Maccabi Hunter Haifa (7-15) starts the Third Round of the Winner League (Game 23) on Tuesday on the road at Maccabi Tel Aviv (16-6). The contest will be broadcast on Sport 5 with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Greens finished a disappointing second round with a 3-8 record after falling to Hapoel Jerusalem, 94-82, at Romema last Monday. The Yellows enter the contest after suffering an 85-80 loss to rival Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Tel Aviv derby.
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The Greens opened the game against Hapoel Jerusalem on fire, connecting on all five attempts from the three to finish with 30 points in the first quarter. The Greens’ issue was on the defensive end, allowing 25 points in each of the first three quarters to Hapoel. As soon Haifa’s shooting percentages dropped, Maccabi found themselves behind by double digits, falling 94-82. Brandon Bowman (19 points) and Trevor Gaskins (22 points) tried to fill the void in the absence of the injured Reggie Buckner, whose presence was deeply missed underneath the basket.
Last Wednesday, Maccabi Hunter Haifa announced the signing of Trahson Burrell through the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-7 swingman landed in Israel on Friday and will be registered for Tuesday’s contest. Due to the five import limit, Zach Graham will not dress against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Reggie Buckner is expected to return to the lineup after missing last week’s game due to a back injury.
Burrell, 25, spent the past two seasons playing in the NBA G League. During the 2017-18 season, he appeared in 32 games (22 starts) for the Memphis Hustle while posting averages of 13.3 points on 39.5 percent shooting from three-point range, along with 8.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.1 minutes per game. Prior to the Memphis Hustle, Burrell appeared in 49 games (36 starts) during his first professional season with the Long Island Nets and averaged 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
“Trahson is a highly skilled player who can play multiple positions and shoots the three ball well,” said Jeff Rosen, Owner, Maccabi Hunter Haifa. “With the addition of Trahson, our chances of making a playoff run have greatly improved.”
Willy Workman: “It’s the first game of the third round against a good opponent. We have to come with the right energy and play a full 40 minutes to earn the victory.”
Matchup: Greens vs. Yellows
Maccabi from the Carmel has faced the Yellows twice this season – both resulting in losses for Haifa. In each contest, the Greens remained within striking distance through three quarters, but in both cases, eventually ran out of steam. In two games against Maccabi Tel Aviv, Angel Rodriguez is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7 assists in 32.5 minutes.