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Chris Kramer

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The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

Top ranked Hapoel Eilat (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by leader Hapoel Jerusalem (5-0) 100-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The game without a history. Hapoel Jerusalem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Jerusalem looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Nigerian power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Hapoel Jerusalem have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Eilat at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#13) in Hod Hasharon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Haifa. Sixth ranked H.Haifa (4-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked M.Rishon (2-3) 85-84 in the fight for the sixth place. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Keenan Evans (191-96, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Amit Simhon contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Isaiah Taylor (189-94, college: Texas) answered with 24 points and 6 assists for M.Rishon. Newly promoted H.Haifa maintains sixth place with 4-2 record. M.Rishon at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. H.Haifa will play against league’s leader Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Rishon will play at home against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Hapoel Holon can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Maccabi Haifa (1-4) 105-69 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Chris Johnson who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel Holon’s coach Stefanos Dedas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Donta Smith responded with 15 points. Hapoel Holon (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eighth place. Loser Maccabi Haifa dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with H.Tel-Aviv and I.Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Holon will meet higher ranked H.Beer Sheva (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Eilat (#4) and hope to win that game.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-81 loss to leader Maccabi T-A (5-0) in Nahariya. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was an exceptional evening for Elijah Bryant who led the winners and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Maccabi T-A’s coach Giannis Sfairopoulos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Maccabi T-A. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with H.Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-89 loss to second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-1) in Hod Hasharon on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was dominated by American players. Jehyve Floyd fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Galil Gilboa’s coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Galil Gilboa keeps a position of league leader. Bnei Hasharon lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. Galil Gilboa will face H.Haifa (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league’s second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 7 Maccabi T-A defeated I.Nes-Ziona in Tel-Aviv 65-58. H.Beer Sheva beat H.Tel-Aviv at home 88-75.

I.Nahariya – Maccabi T-A 81-98

Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 98-81 loss to leader Maccabi T-A (5-0) in Nahariya. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Nahariya’s 40. They outrebounded Ironi Nahariya 38-17 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Elijah Bryant (196-95, college: BYU, agency: Pensack Sports) who led the winners and scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Liberian-American center Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Maccabi T-A’s coach Giannis Sfairopoulos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Dominic Waters (186-86, college: Portland St., agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 17 points and 8 assists and the other American import forward Jaron Blossomgame (199-93, college: Clemson) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ironi Nahariya in the defeat. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Maccabi T-A. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with H.Jerusalem. Ironi Nahariya lost their fifth game in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round. Ironi Nahariya will play at home against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: E.Bryant 25+6reb+4ast, O.Hunter 19+8reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 13+4reb+2ast, A.Caloiaro 9+5reb+6ast, C.Jones 9+8reb+7ast, S.Cohen III 8+1reb
I.Nahariya: J.Alexander 21+1reb, D.Waters 17+1reb+8ast, J.Blossomgame 16+7reb, K.Lucas 14+4reb+3ast, D.Scott 7+2reb+1ast, O.Leumi 4+2reb+2ast

gschID: 835057

H.Haifa – M.Rishon 85-84

Important game to mention about took place in Haifa. Sixth ranked H.Haifa (4-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 7th ranked M.Rishon (2-3) 85-84 in the fight for the sixth place. H.Haifa outrebounded M.Rishon 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Keenan Evans (191-96, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Amit Simhon (198-89, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Isaiah Taylor (189-94, college: Texas) answered with 24 points and 6 assists and the other American import guard Trey Lewis (188-92, college: Louisville) added 23 points in the effort for M.Rishon. Five H.Haifa and four M.Rishon players scored in double figures. Newly promoted H.Haifa maintains sixth place with 4-2 record. M.Rishon at the other side keeps the seventh position with three games lost. H.Haifa will play against league’s leader Galil Gilboa in Rosh Pina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Rishon will play at home against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
H.Haifa: K.Evans 23+5reb+3ast, A.Simhon 19+7reb+2ast, J.Siggers 16+3reb+4ast, R.Buckles 10+9reb+6ast, I.Nesterenko 10+4reb+2ast, L.Freeman 5+6reb
M.Rishon: I.Taylor 24+4reb+6ast, T.Lewis 23+1reb+1ast, G.Gutt 16+6reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 13+8reb+3ast, D.Monroe 4+3reb+5ast, D.Noam 2+1reb

gschID: 835088

Bnei Hertzeliya – H.Galil Gilboa 89-95

Bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 95-89 loss to second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-1) in Hod Hasharon on Monday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Galil Gilboa made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Bnei Hasharon was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Center Jehyve Floyd (203-97, college: Holy Cross) fired 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Kerry Blackshear-Jr (208-97, college: Florida) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Galil Gilboa’s coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Coty Clarke (201-92, college: Arkansas) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and Frank Gaines (191-90, college: PFW) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Galil Gilboa and four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa keeps a position of league leader. Bnei Hasharon lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with six games lost. Galil Gilboa will face H.Haifa (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league’s second-placed Hapoel Jerusalem (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
H.Galil Gilboa: J.Floyd 20+5reb+5ast, N.Artzi 16+3reb+1ast, K.Blackshear Jr. 15+9reb+5ast, Y.Hanochi 11+4reb+1ast, I.Cousins 11+1reb+5ast, J.Thomasson 8+1reb+5ast
Bnei Hertzeliya: C.Clarke 21+12reb+6ast, F.Gaines 17+1reb+1ast, M.Heidegger 12+2ast, T.Parks 10+8reb, K.Anthony 9+3ast, I.Eisendorf 6+1ast

