PREVIEW: Maccabi vs. Hapoel Eilat

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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (6-12) will host Hapoel Eilat (8-10) in a Friday afternoon game at 13:15 in the 19th Round of the Winner League. Friday’s matinee concludes a three-game home stretch in which Maccabi has won their first two games over Nahariya and Hapoel Tel Aviv. Rahimi’s squad will look to match a season-high three-game winning streak when they take on Eilat, which has also won their last two contests.

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Positive Signs

Maccabi earned their second straight victory with an 82-77 win over the Reds from Tel Aviv on Sunday. The Greens registered guard Trevor Gaskins as the fifth import player, and the Panamanian-guard rewarded the team in his debut with 17 points in 22 minutes. Angel Rodriguez added 14 points (3-of-6 from 3-PT, 3 steals), Brandon Bowman pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds, and Zach Graham chipped in 13 points (3-of-4 from 3-PT). Maccabi shot a season-high 50 percent from long distance on 12-of-24 shooting.

Lucky 80

The Greens have found their “magic number” — 80 points. In all six Maccabi victories, the Greens have scored at least 80+ points.

Injury Update

The Greens will look to head into Shabbat with a victory. Captain Oz Blayzer, who has been recovering from a knee injury, is expected to play against Eilat.

Quotables

Offer Rahimi: “I’m very happy about the last win, but the standings are still very crowded. We’re well prepared for the game, and a victory is our sole focus. I look forward to seeing a lot of our fans in a wonderful Friday afternoon atmosphere.”

Brandon Bowman: “Friday’s game pairs us against Hapoel Eilat — a team, like us, that is fighting for a playoff spot. We’re both playing better ball, but with our preparation, focus, and most importantly, the home fans behind us, I’m more than confident we can achieve the victory tomorrow and make it three in a row.”

Southern Rival

Hapoel Eilat edged Gilboa/Galil 83-80 at home on Monday, and are sandwiched in the cluttered standings in seventh place. Demetrius Treadwell and former Maccabi player Amit Simhon, both of whom lead the league in minutes played (34.1), had standout performances with 15 points and 17 points, respectively. Guard Jordan Loyd led Eilat with a team-high 24 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Greens have found recent success against Eilat, having won four of their last six contests against their rival from the South.