Israeli side Strauss Iscar Nahariya have been the offensive giants of the FEL this season leading all teams in scoring. In game 2 of their play-off series with Russian side Ural Great they showed that they can also play a little defense too, holding the Perm backcourt of Sergey Chikalkin and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf to a combined 5 points and sending the series back to Russia for a deciding game.
Nahariya established themselves straight from the tip-off and quickly built a 6-point lead. While Chikalkin and Abdul-Rauf were misfiring, the Israeli side were constantly building their advantage which they held throughout the first half (48:29).
Ural Great opened the 3rd quarter with 4 points in a row, but any hopes of a comeback were quickly thwarted. Nahariya answered immediately and the gap reached as much as 22 points. It was clear that this was not going to be Ural Great’s night and a further game would be needed to determine the winner.
The 4th quarter turned into showtime for the Nahariya fans as Eric Campbell dazzled with a series of alley-oops.
Campbell was voted MVP and top scored for the home team with 24 points. Barak Peleg added 17 on 5/8 shooting from the field and 6/6 free throws.