Playoff Ready: Greens rising after strong third round

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33 regular season games are in the books, and now it’s almost time for the quarterfinals, so let’s look back at the Greens’ (17-16) season and their turnaround in the third round.  After going 4-7 in the first round, the Greens finished with a 5-6 record in the second round.  However, everything came together right in time for Haifa in the third round as they finished in fifth place in the standings with an 8-3 record.

Maccabi Haifa played 5 home games in the third round, winning them all while posting averages of 84.4 points per game, 41.6 rebounds, 24.2 assists and 12.6 steals per game. However, on the road, the Greens split with a 3-3 record, tallying 82.8 points, 34.0 rebounds, 25.0 assists and 9.2 steals in average per game.

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The biggest win by the Greens in the third round was against Eilat on the road (97-66) and the biggest loss was on the road game against Nes Ziona (97-73). In the 8 wins, Maccabi won by a margin of 11.6 points on average, and in the 3 losses they were downed by a margin of 21.6 points per game.

Ike Ofoegbu shined as the player of the third round, posting averages of 18.4 points, 25.0 VAL (leading the team in both categories), 6.0 rebounds (second in the team) and 4.4 assists (second in the team alongside Rene Rougeau). The leading rebounder of the team in the third round was Rougeau, who snared 7.2 rebounds per game. The small forward is also leading the team with 3.3 steals per game in the last round. Moran Roth dished out the most assists per game, with 7.5 assists per game.

The Green point guard is also one of the most improved players in the final round, after posting 11.1 points in 8 games in the third round, compared to 6.7 points per game in 6 games in the second round. Alex Chubrevich also improved his scoring with 7.9 points per game, comparing to 5.7 points per game in the second round, but pulled down less rebounds in the third round with 4.2 boards per game, compared to 6.6 rebounds per game in the second.