It was not easy to get to, but the Final Four 2020 was underway. In the first semi-final, Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Rishon Lezion are now competing for the promotion to the final on Tuesday against the winner between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Gilboa / Galil, who will play later.
The Reds have won all their games since the season was renewed, except for two games against Maccabi Tel Aviv. In the quarterfinals, Jerusalem easily defeated 0: 2 in the series against Urbani Ness Ziona. Rishon Lezion also did not have a hard time and finished its series with two double-digit victories against Maccabi Haifa.
Since the renewal of the league, the Oranges have lost only three games, all to Hapoel Jerusalem and are in a balance of 5: 0 this season against the team from the capital. “We had a hard time dealing with Jerusalem this season, even in the games we were close to. In each half we tried to do something different and it did not work,” said the team’s assistant coach, Dror Cohen, ahead of the game.
“It can work both ways,” Jerusalem coach Oded Katash referred to the unilateral balance in favor of his first team a strong team since the Corona, the two games against them were close. In any case it is unimportant and it is impossible to draw conclusions about what is going to happen. Of course we must not think about this balance. “Since Corona has no favorites and no androg, it’s one game and everything is open.”
Hapoel Jerusalem came up in the top five with Tamir Blatt, James Paladin, John Holland, Suleiman Braimo, Idan Zalmanson. Guy Goodes raised in his quintet Diangelo Harrison, Oz Blazer, Zack Henkins, Alex Hamilton, Daryl Monroe.
Rishon started with a lot of penetration and balls into the point and after three and a half minutes already ran to 3:13 when Oz Blazer (seven points so far) scored a three that forces Katsch to take a first timeout in the game.