|07 November 2012|
|Sean Daniel had nine points as Hapoel Halon cruised to victory in their opening EuroChallenge encounter on Wednesday evening|
Hapoel Holon has opened their 2012/2013 EuroChallenge account with a straightforward 84-69 victory over Armia in Group H action on Wednesday night.
Leading from start to finish, the Israeli hosts never looked like losing as Franklin Hassell contributed a game-high 22-point, 15-rebound double-double, whilst David Smith chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Zachary Rosen had 13 points and Jerome Dyson helped out with 12.
Having led 14-6 with less than five minutes played, Hapoel Holon's lead briefly looked threatened when a Curtis Millage three brought the visitors back within three points, 14-11.
But the three-point deficit early on was as close as Armia would come to taking the lead.
Millage ended the game with 20 points whilst Lamayn Wilson chipped in with 15 for the away team.
At the end of the opening quarter, the home side's lead stood at nine points and by the time the half arrived, the buffer had moved into double figures.
The final nail was placed firmly in the coffin following the break as Hassell picked up eight third quarter points to put his team in front, 72-52, with one period remaining.
In the final ten minutes, Armia were able to ensure that the deficit did not grow any further as Hapoel Holon dropped their tempo, seeing their lead cut back to 15 points by the time the final buzzer sounded out.