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 11: January 23-25, 2010

Jan 25, 2010 by Yarone Arbel, Tel Aviv Print
Uri Kokia - Hapoel Jerusalem (Photo: hapoel.co.il)The Israeli League enjoyed a thrilling week as it reached the midway point in the season with two games decided by a single basket, another in overtime and the highlight: A double-overtime loss for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Maccabi suffered its first league loss of the season, 114-103, on the road to newcomer Maccabi Netanya. Tony Washam recorded a season high 34 points to lead the and Marco Killingsworth posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. Despite the loss, Maccabi leads the lead with a 10-1 record and Gilboa/Galil is second at 9-2. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem edged Maccabi Haifa 82-81 behind a winning shot by Uri Kukia and a rare combination of plays in the last seconds. The win saw Jerusalem improve to 8-3 and tie Haifa for third place. Gilboa/Galil scored an 83-107 road victory over newcomer Hapoel Afula. Galil cruised thanks to 23 points and 8 assists by Jeremy Pargo. Ironi Nahariya added a key win with an 82-75 overtime triumph over Bnei Hasharon as LaMarr Greer had 23 points, enough to silence the 26 points and 7 rebounds performance by Ugonna Onyekwe at the other end. Rishon Lezion won its fourth straight, beating Ironi Ashkelon 82-84 score behind 24 points and 8 rebounds by Dalron Johnson.

Defending champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv suffered its first league loss of the season, 114-103, on the road to newcomer Maccabi Netanya. Netanya lost point guard Shmulik Brener to 5 fouls in the closing minutes of regulation, but managed to survive and more in two overtimes despite the short bench and tiredness as three of its leading players played more than 39 minutes. The teams were neck-to-neck for the vast majority of the first 48 minutes before Netanya made a 12-2 run in the last three minutes of the second overtime to decide the match. Tony Washam recorded a season high 34 points to lead the winners. JR Pinnock and Marco Killingsworth netted 26 each with the later adding 11 rebounds as well. Eran Asenti came off the bench and scored 12 points including the decisive bucket in the second overtime. Andrew Wisniewski led Maccabi with 26 points on a big scoring night and great leadership in the overtimes before he fouled out and left Maccabi without a scoring option. Doron Perkins had 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists while Chuck Eidson scored 18 as well with 6 points and 4 assists. David Bluthenthal added 15. Tel Aviv was without Alan Anderson due to injury. A big play by Wisniewski finished by a big dish to Bluthenthal tied the score at 86-86 with 2 seconds left in regulation and forced overtime. The Maccabi point guard continued his great momentum and scored all of his team's 10 points in the first overtime, including a big three pointer to tie the score at 96-96. Netanya played without a point guard and had very little energy but Washam, Killingsworth and Pinnock stepped up. After Wisniewski fouled out, Pinnock scored 4 in a row and Asenti finished a fast break with a tough lay up to make it an 8-point game in the last minute, allowing the hosts to celebrate.

Right before the flight to Spain for the Eurocup Last 16 tip off, Hapoel survived a tough home battle against Maccabi Haifa behind a spectacular finish for an 82-81 win. With 10 seconds on the clock Haifa took a 78-81 lead, and soon sent Pooh Jeter to the foul line with 5.8 seconds to play in the game. He scored the first, but missed the second only to see Tre Simmons grab the offensive board and march to the line as well. Just like Jeter, he made the first and missed the second, but Uro Kokia shocked the visitors with a big tip in, which was also his first shot of the game. Yogev Ohayon scored a season high 22 points, Dijon Thompson added 19, Yuval Naimy scored 13 and Jeter added 10 for Jerusalem. Former Hapoel star Ido Kozikaro led Haifa with 23 points, Jason Rich scored 18 and Davon Jefferson finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Ohayon and Naimy led the first Hapoel run, as the locals took off from an 18-16 score with a 12-1 blitz. Ohayon continued to set pace and his three-pointer made it 40-25 midway through the fourth quarter. Haifa cut the lead by the halftime buzzer and returned to the court with the same momentum to seal a 5-16 run and make it just a 4 point game. Kozikaro and Jesse Pellot-Rosa stepped up and with power plays put Haifa on top before the third buzzer, but Hapoel didn't allow the visitors to open a gap and the teams entered the closing minute still neck-to-neck, before Dror Hagag gave Haifa a 3-point lead with 10 seconds on the clock, only to witness Hapoel's huge comeback.


LAST GAME GAME 11
January 23-25, 2010
Day Match Result
Jan. 24 H. Afula vs. Gilboa Galil 83-107
Jan. 24 Netanya vs. Maccabi T-A 114-103
Jan. 25 Ramat Gan vs. H. Holon 85-78
Jan. 24 Ashkelon vs. M. Rishon 82-84
Jan. 24 Nahariya vs. B. Hashron 82-75
Jan. 23 Hapoel Jer. vs. M. Haifa 82-81
NEXT GAME GAME 12
Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2010
Day Match
Feb. 1 H. Afula vs. H. Holon
Jan. 31 Ramat Gan vs. B. Hashron
Jan. 31 Ashkelon vs. Gilboa Galil
Jan. 31 Nahariya vs. Netanya
Jan. 31 Hapoel Jer vs. M. Rishon
Jan. 31 Maccabi T. vs. M. Haifa


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Maccabi Electra T-A 11 10 1 1013 837
2 Gilboa Galil 11 9 2 996 853
3 Hapoel Jerusalem 11 8 3 945 915
4 M. Haifa 11 8 3 862 805
5 Netanya 11 7 4 928 904
6 B. Hashron 11 5 6 829 841
7 M. Rishon 11 5 6 857 881
8 H. Afula 11 4 7 901 1002
9 Ashkelon 11 4 7 868 913
10 Nahariya 11 3 8 816 888
11 H. Holon 11 2 9 836 905
12 Ramat Gan 11 1 10 825 932