After the loss in the derby at the beginning of the week, Hapoel Tel Aviv returned to the winning track this evening (Saturday) when it easily beat Hapoel Galil Iliyon 80:108, as part of the sixth round in the Winner League and improved its record to 1:5, thanks to a wonderful game by Idan Zalmanson.
The differences in levels were noticeable and felt from the opening minutes.
Danny Franco's apprentices presented fluent and attractive basketball, and enjoyed seven players who scored in double figures, with Zalmanson leading the scoring list with 20 points.
The main story of the evening was the re-debut in the local framework of the sparkling acquisition of the Reds - Chinano Onuaku, who after a week of anticipation recorded his first game in the red uniform.
Unlike the game in Gran Canaria in the middle of the week when the American center had trouble contributing and ended the game without points in ten minutes on the floor, tonight he looked wonderful and produced 16 points and 7 rebounds that helped his team register another home victory.
Welcome, photo: Oded Karni
Another great evening at Shlomo Group Hall, photo: Oded Karni
From the other side, we watched the return to the courts of Lotan Amsalem, who recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of action for the past two months, due to which he missed the start of the season.
As fate would have it, his first game in the uniform of the northern team was against the former, in whose ranks Gadel was loaned to the northern team at the start of the season, but his new team in its current form and without the injured Roy Huber had a hard time challenging the Tel Avivs and suffered a fifth league loss in seven rounds.
Lotan Amsalem, photo: Oded Karni
After the game, the Reds will begin preparations for the European framework when on Tuesday they will host the Montenegrin Bodochenost in the Shlomo Group Hall as part of the sixth round of the Eurocup.
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