After last night Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Iruni Kiryat Ata in the game that kicked off the Winner's Cup tournament, tonight (Tuesday) it was the turn of Hapoel and Iruni Nes Ziona to step on the floor, for an intriguing match as part of the round of 16 of the tournament, and at the end Eilat came away with the victory 73:76, and the ticket for the quarter finals.
Amit Gershon in Eilat uniform, photo: Yehuda Ben Yathach
Elad Hassin's apprentices came to compete after an intriguing summer during which a process of disassembly and reassembly went through, with the addition of Elad Hassin as the team's coach and the signing of five new foreigners.
On the other hand, the host of Ariel Beit HaLachemi appeared to face the home crowd in Begin Hall after a difficult summer for her, which was affected by Casey Prather's injury that changed the plans in the southern city.
Fight for the ball tonight, photo: Yehuda Ben Yathach
Although the Oranges from Ness Ziona impressed in the preparatory games and looked connected and ready for the season, while the southern ones looked less good, the first half went in the direction of the home team, who controlled the pace of the game, and led by two points at the break.
Into the second half, the Oranges came out as if they came out of the mouth of a cannon, and with the help of a wonderful decision and good minutes by DJ Cooper, Shaq Buchanan and Tyler Bay turned the game around and took a 9-point lead.
The host went on a run and managed to erase the deficit and take the lead in the middle of the last quarter.
Good minutes by Jared Terah who led with 19 points alongside a number of wonderful defensive moves by Eric Griffin who recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds assured the host the victory.
The team of Beit HaLhami in the next stage, photo: Yehuda Ben Yathach
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