The players on EuroCup sides Hapoel Tel Aviv and Ironi Nahariya had smiles on their faces after winning for third straight game in domestic action.
The biggest grins, however, belonged to the fans, players and coaches of Rishon Lezion, who became the first team to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv this season.
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 three Israel clubs who took part in the EuroCup this season had mixed results on the domestic front this week.
Galil Elyon and Ironi Nahariya won impressively but Hapoel Tel Aviv, despite the surprise season debut of Doron Sheffer, blew a 15-point advantage with just four minutes to go at Maccabi Rishon LeZion and lost 90-86 in overtime.
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