SUPER LEAGUE - Israel

Israeli League final four, final: May 21, 2009
Derrick Sharp, Tal Burstein - Maccabi wins Israeli championship 2009 (basket.co.il)Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is once again the champion of Israeli basketball after an 85-72 victory over Maccabi Haifa Heat in the final on Thursday. It wasn't easy for Maccabi, which trailed by 12 in the second quarter, but former Euroleague champs Derrick Sharp and Tal Burstein made the difference together with this season's stars Carlos Arroyo and D'or Fischer. Arroyo was named the MVP award of the finals after producing 22 points and 6 assists, while Fischer added 19 points and 11 rebounds and Omri Casspi scored 15. Haifa got 25 points by Doron Perkins, who had to earn his points from the line after drawing 18 fouls and hitting 18 free throws. Davon Jefferson added 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. In the game for third place, Altshuler Shaham Gilboa/Galil beat Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 101-96. Brian Roberts scored 18 for Galil, Elishay Kadir added 17 points and 9 rebounds and Gal Mekel scored 16. Torin Francis scored 22 for Hapoel in defeat... MORE

Final Four, Final, single game
Record Team Game 1
1 Final, Maccabi Electra (1) 85
0 Final, Heat Haifa (3) 72
0 3rd place, Hapoel Jerusalem (2) 96
1 3rd place, Gilboa Galil (5) 101
Israeli League Champion 2008-09: Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

Final Four semifinals, single game
Record Team Game 1
1 Maccabi Electra (1) 72
0 Gilboa Galil (5) 70
0 Hapoel Jerusalem (2) 93
1 Heat Haifa (3) 98

Quarterfinals Playoffs, best of 5 games
Record Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
3 Maccabi Electra (1) 95 86 92 97 x
1 Ashkelon (8) 96 69 69 65 x
2 Hapoel Holon (4) 74 63 79 55 80
3 Gilboa Galil (5) 81 61 78 77 87
3 Hapoel Jerusalem (2) 78 92 88 x x
0 Ironi Nahariya (7) 76 79 80 x x
3 Heat Haifa (3) 66 75 74 88 x
1 Bnei Hasharon (6) 69 71 61 69 x

Final Four games
Semifinal Maccabi Electra vs. Gilboa Galil 70-72 May 19
Semifinal Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Heat Haifa 93-98 May 19
Final Maccabi Electra vs. Heat Haifa 85-72 May 21
3rd place Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Gilboa Galil 96-101 May 21

Quarterfinals Playoffs round games
Game 1 Maccabi Electra vs. Ashkelon 95-96 April 25
Game 1 Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Ironi Nahariya 78-76 April 26
Game 1 Heat Haifa vs. Bnei Hasharon 66-69 April 26
Game 1 Hapoel Holon vs. Gilboa Galil 74-81 April 26
Game 2 Ashkelon vs. Maccabi Electra 69-86 May 4
Game 2 Ironi Nahariya vs. Hapoel Jerusalem 79-92 May 3
Game 2 Bnei Hasharon vs. Heat Haifa 71-75 May 3
Game 2 Gilboa Galil vs. Hapoel Holon 61-63 May 3
Game 3 Maccabi Electra vs. Ashkelon 92-69 May 7
Game 3 Hapoel Jerusalem vs. Ironi Nahariya 88-80 May 7
Game 3 Heat Haifa vs. Bnei Hasharon 74-61 May 7
Game 3 Hapoel Holon vs. Gilboa Galil 79-78 May 7
Game 4 Ashkelon vs. Maccabi Electra 65-97 May 10
Game 4 Bnei Hasharon vs. Heat Haifa 69-88 May 10
Game 4 Gilboa Galil vs. Hapoel Holon 77-55 May 10
Game 5 Hapoel Holon vs. Gilboa Galil 80-87 May 14

LAST GAME GAME 22
April 19-20, 2009
Day Match Result
Apr. 19 Kiryat Ata vs. Nahariya 71-75
Apr. 19 G. Shmuel vs. Hapoel J. 77-87
Apr. 19 B. Hashron vs. Heat Haifa 97-78
Apr. 19 Ashkelon vs. Gilboa Galil 78-79
Apr. 19 M. Rishon vs. Ramat Gan 68-57
Apr. 19 Maccabi vs. H. Holon 105-82

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Playoffs
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STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Maccabi Electra 22 19 3 2002 1659
2 Hapoel Jerusalem 22 17 5 1962 1828
3 Heat Haifa 22 14 8 1734 1650
4 H. Holon 22 13 9 1811 1764
5 Gilboa Galil 22 13 9 1728 1672
6 Bnei Hashron 22 13 9 1713 1696
7 Nahariya 22 10 12 1789 1740
8 Ashkelon 22 8 14 1769 1797
9 Ramat Gan 22 8 14 1707 1861
10 G. Shmuel 22 7 15 1706 1788
11 M. Rishon 22 7 15 1769 1903
12 Kiryat Ata 22 3 19 1688 2020


The Israeli League comes off a shocking 2007-08 season in which Hapoel Holon came out of nowhere to win the title in shocking fashion. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv had won 14 consecutive Israeli League titles since 1993 but despite not lifting the trophy last season, it is once again the team to beat in the competition. Maccabi improved its roster with Carlos Arroyo, Tre Simmons, Jason Williams, D'or Fischer and Yaniv Green, while keeping Omri Casspi, Lior Eliyahu and Tal Burstein. Holon will have the tough mission to defend its title with Luis Flores, Deron Washington, Chris Watson and Curtis Withers. Meanwhile, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem will also be a top contender with Travis Watson, Timmy Bowers, Omar Sneed, Adam Haluska and Sharon Shason. Bnei Hasharon kept Ousmane Cisse, Cookie Belcher and Meir Tapiro while adding Haminn Quaintance and Shawn James. Ironi Nahariya, featuring Raviv Limonad and Aaron McGhee, and Eldan Ashkelon, with Steve Burtt and Rahshon Turner, will fight for a spot in the Israeli League Final Four.

Israeli League, Regular Season, Game 14: February 22-23, 2009

Feb 22, 2009 by Euroleague.net Print
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.


LAST GAME GAME 14
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
NEXT GAME GAME 15
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


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
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