Maccabi Bazan Haifa (3-3) travel to Hapoel Holon (3-3) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. (broadcast on Sport 5), with their sights on earning their first win away from Romema this season.
The Greens notched a huge victory at Romema last Sunday in a marathon of a game, which went into triple overtime as Haifa pulled out a 98-96 win over Gilboa/Galil.
Tomer Bar-Even, who pulled down 9 rebounds and hit a buzzer-beater layup to send the game into double overtime against Gilboa/Galil, said prior to the Holon game, “We want to continue our momentum from last game’s dramatic victory. We need to come play our game. Holon is a tough team, especially at home, but our goal is to earn our first win on the road.”
“We showed a lot of character in last week’s triple overtime win. We are successful when we defend and pressure our opponent. It’s important we do that throughout the entire game against Holon,” said Jeff Allen, who is coming off a double-double performance with 22 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists against Gilboa/Galil.
Stealing the show: The Greens leading the league in steals, with 12.8 steals per game, with two players (Jeff Allen, Demontez Stitt) in the top ten best in the league kidnappers.
Iron Defense: The Greens in third in the league blocks per game, averaging 3.7 blocks per game.
Second Chance Opportunities: The Greens are second in the league offensive rebounds with 16.2 offensive boards per game, setting a league record last game against Gilboa/Galil with 30 offensive caroms. Jeff Allen is first in the league with 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Seeing Double: Four Haifa players are averaging double figures, Ike Ofoegbu (17 pts) , Jeff Allen (13.8 pts), Demontez Stitt and Dagan Yivzori (11.7 pts) each.
Steady as a Rock: Since returning from an ACL injury last season played, Ike Ofoegbu has been the definition of efficient, averaging 17.0 points (fourth in the league), 6.3 rebounds and 20.8 VAL (fourth in league), while getting to the line 9.0 times per game (first in the league) in 26.3 minutes a game.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT:
After starting the season 3-1, former Haifa head coach Elad Hasin’s Hapoel Holon team has lost their last two games to Rishon (85-77) and Nes Ziona (68-65). Center Isaac Rosefelt, who has had a tremendous start to the season was held to single digits (8 points) for the first time this season against Nes Ziona. Rosefelt, who is averaging 14.0 points, a league-leading 11.7 rebounds and 24.8 VAL, is one of five Holon players to average double figures. Small forward, Tony Crocker, leads the team with 14.7 points per game, while shooting 44% from beyond the arc. Israeli shooting guard Shlomi Harrush is posting 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, while point guard Jordan Taylor (14.3 PPG, 4.3 AST) has scored in double-figures in five of his first six games.
Holon stands in the middle of the pack statistically, but thrive in two statistical categories, rebounding and limiting turnovers. Holon is third in the league in rebounding (40.0), just ahead of the Greens (39.8), while there is a stark contrast between the Greens in the turnover category as Holon turns the ball over the second least in the league (12.8) compared to Haifa which leads the league with 17.3 turnovers.