Hapoel Holon recovered from the dramatic loss to Hapoel Jerusalem in Europe and left the Shlomo Group Hall tonight (Saturday) with an impressive away victory 87:93 over Hapoel Tel Aviv, with the help of an extraordinary shooting night by CJ Harris and Sean Dawson.
As befits a long-standing sporting rivalry between two of the top clubs of Israeli basketball, the atmosphere in the packed stands was hot many minutes before the opening whistle, when on the court we got an intriguing top battle between the red team in first place and the purple team in third place.
On the field we witnessed a direct battle between two of the best center backs in the league - Jacob Brown versus Joe Ragland.
The first half went Ragland's way, leading his teammates who enjoyed high percentages from beyond the arc to a nice double-digit lead, while Brown was held to one point.
can be satisfied, photo: Oded Karni
The host was able to narrow the gap and return to the game, but an exceptional shooting night from outside the arc by CJ Harris, who hit a career record of seven three-pointers from nine attempts and 23 points, and the wonderful ability of Shawn Dawson (24 points, a season high in the Holon uniform) bounced back again the difference and decided the match.
He lost the battle to Ragland, photo: Oded Karni
First victory for Gilboa/Galil after 3 months
Meanwhile, Hapoel Gilboa/Galil managed to get their first victory tonight after over three months.
The leader of the table beat Hapoel Haifa 67:85 after 11 consecutive losses.
For the guest, this is the fifth loss in the last six games.
Apart from a temporary comeback by Haifa towards the end of the half, it was a game clearly controlled by the host who finished with 5 players in double figures.
Tony Carr in his third game in the team proved to be an important addition with almost a triple double 18 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.
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