Hapoel Tel Aviv continues to impress and tonight (Wednesday) it beat Hapoel Jerusalem 71:76 in the semi-finals of the Winner Cup, advancing to the finals of the tournament for the first time in its history.
Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Danny Franco summed up the game: "I'm happy with the way we won this game.
We didn't have a great game.
We played against a very physical and aggressive team and it is very important for us to learn to deal with it.'
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Hapoel Tel Aviv in the semi-finals,
"We played against Jerusalem a few weeks ago in the Eilat tournament and we lost to them precisely because of their aggressiveness and physicality.
Today it would have looked better and we will have to continue but also be more stable and consistent throughout 40 minutes.'
Franco added: "We still have a lot of ups and downs throughout the game which is natural for the beginning of a season and it's something we need to improve.
Jerusalem controlled the rebounds today, we defended well.
I'm happy with the win itself, the final is still a long time away, so I'm looking forward to the first league game next week.'
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The coach of Hapoel Jerusalem, Alexander Dzikich, summed up the game: "I am not satisfied with the way they played in attack.
We need to present a more correct combination between outside shots and play in the paint.
Tonight we didn't find the balance in attack and that's my mistake.'
"We were very close to them tonight even though we didn't play well.
We had a lot of free throws that we didn't make.
They are a good team and very connected at this stage of the season.'
Ginat celebrates with Bar Timur, this evening in Hadera, photo: Oded Karni
Džikić added: "The first thing I want to see is order in the attack.
We lost a lot of balls today, I would like to see more coordination on the field from the players.'
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