Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem erupted from beyond the arc Wednesday for a crucial Group C win over Alba Berlin 77-92 in Germany. Jerusalem made 13-of-17 threes on the way to its first road win of the season, which saw the team improve to 2-3 in Group C of the competition. Alba dropped to 2-3 as both teams join Khimki and Telindus Oostende in a four-way tie for third place in the group. After a close first half, Jurica Golemac and Meir Tapiro started the third quarter with a 7-0 run as Hapoel pulled away for good. Jerusalem's red-hot three-point shooting continued throughout the second half as the visitors cruised to victory. Timmy Bowers led Hapoel with 23 points, Mario Austin had a 18 points and 11 boards and Ed Cota 17. Golemac and Dror Hajaj added 11 each and Tapiro finished with 10 points, 4 assists and 4 steals. Sharrod Ford led Berlin with 18, Chris Owens added 15 points and 6 rebounds, Julius Jenkins had 13 and ex-Hapoel guard William Avery posted 11 points and 6 assists.
Cota scored the only basket of the first two minutes as the game got of to a slow start. Berlin finally got going midway through the period when Jenkins finished a fastbreak and Ford added two free throws for an 8-6 Alba lead. Austin answered with a buzzer-beating triple, but he would wind up on the bench sooner that Hapoel planned with his second foul. However, reserve Erez Markovic came in and made a layup to bring his team within 1. Ford made a rare three as Berlin went up 18-13, before Bowers made it 18-15. after 10 minutes. Berlin went to Ruben Boumtje Boumtje at the start of the second period as the lead grew to 25-19. Bowers ended Jerusalem's dry spell with a long-range jumper and Austin followed with a triple to make it 27-26. Alba, struggling with poor shot selection from its guards, took a timeout, but still could not stop Hapoel from taking a 29-30 lead with two more back-to back baskets by Austin. Sharrod Ford successfully attacked Hapoel's basket for a three-point play, but Hapoel answered with Tapiro's triple for 32-30. Dror Hajaj had the last word with a triple for a 34-36 Hapoel lead at the break.
Ford opened the second half with a long jumper to tie the score, but Golemac and Tapiro scored 7 points to put Alba in trouble. After a timeout Jenkins made a huge triple to get the home crowd involved, but Austin was there to calm it down with a jumper. Ford dunked and blocked a shot at the other end, but Tapiro grabbed the ball to hit a cool triple and deflate the hosts' hopes. Ford and Avery kept Alba alive with two lay-ups. but Bowers hit back with 4 points to put Hapoel's lead back to 45-52. Owens scored 4, answered by two triples from Cota. Koko Archibong and Jenkins hit triples for Berlin, then Golemac and Hajaj did the same to end the third quarter with Jerusalem leading 57-66. A Bowers jumper and a triple by Hajaj let Hapoel race to a 57-71 lead at the start of the final period. Owens and Avery scored Alba's first points of the quarter, but the Berliners could not stop Austin nor Bowers, who continued Hapoel's magic night from outside with another triple, which broadened Hapoel's lead to 64-78. Hapoel managed the clock well and hit several shots at the end of the shot clock as the former ULEB Cup champs scored their first road win of the season.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006