Maccabi Tel Aviv sinks Hapoel Eilat in 2OT

Maccabi Tel Aviv needed two overtimes to beat a fighter Hapoel Eilat 101-95 and get back on the winning track.

The Red Sea squad played tooth and nail throughout the extended 50 minutes of action as Bryon Allen trailed off with 38 points, putting Ioannis Sfairopoulos’s team on the ropes numerous times throughout the game.

However, Jalen Reynolds controlled the paint while Scottie Wilbekin, Roman Sorkin and James Nunnally added critical cubes down the stretch for Maccabi to finally give the hosts victory.

“I want to congratulate the players for the victory, it was not easy,” said Sfairopoulos after the contest. “We started the game very well and played very well on defense, allowing only 11 points in the first quarter, but in the fourth period, they made a lot of difficult shots and took the lead. After that, we changed the defense and did a double with Bryon Allen, who was their best scorer.

“Slowly, little by little we broke Eilat, who was very good, and we won the match in the second overtime. This is a very important victory and we will continue to learn that we have to be more consistent both on offense and defense. I want to congratulate Eilat and her coach ”.

MACCABI TEL AVIV striker Jake Cohen has plenty of experience in the Euroleague but has been one of the rarest men during the recent continental run of the yellows and blues. (credit: courtesy)

Ariel Beit Halachmi lamented the hard defeat of his team.

“This is one of the cruelest losses in my career for a game like this to escape us,” he said. “If there was anyone who deserved it in sport, it was us. This is one of the games where your heart breaks. The players were just great. “

Maccabi’s Sorkin also spoke about the victory.

“When we are in the lead, we have to stay in the lead. We cannot take any team lightly. We have to listen to the coach and do things well, but the most important thing is that we win the game. We are expected to win and we have to deliver the merchandise. “

Reynolds led Maccabi with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Nunnally added 18 points and Sorkin contributed 13 points in the victory.

Allen scored 38 points, Patton added 14 points and Miron Ruina scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Eilat in the loss.

Meanwhile, Bnei Herzliya defeated Hapoel Jerusalem 85-79 in an entertaining clash on Belgian Heritage Night celebrating Belgian players from both sides in Andy Van Vliet and Retin Obasohan, respectively.

Oren Aharoni’s team came out strong as Chris Babb, Quinton Hooker and Chinanu Onuaku led the hosts to a 45-33 lead at halftime.

However, Obasohan along with Jalen Adams brought Yotam Halperin’s team back to tie the game at 63-63 after 30 minutes before Van Vliet hit a pair of huge 3s from center to give Herzliya the hard-won victory. .

“We control most of the game and we play well,” Aharoni said after the game. “The first half was one of the best this season and Jerusalem is one of the best teams and they ended up making a run in the third quarter. But we made some big plays down the stretch. “

Halperin was not impressed with his team’s play.

“This was perhaps the worst game of the four that I coached,” said the Jerusalem manager. “We didn’t start well and we already lost the game in the first half. The team is lacking in certain areas and we are constantly looking to see where we can improve. “

Elsewhere, Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Hapoel Holon 67-62 for their second win of the season after losing dramatically last week to Hapoel Galil Elyon.

J’Covan Brown’s decisive shots, to accompany the Reds’ high energy and tough defense as they rebounded the Purples 55-28, helped Danny Franco’s team to victory.

Brown scored 15 points to lead Tel Aviv while James Young added 12 points and JP Tokoto contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Michale Kyser was Maurizio Buscaglia’s leading scorer, as Chris Johnson added 10 points in the loss.

“There was a lot of desire in the last game, but there was a lot of pressure to want to win and they were thinking too much,” Franco began. “We did a very hard week of work and the fans came and filled the arena. Now we have to go back to earth and look forward. “

Brown also reflected on the victory.

“This was a very important victory and we needed it. We had to fight and that’s what we did. I see myself as the leader and I took the shots that I had to take, and I have to give my teammates credit as this was a time when we needed to show character. “

Meanwhile, Ness Ziona bit Hapoel Beersheba 96-91 in overtime to win her third game in a row after orchestrating a 17-point comeback in the second half to tie the game and send it into the extra session.

After a 40-38 first half in favor of Rami Hadar’s Southern Reds, his team broke up in the third quarter thanks to a stellar shot from Cody Demps and inside play from Dererk Pardon.

However, Frank Bartley and Diante Garrett helped Lior Lubin’s team tie the game at 78-78 at the end of regulation time when Nimrod Tishman hit a clutch triple, while Ike Nwamu along with the aforementioned Bartley and Garrett took free throws. In the final line. to take the victory.

“Great team win,” Bartley said. “We showed a lot of struggle and resistance. 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. “

In the Galilee derby, Hapoel Gilboa / Galil edged Hapoel Galil Elyon 85-74 as London Perrantes led the visitors to victory.

Gilboa’s point guard scored 24 points and added eight assists as he orchestrated Guy Kaplan’s team to perfection in the victory. Yotam Hanochi and Ronnie Harrell each scored 14 points and Sacha Killeya-Jones added 13 points in the victory while Bryce Washington with 15 points, Chavaughn Lewis (14 points) and Nimrod Levi (13 points) led Barak Peleg’s team in the loss. .

“It was a tough game away from home with a hostile crowd,” said Perrantes, the game’s MVP. “We played very well defensively and we kept them under 80 points, which always gives us a chance to win. Everybody went from the bench to the headlines and we played hard. “

To the north along Carmel Mountain, Hapoel Haifa edged Maccabi Rishon Lezion 98-94 as five players participated in double digits for the Reds in victory.

Amit Simhon led the way with 26 points thanks to six triples, Scottie James added 14 points while Kadeem Allen and Spencer Weisz each scored 13 points in the victory.

Kris Clyburn and Netanel Artzi were Rishon’s top scorers with 24 points each, while Maurice Kemp added 15 points in the loss.

“I am happy that we won,” said Simhon. “This was a very important victory for us and we worked very hard last week to achieve it. But we have to stand firm, enjoy the victory for now, but tomorrow we already have to focus on our next match against Jerusalem. “

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