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Hapoel Holon in Brindisi: "The only Israeli with a chance to advance in Europe" - Walla! sport

2021-03-02T22:13:55.737Z

The Purples will open the top 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday (21:30), when they will be hosted by the surprise of the season in the Italian league. Isaiah Miles stays in the country after being found positive for Corona, and Richard Howell may also miss the game. Stefanos Dadas: "We will try to cover up our problems and shortcomings"



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Hapoel Holon in Brindisi: "The only Israeli with a chance to advance in Europe"

The Purples will open the top 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday (21:30), when they will be hosted by the surprise of the season in the Italian league.

Isaiah Miles stays in the country after being found positive for Corona, and Richard Howell may also miss the game.

Stefanos Dadas: "We will try to cover up our problems and shortcomings"

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021, 22:01

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Left in isolation, but without corona symptoms.

Isaiah Miles (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

For four seasons, Hapoel Holon has been commissioned to reach this moment, and tomorrow (Wednesday, 21:30) it will take place: the last Israeli representative in the Champions League will appear for the first time in the top 16, when she will be hosted in the first round at Brindisi.



The Purples have not been in an ideal condition, after 17 days without basketball, since the pair lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv in the State Cup and the Premier League last month.

Isaiah Miles, who was found positive for Corona over the weekend, remains in isolation in Israel and does not suffer from the symptoms of the disease;

Even his front-line partner, Richard Howell, is not yet fully fit and could miss the game.



Brindisi, like Holon, suffers from its own problems.

She has not been too active lately, and in the last two and a half weeks she has appeared in just one game, last Saturday, where she defeated Treviso and established herself in the second and surprising place in the Italian league with a 5:13 balance - below Olympia Milan, teamed with Dynamo Sassari and above Virtus Bologna.

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Familiar faces in Brindisi.

James Bell (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

On the floor, Holon will meet a familiar face and play against former player James Bell (9.3 points per game in the first round), who wore purple in the 2016/17 season and later played for David Blatt in Drushpak.

The one who will be sorely missed by the Italian coach Francesco Vitucci is Brindisi's big star, Diangelo Harrison (19.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists so far), who starred last year in Maccabi Rishon Lezion and will not be able to play due to injury.



Similar to the first stage of the houses, in the top 16 the participants were divided into houses of four groups, with at the end of six rounds the first two in the table will advance to the final eight.

Holon and Brindisi were placed in the 9th house along with the two Turks Topash Bursa and Pinar Karsiyaka.



"We play in a tough house, where all our rivals are at the top of their leagues, and opening in Brindisi is a difficult start," said Holon coach Stefanos Dadas.

"Our problem in the top position is clear, but we believe in our team and system, and as always we will fight to come back with a good result. We will try to cover and cover our weaknesses with the team spirit and good strategy. My players know all purple fans will watch this game, and are aware "Perhaps the only Israeli team in Europe left with a realistic chance of progressing."

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