Hapoel Tel Aviv steamrolled Maccabi Tel Aviv 82-72 to even up the best of 3 quarterfinals series at 1-1. The one-two punch of Yam Madar and Tomer Ginat pounded the ball home time and time again as the pair combined for 43 points to send the series to a decisive do or die game on Thursday night at Yad Eliyahu. Maccabi couldn’t get anything started as Hapoel hounded Ioannis Sfairpoulos’s squad from the get go while Scottie Wilbekin was ejected in the third quarter for arguing a foul call. After the his final home game an emotional ceremony was held for Reds Captain Tomer Ginat as he will be departing the club to continue his playing career in France following the season.
Madar, a 2020 NBA Draft prospect put on a show with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, Ginat added 21 points going 4/5 from 3-point land and Sek Henry scored 13 points in the win. Angelo Caloiaro led Maccabi with 14 points, Tyler Dorsey added 13 points while Hapoel held Deni Avdija to no points in the defeat.
Hapoel Tel Aviv grabbed an early 14-6 lead midway through the first quarter as Yam Madar led the attack for the Reds with 6 points while Maccabi countered with a pair of early layups by Angelo Caloiaro. Tomer Ginat and Talib Zanna found the basket for Ioannis Kastritis’s squad but Scottie Wilbekin hit a runner at the end of frame to cut the lead to 23-18 after ten minutes of play.
Amare Stoudemire made his presence felt to start the second quarter with 6 points but Jordan Davis scored a floater in the lane and Madar drilled home a triple as Hapoel maintained a 33-26 advantage with 4:57 left in the first half. Jake Cohen scored five straight points for Maccabi however, Zanna and Davis both scored as did Madar to give the hosts a 40-33 lead at the half.
Ginat opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer while Madar scored as well but Wilbekin was ejected from the game for arguing a foul call leaving Maccabi without their on court leader for the balance of the game. Ginat hit a triple but Yovel Zoosman answered for the yellow-and-blue as time-out was called with 4:16 remaining in the frame and the Reds holding a 54-47 advantage. Caloiaro went deep while Tyler Dorsey scored inside for Maccabi to cut the Hapoel lead to 60-56 after thirty minutes of action.
Sek Henry and Zanna scored while Madar hit a pair of jumpers for the Reds as they extended their lead to 72-57 with 6:19 left in regulation. Madar scored a gorgeous reverse layup, Ginat hit another triple as Hapoel continued to score at will to take game two 82-72 and force a decisive game 3 on Thursday evening.