Maccabi Tel Aviv took apart Hapoel Tel Aviv 94-83 in the Big Tel Aviv Derby at the Drive-In thanks to Andrew Goudelock and Guy Pnini, each scoring 21 points a piece, going 5/8 from downtown to move to a perfect 4-0 record in the Israeli league.
The Yellow & Blue led the whole night through as a pair of wide open Pnini 3’s in the opening minutes set the tone for the evening. Gal Mekel seemed to be getting back into the swing of things playing a solid 3rd quarter dishing off two brilliant passes to Goudelock for 3’s while finishing the game off with 9 assists and 11 points. In fact, Israelis scored 41 points on the night which was an incredible number due to the lack of playing time and points Israel domestic players gave score in the Euroleague but of course the Israeli basketball rule is to have 2 Israelis on the court at all times.
Even though Sonny Weems didn’t score a basket, Victor Rudd played admirably and finished the night with 14 points and Maik Zirbes dropped 12 points in the win. For the Reds Darrell Williams recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Alando Tucker added 21 points in the defeat.
Hapoel Jerusalem 72-67 Ironi Nahariya
Curtis Jerrells led Jerusalem with 30 points while Nick Faust dropped 22 points for Nahariya as the Reds went on a 14-0 over the last 3:46 to pick up the win. Tarence Kinsey scored 14 points while Travis Peterson grabbed 8 rebounds for Hapoel as Yancy Gates recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Maccabi Kiryat Gat 82-78 Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion
Kiryat Gat scored a fantastic win over Rishon thanks to Eyal Shulman’s 22 points and Tyshawn Taylor’s 21 points and 7 assists. Charles Thomas scored 17 points in the loss as Shawn Dawson will make his anticipated return later on this week in Champions League basketball.
Bnei Herzliya 83-74 Hapoel Eilat
Karam Mashour put on a magnificent performance scoring 21 points and collecting 16 rebounds leading the way for the hosts to pick up a tough win against a game Eilat. Stephen Dennis scored 15 points while dishing out 9 assists as Jeff Adrien and Danny Rubin also dropped 14 points a piece. Reginald Buckner starred for the visitors scoring a team high 19 points while grabbing 13 boards.
Maccabi Haifa 78-83 Hapoel Gilboa/Galil
Jason Siggers with 19 points, Ezequiel Severer, Murphy Holloway and Michael Qualls all with 16 points each helped Gilbia/Galil to an impressive road win at Maccabi Haifa. Jon Dibartolomeo scored 18 points and Amit Simhon dropped 16 points in the loss for the Greens.
Hapoel Holon 84-66 Maccabi Ashdod
Khalif Wyatt scored 23 points and dished out 7 assist while Darion Atkins added 19 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double to lead the hosts to the win. Jake Cohen led Meir Tapiro team with 17 points in the defeat.