Hapoel Afula suffered a major defeat to Hapoel Jerusalem on Thursday evening by beating the cup holders 65:105. The team from the capital registers a second loss in 48 hours, something that is not very pleasant for them, despite being in a very lacklustre lineup without the foreigners, with coach Aleksandar Dzikić also not returning to Israel from Belgrade.
The difference between tonight's game and the game against Maccabi Ramat Gan the other day is that in the game against Ramat Gan Jerusalem was competitive and the game ended only 6 points behind. Today the game was one-sided throughout, and already at half-time the difference was 29 for the hosts, for whom it was their first home game in 13 years. The balance after four games, three of which were away, is now 2-2.
In Jerusalem they miss foreigners,
Marcellus Arlington scored 25 points for the winner while Cabanos Stanley added 18 of his own. For Jerusalem, which lost 25 shots in the game, Oz Blazer finished with 15 points and was the only player on the team with a double-digit scoring record.
Jerusalem's next match will be against PAOK Thessaloniki in the Champions League on Wednesday, and three days later it will play its next league match against Hapoel Galil Elyon.
Afula players celebrating, tonight, photo: Maor Elkeslassy
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In another game tonight, Hapoel Haifa secured its first victory this season by beating Hapoel Eilat 76:78 from a John Davis basket.
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