In the second game of Maccabi Haifa’s NBA tour, the Greens were hosted by the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Unfortunately, for the Greens they felt the wrath of the Trail Blazers offensive firepower as they were routed 121-74 on Friday night. The Blazers had five players score in double figures led by center Robin Lopez’s 13 points. The Blazers controlled the glass 49-24 and outscored Haifa 54-30 in points in the paint. Brody Angley tallied 18 points for Haifa on 6-of-12 from the field followed by 14 points from Jeff Allen.
The Greens used the same starting five as last game with Brody Angley, Demontez Stitt, Rene Rougeau, Jeff Allen, Alex Chubrevich. The Blazers started Damion Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Maccabi Haifa kept the score close in the first quarter down 27-19 thanks to 8 first quarter points by Rene Rougeau.
In the second quarter, the Blazers opened a large lead on a 13-6 run, before Anton Shoutvin drained a three-pointer to bring Haifa within 40-28 with just under six minutes. The Blazers stretched their lead on a 10-0 run led by center Robin Lopez, who had his way in the paint scoring seven consecutive points to give them a 22 point advantage 50-28 with less than five minutes in the period. The Greens scored the last four points of the quarter to close the quarter down 54-35.
In the second half, Jeff Allen drained two jumpers and a Hector Hernandez shot from the corner kept the score at 61-41 in favor of the Blazers. The Greens and Blazers traded shots as the hosts maintained a 23 point lead, 75-52 with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter. The Blazers finished the quarter on a 11-3 run to lead 86-55.
The Blazers opened the last quarter on a 9-0 run, but an Angley three-pointer ended the Haifa drought. The Blazers closed the show, outscoring Haifa 35-19 in the quarter as the Greens were ousted 121-74.
Haifa heads down to Sacramento tonight to play the second game of a back-to-back against the Sacramento Kings tomorrow.