Hapoel Jerusalem in the playoff semifinals. The team from the capital won at the Jubilee Hall in Herzliya 61:86 and finished 1:3 in the most interesting series in the quarterfinals. The opponent in the semifinals will be Hapoel Tel Aviv and the series will begin on Wednesday at the Arena.
The story of the game was the runs. In the first half, Jerusalem made two big runs. After falling behind 5-0, she went on a 4:29 run. In the second quarter, when Herzliya was reduced to minus 7, came a 0-13 run that closed the half with a 20-point advantage, with Herzliya unable to cope with Jerusalem's aggressive defense that stopped it for 29 points and caused the hosts to commit 14 turnovers.
Herzliya again didn't give up and during the third quarter was down to a point with a great night from Chris Babb, but then Jerusalem responded again with a 2-14 run to open the fourth quarter. Herzliya, which plays in the series with only 7 players, has run out of power and Jerusalem continues forward.
Photos: Alan Shaver
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