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Kochav Hapoel Jerusalem commented on the incident with Oren Amiel, which resulted in Sopsel in the last quarter in the dramatic loss to Manresa

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Sean Kilpatrick: "The coach decided I would not play. Obviously I could help"

Kochav Hapoel Jerusalem commented on the incident with Oren Amiel, which resulted in a dramatic loss in the last quarter to Manrasa.

And also: about the poor number of spectators in the arena, the unfortunate mistakes in Money Time and the scenario that could still save the Reds the European season


  • Sean Kilpatrick

  • Oren Amiel

  • Hapoel Jerusalem

Ahrela Weisberg

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 06:26

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The last time Pedro Martinez visited the arena, he lost. And not just lost. 10,091 fans crowded on Friday afternoon and watched Hapoel Jerusalem defeat the Spanish coach's Valencia during the 2017 EuroCup semi-final series. So much has changed since then. Last night (Wednesday) the Reds completed a nightmarish week that opened the Champions League season - and perhaps also prepared them for its quick end. The two home games, which were sealed with two dramatic losses to Martins and Martinar Karsiaka, attracted only 9,486 spectators combined; Less than one game against that Valencia.

The ending scene repeated itself almost exactly.

Last week, against the Turks, Jerusalem reached the last half minute with 73 percent from the penalty line, but in the moment of truth missed 3 of 4 shots;

Yesterday, up to the crucial 30 seconds, she stood at 13 of 16, and again added 3 fouls from 4 attempts.

It happened precisely when the important offenses were blackmailed by the people that Oren Amiel would like to see on the line: first was Sean Kilpatrick (86% last year), followed by Kaiser Gates (77%), and yesterday Retin Obsuhan (72%) and Jaylen Adams (91%).

In Money Time, each and every one of them missed in front of the empty basket.

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He scored ten field baskets, and none of his friends connected more than two.

Jaylen Adams (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

It was supposed to be Adams' big night. While no other team player was able to connect more than two field baskets throughout the entire game, he scored ten; While the others hit 2 of 25 for three, he fired 4 of 7; And out of the locals' 16 points in the final quarter, he scored ten - and five more came from his assists. But, as mentioned, he actually missed twice when the money was lying on the floor.

The roots of the loss were sown earlier. Four minutes before the end of the third quarter, Kilpatrick finished his part in the game. The experienced guard suffered a shocking shooting day (2 of 10 from the field), and did not like a spare in which he went down to the bench. After throwing a word at coach Oren Amiel, he understood from him that he would no longer be allowed to return to the field.

"There are things I prefer to keep between us, to respect everyone, but in the end I went with whoever I thought would get us back in the game," Amiel said.

"This bunch gave us the chance to win, and I wanted to support it."

Kilpatrick admitted that "I did not play in the last quarter because of the coach's decision. I am here to do my job and play basketball. Obviously I feel I could help in the last minutes, as in any other moment, but the coach is the one who decides what is best and right for the team. I have to stay "Professional, and to encourage my friends. I did not talk to him about what happened."

Strange compliment, not to mention detached.

Pedro Martinez (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

Thus, among other things, Jerusalem found itself facing a broken trough. Some of the stands in the stands at the arena, who last night whistled contemptuously at their team at the end of the game, have not made life easy for Tamir Blatt in recent years. Today they can fantasize about a coordinator who is a real homeowner, and a senior Israeli at his level; They, too, rubbed their eyes in astonishment when the one who was chosen to run the game in some of the final minutes was actually Amit Gershon.

And what is the practical significance of the pair of losses? Ostensibly, in such a short house stage, which spans just six cycles, two losses are supposed to be a death blow to the entire campaign; This may be exactly what will turn out in retrospect, but right now the Reds have another chance to correct.

In the next two rounds they will face Poland Ostrov in Poland and Israel, and in fact, they only have to go through it in the table to continue living in this factory. But this extension of life may turn out to be a fiction. The teams that finish in 3-2 places will cross with their counterparts to the play-in series of the best of three on entering the top 16.

"We sinned a lot, so bullets flew in the air." Thun Maker (Photo: Bernie Ardov)

Jerusalem should be troubled by the fact that it managed to lose on the evening it received 34 balls as a gift from the opponent; Manersa recorded 12 turnovers, allowing her opponent to pick up 22 rebounds on offense. And that, as mentioned, was not enough. Not even against the team that only last weekend was defeated by 44 points in the Spanish league by Badalona.

"We sinned a lot, so the balls flew in the air," Amiel explained the unusual figure in the returning balls. Indeed, his team missed a lot: unlike the first game, in which it shot 14 threes at 50 percent, this time as mentioned it dropped to six shots at 18.8 percent. Anthony Bennett (5-of-8 for three against Karsiyaka) dropped to 0-of-6, just like Adam Ariel; Gates (3 of 5 last week) slipped to 1 of 6.

And only coach Martinez, perhaps out of courtesy of winners, read texts that were relevant in 2017, but sound pretty detached from reality in late 2021. "I very much respect the team built in Jerusalem, and for me, it is one of the favorites to win the trophy," he muttered. "so,It was important for us to win here. "

Participated in the preparation of the article: Ohad Schwerman

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