Hamilton led the Reds in 93: 100 on Maccabi Ashdod, despite Paul Stoll's excellent debut • 87:92 for Hapoel Beer Sheva in Eilat
Medar and Hamilton celebrate victory, tonight at Drive In
There were not many happy moments this season at the Shlomo Group Hall. Even in the few victories, the feeling was more of releasing stress than joy. Tonight (Monday) you could already see some smiles on the faces of Hapoel Tel Aviv's people and fans after the dramatic 93: 100 on Maccabi Ashdod.
And it wasn't that there were any problems. There were many. As in the previous four games, this time too the defense absorbed over 90 points and the attack was mainly based on players' personal abilities and instincts rather than neat team play, but this time there were many good things to say about them at home.
Mark Lyons and Jordan Hamilton seemed much more connected and caring, Tomer Ginett returned to scoring outside the arc and in the end a lot of players brought their high personal abilities to fruition.
Representatives of the Hanbi Who came to watch Madar, tonight // Photo: Bernie Ardov
A distinguished delegation of professionals from the BBC that included Toronto President, Deputy General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat Scout arrived in the Tel Aviv Hall and saw the Sea of Madar on a mediocre day, but don't worry, we already know that Americans are watching Long term and less affected by one game or another.
In Ashdod, things look much better with four strangers. Brad Greenberg suddenly has a lot of options off the bench, the roster seems more suited to the Premier League, but now has to start to win, before the league runs away. With Paul Stoll (7 from 12 to 3 and 30 index points in the debut game) the task of staying on seems perfectly possible.
Paul Stoll. His great debut // Photo by Bernie Ardov
Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel Hashem
Five wins have Hapoel Be'er Sheva this season, all in close games. Tonight in an important bottom, she won in Eilat (87:92) and this time, too, it was after a big drama, with tonight's hero being John Petroselli. The host is now the only team that has had more wins (4) than Maccabi Ashdod.
Beersheba led by 20 points (20:40) after 14 minutes, scoring 9 threes in the first half. In the second half, Eilat is back under the direction of Avi Ben Shimol (who enters the list of 100 greatest scenes of all time). Eilat led 84:87 minutes and a half, and then came Petroselli with six straight points (a three, a 2-point basket, and another point from the penalty), turned the game over and took the entire jackpot.