1) There’s not question that one of Israel’s premier athletes on the rise is rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and The Sports Rabbi’s Friday Jerusalem Post piece is all about the starlet. Ashram has won a plethora of medals over the past year and picked up a silver and bronze just this week in the World Championships. Recently retired Neta Rivkin also spoke to The Sports Rabbi about Ashram and believes the sky’s the limit. Check it out!
2) Israel may have fallen to Georgia last night in FIBA World Cup qualifying action but there’s plenty of hope in the Blue & White camp as Yovel Zoosman who won a gold medal with the Under-20 Israel team at this past summer’s European Championships is reaching for the stars. Make sire to read “It’s all Zoos, Israel Youth Movement, Shengelia Interview & More!” Not only do I analyze Zoosman but I also have an exclusive interview with one of Europe’s premier players, Tornike, “Toko” Shengelia.
3) Israel Basketball Preseason Games
A) Hapoel Tel Aviv squeaked by Hapoel Gilboa/Galil 92-91 on Jamal Shuler’s game winning 3-pointer after mounting a tremendous 4th quarter comeback. Shuler led all scorers with a tremendous 27 points while Dallas Mooore and Jonathan Holmes added 16 points a piece for the Tel Aviv Reds. James Kelly led the way for Gilbia/Galil with 21 points as Bryant Crawford chipped in with 21 points in the loss.
B) Hapoel Eilat defeated Hapoel Beer Sheva 83-76 as JP Tokoto and Elijah Bryant each scored 23 points for the victors while Amit Gershon dropped 18 points and Taylor Braun added 13 in the defeat.
C) Maccabi Ashdod took out Maccabi Haifa 78-58 as Landon Mibourne (19p) and Jake Pemberton (11p) led Ashdod.