Israel: Woe For EuroCup Teams

28.12.2005

Galil Elyon and Hapoel Tel Aviv both suffered early exits from this season's EuroCup and the two clubs were in for more disappointment in the latest round of matches in the Israeli league.

Galil lost their third match in seven games after going down 74-71 to newcomers Ironi Ramat Gan while Hapoel Tel Aviv slumped to a 86-70 defeat to EuroCup Challenge side Ironi Ashkelon to fall to 3-5 for the season.

However, it was a different story for the third Israeli side to be knocked out of the EuroCup at the first round stage, Nahariya.

Jayson Wells (Ironi Iscar Nahariya)
Jayson Wells had 19 points for Nahariya
Nahariya, who were the most successful of the trio in the EuroCup with three wins from their six matches, hammered Givat Shmuel 93-69 to become one of a host of clubs with a 4-3 record.

Although the victory was comfortable in the end, Nahariya were given a scare early on as they trailed 24-15 after the first quarter and then fell 11 points behind in the second period.

Nahariya managed to reduce that deficit to two points (39-37) by half-time before taking the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, going on a 45-16 run to claim the spoils.

Jayson Wells paced Nahariya with 19 points while Timmy Bowers poured in 27 points in a losing cause for Givat.

It was a different story for Galil, who surrendered a 50-39 half-time lead in their defeat to Ramat Gan.

Rising star Lior Eliyahu scored 16 points and claimed nine rebounds as Galil dominated early on but he could only add four more points and three more rebounds in the second half as Ramat Gan fought back brilliantly.

Tunji Awojobi scored 23 points and snatched 13 rebounds for Ramat Gan, who picked up third third win in seven games.

Hapoel Tel Aviv were also unable to hold onto a lead in their match against Ironi Ashkelon, but it was nowhere near as significant as the one Galil lost.

Brian Tolbert was the catalyst for Ashkelon as they overcame their early deficit before establishing a 46-39 lead at the midway point.

Tolbert would go on to finish with 27 points and six assists while his team-mate Moshe Mizrakhi contributed 21 points and seven rebounds as Ashkelon, who are in the quarter-finals of the EuroCup Challenge, picked up their fourth win of the campaign.

In the other matches, Ramat Hasharon recorded their first win of the season with a 90-88 triumph over Bnei Hasharon while Maccabi Tel Aviv extended their 100% record after coming out on top in their clash against nearest challengers Hapoel Jerusalem, edging a thriller 100-98.

That saw Maccabi improve their record to 8-0 while second-placed Jerusalem slipped back to 5-2.


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