Maccabi Bazan Haifa sent a strong message to their fanbase on Wednesday that changes are on the horizon. The Greens shook up to the roster, after suffering two straight road losses, with the signing of home grown talents Tamir Ariely and Netanel Artzi as well as the release of guard Brody Angley and forward Hector Hernandez.
Watch Tamir and Netanel’s message to the fans:
“We are looking forward to return to play at home and to feel the same great energy from our fans like the last game we played at Romema,” said coach Rami Hadar.
The Greens (2-3) return home to Romema Arena on Sunday against Gilboa/Galil at 7:30pm. Haifa has had their second half struggles, having been outscored by a margin of 27 points (88-61). Haifa’s offensive woes has seen their points per game drop to second lowest in the league at 71.6 points per game and lead the league in turnovers (16.6) and are last in three-point percentage (26.9%) and foul shooting percentage (59.8%). The Haifa defense ranks third best in the league (behind Jerusalem and Tel Aviv), holding opponents to 75 points per game. The Greens lead the league in steals per game at 12.8 per game and are second in blocks (3.4).
Ike Ofoegbu has had a great start in his first three games, averaging 16 points per game, while shooting a league-best 80% from the two and is getting to the line 8 times per game (2nd in the league). Alex Chubrevich ranks third in the league in blocked shots (1.0) and is fifth in the league in two-point percentage (65.7 %), while averaging 9.8 points per game. The Greens have run into foul trouble as Chubrevich leads the league in fouls committed (4.2) and Jeff Allen is second (4.0).
Gilboa/Galil (2-3) has lost their last two games with the last defeat coming at the hands of Hapoel Tel Aviv, 84-74, in Hadar Yosef. Galil’s power forward Jeremiah Wilson notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting guard Alex Young 16 points and 4 rebounds in last Sunday’s loss to Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Galil features the worst offensive output in the league, scoring 71.4 points per game, while giving up the fourth highest points in the league per game (81.8). Power forward Wayne Chism is averaging double-figures in points scored with 10.4 along with 8.4 rebounds (5th in the league), while Israeli small forward Rafi Menco is averaging 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds on the season.