Maccabi Tel Aviv downed Maccabi Haifa 93-75 as Quincy Acy starred for the yellow-and-blue with 24 points. The Greens came out strong at their home arena in Romema and took a surprise 27-22 lead after ten minutes. But Coach Ioannis Sfairpoulos’s squad came back in the second quarter to outscore Haifa 29-14, pounding the ball inside time and time again to Acy and Othello Hunter and run away with the 18 point win. In addition to his 24 points, Acy went 4/4 from beyond the arc and added 9 rebounds to his MVP performance, Hunter added 13 points, Elijah Bryant who came back from injury scored 13 points and Deni Avdija finished the game with 11 points in 22 minutes of action in front of numerous NBA scouts. James Young, Scott Suggs and Nestor Colmenares each scored 12 points in the loss.
Hapoel Jerusalem easily got by Maccabi Ashdod 84-69 at the Port City. The Reds used strong minutes from Nimrod Levi at the beginning of the game as well as a nice offensive burst from James Feldeine at the start of the second half to pull away for the 15 point win. Feldeine led the way for Jerusalem with 18 points, Levi scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and added 3 steals, Idan Zalmanson chipped in with 10 points, 7 boards and 5 assists while Tamir Blatt also scored 10 points and dished out 6 helpers. Tzuf Ben Moshe was Ashdod’s high scorer with 15 points and LaDontae Henton added 13 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
Hapoel Eilat slipped Hapoel Gilboa Galil 79-78 at the Red Sea City. Following a very low scoring first quarter in which the hosts held a 13-7 lead, the game opened up and stayed close throughout the remaining 30 minutes as Jamar Gulley’s last second 3-pointer to win the game for the visitors just came up short sealing the victory for Eilat. Veteran forwrad Jonathan Skjöldebrand scored 24 points, Rafi Menco added 17 points while captain Avi Ben Chimol and Eric Thompson each added 10 points in the victory. Justin Tillman led the way for Gilboa Galil with 19 points and Gulley added a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in the club’s third defeat in a row.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion stunned Hapoel Tel Aviv wining 77-74 after the Reds seemingly had the game in the bag throughout the first 36 minutes, until Adam Ariel had the final word. The Israeli forward drilled home four 3-pointers over the last 4 minutes of the contest with the last one coming with a second left in regulation time thanks to Noam Dovrat saving the ball from going out on the last possession. Oz Blayzer led Rishon with 19 points and 16 rebounds, Jonathan Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 20 rebounds while Ariel ended his night with 15 points. Mark Lyons scored 26 points and Jordan Hamilton added 17 points and 16 rebounds in the shock defeat.
In Rishon Le’Zion’s second game of the week, Guy Goodes’s squad defeated a game Hapoel Eilat 80-74. James Kelly led the way with 17 points, Jordan Swing added 15 points while Frederic Bourdillon chipped in with 14 points in the club’s sixth victory in a row. Jonathan Skjöldebrand topped the Eikat scorers with 21 points in the loss.
Hapoel Tel Aviv also played a pair of matchups and won their second contest in overtime dropping Hapoel Beer Sheva 102-97. Tomer Ginat led the way with 25 points, Latavious Williams dropped 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds while Jordan Hamilton added 19 points in the win. Spencer Weisz had a tremendous showing with 23 points which included seven 3-pointers and TJ Williams chipped in with 19 points for Beer Sheva.
Hapoel Holon exacted a bit of revenge on Nahariya with a 109-95 win after being ousted by the northern squad in the Israel State Cup last week. Sharon Drucker’s squad dominated the first half with 66 points as they cruised to the easy victory. Marcus Foster once again starred for Holon with 25 points draining 7 3-pointers, Malachi Richardson added 24 points in arguably his best game this season while Richard Howell and TJ Cline each dropped 18 points in the win. Jerel McNeal scored 22 points as Jeff Adrien and Itay Segev chipped in with 15 points a piece in the loss.
It took double overtime but Hapoel Gilboa Galil finally got by Nes Tziona 115-106. Both squads played neck and neck throughout the first 45 minutes but Iftach Ziv, Jamar Gulley and Edgar Sosa dominated the last period of play to snatch the win. Justin Tillman scored 34 points and added 10 rebounds, Gulley added 32 points and Sosa chipped in with 24 points in the win. Daequan Cook led Nes Tziona with 34 points and Jeremy Hollowell scored 23 points in the heartbreaking home loss.