Greens drop fourth straight game in loss at home to Hapoel Tel Aviv
Maccabi Hunter Haifa suffered their fourth consecutive loss and sixth defeat in their last seven games, after falling to Hapoel Tel Aviv 87-77 at Romema Arena on Sunday night. The loss resulted in coach Offer Rahimi stepping down from head coach after the game, as Maccabi finds itself in last place in the standings — two games out of the loss column from Irony Nahariya.
After a flat first half by the Greens in which Hapoel Tel Aviv built a 16-point cushion, Maccabi roared back to open the third frame with a 15-0 burst to trim the deficit to 46-45 to Hapoel. The combination of Willy Workman and Trevor Gaskins sparked the impressive Haifa run. Unfortunately, the Greens couldn’t keep up their furious pace as Adrian Banks drilled a 3-pointer, which was followed by a Tywain McKee triple as the Reds stretched their advantage back to 59-48. Hapoel managed to take a 13-point lead going into the final quarter.
Angel Rodriguez attempted to bring Haifa back into the contest as he buried two treys as Haifa trimmed the deficit down to nine points. The Reds Tony Gaffney nailed a 3-pointer to bring Hapoel’s advantage back to double digits as Haifa succumbed to Tel Aviv, 87-77.
Gaskins led Haifa with 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting, followed by Reggie Buckner who dropped 16 points and 7 rebounds along with 4 blocks. Angel Rodriguez added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals, while Zach Graham recorded 10 points and 5 rebounds. Captain Oz Blayzer chipped in 9 points, 3 blocks and 3 assists, and Willy Workman posted 7 points and 9 rebounds along with 4 dimes in the defeat. The Greens committed 20 turnovers, while dishing out only 13 assists on the evening.
Hapoel Tel Aviv was paced by Tomer Ginat and McKee who scored 15 points apiece. Tony Gaffney added 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Matt Howard and Adrian Banks scored 12 points apiece in Hapoel’s victory.
Maccabi will have a quick turnaround as they host Hapoel Jerusalem on Wednesday at Romema.