Maccabi Hunter Haifa (7-16) will travel to face third-place Maccabi Ashdod (15-9) at Hakiriya Arena on Sunday, April 15 in the 25th Round of the Israeli Winner League. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Maccabi is searching for their first win of the third round after suffering an 80-71 defeat to Maccabi Tel Aviv last Tuesday at Menorah Mivtachim Arena. The Greens will face a streaking Dolphins team, which won their sixth straight game, defeating Bnei Herzliya, 74-72, last Thursday with a short-handed roster.
After trailing for most of the first half, the Greens stunned the Yellows with a 20-0 run in the 3rd quarter to claim a double-digit lead. Tel Aviv’s DeAndre Kane and Itay Segev answered with their own run to seal an 80-71 victory for the Yellows. Angel Rodriguez (19 points) and Reggie Buckner (15 points) recorded impressive stat lines, but it was not enough at the end of the game. Trahson Burrell scored 2 points in his debut in a green uniform.
Looking for A Road Win
It’s been four and a half months since the Greens have won a contest on the road. The last time Haifa won a game outside of Romema was on December 4 in Round 8 of the Winner League season at Hapoel Eilat in a 86-81 victory. The Greens have struggled on the road with a 2-10 record, having lost their last seven road contests.
“It’s a very important game for us, we have to maintain a high level of intensity throughout the game,” said Dagan Yivzori in preparation for the game against Maccabi Ashdod. “We know that Ashdod is a strong team with great momentum, but I hope we will be able to be focused and do the work necessary on both sides of the court in order to win.”
Ashdod Scouting Report
The Dolphins edged Bnei Herzliya 74-72 on the road on Thursday despite playing with only two import players. Nimrod Levi recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds, while fellow teammates Gil Amitay (11 points) and Adam Ariel scored (10 points) each scored in double figures. Sek Henrey notched his second straight 10 assist game while chipped in 11 on 4-of-14 (28.5 percent) shooting from the field. Ben McCauley dropped 17 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.