PREVIEW: Maccabi at Rishon Lezion

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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (8-20) will travel to face Rishon Lezion (11-17) on Monday in the 29th Round of the Israeli Winner League. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. In the previous round, the Greens overcame Nahariya at home, while Rishon Lezion routed Bnei Herzliya on the road.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa announced that it will register the following foreign players for the upcoming game against Maccabi Rishon Lezion: Brandon Bowman, Angel Rodriguez, Trevor Gaskins, Reggie Buckner and Zach Graham. Trahson Burrell will not be registered for the game.

Just Win

In the last game, Maccabi managed to beat Ironi Nahariya — keeping their chances alive to stay in the Premier league. A huge three-pointer by Oz Blayzer gave the Greens the win, 67-63. Maccabi snapped a six-game losing streak, while climbing within two points of Nahariya. Barak Peleg, who achieved his first win as Maccabi head coach, knows his team will need more victories with five games left to stay in the league.

Quotable

Barak Peleg: “I hope the victory on Friday gave us confidence for the rest of the way. We are focused only on the game tomorrow, it’s the only thing that matters. We promise to give everything on the court, as we did in the last two games.”

Payback Time

With only five games remaining in the regular season, Barak Peleg will need to figure a way for Maccabi to curb Rishon Lezion’s offensive. In the two meetings this season between Maccabi Hunter Haifa and Maccabi Rishon Lezion, the Greens suffered blowout losses. In the First Round of the season, the Greens hosted Rishon Lezion at Romema. The visitors opened the game with a furious run to grab a double-digit lead en route to 96-73 victory over Haifa. Jason Siggers led Rishon with 19 points, while Brandon Bowman posted 17 points for Haifa.

In the 12th Round, Maccabi traveled to Rishon Lezion. This time, Rishon surged in the second half of the contest. With two minutes to the end of the third quarter, the gap was only a point, but in the next ten minutes Drew Crawford (19 points) led a 35-13 run on the way to a 87-73 win over Haifa. Zach Graham was Haifa’s leading scorer with 18 po