Maccabi Haifa slipped by Hapoel Beer Sheva 87-83 in a tightly contested battle down south that saw the Reds knocked out of playoff contention while the Greens took 6th place and have a quarterfinal date with Rishon Le’Zion. Andrew Andrews with 29 points and 6 assists starred for Haifa with a huge third quarter and made his free throws late in the final frame to secure the win. Reggie Upshaw added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Roman Sorkin chipped in with 13 points while Willy Workman scored 11 points in the win. Caleb Agada led Beer Sheva with 17 points and Joe Furstinger notched a double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Beer Sheva came out of the gate strong as Amit Suss hit his shots early for the southern reds but Andrew Andrews was up to the task for the Greens and led them to a 15-0 run to give the visitors a 24-20 lead after ten minutes of play. Suss continued his scoring outburst while Joe Furstinger found the basket as well but Reggie Upshaw and Jerai Grant gave Daniel Seoane’s club a late lead 40-32 in the second quarter. However, Spencer Weisz rattled off points to send Rami Hadar’s squad on a 10-2 run to end the half all knotted up at 42-42.
Weisz continued where he left off and Caleb Agada got into the act but Andrews dropped 16 points in the third quarter to put Haifa ahead 68-61 going into the final frame. Agada began the fourth quarter on fire and Amir Bell put the hosts in the lead 73-72 with 6:14 remaining in regulation. The squads continued to trade baskets but Andrews and Upshaw hit their free throws down the stretch to take the four point win.
Hapoel Jerusalem steamrolled Hapoel Holon 102-67 as the Reds will enter the playoffs in second place and will play Nes Tziona in the quarterfinals. Hapoel Holon will finish the regular season in 4th and will face Hapoel Gilboa Galil in the postseason. The Reds dominated play from the get go and cruised to the 35-point victory. Nimrod Levi led Jerusalem with 16 points, Bar Timor added 14 points while Emanuel Terry scored 12 points grabbed 12 rebounds and was a plus 37 on the night. Jimmy Hall was the high scorer for Holon with 20 points in the loss.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion shocked Maccabi Tel Aviv 86-77 to defeat the yellow-and-blue for the second time in ten days. The defeat was Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s squad’s first on home court in domestic league action this season as they will now ready to open the playoffs at Yad Eliyahu on Saturday night against their arch rival Hapoel Tel Aviv. Rishon will prepare to play Maccabi Haifa in their quarterfinal tilt at Beit Maccabi.
Maccabi Ashdod shocked Hapoel Tel Aviv 106-105 in overtime at the Port City for only their first win of the third round of play coming back from a 20+ point deficit. Paul Stoll once again stole the show with 26 points and a dozen assists while ex-Hapoel swingman Zuf Ben Moshe had a career night with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win. 2020 NBA Draft Prospect Yam Madar had a career night for the Reds with 28 points while Tomer Ginat added 22 points in the loss that will now see coach Ioannis Kastritis’s squad face Maccabi Tel Aviv in the quarterfinals.
Hapoel Gilboa Galil defeated Nes Tziona 90-82 thanks to a strong effort by Michael Young with 30 points and 11 rebounds as the Galilee squad won their 7th game in a row to finish the regular season in 5th place as will meet Hapoel Holon in the playoffs. Nes Tziona will play Hapoel Jerusalem in the quarterfinals as big man Cameron Oliver led the way with 20 points in the defeat.