Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Tel Aviv 91-84 at the Drive In Arena as they painted the city yellow-and-blue while moving their perfect league record to 10-0. Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos has a very short roster with four players unavailable due to injury, but that didn’t stop Israeli swingman Yovel Zoosman from starring just a couple of days removed from the club’s huge Euroleague win over CSKA Moscow. Zoosman scored 15 points to lead Maccabi but none were bigger than his back to back 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to give his squad the lead for good. Elijah Bryant and Tyler Dorsey each scored 14 points while Jake Cohen added 13 points and Deni Avdija chipped in with 11 points in the win. Latavious Williams recorded a double double with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Tomer Ginat scored 18 points in the loss.
Hapoel Jerusalem cruised to a 95-81 win over Maccabi Haifa at the Pais Arena in the Capital City. The Reds went out in front early but Haifa hung around over the course of the first half. But Oded Katash’s squad pulled away in the second half to the 14-point victory. Idan Zalmanson led the way for Jerusalem with 17 points, J’Covan Brown added 15 points and Tamir Blatt chipped in with 14 points. Scott Suggs was the high scorer for Haifa with 19 points and Roman Sorkin posted another terrific game with 17 points in the defeat.
Hapoel Holon dunked Ness Tziona 99-80 thanks to six players sporting double digits as Troy Caupain led the way for the hosts with 19 points and Richard Howell added 17 points in the win. Jeremy Hollowell was Ness Tziona’s high scorer with 16 points in the loss.
Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion dropped Hapoel Gilboa Galil 96-75 up north. Jordan Swing scored 19 points, Alex Hamilton added 18 points and Johnathan Williams recorded a double double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Edgar Sosa with 20 points and Justin Tillman with 19 points led Gilboa Galil in the defeat.
Hapoel Eilat sunk Maccabi Ashdod 98-78 at the Red Sea city. Rafi Menco led the way with 21 points, Jonathan Skjöldebrand added 18 points and Eric Thompson scored 17 points in the win. Alex Chubrevich was struggling Ashdod’s high scorer with 14 points.
Hapoel Beer Sheva 87-83 Nahariya
Beer Sheva was able protect home court as they held off a game Nahariya. TJ Wiliams and Da’Sean Butler each scored 20 points while John Petrucelli added 17 points and 4 steals. Dominic Waters and Jeff Adrien each scored 17 points in the loss.