
Nes Ziona 69-85 Hapoel Eilat
Eilat took the away win thanks to a tremendous performance by Jordan Loyd’s 30 points and 11 rebounds while a rejuvenated Amit Simhon dropped 18 points in the victory. Talib Zanna scored 16 points and grabbed 11 boards in the defeat.
Maccabi Ashdod 95-89 Bnei Herzliya
Ashdod picked up an important road win over 2-9 Herzliya thanks to a Sek Henry’s 22 points and 10 assists as Nimrod Levi added a career high 20 points in the victory. Jeff Adrien’s 23 points and 10 rebounds coupled with Brandon Triche 21 points paced the visitors.