In 1996, when Hapoel Jerusalem won the trophy, it retained it in the following season, and so in 2007 • Tomorrow the Red Lines continue their tradition and produce a new one - to win a bachelor's degree this decade, after they rejected Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nahariya?
Jerusalemites celebrate. Fiburts with or without McNeil
It's been a decade and a bit since Danny Franco won his first title - a Cup with Hapoel Holon. A very clear author line passes between that 2009 win and his final with Urban Nahariya (and possibly another) by 2020.
The person who brought Franco the trophy for the first time was Brian Tolbert, in an electrifying victory basket. Tulbert, then 34, came to Holon after playing in four different teams in Israel - just like the kind of foreigners Franco has this season. Nahariya's four foreigners - Dominic Waters, Jarrell McNeill, Tony Gaffney and Damon Simpson - are all veterans (average age 33), all well acquainted with the league, and two of them (McNeil and Gaffney) have also played for him in the past.
Franco's foreigners have 14 joint terms in Israeli basketball, and before coming to Nahariya they played together in nine teams.
The experience and familiarity with Israeli basketball did their thing, bringing Nahariya for the first time to the Cup final at the expense of Ness Ziona, who is ousted from a second factory in five days (the first was the European Cup).
Damon Simpson is a story within a story. The veteran stranger, who spent half his career here, did the same thing last season with Maccabi Rashon, when he made it to the finals against Jerusalem. He continued to do later when he made Rashak to the Final Four, after overcoming the semi-finals to that Jerusalem. Type of insurance certificate.
2 An experienced player like Jarl McNeill did a great job pushing Tal Dan away when the game was over, and the tribunal will decide what final we will receive today. If it is decided not to keep McNeil out of the game tomorrow, this is one story (union prosecutor's punishment recommendations are: fine, probation and apology, but not actual exclusion), and if it is decided to keep it away - it's another story, and we can get one of the finest Sideways that were here.
3 With McNeil or McNeil, Jerusalem is clear to win. It will be an expected win, but it will have a very significant uniqueness - in none of the titles that Jerusalem won this decade, it did not pass the Maccabi TA, always another team did it for her. This time the story is different, and in the case of winning it will be a "complete" title , After she quit Maccabi in the quarterfinals, and another at Elijah.
McNeil a moment before the ban. Do great nonsense // Photo: Alan Shaver
Jerusalem's biggest obstacle this week is the favoritism, the fact that all the pressure is on it. She passed the first part of the test in the semi-finals. An obvious sign of its readiness was the first quarter. Quite a few games Jerusalem does not open well, but this time it provided a crushing first quarter of 31 points, which completed a black evening for the two Orange lost in the Hall last night.
If Jerusalem wins the Cup, it will be its sixth hoist in history. In 1996 she won the title for the first time, and did so again the following season. In 2007, she swept a trophy after 11 years, and kept it again for the following season. Last season too, the Reds won the trophy, and they hope to continue the duo tradition this time as well.