PREVIEW: Maccabi vs. Nahariya, Family Theme Night at Romema

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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (4-12) will host Ironi Nahariya (7-9) on Sunday at Romema Arena in the 17th round of the Winner League.  Tip-off is scheduled for 20:30 and will be broadcast on Sport5.

The Greens will do everything possible on Sunday to avoid a ninth consecutive loss among all competitions.  On the other side, Nahariya comes to Romema after a dramatic victory over Gilboa Galil last week – raising their position to 8th place in the standings.

Family Happening

Maccabi’s “Family” Theme Night features a special Family tickets deal, fun in-game promotions and a very exciting surprise for the players. Also, fans will get to enjoy a live performance of the 2-time defending champion Maccabi Haifa cheerleaders during a special halftime show.

Just win

Offer Rahimi’s players have lost seven straight Winner league games — dropping to last place in the standings.  The teams’ overall mindset is focused on one theme…Just win.

“Only a win. That’s the only option,” said Willy Workman before the game. “We’ve talked enough. Be a winner or get forgotten…that’s basketball.”

In order to put themselves in good position to do so, they’ll need to prevent a poor start like last game against Hapoel Holon.  The Greens fell behind early, and despite rallying at the end, it was not enough to win, as they eventually fell, 81-74. Angel Rodriguez recorded 13 points and 5 assists, but committed 7 turnovers. The Greens will have to protect the rock against Nahariya and find a way to make regain their  stroke from 3-point range.

“Beyond the great importance of the game, we come to play for the fans,” said Ofer Rahimi. “We’ll give it all on Sunday.”

Nahariya Report

Arik Alfasi’s team earned a dramatic victory, 101-97, last week against Gilboa Galil. Three Nahariya players are averaging impressive statistics this season; Alex Young (18.1 points and 5.8 rebounds), Corey Webster (15.8 points and 3.6 assists) and Jonathan Skjoldebrand (11.1 points on 55.6 percent from 3-PT range).