Hapoel Holon needed two overtime periods to down Maccabi Rishon Le’Zion 105-104 in a thriller at Holon’s Toto Arena. Manny Harris fueled Stefanos Dedas’s squad in the second extra session and led the club with 35 points and 9 rebounds for an efficiency rating of 41. TJ Cline notched 18 points while Marcus Foster chipped in with 12 points in the win. Alex Hamilton was Rishon’s high scorer with 30 points and D’Angelo Harrison added 24 points in the loss. Holon moved to within one game of third place Rishon as they will look to leapfrog Guy Goodes’s wine city side in the coming weeks.
Hapoel Jerusalem overwhelmed Maccabi Tel Aviv 98-87 in the Israeli Classico. J’Covan Brown and Shelvin Mack starred in the victory as the Reds hit their shots early and often as they went 9/10 from deep to jump out to a 39-27 lead after the first frame and never looked back to take the home win in dominating fashion. Brown led the way with 22 points and 7 assists, Mack added 20 points, Tashawn Thomas chipped in with 19 points while Suleiman Braimoh notched 16 points in the win. Scottie Wilbekin was Maccabi’s high scorer with 20 points and Othello Hunter scored 13 points in the loss.
Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Nahariya 96-88 as newcomer Sek Henry led the way with 29 points for the Reds. Ioannis Kastritis’s squad jumped all over the northerners out of the gate grabbing a 33-16 advantage after ten minutes as the cruised to the home victory. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 16 points, an inspired Tomer Ginat added 14 points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Hamilton chipped in with 13 points for Hapoel. Niv Misgav notched his career high with 16 points to pace Danny Franco’s team as captain Tony Gaffney scored 13 points in the loss.
Maccabi Haifa walloped Hapoel Eilat 107-85 by the Carmel mountain as former Boston Celtics guard James Young continued his dream season with a team high 25 points. The Reds Sea squad grabbed an early 22-18 first quarter lead by Daniel Seoane’s Haifa side scored 89 points over the final three frames to take the win. Roman Sorkin scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, Gregory Vargas added 15 points and 12 assists while captain Willy Workman chipped in with 14 points in the victory. Terrence Watson scored 21 points and Nate Mason added 18 points for Arik Alfasi’s crew in the loss.
Hapoel Gilboa Galil bested Maccabi Ashdod 95-83 in the Galilee as Edgar Sosa starred in the victory with 29 points, 8 assists and an efficiency rating of 30. Lior Lubin’s squad were down by 3 points at halftime, 49-46 but a 23-9 fourth quarter gave the hosts the hard earned win. Michael Young added 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jarvis Varnado added 13 points and 14 boards while Iftach Ziv added 11 points as Lubin’s team continued to climb in the standings and moved into a playoff position with a 9-12 record. With the loss, Brad Greenberg’s port city side move one more step towards relegation as their record fell to 4-17. Elijah Johnson led Ashdod with 16 points as Ike Ofoegbu scored 15 points in the defeat.
Nes Ziona dropped Hapoel Beer Sheva 83-76 as JP Tokoto led the way for Nadav Zilberstein’s squad with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Fisher added 15 points while Raviv Limonad notched 11 points in the win. Amit Simhon was the Beer Sheva high scorer with 22 points and John Petrucelli chipped in with 19 points and 7 steals in the loss.