The games of the eighth round in the Premier League are now closed with two games, with Bemoked Maccabi Tel Aviv hosting Hapoel Beer Sheva in the capital of the Negev and at the same time Hapoel Gilboa/Galil hosting Ironi Nes Ziona.
Hapoel Beer Sheva - Maccabi Tel Aviv
Oded Ketch and his players went down to a negative balance in the Euroleague this weekend after another away loss, this time to Bayern Munich, and last week they also suffered their first loss in the Premier League when they surrendered at the hands of Eliyahu to Hapoel Jerusalem, so the coach's position has already begun to be shaken and another setback could certainly precipitate a shock in Maccabi Tel Aviv.
On the other hand, Hapoel Beer Sheva after two important away victories over Bnei Herzliya and Hapoel Eilat in which they scored 73.5 points on average - an impressive figure for a team that until then had scored over 90 points in all league games.
Darren Hilliard finished his suspension, but was not registered in the squad, and like him, the injured Alex Poithers, who was informed today that he will be operated on and will be absent for about six months, as well as Wade Baldwin, who is suffering from a minor strain.
The foreigners signed up are Lorenzo Brown, Jaylen Adams, Bonzie Coulson, Jarel Martin and Josh Niebo.
Tidjan Keita was not registered in Be'er Sheva.
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Brown (Photo: Liron Moldovan)
Lior Liubin went up in the top five with Ben Moore, Neta Segal, Joaquin Shuchman, David Afiani and Greg Whittington.
Ketch opened with Roman Sorkin, Rafi Manko, Jarel Martin, Lorenzo Brown and Jaylen Adams.
Brown lost a ball in the very first attack, Whittington and Afiani missed from outside the arc and the first to score was Sorkin after almost two minutes in the match.
Whittington tied the score at 2:2 with an assist from Segal and then almost another minute passed without a basket, until Sorkin again scored under the basket to make it 2:4.
Whittington equalized for the second time in the middle of the fifth minute, and apart from them, the first to score was Jaylen Adams, who put Maccabi up 4:6 with 5:15 minutes left in the quarter.
Kulshov's 3-pointer gave the locals the first lead and Whittington continued to make it difficult in the paint, but the advantage returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv after a 3-pointer by Martin towards the last four minutes.
The quarter ended with a run of 0:8 with points from the bench by Coulson, Ziv and Nivo and a
advantage for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
DiBartholomeo sniped from outside the arc and gave the Blues a double-digit lead, but Pritsky caught Zio, went up for a 3-pointer and shrunk to 22:15 after a minute in the quarter.
A fourth 3-pointer in Beer Sheva's game, this time from Shuchman, allowed the locals to shrink to 25:18, but Brown provided another penetration to the basket without hindrance and Ziv with his own 3-pointer brought the lead to a record 18:30.
Afiani and Shuchman missed three-pointers one after the other, on the other hand, Jake Cohen was accurate from a distance and Yovin called a timeout trailing by 15 points before the 5:13 minutes remaining until the half.
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