SUPER LEAGUE - Israel

Israeli League final: May 27, 2010
Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon wins 2010 Israeli League (Photo: basket.co.il)Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon shocked Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 90-77 to win the Israeli League championship at the competition’s final four on Thursday night at Nokia Arena. Galil won its second title, adding to the crown it took in 1993 when current Maccabi head coach Pini Gershon stood on the Galil sidelines. Maccabi failed to win the title for only the third time since 1970, but for the second time in three years. Former Maccabi coach Oded Kattash won in his first ever appearance in a title game as a head coach as Galil stopped Maccabi on 27 points in the second half to turn a 42-50 deficit to a big point win. Kattash became the third person in Israeli league basketball to win the title both as a player and as a head coach. Galil forward Brian Randle was named MVP of the final four after posting 19 points and 6 rebounds, Jeremy Pargo and Dion Dowell added 15 each, Elishay Kadir scored 11 and Isaiah Swann had 10. Guy Pnini led Maccabi with 18 points, Doron Perkins scored 14, Chuck Eidson added 12 and David Bluthenthal finished with 11. Maccabi had the edge in the first half and Perkins had a great finish to give his team an 8-point lead at the break, but Galil stepped up in the second half with a great defensive effort and had the nerves to hang on until the final buzzer. In the third place game Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem beat Barak Netanya 95-82... MORE

Israeli League, Final Four, Final, single game
Record Team Game 1
0 Maccabi Electra (1) 77
1 Gilboa Galil (3) 90
1 Hapoel Jerusalem (2) -3rd place game 95
0 Netanya (5) -3rd place game 82
Israeli League Champion 2009-10: Hapoel Gilboa/Galil Elyon

Final Four, Semifinals, single game
Record Team Game 1
1 Maccabi Electra (1) 104
0 Netanya (5) 78
0 Hapoel Jerusalem (2) 69
1 Gilboa Galil (3) 79

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 Maccabi Electra (1) 79 91 104 81 71
2 B. Hashron (8) 89 58 82 91 69
1 M. Haifa (4) 76 75 75 71 x
3 Netanya (5) 88 73 77 75 x
3 Hapoel Jer. (2) 73 75 78 62 x
1 M. Rishon (7) 69 64 87 56 x
3 Gilboa Galil (3) 92 84 94 x x
0 Ashkelon (6) 81 73 76 x x

Final Four games
Semifinal Maccabi Electra vs. Netanya 104-78 May 25
Semifinal Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Gilboa Galil 69-79 May 25
3rd place Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Netanya 95-82 May 27
Final Maccabi Electra vs. Gilboa Galil 77-90 May 27

Quarterfinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Maccabi Electra vs. B. Hashron 79-89 May 2
Game 1 Hapoel Jerusalem vs. M. Rishon 73-69 May 2
Game 1 Gilboa Galil vs. Ashkelon 92-81 May 3
Game 1 M. Haifa vs. Netanya 76-88 May 2
Game 2 B. Hashron vs. Maccabi Electra 58-91 May 6
Game 2 M. Rishon vs. Hapoel Jerusalem 64-75 May 5
Game 2 Ashkelon vs. Gilboa Galil 73-84 May 6
Game 2 Netanya vs. M. Haifa 73-75 May 5
Game 3 Maccabi Electra vs. B. Hashron 104-82 May 10
Game 3 Hapoel Jerusalem vs. M. Rishon 78-87 May 10
Game 3 Gilboa Galil vs. Ashkelon 94-76 May 10
Game 3 M. Haifa vs. Netanya 75-77 May 9
Game 4 B. Hashron vs. Maccabi Electra 91-81 May 13
Game 4 M. Rishon vs. Hapoel Jerusalem 56-62 May 13
Game 4 Netanya vs. M. Haifa 75-71 May 13
Game 5 Maccabi Electra vs. B. Hashron 71-69 May 17

Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 22: April 25, 2010
LAST GAME GAME 22
April 25, 2010
Day Match Result
April 25 M. Rishon vs. Ashkelon 81-73
April 25 B. Hashron vs. Nahariya 78-66
April 25 Gilboa Galil vs. H. Afula 85-79
April 25 H. Holon vs. Ramat Gan 66-90
April 25 M. Haifa vs. Hapoel Jer 74-78
April 25 Maccabi TA vs. Netanya 88-60
NEXT GAME
Quarterfinals Playoffs
Match
Maccabi E. (1) vs. B.Hashron (8)
Hapoel J. (2) vs. M.Rishon (7)
Gilboa Galil (3) vs. ashkelon (6)
M. Haifa (4) vs. Netanya (5)


