Bottom line – Rishon Lezion in the Final Four, for the second time in a row. But the story is how! With 1.1 seconds left on the clock, Adam Ariel received a hard ball to the corner of the field, Ariel threw what looked like a lost ball – which went into the basket. The oranges are insane, the reds in shock.
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In the first half, Rishon LeZion already led by 20 points, but a crazy third quarter by Hapoel Jerusalem (27:41 only in this quarter) gave it even the lead, but then came the close fourth quarter that ended with Ariel’s crazy three. On Tuesday, the players will meet Of Guy Goodes, Maccabi Tel Aviv or Gilboa Galil, who will meet later tonight.
The team’s coach, Guy Goodes, said at the end of the game: “It may be that this man’s hat-trick surprised you, but I know him and know he can score things like that. He even had an almost identical three-pointer in another game against Hapoel Holon. Now we want to go all the way and win In the championship because it could be the ‘last dance’ of this team. ”
The losing coach, Oded Katash, said: “We are all with our heads on the floor. We knew the Rishon had qualities but we did not do enough to stop them and we should give them credit. We proved character in returning from this backlog and this loss hurts. Our defense was not good enough for this game.”