The playoff semi-final series between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Holon continues today (Friday), with the champions looking to equalize the series at the Toto Arena and force Game 3 against Oded Katsch's team on Sunday at Yad Eliyahu.
The Purples didn't look good enough in the first game in Tel Aviv, with only Joe Ragland putting up impressive numbers, and the champions know they will need a crowd and complementary players at their peak to keep the series open and the championship trophy, still, in Holon. The Yellows, who won the first game with great ability from Wade Baldwin, Lorenzo Brown, Roman Sorkin and Bonzi Coulson, had the same squad for the away game. That means Jerrell Martin is out again, while Darren Hilliard has dressed and will be at Ketch's disposal to close things out and qualify for the finals this weekend.
Will they stop the Yellows from reaching the final today? Ragland vs. Brown (Photo: Danny Maron)
Quarter 1: Alex Poythers declared his intentions with a dunk on the first attack, Lorenzo Brown increased the lead to 0-5 from the outside. Holon began digging in the paint, and after another three-pointer from Wade Baldwin's yellow side, Nathaniel Artzi shrank to 10-8.
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