A huge drama in the first game of the National League final series ended in an away win for Kiryat Ata over Urbani Raj, 98: 107 after extra time, and the Northerners are now leading 0: 1, with the home advantage moving to their side.
Kiryat Ata started great and already led by a double-digit advantage in the first quarter, but Shmulik Brenner's team, which lost Abdulia Goya in the second quarter due to an ankle injury, returned to a game that was close until the end.
Kiryat Ata ran away again in the last quarter, but Muriel Lotti kept Raj in the game and a big three by Dakrai Tucker on the buzzer set up 89:89 at the end of the legal deadline.
Led the Rage Scorers, Photo: Limor Malinoff, Director of the National League
In overtime, the visitors were already much better and showed a lot of character on the way to victory, as mentioned 98: 107, and on Monday they will host Game 2 in the series of the best of 5.
The man of the match was Amin Stevens who scored 33 points for the winners, dropped 9 rebounds and handed out 6 assists.
He received great help from his own Lugassi who scored 19 points and Ido Davidi who scored 18 points and delivered 10 assists.
Raj was led by Tucker and Shachar Amir with 20 points each, while veteran Paul Delaney (8 assists) and Muriel Lotti (6 assists) added 13 points each.
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