Hapoel Tel Aviv continues to impress.
Danny Franco's team looks great at this stage of the summer and this evening (Saturday) beat Bnei Herzliya 79:91 in the quarter-finals of the Winner Cup, and took the ticket to the semi-finals where they will meet Hapoel Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Hapoel Tel Aviv's coach, Danny Franco, summed up the game: "I'm very happy about the victory and how they defended in the second half.
The defense is something we will see throughout the season.
The physicality and intensity we want to present is not there yet, we hope that the opponents will push him to it week after week.'
"We had a lot of ups and downs today, which is a natural thing that characterizes teams at the beginning of the season.
I'm happy that we knew how to recover and come back better even though we were in less good moments.
We got a great period today from our five foreigners alongside the Israelis who were very good.'
Franco added: "We made some stops in defense that gave us the difference and we kept it at the end.
There is great hype and expectations around the team for the near future, I am happy that there is excitement all around and the players made the audience believe in them.
It is important to keep proportions, to be reasonable.
We will still win and play and lose games, we have to keep together.'
The coach of Bnei Herzliya, Oren Aharoni, concluded: "I think that at a certain point the depth and aggressiveness of Hapoel Tel Aviv influenced and decided the game in their favor.
We had pretty good parts of the game where they played the way we want to play.'
Oren Aharoni, photo: Danny Maron
Aharoni added: "We need to do things better.
What do I take from the game?
I don't like to take positive things after losses.
The combination between Robert Carter and Morris Kemp?
It worked very well today and I'm sure that after a little more training it will work better.'
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