• ULEB Cup Semi-Finals
  • Israeli League 2nd
  • Israeli Cup Finalist
  • League Cup -
# Name Position Height Nationality Birthday
4Matan NaorForward1.95Israel03.11.1980
5Raviv LimonadGuard1.90Israel26.08.1984
6Ofir LeviGuard1.89Israel06.02.1987
7Yizhak OhanonForward1.95Israel15.02.1980
8Erez MarkovicCenter2.07Israel10.07.1978
9Eilon ZagoryForward2.05Israel09.09.1984
11Guy KantorGuard1.88Israel20.02.1974
12Meir TapiroGuard1.92Israel28.03.1975
13Ido KozikaroCenter2.03Israel08.01.1978
14Tamar SlayForward2.05USA04.04.1980
15Hoarce JenkinsGuard1.86USA14.10.1974
15Roger Mason Jr.Guard1.95USA10.09.1980
33Mario AustinCenter2.06USA26.02.1982


In July 2005 Russian-Jewish businessman Arcadi Gaydamak decided to become sponsor of Hapoel Jerusalem. Coach Sharon Drucker left the team, and Erez Edelstein took his place. Doron Sheffer announced his retirement. The team signed four new foreign players: point guard Horace Jenkins, guard Roger Mason Jr., forward Tamar Slay and center Mario Austin. The team also signed Israeli players Meir Tapiro, Erez Markovich and Itzik Ohanon, who joined Matan Naor, Raviv Limonad, Guy Kantor and Ido Kozikaro.


Hapoel Jerusalem had a successful season in the league. The team finished second in the league with 23 wins and seven losses, and qualified for the league's first ever Final Four. Hapoel faced Maccabi Rishon LeZion in the semifinals. Rishon LeZion won all three previous games against Hapoel, but lost this crucial one 66-65.

Hapoel met Euroleague finalist Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final, and lost 96-66.

Three months before the Israeli League Final the two teams met in the State Cup Final. Maccabi won the game 96-91.  


Hapoel Jerusalem participated in the ULEB Cup and was drawn in the difficult Group D. Hapoel won its last game against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, and qualified for the Round of 16. Hapoel met Bree from Belgium in the next round. A three-point shot by Mason in the last second gave Hapoel the win in the first game in Bree. Hapoel won the second game at home and qualified for the quarterfinals.

Hapoel faced Virtus Roma in the quarterfinals. The teams played against each other in Group D, and each team lost its home game. This time Virtus won the first game in rome 92-84, but Hapoel won the second game in Malha 74-56 and qualified for the semifinals. Once again the team faced a rival from the group stage – Dynamo Moscow. Hapoel won its home game against Dynamo in Group D, but this time the team lost the first game in Malha 84-83. Dynamo, with a perfect home record, won the second game in Moscow 92-81. Dynamo defeated Aris in the final and won the ULEB Cup.

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