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Maccabi Electra T-A 22 21 1 2075 1692
2 Hapoel Jerusalem 22 14 8 1913 1827
3 Gilboa Galil 22 14 8 1842 1717
4 M. Haifa 22 14 8 1758 1649
5 Netanya 22 13 9 1795 1831
6 Ashkelon 22 11 11 1753 1784
7 M. Rishon 22 10 12 1758 1796
8 B. Hashron 22 9 13 1712 1705
9 Nahariya 22 7 15 1672 1779
10 H. Afula 22 7 15 1811 1979
11 Ramat Gan 22 6 16 1703 1906
12 H. Holon 22 6 16 1690 1817


Israeli League, Season 2009-10
The Israeli League starts with the same script as in recent years: All the teams are trying to beat mighty Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Of course, Maccabi is the team to beat, as it lifted 38 Israeli League titles in the last 40 years. Moreover, Maccabi put together an outstanding roster with new arrivals like Chuck Eidson, Andrew Wisniewski, Maciej Lampe, Doron Perkins, Alan Anderson and Stephane Lasme. The fact that the title is decided in a final four format adds a little bit of drama and gives a bigger chance to teams like Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Hapoel Holon, Bnei Hasharon or Maccabi Haifa. Jerusalem landed Tre Simmons, Leo Lyons and Dijon Thompson as its new stars. Holon, the league winner in 2008, relies on John Thomas and Dwayne Mitchell. Bnei Hasharon inked Matt Haryasz and kept Ugonna Onyekwe. Last year finalists' Haifa landed teen superstar Jeremy Tyler to play with Davon Jefferson and Ido Kozikaro. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Rishon Lezion will battle for a playoff spot, but will need to climb high to make it to the Final Four.

Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 22: April 25, 2010

Apr 26, 2010 by Yarone Arbel, Tel Aviv Print
Dijon Thompson - Hapoel Jerusalem_23651The Israeli League regular season came to an end on Sunday with a foursome of best-of-five quarterfinals series set to decide which teams advance to the final four. In the quarters, defending champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv will take on Bnei Hasharon, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem faces Maccabi Rishon Lezion, Gilboa/Galil gets Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa takes on Barak Netanya. Meanwhile Ironi Nahariya will take on Hapoel Holon and Hapoel Afula faces Ironi Ramat Gan in best-of-five playout series in which the losing teams will be relegated to the National League. Maccabi avenged its only loss of the regular season and finished with a 21-1 record by routing Netanya 88-60, a result that cost the visitors homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Alan Anderson led Maccabi with 15 points. Jerusalem got a big night from Dijon Thompson to beat Haifa 74-78 as it climbed to second place. Bnei Hasharon bested Nahariya 78-66 in a head-to-head fight for the last playoff spot. Gilboa/Galil edged Afula 85-79 behind 21 points by Jeremy Pargo and 14 by Guni Izraeli. Rishon Lezion beat Ashkelon 81-73, while Ramat Gan shocked Holon on the road 66-90 as John Sharper scored 21 points and Gary Forbes added 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Maccabi avenged its only loss of the regular season and finished with a 21-1 record by routing Netanya 88-60. The visitors stayed in the game for two-and-a-half quarters, but saw Maccabi pull away with a 27-13 fourth quarter. Alan Anderson scored 15, Guy Pnini added 14 and David Bluthenthal scored 12 with 8 rebounds for Maccabi. Tony Washam led Netanya with 21 points and JR Pinnock added 12. Jerusalem beat Haifa 74-78 on got the help it needed elsewhere to reach second place in the standings. Hapoel led from the start and only a last-minute comeback by Haifa made it look closer than it was. Dijon Thompson had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners, followed by 15 points from Pooh Jeter and 11 each by Brandon Hunter and Yuval Naimy. Amit Ben-David scored 18 for Haifa, while Jason Rich added 15 and Richard Roby scored 12.


LAST GAME GAME 22
April 25, 2010
Day Match Result
April 25 M. Rishon vs. Ashkelon 81-73
April 25 B. Hashron vs. Nahariya 78-66
April 25 Gilboa Galil vs. H. Afula 85-79
April 25 H. Holon vs. Ramat Gan 66-90
April 25 M. Haifa vs. Hapoel Jer 74-78
April 25 Maccabi TA vs. Netanya 88-60
NEXT GAME
Quarterfinals Playoffs
Match
Maccabi E. (1) vs. B.Hashron (8)
Hapoel J. (2) vs. M.Rishon (7)
Gilboa Galil (3) vs. ashkelon (6)
M. Haifa (4) vs. Netanya (5)


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Maccabi Electra T-A 22 21 1 2075 1692
2 Hapoel Jerusalem 22 14 8 1913 1827
3 Gilboa Galil 22 14 8 1842 1717
4 M. Haifa 22 14 8 1758 1649
5 Netanya 22 13 9 1795 1831
6 Ashkelon 22 11 11 1753 1784
7 M. Rishon 22 10 12 1758 1796
8 B. Hashron 22 9 13 1712 1705
9 Nahariya 22 7 15 1672 1779
10 H. Afula 22 7 15 1811 1979
11 Ramat Gan 22 6 16 1703 1906
12 H. Holon 22 6 16 1690 1817