Haifa rolls into State Cup Final 4 after dominant finish over Gilboa/Galil

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Macccabi Haifa is rolling with another impressive 79-61 win over Gilboa/Galil. Haifa outscored Galil 24-7 in the fourth quarter as new addition Will Graves put on a show with a game-high 24 points and 9 rebounds. After trailing by one point at the half to Galil, Haifa went into another gear as they held Galil to 22 second half points. Rene Rougeau has turned into a lethal weapon on both sides of the court with an impressive stat line of 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks in 34 minutes.  Captain Dagan Yivzori also chipped in 13 points and 4 steals.

Gilboa/Galil was paced by Alex Young’s 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, who was the lone Red player to score in double figures on the evening.

Moran Roth started his first game since signing with Haifa, but his night ended early after injuring his right calf muscle in the first quarter and would not return. Rougeau scored a quick 5 points and Yivzori netted a 3-pointer to put Haifa up 8-7 after two and a half minutes. Ike Ofoegbu drilled a three-pointer and Will Graves netted two from the line to put Haifa up one point 19-18 at the end of the first quarter. Roth injured his right calf in the first quarter and was ruled out of the game.

Galil opened up a four point lead after a Alex Young three-pointer, but Alex Chubrevich was fouled and made two from the charity strip, followed by Dagan Yivzori drilling  his second three-pointer to bring Haifa within 25-24 at the 5:50 mark. The Greens traded leads with Galil for much of the quarter, before Galil’s Oded Brandwein nailed a three-pointer to put the visitors up 39-38 at the half.

The Greens reclaimed a 45-42 lead after Ike Ofoegbu completed a three-point play and Chanan Colman ensued to steal the ball and lay it in for a five point swing. Galil battled their way back to tie the game at 48-48 midway through the quarter, but Will Graves knocked down his second three pointer and Colman followed with his own from long distance to put Haifa up 54-48. The Greens finished the third with a 58-54 advantage over Gilboa/Galil.

A Tamir Ariely three-pointer and Rougeau jumper stretched the Haifa lead to double digits at 65-55 at the 6:33 mark of the fourth quarter. Will Graves finished off Galil knocking one shot after the next as Haifa cruised to a 79-61 win over Gilboa/Galil.