Hapoel Holon recovered from the dramatic loss to Hapoel Jerusalem in Europe and came out yesterday (Saturday) from Shlomo Group Hall with an impressive 87:93 away victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv, with the help of an extraordinary shooting night by CJ Harris and Sean Dawson, who set season records and saved the Reds from losing the league The first of the season at home.
The champion dominated the match starting from the first quarter and despite a short rotation of only seven players, enjoyed an exceptional shooting night from outside the arc by CJ Harris, who hit a career high of seven three-pointers from nine attempts and 23 points, and the wonderful ability of Sean Dawson who led the list The scorers with 24 points (season record in a Holon uniform).
"We showed a lot of character, we came after a painful and difficult loss, but in the two release trainings we did, I saw the seriousness of the players, I knew we would get back into the groove," noted Guy Goodes at the end.
"Until now, every time we got hit, we knew how to come back. It shows the character of the players, the strength of the team. It's not an easy place to play and win. It's an important win and we'll move forward from here. Sean gave a performance, C.J. He gave a show, both of them carried us for many minutes of the game."
Season record, photo: Oded Karni
Moments of worry passed on the champion's bench in the closing minutes when Chris Johnson was hit on the head by an unintentional elbow from the opponent's player, and went down to the dressing rooms to receive treatment.
The captain did not play again and was taken to the hospital, but his tests came back normal.
"Chris Johnson was taken to the Shamir Assaf Harofeh Medical Center following a blow to his head in the last minutes of the game. The neurological examination he underwent was found to be normal and did not require a head CT and he will be able to return to normal activity," the club said.
Shawn Dawson, who was chosen as the outstanding player and contributed 24 points, shared his feelings at the end: "It's fun, all season I feel and know that I have a lot to contribute to the team. The connection is not always natural, we work on it every day, trying to make it come together and manifest itself. I embraced the role Having here, it's different from what I'm used to, less with the ball and more significant in defense. I let the game flow to me, today it came to me. I like playing in this hall. I went on the court, I felt good and I just flowed with it."
Already tomorrow, the team will leave for France for the important match against Dijon, a loss in which could reduce the purples' chances of qualifying for the next stage of the FIBA Champions League to very low. Most importantly, we have a crucial game in France that we must not lose," the team concluded.
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