Bowman, Yivzori fourth quarter surge propel Greens to comeback victory
Finally, it happened! Maccabi Hunter Haifa celebrated their fifth win of the season in front of their fans on Sunday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak. Brandon Bowman and Dagan Yivzori exploded in the fourth quarter to lift Haifa to an 84-73 comeback victory — outscoring Nahariya 34-17 in the final period.
“I’m proud of my guys. They showed a lot of character and fight, I hope things will connect now more easily,” coach Offer Rahimi said after the game.
Bowman dropped 25 points (15 in the fourth quarter) on 9-of-15 from the field, including a triple to seal the game at the end. Yivzori also found his shooting stroke — splashing in three clutch 3-pointers in the final period — to finish the night with 13 points. Angel Rodriguez recorded 6 steals, 8 assists and 9 points, and Zach Graham added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the victory.
Maccabi and Nahariya were knotted up at 39-39 in an evenly matched first half. But, the visitors grabbed the momentum in the second half, racing out to an 8-0 start to grab a 47-39 advantage. Captain Oz Blayzer broke up the Greens drought with a layup, and Bowman recorded a steal and finished on the other end to bring the Greens within 49-44. Nahariya countered by stretching the lead to double figures, but Bowman converted on a three-point play at the end of the third frame to keep the Greens within striking distance at 56-50.
The final period was the Bowman and Yivzori show. The pair netted back-to-back 3-pointers — spurring a 16-6 run — to reclaim a 66-64 Maccabi lead, capped by Yivzori’s second trey of the period.
He wasn’t finished. With the Greens trailing by one, Yivzori hit the biggest shot of the season, a long-range trey to put Haifa back in the lead at 71-69. Maccabi was off to the races, pulling down several offensive boards as Graham tipped in a missed Yivzori attempt and drew a foul to stretch the lead to 74-69. Bowman iced the game with his third three to put Haifa up by 10 points as the Greens eventually downed Nahariya, 84-73.
Maccabi will now have a few weeks off before their next game on March 4 at Romema against Hapoel Tel Aviv.