gschID: 835089

I.Nes-Ziona – Maccabi T-A 58-65

There was no surprise in Nes Ziyona where 8th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (1-4) was defeated by leader Maccabi T-A (5-0) 65-58 on Monday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-10. But Ironi Nes-Ziona won third quarter 22-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Bosnian-Croatian Dragan Bender (212-97) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Greek-American guard Tyler Dorsey (196-96, college: Oregon, agency: Wasserman) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A’s coach Giannis Sfairopoulos used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American power forward Kwan Cheatham-Jr (206-95, college: Akron) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and international Nimrod Levi (208-95) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Maccabi T-A. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with H.Jerusalem. Ironi Nes-Ziona lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Maccabi T-A will have a break next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play on the road against M.Rishon (#7) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Bender 19+11reb+4ast, T.Dorsey 16+5reb+3ast, A.Zizic 12+9reb+1ast, C.Jones 10+5reb+6ast, O.Casspi 4+2reb, O.Blayzer 2+3reb+1ast
I.Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 12+7reb, K.Cheatham Jr. 12+11reb, P.Miller 10+1reb+6ast, N.Levi 9+9reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 8+11reb, A.Ebo 5+2reb+1ast

gschID: 835090

H.Beer Sheva – H.Tel-Aviv 88-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked H.Beer Sheva (4-1) defeated at home 10th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (1-4) 88-75 on Sunday. H.Beer Sheva made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Nigerian-Canadian guard Caleb Agada (196-94, college: Ottawa, agency: Blacktop Management) fired 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Reggie Upshaw-Jr (203-95, college: MTSU) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and the former international guard Bar Timor (190-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four H.Beer Sheva and five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. H.Beer Sheva maintains fifth place with 4-1 record. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. H.Beer Sheva will face Hapoel Holon (#8) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Ironi Nahariya and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
H.Beer Sheva: C.Agada 27+4reb+4ast, E.Griffin 15+9reb+3ast, A.Bell 13+5reb+2ast, S.Weisz 13+9reb+3ast, T.Warech 6+1reb+3ast, N.Segal 5+1reb+2ast
H.Tel-Aviv: B.Timor 18+1reb+5ast, G.York 14+2reb+4ast, J.Mor 12+6reb, M.Yam 10+2reb+4ast, R.Upshaw Jr. 10+14reb+2ast, D.Koperberg 4+2reb

gschID: 835091

H.Holon – M.Haifa 105-69

Hapoel Holon can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Maccabi Haifa (1-4) 105-69 on Wednesday. Hapoel Holon made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 21 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Hapoel Holon looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American Chris Johnson (198-90, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Polish point guard Oded Brandwein (179-88) helped adding 13 points and 8 assists. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon’s coach Stefanos Dedas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Venezuelan-American Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) responded with 15 points and international Roman Sorkin (209-96, college: Oregon) scored 13 points. Hapoel Holon (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eighth place. Loser Maccabi Haifa dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with H.Tel-Aviv and I.Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Holon will meet higher ranked H.Beer Sheva (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Eilat (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
H.Holon: C.Johnson 22+7reb+3ast, F.Bourdillon 17+1reb, G.Pnini 13+2reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 13+8ast, I.Miles 12+2reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 12+4reb+2ast
M.Haifa: D.Smith 15+4reb+3ast, M.Brisker 14+2reb+1ast, R.Sorkin 13+4reb+3ast, D.Jefferson 9+7reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 5+2reb+7ast, A.Chubrevich 4+3reb

gschID: 835092

H.Eilat – H.Jerusalem 79-100

Top ranked Hapoel Eilat (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by leader Hapoel Jerusalem (5-0) 100-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hapoel Eilat. The game without a history. Hapoel Jerusalem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Jerusalem looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) fired 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Nigerian power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Jerusalem have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Hapoel Eilat at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#13) in Hod Hasharon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hapoel Eilat will play on the road against Maccabi Haifa (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
H.Jerusalem: C.Kramer 20+8reb+4ast, J.Brown 14+2reb+3ast, S.Braimoh 14+8reb+2ast, T.Thomas 14+5reb+2ast, T.Blatt 13+2reb+7ast, I.Zalmanson 9+6reb+2ast
H.Eilat: C.Prather 21+12reb+2ast, J.Ragland 19+4reb+5ast, M.Brown 7+3reb+3ast, J.Nebo 7+3reb, M.Ruina 7+4reb, B.Carter 6+8reb+1ast

gschID: 835093

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