Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Maccabi Ramat Gan 83:88 on Friday at the Shlomo Group Arena at the end of a dramatic match in the quarterfinals of the Winner's Cup.
The victory secured the Reds' ticket to the semi-finals, where they are expected to meet Maccabi Tel Aviv for the first derby of the season, unless the Yellows are surprised in the corresponding match against Ironi Kiryat Ata.
The intriguing story at the heart of the struggle was Jay's return. Pi Tokoto for a meeting with the Red Ex, in which he played three consecutive seasons and from which he parted ways this summer.
The forward stood out with 18 points and managed to bring the newcomer back from a double-digit deficit in the final quarter and almost created a surprise, but two critical errors in the closing seconds prevented a turnover and decided the matchup.
Maccabi Ramat Gan was close to the makeover, photo: Oded Karni
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Jalen Hord led the Reds' scorers with 23 points. A good performance for Brian Angola on the winning side with 11 points.
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