The main game of the Balkan League tonight (Tuesday) proved once again that sport is an essential industry in the game. The huge battle between Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Jerusalem exceeded all expectations despite the rust of the players when Malcolm Hill and Tariq Philip returned the Reds to matters in the second half and the guest opened the intriguing factory on the right foot with a result of 96: 103.
Both teams did not let the heavy fog around the Premier League affect them and they did everything to achieve a victory. In fact, the host started the game much better when the Reds’ defense failed to stop Achilles Mitchell and Isaiah Taylor, who did whatever they pleased. Despite this, the Oranges’ poor shooting ability from the penalty line brought Jerusalem back into the picture when Suleiman Braimo and Tyson Thomas kept Oded Katash in matters.
The trend continued in the second quarter as well and every time Rishon Lezion increased gear and made an escape, Taylor finished the half with 11 points, Katsch’s team returned to the game. Guy Goodes’ trainees wanted to continue the momentum from the victory over Jerusalem from a few months ago in the Final Four semi-finals but Hill and Philip woke up in the third quarter and turned the score around.
Golan Gut provided another escape for the host with the help of eight points in two minutes, but Goodes’ team had a hard time generating points in moments of truth and Jerusalem took full advantage of that. Phillip could have already won the game but the guard scored only one free throw and the game went into extra time. It could be seen that the Oranges ran out of air and the last five minutes of the game were in complete control of the Reds, who could be happy with the wind and the fighting game they played against a not-so-simple opponent at all. Meanwhile, the Reds hope that this victory will take them on a new path after the painful loss to Burgos in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Scored to Jerusalem: Hill 22, Philip 21, Thomas 14, Kramer 12, Blatt 11, Ariel 7, Zalmanson 4.
Scored for Rishon LeZion: Taylor 27, Good 21, Mitchell 18, Monroe 14, Spring 8, Spokeswoman 8.
the progress of the game:
The game opens considerably as both teams try to play into the opponent’s suit. Blatt set 10:10 with a great three but the Reds’ loss of the ball cost them dearly and the host went up to 10:14 with the help of lethal outbursts. Jerusalem tried to bite with the advantage of Rishon but its defense is not good enough when Akil Mitchell celebrates in color and to his credit already 10 in the first quarter. Isaiah Taylor also looks great.
The second quarter opened in the same way as the Oranges went in but Daryl Monroe and Mitchell often missed and Jerusalem managed to close the gap a bit when Suleiman Braimo set 29:25. Meanwhile, Katsch’s team picked up gear on defense and Tyson Thomas turned the score around and set up 31:32 with the help of a basket move and an offense. Taylor was not frightened by the guest’s momentary advantage and the slinger set 32:36 with 11 points to his credit. Luckily for Jerusalem, the Oranges are suffering a very bad west from the penalty line and as a result the first half ended with a result of 35:39 to win first.
The Oranges continued in the third quarter in the same trend and Golan Gut set a record difference of 10 points but five quick points from Tariq Phillip set 45:42 in favor of the first. Jerusalem’s threes began to come in and Philip’s basket set up a reversal – 52:53. The guest’s shot deserves a lot of credit for the Reds’ ability as he scored 9 points out of his 15 in the third quarter. Despite this, the Oranges did not give up the game when Taylor answered Adam Ariel with a three and made it 63:63 at the end of the quarter.
Gutt opened the final quarter with a storm. The guard reached 18 points when he scored 8 quick points in less than two minutes. Malcolm Hill did not give up and set up 70:71 for the host. The red turnaround did not last long and Mitchell and Monroe regained control of the Oranges with points in color. Gutt’s basket and offense set a 74:79 mark as the air seemed to come out of the Reds’ sails. The Oranges had a hard time producing points in the final minutes of the game and paid dearly for it. Thomas shrank to 84:82 with 20 seconds left in the game and the star of the second half, Hill set up a reversal with a great three – 84:85.
Did you think it was over? First executed a smart outdoor drill and Mitchell set up 85:86 with a layup under the basket. Philip could have determined a Jerusalem victory but the guard missed one free throw and the game went into extra time. Jerusalem took control of the game in overtime and Blatt’s three set up 89:94. Fatigue overwhelmed the Oranges in the end and Jerusalem opened the factory on the right foot with a result of 96: 103.
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