Maccabi Hunter Haifa (4-5) will travel to Gan Ner tomorrow to face Hapoel Gilboa/Galil (5-4) for a 7:45 pm tip-off. Monday’s contest marks the first of another three-game road trip for the Greens. Rahimi’s players are riding a three-game winning streak, while the Reds have won their last two contests.
The Greens announced on Saturday the signing of swingman Zach Graham, who will not be registered for Monday’s game.
In the second round of the Winner League, Maccabi will host seven home games at Romema. The Greens went on sale with a special 7-game mini-plan!
On the Road Again
The Greens returned home last Wednesday to Romema to host Beni Herzliya — earning an impressive 86-72 victory. Maccabi will once again go on another three-game road trip (Gilboa, Jerusalem and Rishon), but will host Ashdod at Romema in the State Cup on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 7:05 p.m. The State Cup game is included for season ticket holders.
Brandon Bowman was outstanding for Maccabi in the win against Herzliya, registering an impressive double-double on 19 points and 11 rebounds. Captain Oz Blayzer was one rebound shy of a double-double, notching 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guni Israeli, who joined the Greens three weeks ago, dished out a game-high 8 assists in the victory.
“I am glad we have been able to string wins together. It’s important for us to continue to work hard,” Rahimi said. “Gilboa/Galil is a well-coached team and I have a lot of respect for them and their coaching staff.”
Aiming For Fourth Win in A Row
Maccabi’s goal is to return back to the Carmel with a win. But the Greens will have to do so without Dagan Yivzori, who underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a partial tear to the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Yivzori is expected to be miss six to eight weeks.
One of the most consistent players this season has been Willy Workman, who has scored more than 8 points in each of his 8 games. He is posting averages of 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 30.8 minutes.
“Gilboa is a very aggressive team,” Workman said. “We have to match their fire and give even more, in order to win this game.”
Ariel Bet Halahmi’s Reds have recovered well after losing one of the best players in the league, Tyler Stone, who decided to leave the team to go to play in Japan. In their last game, they registered an impressive 72-71 home win over defending champs Hapoel Jerusalem.
Above all, it was Zach LeDay who recorded a phenomenal double-double on 22 points and 20 rebounds in 36 minutes. Young Israeli Joaquin Szuchman scored 15 points of his own — including a clutch three-pointer to secure the win.