After several years without international preparatory tournaments in Israel, the tradition of the Tel Aviv Winner tournament was renewed on Monday evening with the participation of Hapoel Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Dinamo Sassari and Promitas Petras. They met for the first evening at the Shlomo Group Arena in the city, at the end of which it was decided that the two local representatives would meet in the final, which will be held tomorrow (Tuesday).
Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Promitas 71:84
The first course of the evening introduced Dani Franco's runner-up to the group from Greece. Despite a missing roster and without two outsiders, the Reds showed good form and ran away in the first half to a double-digit advantage, which they safely maintained until the end. The hosts enjoyed a wonderful performance from Bar Timur who led the scorers with 19 points, alongside 15 points from Tomer Ginat and 13 from Brian Angola, and advanced to the final of the tournament.
Brian Angola, found time to take pictures with the fans after the game, photo: Oded Karni
Hapoel Jerusalem beat Sassari 75:83
The second game of the evening brought together a rejuvenated Hapoel Jerusalem with Italian Sassari. The opening minutes showed some of the defensive potential inherent in a group from the capital that stopped its opponent on only 8 points in the first ten minutes of the match, in front of the Jerusalem crowd that saw its team play in Israel for the first time in the pre-season.
The game was tight throughout, and the teams struggled to escape. Good minutes from Kadyn Carrington and Speedy Smith in the fourth quarter gave the advantage to the Reds, but Stanley Whitaker evened the score and the game was sent to overtime. The Jerusalemites looked better in the extra five minutes, ran away to an eight-point lead at the end and advanced to tomorrow's tournament final against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Carrington. Good minutes in the fourth quarter, photo: Oded Karni
Winner's Cup – Hapoel Afula beat Hapoel Galil Elyon 78:82
The new immigrant opened its journey in the First Division with a fine 78:82 away win over Hapoel Galil Elyon, recorded its second victory in history in the Winner's Cup and its ticket to the quarter-finals where Hapoel Holon awaits it. Roy Pearl's pupils took advantage under the baskets led by Tyren de Tibodière, who impressed in his Israeli debut and recorded a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, Casey Shepard added 12 of his own.
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