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PREVIEW: Maccabi ready for rematch at Hapoel Jerusalem

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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (4-6) will travel to Hapoel Jerusalem (7-3) on Thursday for a 9:05 p.m. tip-off.  In a rematch of last year’s 2017 Israeli League Finals, Maccabi looks to close out the first round of the Israeli League with a win over Hapoel Jerusalem on the road.  The Greens were supposed to host Jerusalem, but due to availability constraints at Romema, the game was moved to Jerusalem.

Second Round
The Greens feature seven attractive home games at Romema in the second round! A special mini-plan is on sale — at affordable prices — for the whole family. For details, click here.

Keys To The Game
Through the first 10 league games of the season, the biggest key to Maccabi victories is holding their opponents under 80 points.  In the team’s four victories, Maccabi holds their opponents to 78.0 points on average, while in losses, they allow 83.3 points per game. On the offensive side, Maccabi is averaging 89.0 points, but in losses, they have been limited to 67.3 points per game.

Payback Time
On June 15, 2017, the Greens matched up against the Reds in a one-game Final, in which Haifa came up just short in an 83-76 loss.

“Jerusalem beat us in the championship game last year and it’s still fresh in our mind,” Willy Workman said ahead of tomorrow’s game. “We want to come with the right energy and the right focus and fight for our victory.”

“The game tomorrow is a big challenge for us. We want to win, and finish the first round on a high note”, Rahimi said ahead of tomorrow’s game.”We’ll have to execute on offense and be aggressive on defense in order to put ourselves in a position to win the game.”

Jerusalem Report
The defending Israeli League champs advanced in the Israeli State Cup Round of 16 ( defeating Nahariya 90-74 on the road) and the quarterfinals (defeating 79-62 over Beer Sheva on the road) to advance to the semifinal. Jerusalem’s newest player, Power Forward, Ronald Roberts, dominated in both games, averaging 15 points and 9.5 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. In the league, Roberts recorded an impressive double-double on 14 points and 15 rebounds against Holon.

Jerusalem will be without Howell (injured), Kinsey and Daye, who will not be registered for the game.