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Hapoel loses to Haifa in Romema

Abnormal shooting percentages by the host team, combined with an excellent game by McGurl, were enough for Hapoel Haifa to register a victory over Hapoel. In Monday: Hapoel returns to the Arena against Ness Ziona

10/02/2024  | Post-Game
After the impressive victory against Tenerife earlier this week, Hapoel returned to the Winner League in Haifa and lost 85:78 to Hapoel Haifa. Abnormal shooting percentages by the host from the three, and an excellent game by McGurl was enough for the northerners to register a home win against Hapoel. This coming Monday, after over a month of the Reds playing in different venues in Israel and around the world - Hapoel returns to the Arena for a home game against Ness Ziona.

Course of the game

1st Quarter
Hapoel started the game with a five with two highs, as they have been used to recently, with Brynton Lemar, Or Cornelius, Yovel Zoosman, Gabi Chachashvili and Zach Hankins. The Reds struggled at the beginning of the game to get into the rhythm of the game and create regular attacks, with Zach Hankins able to be the main point provider. Gabi Chachashvili who started next to him gave a wonderful job in everything related to the rebound in defense and attack, but Haifa did not miss and took a quick 8 lead which sent Kantzouris to a timeout. From the timeout, Coach Ilias returned with Levi Randolph, who of course also made two consecutive three-pointers, and with Chris Johnson, who managed to significantly stiffen the Jerusalem defense. Haifa still managed to regain a little of the gap it opened and at the end of the quarter - 24:19 to Hapoel Haifa.?

Levi Randolph. 0 to 100 in one sec

2nd Quarter

 

Into the second quarter, Hapoel Haifa in general and Itai Moskovich in particular came out excellent, and almost doubled the difference. Chris Johnson with 5 consecutive points, and Jacorey Williams with a one-and-one move and a powerful dunk - reduced the Haifa advantage back. The northerners managed to escape again and increase the advantage, with unusual shooting percentages, until Oz Blayzer who came in showed some impressive and important Hassel moves that also translated into points. A time-out by Guy Goodes didn't stop Hapoel Jerusalem either and Oz Blayzer continued to be eager and give Hapoel the lead. Haifa ran back and at the end of the half - 48:44 for Haifa.?

Oz is on FIRE

 

3rd Quarter

 
?Jacorey Williams started the third quarter properly with very high efficiency percentages near the paint, but Hapoel was not able to bite enough on Hapoel Haifa's advantage. Kantzouris asked his players to increase defensive toughness, and indeed the Haifa attacks looked stuck but too many times still produced points. McGurl continued to score points at a dizzying pace, with Chris Johnson trying to balance him on the other side, and at the end of the quarter - 62:56 to Hapoel Haifa.


Chris, after another 3-pointer

4th Quarter
Despite Hapoel's pretty good offensive efficiency, Hapoel Haifa were unstoppable in attack, scoring over 50% (!) for threes in attack. Brynton Lemar made a three-pointer that slightly calmed the Jerusalemites, but McCrogel scored an and-one on the other side that gave the northerners a double-digit lead, 4 minutes to the end, and sent Kantzouris and his apprentices to a timeout to think of a way to come back. From the timeout Lemar came back with another three that managed to narrow the gap a little. All this was not enough as Haifa continue to play excellently on both sides of the field. At the end of the game - Haifa wins 85:78.
 

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