Maccabi Hunter Haifa (9-21) will hit the road on Monday to face Bnei Herzliya (11-19) in the 31st Round of the Israeli Winner League. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
Maccabi boxed themselves into a must-win scenario after suffering an 89-76 defeat to Ness Ziona last Friday at Romema Arena, while Herzliya earned a critical win on the road over Gilboa/Galil in their last contest. With three games remaining in the regular season, Maccabi is one game behind Ironi Nahariya (10-20) in the standings, which hosts Hapoel Jerusalem on Sunday.
Maccabi Hunter Haifa announced the team will register the following import players for the upcoming game against Herzliya: Brandon Bowman, Angel Rodriguez, Trevor Gaskins, Trahson Burrell and Zach Graham. Reggie Buckner will not be registered for the game due to a sprained ankle.
After two consecutive wins, the Greens hosted Ness Ziona on Friday at Romema, knowing a victory would lift them out of last place. Unfortunately, the Greens couldn’t tame the Ness Ziona offense as they downed Haifa, 89-76. Zach Graham recorded a team-high 14 points, Angel Rodriguez (3 steals) and Brandon Bowman (6 rebounds) scored 13 points apiece.
Barak Peleg: “We’re not focused on calculations, only on the game against Herzliya. I hope that we will come concentrated, and will execute on both sides of the court.”
Bnei Herzliya snapped a three-losing streak after earning an 86-78 win over Hapoel Gilboa/Galil, improving their position to 10th place in the standings. The Blues opened a gap of two wins above the red line after a second road win over Gilboa/Galil. Shawn Dawson led Herzliya with 18 points, Aviram Zelekovits and Dominique Archie added 14 points each.
Maccabi and Bne Herzliya are 1-1 against one another this season. In Round 9 on December 13, 2017, the Greens defeated Herzliya 86-72 at Romema. Brandon Bowman registered a double-double on a game-high 19 points and 11 boards. Captain Oz Blayzer added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
Round 20 was the most recent meeting between both teams, which resulted in a disappointing loss and missed opportunity for the Greens. Maccabi relented a 20 point lead in the second half as Herzliya fought back from a 14-point deficit in the final quarter to complete an improbable comeback, 79-75. Trevor Gaskins finished as the Greens’ leading scorer with 19 points.