For almost seven months, Hapoel Jerusalem waited for the decisive games in the Champions League, where the Reds hoped to go all the way, but the size of the expectation – so the size of the disappointment: Oded Katash’s team was defeated tonight (Wednesday) by San Pablo Burgos and was eliminated after one game in the League 8 final. The champions.
The trophy holder’s defense can be attributed to the short preparation time, the changes in the squad, the injury of Jacoben Brown near the time of the tournament and the fact that Nikos Papas, who was signed at the last minute in the captain’s place, barely had time to train with the team. And yet, in such an important position for the club, it is difficult to get a defensive display like the one we saw tonight from Hapoel Jerusalem, which absorbed 49 points already in the first half and allowed the Spaniards to score 57% for two and 46% for three.
On the offensive side the situation was not better: the Reds lost 18 balls that allowed the opponent to run to easy baskets in the open field, scoring only four threes out of 25 attempts, and thus it is impossible to beat a team with an experienced and deep staff like Burgos. Although Papas was prominent in the Jerusalem ranks when it came to scoring points, he also lost four balls and was unable to save. Malcolm Hill, who is supposed to be a key screw in the trophy holder’s attack and impressed in the warm-up games, was disappointed and seemed unconnected. Hapoel Jerusalem will have to move a page quickly, as in about three weeks a new season in the Champions League will open.
They scored for Hapoel Jerusalem: Nikos Papas and Luka Mitrovic 13 each, Tyson Thomas (7 rebounds) and Suleiman Braimo 12 each, Malcolm Hill 7, Davidas Cervidis and Adam Ariel 3 each, Tariq Phillip 2.
Scored for San Pablo Burgos: Thad McFadden and Diane Kravic (10 rebounds) 18 each, Jordan Sacco 13, Alex Renpro 10, Hasiel Rivero 9, Alex Brera 7, Vitor Benita 4, Omar Kook 3 (7 assists), Ken Horton 2 (8 rebounds).
the progress of the game
The Spaniards went up to a quick 0: 6 thanks to baskets by Diane Kravich in color. Tyson Thomas put Jerusalem in action and shrank to 11: 8 with six personal points, but Kravich continued to be hot in the opening and Omar Kook added a three that increased the difference to 12. Nikos Papas and Luka Mitrovic came off the bench and minimized damage at the end of the first quarter, which ended 23:15 to Burgos.
Papas and Suleiman narrowed the gap early in the second quarter, but Thad McFadden stitched a three and Jordan Sacco made up the difference to double digits when he set 20:30, but the flood continued and the Spaniards closed out a 0:13 run en route to a record lead at that point, 20:38. The Reds woke up a bit and three Davidas Sirvidis dropped to minus 12, but the loss of a ball by Tamir Blatt, Papas and Sirvidis allowed the opponent to go down to the break with an advantage 32:49.
If we expected Oded Katash’s players to come back sharper and more focused from the locker room, on the pitch we got the exact opposite and Burgos continued to celebrate. Xavi Rabasda, McFadden and Kravic scored from everywhere and the gap grew. The Jerusalemites did not find a solution and Sacco’s points from the line put the Spanish team ahead by 29 points, 48:77 After 30 minutes.
The last quarter became Garbage Time, in which Hapoel Jerusalem also failed to sweeten the pill and end the game with a closer result. Braimo episode of frustration in an unsportsmanlike offense on Sacco at the last minute and at the end, 92:65 to San Pablo Burgos.
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