Hapoel Holon storms haunt Maccabi Tel Aviv again

Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 88-82 on Monday night in a spirited back-and-forth battle as the hosts were too much for the reigning Israeli league champion.

The yellow and blue ran to a 27-19 lead after the first quarter when Derrick Williams led the way, but Holon came back in the second frame with a strong game from game MVP Chris Johnson to take a 43-40 lead. . on the break.

The second half saw Maurizio Buscaglia’s team in control as Joe Ragland, Niv Nisgav and Steven Gray scored from beyond the arc, while Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s team fought from deep as Holon sealed the deal for the hard-won victory.

Johnson scored 14 points and had nine rebounds, Gray added 14 points, Ragland contributed 13 points and Michale Kyser added 12 points in the victory.

Williams led Maccabi with 18 points and Jalen Reynolds scored 15 points in the loss.

MACCABI TEL AVIV guard Scottie Wilbekin performs a nifty behind-the-back pass during the 104-80 conquest of the Hapoel Jerusalem yellows and blues over the weekend. (credit: DANNY MARON)

“We are very happy with the victory in a high-level match,” Buscaglia said after the victory. “We talked about desire and a lot of energy and my players did it, getting important rebounds, playing without the ball and sharing the ball. In every game we end up finding an advantage and we always have a following possession mentality ”.

Maccabi coach Sfairopoulos also reflected on the match.

“We didn’t have a great focus on what we planned, especially on defense where we weren’t focused enough. We started the game with a lot of effort and scored 27 points, but from the second quarter we lost concentration and let our rivals score easy points. It’s difficult to win when you let the home team score 88 points. “

In the capital, meanwhile, Hapoel Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Gilboa / Galil 80-68 thanks to a dominant fourth quarter to improve their record to 4-1 before Wednesday’s decisive competition in the Champions League.

The visitors took control of the game early, but a strong shot by Sean Kilpatrick from deep put the Reds ahead 39-35 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Anthony Bennett made his mark from downtown as Kilpatrick continued to find the back of the basket and Retin Obasohan drove the points in during the final 10 minutes to lead Jerusalem in a 16-0 run to conclude. the victory.

Kilpatrick led the way with 26 points, Obasohan added 19 points and Bennett posted 14 points in the victory. Ronnie Harrell scored 15 points for Gilboa, while Michael Brisker and Or Cornelius each contributed 13 points in the loss.

Jerusalem’s interim head coach Yotam Halperin was forthright about his team’s performance after the game.

“It was not a good game for us and the first half was a catastrophe. We went down by 10 and then we went back to the contest. To beat the teams, we have to play better and we have to get to the free throw line more often. “

Kilpatrick, the game’s MVP, also reflected on the victory from his point of view.

“It was a difficult game and we could have played much better. But our defense in the quarter is how we should play each quarter. We have to stay together and our chemistry will continue to bond. “

Elsewhere, Hapoel Galil Elyon topped Hapoel Tel Aviv 99-97 when Ike Iroegbu finished off with a game-winning triple at the doorbell to stun the hosts.

Barak Peleg’s Galilee team edged out the Reds in the first half and, with the help of Chavaughn Lewis and Nimrod Levi, took a 53-38 lead in the third quarter.

But Danny Franco’s squad in Tel Aviv came roaring back as J’Covan Brown dictated the pace in the final two frames to give the Reds a 90-83 lead with just under two minutes to go.

However, Iroegbu scored 11 points in the 1:54 finale of the game, including the game’s triple winner at the buzzer to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Iroegbu scored 23 points, while Levi and Lewis each scored 19 points in the victory. Brown led Hapoel with 31 points in the loss.

Iroegbu spoke with The Jerusalem Post about the dramatic victory.

“It was crazy. I had the ball and I saw there were five seconds left and James Young was on top of me. I did a move that I and assistant coach Avishay Gordon practice all the time and I shot it and it rang on the buzzer. Maybe it was the end more wild that I’ve been a part of. We stayed connected and came out with the win. “

Meanwhile, Ness Ziona slipped down the Maccabi Rishon Lezion 89-86 in a back-and-forth battle at Beit Maccabi.

Visiting Ness Ziona opened the game well, with Frank Bartley and Diante Garrett leading the way, but Rishon returned violently as Tu Holloway and Maurice Kemp helped the hosts take the lead.

However, Lior Lubin’s team, led by Bartley, took the bull by the horns to overtake Guy Goodes’ team in the final draw and took the victory by three points.

Bartley scored 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists to lead Ness Ziona, Garrett added 22 points while Ike Nwamu and Tim Soares each scored 12 points in the victory. Kemp scored 25 points and Holloway contributed 20 points in the loss.

“[This was a] great team win, ”said Bartley. “We showed a lot of fighting and endurance tonight. We made winning plays down the stretch and secured victory in a difficult environment. I am proud of the progress we have made and continue to make on a weekly basis. “

To the south, Hapoel Eilat sank Hapoel Haifa 79-67 in the Red Sea city as Bryon Allen led Ariel Beit Halachmi’s team to victory.

After an even first half, Eilat edged the Carmel Reds 21-9 in the third quarter to clinch the victory by 12 points.

Allen led the way with 23 points, Zuf Ben Moshe added 14 points and Roi Huber scored 10 points in the victory. Kadeem Allen was Haifa’s leading scorer with 17 points and Scottie James added 12 points in the loss.

Additionally, Hapoel Beersheba defeated Bnei Herzliya 91-85 as the duo of Dererk Pardon and Junior Etou scored a combined 63 points to take the win away from home.

The hosts took a 46-42 lead at halftime, but Rami Hadar’s team played a stifling defense in the third quarter to keep Herzliya just 12 points behind and took the win on the road.

Etou led the way with 33 points, Pardon scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Cody Demps contributed 11 points.

Chris Babb led Herzliya with 22 points and Quinton Hooker added 18 points in the loss.


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