Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 14: February 22-23, 2009
February 22, 2009
Charles Gaines - Maccabi ElectraWeek 14 in the Basketball Super League saw Maccabi maintain the top spot with an 85-102 road win over Ironi Nahariya, and reach a 12-2 record. Maccabi used a 2-24 run deep in the game to put the final signature on the win as no less than six players scored in double-digits. Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem stayed close behind with the same record after a 92-85 home win over Bnei Hasharon after holding a big lead throughout most of the game. Elsewhere around the league, Ironi Ramat Gan added a big road win 79-84 over Galil/Gibloa after leading for the vast majority of the game. Josh Gomes published 25 points for the winners who held a double-digit lead in the last quarter, but was saved only thanks to a three-point play by its newest addition, Adrian Henning. Galil dropped to 7-7 Givat Shmuel wrote a key road win over Rishon Lezion 77-88 by having six scores in double digits. Greg Grays scored 17 for the winning side while Demarco Johnson had 18 and 9 rebounds for Rishon. After 12 losses in a row, Ironi Qiryat Ata finally earned a win, its first since the opening game of the season, with an 87-80 home victory of Ironi Ashkelon. Vlady Yerimishin shined with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Steve Burtt scored 19 for the losing side, most of them in the closing quarter.

Maccabi traveled to Nahariya missing the injured Yaniv Green and Omri Casspi, plus Lior Eliyahu nursing one himself, but found the new souls to cover for the others and take a 17-point win in a tough gym, 85-102 over Nahariya. Charles Gaines posted his best game with his new team: 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Eliyahu added 17 as well with just a single missed shot, Marcus Brown had 16, Dror Hagag hit a season high of 15, all in the first half, Carlos Arroyo came back from suspension with 12 points and Tal Burstein had 10. Raviv Limonad led six Nahariya players in double digits with 18, Ron Lewis scored 17, Phil Ricci had 12, Aaron McGee and Jason Williams 11 each and Robert Rothbart 10. Coach Pini Gershon used Hagag in the starting line up and earned early nine points and two assists, as Maccabi held a 17-24 lead after ten minutes. Gains and Burstein collected points as Maccabi took a 23-31 lead, but Nahariya had Lewis and Williams in good shape, to close down on the gap and tie at 38-38 at the bottom of the second quarter. Hagag scored the last four points of the half to write a 40-44 Maccabi lead at the half, and hold a personal bag of 15 points. The locals climbed to a small 53-52 lead early in the second half, but Marcus Brown connected from distance to put his team back on top. The teams continued to go neck-to-neck, and Lewis hit from distance to write a 63-60 local lead, but Brown and Eliyahu led Maccabi to scored seven unanswered points before the last quarter kicked-in, to make it 67-63. The same duo was responsible for the final Maccabi run in the first minutes of the fourth. Together they combined 19 points in a 2-24 that decided the game, and gave Maccabi a 20 point difference, before Nahariya cut down the margin in the closing minutes.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem surrounded Bnei Hasharon 92-85 in a key home win that increased the gap between the teams to three wins. With this win Hapoel jumped to 11-2 while Bnei dropped to 8-5, after being down from the first moment, most of the time by a double-digit margin. Bnei had only nine players registered for the game due to a series of injuries, but earned a big performance by 19 year old Ben Reis, in his debut season in the BSL. Reis scored 14 points in good percentages but wasn't enough to keep Hapoel close. Shawn James led with 21 points and just a single missed shot in addition to eight rebounds. Richard Roby hit 20 while Meir Tapiro scored 13 with eight assists and Erez Katz added 11. Six players scored in double-digits for Hapoel led by Moran Rot with 17 in addition to seven assists. Timmy Bowers added 16 with five assists and five boards, Omar Sneed scored 14, Yuval Naimi 13, Travis Watson 12 and Roger Powell 11. Watson with early points led Hapoel to a quick 11-2 margin, and as Hapoel controlled the offensive boards the run continued. By the end of the first quarter the gap was already 27-11, but James in good minutes cut the difference to nine. Once it seemed like come-back time Rot and Naimi dominated the back court and set the difference on 20, close before the break. Bnei started the second half with a full court pressure and came back to just 12, but the locals found the way to stay up above. Naimi and Rot again connected from distance and Bowers dunked to keep the momentum up. Tapiro with a four point play and later another triplet cut the margin to just six in the last minute, but the Israeli guards duo were accurate in the closing seconds from the line to secure the win.

February 21-23, 2009
Day Match Result
Feb. 22 Kinyat Ata vs. Ashkelom 87-80
Feb. 23 H. Holon vs. Heat Haifa 75-82
Feb. 22 M. Rishon vs. Givat Shmuel 77-88
Feb. 22 Nahariya vs. Maccabi 85-102
Feb. 22 Gilboa Galil vs. Ramat Gan 79-84
Feb. 21 Hapoel J. vs. B. Hashron 92-85
March 1, 2009
Day Match
Mar. 1 Ramat Gan vs. Hapoel J.
Mar. 1 B. Hashron vs. Nahariya
Mar. 1 H. Holon vs. M. Rishon
Mar. 1 Ashkelon vs. Givat Shmuel
Mar. 1 Heat Haifa vs. Gilboa Galil
Mar. 1 Maccabi vs. Kiryat Ata

1 Maccabi Electra 14 12 2 1269 1015
2 Hapoel Jerusalem 14 12 2 1267 1151
3 Heat Haifa 14 10 4 1117 1002
4 Bnei Hashron 14 8 6 1053 1084
5 Givat Shmuel 14 7 7 1120 1137
6 Gilboa Galil 14 7 7 1092 1083
7 H. Holon 14 7 7 1151 1116
8 Nahariya 14 6 8 1177 1147
9 Ramat Gan 14 5 9 1071 1193
10 M. Rishon 14 4 10 1102 1205
11 Ashkelon 14 4 10 1130 1166
12 Kiryat Ata 14 2 12 1070 1320

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