Israel's EuroCup Sides Warm-Up In Style

28.11.2005

From Yarone Arbel, PA Sport, Tel Aviv

It was a good weekend for Israel's EuroCup participants in domestic action.

Hapoel Tel Aviv and Galil Elyon both secured key victories in the dying seconds of their games, while Ironi Nahariya will not be too disappointed to have left Maccabi Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena with only a four-point loss before they travel to Moscow to face BC Khimki on Tuesday.

Cory Carr (Ironi Iscar Nahariya)
Nahariya's Cory Carr
Nahariya proved tough opposition for Maccabi, who needed to restore confidence after losing 90-88 to Efes Pilsen in the Euroleague in Istanbul last Thursday.

Maccabi took a 42-40 lead at half-time but it was the visiting Cory Carr who dominated the early scoring with 15 points by the break. Maceo Baston led Maccabi to a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but Nahariya never gave up and got within three points, 85-82, after Carr nailed a huge three-pointer with 11.5 seconds left.

Maccabi hit one from the line to secure the win but Nahariya, who were without the injured Branko Milisavljevic, earned the applause of Maccabi's fans for their efforts.

Baston and Nikola Vujcic had 23 points each for Maccabi with Vujcic adding eight rebounds and 10 assists. Carr poured in 29 points for the visitors, with Barak Peleg adding 15 and Jayson Wells and Otis Hill each scoring 12.

Galil Elyon had a tough night at home against Rishon Lezion but by the end they had done enough to take a 75-72 win. Galil led by three at the half-time break, 40-37, and quickly moved into a double-digit lead in the third quarter.

With five minutes to play, they led 69-56 but Rishon slowly came back to put pressure on the hosts. John Gilchrist could have tied it up with a three-pointer in the dying seconds, but it bounced back to give Galil the win.

Uche Nsonwu had 22 points for Galil, Lior Eliyahu added 17, Sasa Bratic 15 and Yogev Okhayon 12 as well as six assists.

Hapoel Tel Aviv returned to winning ways with an 82-81 road victory over Bnei Hasharon after overtime. Bnei were on top for the majority of the game and entered the last quarter up 61-53.

Marcus Hatten (Hapoel Tel Aviv Subaru)
Marcus Hatten
But Hapoel made a 13-4 run as Marcus Hatten ran the game from the point guard position and it was he who sent the game into overtime with an audacious score in the closing seconds, tying it 72-72.

Rodger Farrington went to the line with 16 seconds to play and Hapoel down by one. He nailed both shots and Bnei missed three shots in the last possession to lose for the third time in a row.

Hatten dominated with 32 points and nine rebounds, Farrington had 14 points and Jeron Roberts 12.

Elsewhere, Hapoel Jerusalem recorded their fourth win in a row with an easy 97-82 victory over Ironi Ramat Gan.


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