Israeli EuroCup Pair Enjoy Road Wins


Two of Israel’s three EuroCup sides triumphed in difficult road games this weekend as Hapoel Tel Aviv defeated Ramat Hasharon and Ironi Nahariya downed Ramat Gan.

Hapoel were pushed to the end by Hasharon before triumphing 69-61 in overtime for their second successive victory.

The match was not much of a spectacle with both sides struggling throughout.

The third quarter produced just 15 points while baskets were even more scarce in the overtime period with Hasharon failing to tally even a single point.

“This was a very, very key win for us. Two wins in a row means a lot for Hapoel this season,” said Hapoel assistant coach Ami Naawi, whose side move onto 5-7 for the season.

Marcus Hatten scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half to give Hapoel a 44-39 lead at the interval and he also contributed four points in overtime.

Recent signing Herve Lamizana provided crucial support to Hatten with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Hasharon’s leading scorer was Roe Berkovic with just 11 points.

Ironi Nahariya’s match at Ramat Gan was a much more entertaining affair with Nahariya claiming a high-scoring 104-90 success.

Defending champions Maccabi Tel Aviv had been the only side to win at Ramat this season but Nahariya became part of an exclusive club thanks in part to a 74% success-rate from two-point range and new arrival Alvin Young, who scored 23 points in the win.

“Alvin is a very important player for us and we have worked hard during the last two weeks to help him adjust to the team. He can still contribute a lot to our game,” said Nahariya point guard Avi Soucar.

The victory kept Nahariya in the top four of the Premier League while Ramat, who have now lost three on the trot, slip back to seventh.

Nahariya also got high-scoring contributions from Jayson Wells (21 points), Otis Hill (19) and Cory Carr (17) while Ramat’s leading scorer was Tunji Awojobi with 21 points.

Israel’s third representative in the EuroCup, Galil Elyon, had a bye week.

In other action Rishon's winning streak was ended at six after an 84-82 road loss at Hapoel Jerusalem, leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv easily overcame Ashkelon 95-66 and Bnei Hasharon defeated Givat Shmuel 84-67 at home.

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