Haifa pulled out a dramatic triple-overtime game over Gilboa Galil at Romema, led by a dominant performance from Jeff Allen with a double-double on 22 points (9-of-21 from the field) and 17 rebounds. Ike Ofoegbu also had a double-double on his birthday, tallying 20 points (6-of-15 from the field) along with 11 rebounds and several big free throws down the stretch. The Greens pulled down a team record 65 rebounds on the evening and shot 35% (6-of-17) from beyond the arc, but struggled from the foul line (22-of-40, 55%). Dagan Yivzori was also outstanding with 19 points on 4-of-8 from downtown.
The Greens started the game with Demontez Stitt, Dagan Yivzori, Rene Rougeau, Ike Ofoegbu and Alex Chubrevich. In Ofoegbu’s first start, he scored 6 quick points as the Greens finished the first quarter leading 19-17 thanks to a Tamir Ariely drive up the middle at the buzzer.
Dagan Yivzori nailed a three-point from the corner and Rene Roeguea followed with a beautiful assist to Jeff Allen for a layup and a foul. Allen who notched 8 quick points off the bench followed up a missed free throw with a layup to put Haifa up 28-21. Haifa stretched the lead to double digits 34-23 over Galil midway through the quarter on a Rougeau jumper and a Chubrevich post up bucket. Ofoegbu finished with a big highlight dunk and Yivzori nailed a three-pointer to give the Greens a 43-29 lead at the half.
The third quarter belonged to Gilboa as they climbed all the way back to close within one point 58-57, outscoring the Greens 25-15 in the period.
Gilboa regained the lead for the first time since the first quarter, but Dagan Yivzori quickly grasped it right back with a clutch four-point play after being fouled to take a 64-61 advantage. After a huge fight for the rebound, Allen found Rougeau under the basket, who made a big layup to extend the Haifa lead to 69-64 at the 2:29 mark. Galil’s Jeremiah Wilson answered with three consecutive three-pointers to take a 73-71 lead over Haifa with 42.4 seconds left in regulation. Haifa couldn’t manage to score on the next possession, but the Greens forced a turnover with 20.1 seconds left in the game. With 7.2 seconds on the clock, Rene Rougeau scored a big bucket to tie the game at 72-72. The Haifa defense pressured Gilboa as they airballed the shot to send the game into overtime.
Demontez Stitt made a great spin move to put Haifa up two, but Gilboa answered right away on the end to tie the game at 77-77. Ofoegbu was fouled underneath the rim, making one of two from the line to bring Haifa within 79-78 with 1:03 left in the OT. Ofoegbu was again fouled, making one of two to tie the game at 79-79. Gilboa’s Alex Young drove to the rim for a laypup on a contested shot from Jeff Allen to take a 81-78 with 12 seconds remaining. Tomer Bar-Even made an incredible buzzer-beater layup after a missed 3-point attempt that would have won it, sending the game into double overtime tied at 81-81.
Tamir Ariely netted a big three-pointer to give the Greens a 84-83 advantage towards the beginning of the second over time. Ofoegbu continued to draw fouls, making three of four from the line to give Haifa an 88-85 advantage with just under 3 minutes. Gilboa’s Dykes missed two key free throws, which led to a huge bucket on the other end of the floor by Allen to give the Greens a 90-87 lead with 55.4 seconds remaining. Alex Young drained a three-pointer to the game at 90-90. Stitt wasn’t able to score with time running out sending the game into triple overtime.
Demontez Stitt knocked down a clutch jumper to put Haifa up 97-94 with 11.4 seconds in the triple overtime. Galil’s Dykes nearly sent the game into quadruple overtime, but his shot at the buzzer was was called off by the referees after review as the Greens came out on top 98-96.