Israeli League, Game 19: April 19, 2007
Tim Bowers - Hapoel Migdal Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv and Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem cruised to easy wins as the third round of the Israeli League got underway on Thursday night. Maccabi beat Ironi Ashkelon 101-78 and Hapoel enjoyed the biggest win of the night 110-69 over Rishon Lezion. Accordingly, Maccabi remains in first place with a 16-2 record – one win more than Hapoel. Meanwhile, Galil Elyon continued its win streak with a 103-90 home triumph over Afula/Gilboa. Tre Simmons led Galil with 23 points and Omri Casspi added 20. Rich Melzer led the losing side with 19 points and Charles Lee had 18. Bnei Hasharon added another win with an 88-78 victory against Ironi Ramat Gan. Bnei Hasharon took an early lead and never looked back for an easy win that keeps coach Effi Birenboim's side three wins ahead of fourth place. Ousmane Cisse had a monster double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds and Lee Nailon added 21 points of his own. Rob Brown, in his debut with Ramat Gan, had 20 points in defeat. In the other game, Ironi Nahariya beat Givat Shmuel 91-66.

Maccabi faced the last place team from Ashkelon, and didn't sweat in a 101-78 win. Ashkelon was in the game for just 7 minutes before Maccabi got going with a three-pointer from Will Bynum and then a layup as well on the way to a 33-19 lead. Yotam Halperin and Simas Jasaitis maintained the lead, which grew to 50-35 at halftime. In the third, Bynum and Jaime Arnold pushed Maccabi over the 20-point barrier. Yaniv Green and Tal Burstein added points as Maccabi scored more than 100 points in a home game for the fifth time in a row. Arnold led Maccabi with 18 points, Bynum scored 15, Halperin 14, Lior Eliyahu 12 and Tal Burstein and Nikola Vujcic added 11 each. DeMarco Johnson, in his first game with Ashkelon, scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

Hapoel's 41-point win marked its biggest of the season. Brandon Kurtz gave Rishon a 0-2 lead, but that was the last time Rishon was ahead. Hapoel responded with a 10-0 run, on the way to a 25-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. By halftime it was already 50-34 and Hapoel didn't stop. Mario Austin and Terrence Morris dominated the paint, while Rishon continued to struggle. In the fourth Matan Naor, who's back from injury, got in the scoring action and even Erez Markovic nailed a rare three-pointer as Hapoel extended the margin more and more. Morris led seven Hapoel scorers in double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Markovic added 15, Timmy Bowers 12, Austin and Meir Tapiro had 11 apiece and Dror Hagag and Jurica Golemac 10 each. Bryant Markson finished with 26 for Rishon.

LAST GAME GAME 19 - April 19, 2007
Apr. 19Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv vs. Ironi Ashkelon 101 - 78
Apr. 19Hapoel Migdal  vs. Maccabi Rishon110 - 69
Apr. 19Bnei Hashron vs. Ironi Ramat Gan 88 - 78
Apr. 19Ironi Iscar Nahariya vs. Gindi Givat91 - 66
Apr. 19Hapoel Galil Elion vs. Hapoel Gilboa103 - 90
NEXT GAME GAME 20 - April 26, 2007
Apr. 26Ironi Ashkelon vs. Hapoel Gilboa/Afula
Apr. 26Gindi Givat Shamuel vs. Hapoel Galil Elion
Apr. 26Ironi Ramat Gan vs. Ironi Iscar Nahariya
Apr. 26Maccabi Rishon Letsion vs. Bnei Hashron
Apr. 26Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv vs. Hapoel Migdal

1Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 1917218401539
2Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 1916318171723
3Bnei Hashron 1913617341593
4Ironi Iscar Nahariya 1910916591534
5Hapoel Galil Elion 1910917891762
6Hapoel Gilboa/Afula 1971215941693
7Gindi Givat Shamuel 1961316111764
8Ironi Ramat Gan 1961316571739
9Maccabi Rishon Letsion 1951414951658
10Ironi Ashkelon 1951416271818

Thursday, April 19, 2007
Yarone Arbel, Tel Aviv