Hapoel Holon downed Hapoel Tel Aviv 90-86 in the Greek coach Derby at the Drive In Arena. Stefanos Dedas’s Holon had the upper hand throughout the majority of the game as his squad was able to get by Ioannis Katsikaris’s team thanks to fabulous play by newcomer Manny Harris who just arrived from the Chinese League. The aforementioned Harris ended the game with 22 points, Marcus Foster added 19 points and Guy Pnini notched 12 points in the win. Tomer Ginat scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Latavious Williams scored 18 points while Yam Madar chipped in with 17 points in the loss.
Hapoel Jerusalem blasted Nes Tziona 102-71 as nine Reds scored 8 points or more in the win. Oded Katash’s crew who were fresh coming off of their Israel State Cup title didn’t waste anytime getting back to work in league as they jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Su Braimoh led the way with 14 points, J’Covan Brown added 13 points and James Feldeine chipped in with 11 points in the win. Daequan Cook led the way for Nes Tziona with 21 points and JP Tokoto added 18 points in the loss.
Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 75-64 as the yellow-and-blue held the wine city squad to just nine 4th quarter points to record the victory. Tyler Dorsey led the way with 19 points, Othello Hunter added 16 points and 9 rebounds while Deni Avdija scored 12 points and pulled down 7 boards in the victory. James Kelly scored 18 points for Rishon in the defeat.
Maccabi Ashdod defeated Maccabi Haifa 91-88 as Brad Greenberg’s port city side won their second game in a row as they continue their climb out of the league’s basement. Both squads went neck and neck for the full forty minutes but Alex Chubrevich’s layup with 34 seconds remaining in the game sealed the win for Ashdod. Paul Stoll led the way with double double of 27 points and 10 assists good for an efficiency rating of 30, while Chubrevich added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Gregory Vargas scored 26 points and Scott Suggs chipped in with 16 points in the loss.
Hapoel Gilboa Galil took out Hapoel Beer Sheva 85-81 in the southern capital as the Galilee team distanced themselves from the relegation zone. However, Rami Hadar’s Beer Sheva are now just two games in front of the oncoming Ashdod squad. Lior Lubin’s Gilboa Galil took a 51-35 lead after twenty minutes and looked to be in control of the contest. The desert Reds came back strong over the final two quarters but just came up short as they lost their third game in a row. Michael Young scored a game high 28 points for Gilboa Galil while Jamar Gulley scored 17 points and Jarvis Varnado recorded a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Center Steve Zack scored 19 points and Da’Sean Butler added 16 points and 9 assists in the defeat.
Hapoel Eilat got by Nahariya 89-84 as veteran forward Jonathan Skoljebrand helped the Red Sea city squad to a huge fourth quarter and an 11-0 run while Avi Ben Chimol and Rayvonte Rice hit their free throws to steal the win from the jaws of defeat. Rafi Menco scored 25 points for a career high, Kyvon Davenport added 14 points and 12 rebounds while Rice chipped in with 12 points in the crucial win for coach Arik Alfasi. Jerel McNeal and Diamon Simpson each scored 17 points in the loss for Danny Franco’s team.