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 3: November 7-9, 2009

Nov 11, 2009 by Yarone Arbel, Tel Aviv Print
Yuval Naimi - Hapoel Jerusalem (Photo: hapoel.co.il)Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv remained perfect after the third week of the Israeli League following a big road win over Rishon Lezion. Gilboa/Galil and the newcomer Barak Netanya join Maccabi at the top of the standings with 3-0 records. Maccabi dominated the entire second half en route to 62-89 win at Rishon Lezion. Andrew Wisniewski led Maccabi with 19 points. A brilliant night from Yuval Naimi lifted Hapoel Jerusalem over Hapoel Holon 83-85. Naimi recorded 21 points – including the go-ahead points late in the fourth quarter – and 10 assists to lead Jerusalem.Gilboa/Galil continued to storm the league crushing last season’s runner-up, Maccabi Haifa. Oded Kattash’s men trounced Haifa 101-66 behind 25 points by Jeremy Pargo, while Haifa's teenage prospect, Jeremy Tyler, was ejected late in the game after hitting an opponent. Netanya met another perfect newcomer in Hapoel Afula, but marched off with an 84-79 victory behind 21 points and 9 rebounds by J.R. Pinnock and 20 points and 10 boards by Marco Killingsworth. Ironi Nahariya wrote its first win of the season at home against Ironi Ramat Gan, 80-76, to keep Daniel Gutt's team winless. Sean Daniel and Taj McCullough scored 18 for Ramat Gan. Bnei Hasharon jumped to 2-1 after a heart-pounding 65-63 win over Ironi Ashkelon. Moran Rot of Ashkelon had a chance to win the game before the buzzer, but was blocked by Shawn James, who capped a big night with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Maccabi dominated the entire second half en route to 62-89 win at Rishon Lezion. Andrew Wisniewski led Maccabi with 19 points, Guy Pnini added 15, Doron Perkins 14 and Stephane Lasme finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Larry O'Bannon led Rishon with 23 points. It seemed easy from the start as Maccabi scored the first 11 points of the game and held a 1-15 lead after seven minutes. The locals cut the margin back to a single digit, and several hits from downtown kept them close. Lasme and Raviv Limonad settled the first half score at 35-44 in favor of Maccabi, before the big show began. Wisniewski was the boss of the run as Maccabi's defense stepped up with Pnini excelling on both ends. A three-pointer by Wisniewski set the difference on 21 points, and following a technical foul on Rishon coach Effi Birenboim, the gap kept growing. Early in the last quarter a second technical foul on the Rishon coach forced him to leave the court, and didn't improve his team's situation, as Maccabi increased the gap to 27 points by the final buzzer.

A brilliant night from Yuval Naimi lifted Hapoel Jerusalem over Hapoel Holon 83-85. Naimi recorded 21 points and 10 assists to lead Jerusalem. Holon led by 4 at halftime and thanks to Titus Ivory went into the fourth quarter ahead 66-59. Naimi led Jerusalem back with a steal and basket and then an assist to Kevinn Pinkney. After several lead changes, Naimi scored 5 points in the final minute to carry Jerusalem to the victory. Dijon Thompson added 14 points and 8 rebounds, while ex-Holon Tre Simmons and Pinkney scored 13 apiece for the winners. Dwayne Mitchell led Holon with 26 points.

LAST GAME GAME 3
November 7-9, 2009
Day Match Result
Nov. 8 H. Afula vs. Netanya 79-84
Nov. 8 Maccabi T-A vs. M. Rishon 89-62
Nov. 8 Ramat Gan vs. Nahariya 80-76
Nov. 8 Ashkelon vs. B. Hashron 63-65
Nov. 7 M. Haifa vs. Gilboa Galil 66-101
Nov. 9 Hapoel J-M vs. H. Holon 85-83
NEXT GAME GAME 4
November 15-16, 2009
Day Match
Nov. 15 Nahariya vs. H. Afula
Nov. 16 Gilboa Galil vs. M. Rishon
Nov. 15 Netanya vs. Ashkelon
Nov. 15 H. Holon vs. M. Haifa
Nov. 15 B. Hashron vs. Hapoel J
Nov. 15 Ramat Gan vs. Maccabi T


STANDINGS TG W L P+ P-
1 Gilboa Galil 3 3 0 274 219
2 Maccabi Electra T-A 3 3 0 244 198
3 Netanya 3 3 0 259 225
4 H. Afula 3 2 1 252 237
5 B. Hashron 3 2 1 216 211
6 Hapoel Jerusalem 3 2 1 263 259
7 Ashkelon 3 1 2 206 211
8 Nahariya 3 1 2 211 230
9 M. Haifa 3 1 2 218 252
10 H. Holon 3 0 3 241 258
11 Ramat Gan 3 0 3 221 262
12 M. Rishon 3 0 3 212 255