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Mixed Fortunes For Israel Sides

08 November 2005
From Yarone Arbel, PA Sport, Israel

Galil Elyon and Nahariya both warmed up for the third round of the EuroCup with victories in Israel's top flight but Hapoel Tel Aviv suffered defeat.

Nahariya are still unbeaten after a hard-fought 91-85 win at Ramat Hasharon with four four players scoring 16 points or more.

Jayson Wells and Otis Hill bagged 19 each for Nahariya, while Branko Milisavljevic added 18 and Cory Carr scored 16.

Ramat Hasharon's Terrence Shannon was the game's top-scorer with 21 points - but to no avail.

Galil Elyon had a much easier time at home against Givat Shmuel, who are still to win a game this season.

Galil sealed a comfortable 90-74 victory with the home crowd enjoying a dazzling performance by local 18-year-old point guard Yogev Okhayon,  who helped his side with 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

The visitors found themselves trailing 44-35 at half-time and were unable to break back into the game in the second half, with new signing center Uche Nsonwu, Sasa Bratic and Lior Eliyahu all in top form for Galil.

Hapoel Tel Aviv, who are still without a strong presence in the paint, travelled to Jerusalem for a tough road game in Jerusalem.

The red and white from Tel Aviv held a 33-30 lead at half-time and despite Jerusalem taking over in the second quarter, the visitors never gave up and managed to claw their way back to within a point.

However, the locals took off in the closing minutes, cruising to an ultimately comfortable 78-66 victory.

The visitors got 29 points from Marcus Hatten, who also had 10 rebounds and six assists.

Rodger Farrington poured in 15 points and newcomer Borko Radovic seven.

Elsewhere, Maccabi Tel Aviv easily overcame Rishon Lezion at home 100 85 while Bnei Hasharon were shocked on their home court 97-74 by Ironi
Ashkelon.

Bnei's woes were compounded in the closing stages when guard Cookie Belcher fell badly and broke his hand.

Belcher, who had averaged 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.0 steals in the first three games, will be out of action for several months.

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